I just completed a restore from Time Machine to a newly partitioned drive and discovered that the Recovery Partition wasn't created. Other than that, the restore went well and the new drive runs fine.
I discovered that my SATA drivers don't support this new drive. It only works as an external drive. So I am going to restore to another drive, basically repeating the process. While I have a recovery partition on my original drive, I want to know how to create a restored drive that includes the recovery partition.
Other similar questions on SE don't seem to address this question, except indirectly. This one -Add recovery partition back onto drive after drive change [duplicate] - points to another, where one answer says:
you can make a new Recovery Partition by performing a clean install but if you do this via a new partition, beware that erasing that new partition in the future may also erase the Recovery Partition.
I was going to try doing a clean install to create the Recovery Partition and the main partition, but I'm not sure about this, based on that comment.
I have the following that I can start with:
- Time Machine backup (for restoring)
- OS X install dmg file (Lion in my case)
- a working Recovery Partition on a USB stick
- My original bootable hard drive with an old image with OS X 10.7.4 and a Recovery Partition (working)
- My latest restored hard drive (working, but only as a USB drive) with OS X 10.7.5 and no Recovery Partition
- My target hard drive, which is essentially blank (was my previous working drive, until I upgraded)
So what is the most straightforward way to restore to a virgin drive from Time Machine AND include a recover partition?