Mountain Lion Recovery CD Does Not Come With My 2012 iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by beeinformed, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010

    When I received my 27 inch 2012 iMac computer, I noticed it did not come with a Mountain Lion recovery cd.

    Is there another method to restore the operating system if I need to and should I contact Apple to see if they will send me a cd?

    Thanks in advance for your help with this issue! :)
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Apple no longer supply recovery disks.

    Here are the instructions to reinstall Mountain Lion.
  3. macrumors 68000

    Apr 25, 2012
    Apple no longer provides recovery media, this started with OS X Lion. For recovery, you boot the Mac and hold CMD + R to start recovery from the recovery partition. If you need to reinstall the OS, it will download the needed files from Apple.

    OllyW beat me to it!
  4. r0k
    macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    That's mostly true... But Apple provides a couple of ways (one unofficial, one official) to create your own recovery media.

    I created my own bootable USB stick for ML. I started doing this under Lion. I've never had to use one but I like having them. You get an 8 GB stick and "restore" the InstallESD.dmg that comes in the ML install file BEFORE you run the install. In your case, since your machine came with ML, it's unclear to me whether you can simply download ML in "purchased items" in the app store. If so, you can download the installer app, create your USB stick, then delete the install app. This is the unofficial method.

    For a while, Apple was providing free USB sticks to Lion users who were having trouble with recovery but the Apple sticks didn't contain a complete OS and relied heavily on downloading stuff over the internet during installation.

    There is also a way to create a USB stick yourself without using the installer app. This method creates the bootable USB stick that does not contain the entire OS. Apple offers a free a utility to create the USB stick. This is the official method.
  5. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005
    It won't be listed in App Store purchases since the machine came with Mountain Lion. You need to use this work around to snag the installer from Apple's servers.
  6. macrumors G3

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the lens, UK
    And if it did come with a recovery CD what would you do with it? Use it as a coaster? I think Apple would have double standards if they sent CD's with machines without a drive!
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010
    Thanks everyone for helping me! I just have another question which is, can I create a recovery cd (for the Mountain Lion OS), using a blank dvd/cd disk on my Apple Superdrive?

    Thanks again for your asistance! :)
  8. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005
    Yep. Just grab the installer DMG like I described in my post above, then use this free app with to make a DVD installer.

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