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I am looking to swap my HDD for SSD and OWC recommended methods 2 listed in
Perform your drive upgrade.
Place your original drive in an external enclosure.
Boot to the recovery partition on your original drive by holding down Command-R and starting up.
Use Disk Utility to Restore to your new drive.
Restart or Boot your Mac to the new drive.
So I was wondering if my MacBook has Lion recovery partition set up properly.
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Mar 5, 2012 at 13:50
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In the Terminal (located at
You know that you have a Recovery Partition installed if you see this entry:
Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB
Mar 5, 2012 at 13:58
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If you have FileVault 2 whole disk encryption turned on, you can not see the Recovery Partition by holding down the Option key at boot, instead you must hold down Command-R to boot from the Recovery Partition.
Mar 5, 2012 at 13:55
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Additionally you can turn on the Debug menu on Disk Utility that will allow you to see and mount all hidden partitions.
View & Mount Hidden Partitions in Mac OS X
Show & Mount Hidden Partitions with Disk Utility in OS X
First you need to turn on the debug menu:
Quit out of Disk Utility, and launch Terminal to type the following defaults write command:
defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled 1
Relaunch Disk Utility and look for “Debug” to appear alongside ‘Help’
Click on the new Debug menu and pull down and select “Show every partition” so that a checkmark appears next to it
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