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macsymacker

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Nov 12, 2011
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hello,

today in an attempt to discover how to restore or reinstall lion, I booted with command+r.

I see that there are two disks. one (main) with larger capacity of 121 odd gbs and the other with 1.3 gb or so.

if I ever decide to reinstall lion from scratch and have the machine reset to default (all deleted and gone, brand new like the first time it came out of the box);

will it install from that small drive? or will it download the huge 6 gb lion over the internet and then install?

thank you for anyone who shares their experience on the subject.
cheers!
 
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MiniMi

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Dec 29, 2011
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That is the restore partition that you would use to restore your MacBook Air
 

macsymacker

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Nov 12, 2011
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thanks!

in what case download from apple servers becomes necessary?

and how come the download file is 6+ gbs whilst the restore partition is 1/4 of it?

That is the restore partition that you would use to restore your MacBook Air
 

theSeb

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thanks!

in what case download from apple servers becomes necessary?

and how come the download file is 6+ gbs whilst the restore partition is 1/4 of it?

The restore partition is there to get you started on restoring your computer, but it will still download the remaining 6 GBs when you need to reinstall Lion.
 
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