2007 Macbook Disk Recovery?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kersfrog, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. kersfrog macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2015
    Hi - I have a relatively new SSD from Crucial Memory...and I realised it has 89Gb which is "hidden" ..that is I cannot access it..which I have read maybe a disc problem.

    I am running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63b)

    I have run Disk Utility "verify Disk" and it gives this error message:

    This disk needs to be repaired using the Recovery HD. Restart your computer, holding down the Command key and the R key until you see the Apple logo. When the Mac OS X Utilities window appears, choose Disk Utility."

    Is this a different Disk Utility to the one in which I am getting the message?? Presumably is must be?

    BUT when I restart holding down Command -R or just Command, it does NOT boot into Recovery mode...it just starts normallu

    Anyone got any ideas? Is there another way to check if its the SSD having problems??

    --- Post Merged, Jul 26, 2016 ---
    SSD is Crucial model CT480M500SSD1
  2. Buggyflayer macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2014
    West Sussex, UK
    The Recovery is normally in a hidden partition on the HDD, its likely that when your HDD was replaced with the SSD that the main partition was cloned to the SSD but not the Recovery.

    You could put the Recovery Assistant (with its own Disk Utility) on a memory stick or another HDD, download it from

    Here's a recent thread about checking SSD's

    When you're all done with that you may want to read this thread about running an SSD in a Mac built with an HDD http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/guide-ssd-tweaking-guide.1505922/
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Sounds like maybe when you setup the SSD, you did not clone over the recovery partition.

    Run the command below in Terminal and see if it shows a 650MB Recovery HD partition?

    diskutil list
    The problem is yes, Disk Utility is the same in recovery, but it cannot fix the main volume because the OS is running on that volume. It needs to boot from the recovery partition so the main volume is not being used and can be repaired.

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