2011 Air's partitioning: what's stored in the smaller partition?

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  1. macsymacker, Dec 29, 2011
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    macsymacker macrumors member

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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!
     
  2. MiniMi macrumors member

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    That is the restore partition that you would use to restore your MacBook Air
     
  3. macsymacker thread starter macrumors member

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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?

     
  4. theSeb macrumors 604

    theSeb

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    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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