I upgraded from Snow Leopard to El Captain. Before upgrade I had a bootcamp partition, and a third FAT32 partition. this caused some complications in the upgrade process and I had to delete the El Captain recovery partition (as well as my FAT32 partition).

Now I have two partitions: El Captain in my macintosh partition, and windows in my bootcamp partition, and everything is working fine.

Just that I do not have the El Captain Recovery Partition. Is there a way I can create it manually ? So that just in case something goes wrong I can recover.

(I know about the recovery USB stick, but I want to have recovery on the same HDD)

EDIT: I re-installed the El Capitan. It went smooth. Now I have a 650MB recovery partition. Isn't it supposed to be 6 GB partition?


  • Have you tried reinstalling OS X?
    – At0mic
    Oct 15, 2015 at 0:42
  • Do it only if it is absolutely necessary. There is always the internet based recovery in case something goes wrong and it doesn't take as much space. Oct 15, 2015 at 1:47
  • Can you refresh the OS X 10.11 installation? What happens if you try to download El Captain and install from the App Store? Oct 16, 2015 at 10:26
  • @Soroosh, how can I access internet recovery option when there is no recovery partition to boot system from? Oct 21, 2015 at 10:32
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    @cybergeek654 Internet recovery is always accessible whenever your recovery partition becomes corrupted. It is specifically designed for this situation. You can read more here. However, this is a feature that is only available on newer macs. Oct 21, 2015 at 21:43


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