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Old Apr 27, 2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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Installing 10.8.3 combo update over 10.8.3 to update Recovery HD

Hi everyone,

I recently did a complete restore from my time machine backup. To my shock, the Recovery HD was deleted and only the Macintosh HD (restored from the backup) remained.

Following the steps here, I installed the Recovery HD using my 10.8.0 recovery USB disk.

So now the Recovery HD is at 10.8.0 while the Mac install on the Macintosh HD is 10.8.3.

My question is how do I update the Recovery HD to bring it up to speed with 10.8.3.

Will it be updated if I simply install the 10.8.3 combo over the OS X 10.8.3 on Macintosh HD?

Or is there another way?

Thanks for the help.
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Old Apr 28, 2013, 04:14 AM   #2
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The Recovery Partition is not a complete installation. It is only 650Mb in size. It downloads the latest OS installers from Apple.

As long as 10.8.0 has the drivers to boot your Mac, you will be fine. You could try running the 10.8.3 Combo installer -- that certainly won't do any harm.

If you bought ML from the App Store, then I would recommend making an installer flash drive of the latest version from the disk image in the app package. There are many web pages that show how to do this.

OS X rarely needs to be reinstalled. Most problems are usually fixed another way, and some problems will remain unaffected by a reinstall.
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