I clean-installed Mountain Lion 10.8.0. Now I am at 10.8.2 and I want to do a clean install again. If I boot to the recovery partition and do a restore, will I have 10.8.0 or 10.8.2? Does the recovery partition get updated when OS X gets updated?


The Recovery Partition does not get updated. Once the partition is created, OS X Recovery downloads the latest of your OS X version from Apple.

Extracted from Apple's About OS X Recovery:

Reinstalling OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion via OS X Recovery requires broadband access to the Internet via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection. OS X is downloaded over the Internet from Apple when OS X Recovery is used for reinstallation.

  • cool. so its better to download it and clean install it, so i can use my mac while its downloading. thanks. – pvinis Oct 3 '12 at 10:53

Yes, the local recovery partition is updated when you upgrade your OS. Whereas Internet Recovery will download the original OS version that came with your Mac.



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