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Manually Cloning a Recovery Partition This process worked for me on an external USB drive, but I don't have a Firewire drive or encrypted partition to test with, but it should work for you. Requirements Existing recovery partition on your internal drive (or elsewhere). At least 650 MB of free space on your external drive (a previous version of this ...


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I would head over to http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1433 and follow the instructions for making a USB Recovery drive. Also note if you hose your machine you can boot with Command-R to enter into recovery mode. Even if you hose your recovery partition, if you have an active Wifi connection, Apple will pull down the OS from the cloud.


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An alternative method to the one described by Matt is to use Lion Diskmaker. Despite its name Lion Disk Maker is an application programmed with AppleScript that you can use with Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and OS X 10.8 to burn a DVD or build a bootable drive from Mac OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Installation program.


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Buy an enclosure kit from OWC or another vendor. Buy and put your SSD in the enclosure. Connect SSD/enclosure to your computer. Format the SSD with Apple's Disk Utility. Use SuperDuper! to copy your entire internal HD onto the SSD. Set startup to the SSD and boot from it to make sure it boots. Remove SSD from enclosure and install in MacBook Pro. Put ...


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Yes, you can. Be sure to have a full Time Machine archive on an external device before you begin, and check your MBP meets the minimum system requirements before you buy. The Mountain Lion installer will create Recovery HD, if it doesn't already exist. In case you choose to do a clean install, which is quicker, import your account afterwards from the Time ...


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This doesn't solve the question as it now stands from the OP, but it may be of help to someone who finds this page looking for a solution to this problem with a USB-mounted disk (as opposed to a FireWire one, as the OP now specifies). It would appear that this Apple Knowledge Base article does, in fact, answer your question: ...


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Unfortunately you cannot backup the Mac through the recovery partition. However starting the Mac in Target disk mode or booting the Mac from a bootable external drive may allow you to mount the iMac's drive and copy files from it.


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The only sure way is to restore from your latest backup, which is why Apple added Time Machine for easy use. If you do not have that then the first thing to do is turn the machine off so that no more data is written to the disk. Then boot the machine off a recovery disk like Diskwarrior. If you are lucky then you can restore data if not the next step would ...


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The reason that the recovery partition doesn't work correctly, is that a Fusion logical volume group is not bootable (or at least not for the purposes of a recovery partition - a Fusion volume requires some kind of boot-loader to interpret the LVG). And if you create the fusion volume prior to installing Mountain Lion the recovery partition gets created ...


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If you have a newly-purchased Mac, it probably runs a version of OS X Mountain Lion that came out after 10.8.2 was already released. What this means is your Mac actually requires a version of Mountain Lion that is newer than what is available on the Mac App Store. The one on the App Store does not have all the requisite drivers bundled in to talk to all of ...


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Software Update checks and updates both your running Lion and your recovery partition, so that in the event of a significant security issue booting to the recovery partition won't instantly open you up to attack. (Compare booting unpatched Windows XP from DVD or a vendor recovery partition for recovery purposes; it has severe security issues fixed by ...


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Well, I was able to "solve" this in a round-about way. I used the recovery disk assistant with my MacBook Air to make a recovery SD card. With that plugged into my mini, I was able to successfully boot into it and the disk utility there was able to comprehend my fusion drive. That done, I then checked and saw that the recovery partition on the SD card was ...


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Using a USB Enclosure If you have a USB enclosure that you can put either the SSD or internal drive in, you can clone your internal to your SSD directly. It's a bit more efficient than pulling from the Time Machine backup. For full instructions, read this, but the short version is: Open Disk Utility Select your internal drive and click the restore tab. ...


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It's actually possible to non-destructively add a recovery partition to a disk using Carbon Copy Cloner. From the Window menu select Disk Center and select the disk you want to add a recovery partition to from the list on the left hand side. The tab Recovery Partition on the right hand side should allow you to add the recovery partition. As already ...


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They are hidden partitions in OS X. Showing all partitions in Disk Utility also shows the partitions in the list: …and diskutil list: 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_HFS Mac SSD 150.0 GB disk0s2 3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3 They are usually not mounted by default and therefore not shown on the desktop ...


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You can use Carbon Copy Cloner to create the space for the Recovery Partition if you are booted from another hard drive. The problem is that you will need a copy of to 10.7 Recovery Partition to copy into the space that Carbon Copy Cloner creates.


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I had a whole set of articles about it on my blog. http://www.dmitry-dulepov.com/2011/09/how-to-create-mac-os-x-lion-recovery.html http://www.dmitry-dulepov.com/2011/09/mac-recovery-partion-revisited.html http://www.dmitry-dulepov.com/2012/09/creating-os-x-recovery-partion-part-3.html For now I would recommend the last article as a way to go. The first two ...


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SuperDuper's developer recommends reinstalling OS X from the App Store: Actually, you can easily recreate the recover partition by simply reinstalling Lion from the App Store. (This has the additional benefit of updating the recover partition with the most recent data, too.) See http://www.shirt-pocket.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6647. Reinstalling OS ...


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OS X creates the recovery partition as an alternate boot solution for ease of reinstallation and troubleshooting. It is not needed for normal operation, and as someone that's familiar with boot technology and options, the simplest option would be to simply delete the partition entirely and patch the partition table if needed. Here is a stock layout: Mac:~ ...


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OS X Internet Recovery Mac models introduced after public availability of OS X Lion include the ability to start up directly from an Internet-based version of the OS X Recovery system. OS X automatically uses this feature when the Recovery System on the hard disk isn't available (such as when your hard disk encounters an issue, or when your hard disk has ...


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From what I've been able to gather, this issue occurred because of the existence of partition 4. A default install of OS X, as of Lion, involves three partitions: EFI, your OS X boot volume, and the recover partition. Features such as Recovery Mode and FileVault require original partitioning schemes in many cases - especially when FileVault is already in ...


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there may be no way to rescue the system without reinstalling Mac OSX. you might look into booting into single-user mode that said, to the extent you care about un-backed up data on the hard drive, it might be wise to recover files BEFORE trying to reinstall/recover further I have had good luck with DiskWarrior You MAY be able to boot the broken ...


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That process seems to install a 10.7.2 version of the recovery partition. The Retina MBPs were released with a special build of 10.7.4, so they won't be able to boot off a recovery partition based on the earlier version. To get a working partition for the rMBPs, try using these instructions with the 10.7.5 (or 10.8.x) installer. Alternatively, if you want ...


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You can clone the volume in Terminal with the rsync command (replacing "Macintosh HD" and "Backup" with the actual volume names): dev=$(hdik -drivekey system-image=yes -nomount ram://1024) newfs_hfs $dev mount -t hfs -o union -o nobrowse $dev /private/tmp /Volumes/"Macintosh HD"/usr/bin/rsync -axE /Volumes/"Macintosh HD"/ /Volumes/"Backup" Note: it's very ...


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The Recovery Partition includes Disk Utility, which you can use to clone your hard drive to a new drive. However it's worth noting that if your disk doesn't reliably boot, at least some of the files on it are corrupt (at best), or the mechanism is damaged, and you may be causing further damage by trying to do a heavy read operation.


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This is because you are booting into a separate partition on your hard drive. FileVault identifies volumes via partitions so when you encrypt your "hard drive" it is the partition that contains your boot volume and data only. The recovery partition and any other additional partitions are never encrypted. This isn't cause for certain though since booting to ...



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