[ask] How to restore/fix Lion 'recovery partition'?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by nixbsd, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. nixbsd macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2010
    How to fix/repair Lion recovery partition, without re-installing the OS again?
    I changed the partition scheme, thus 'damaging' the recovery partition accidentally.. :(
    I just realized the 'importance' of this recovery partition, after trying to activate the full disk encryption but FileVault refused to continue, because the recovery partition has been damaged/broken..
    Thanks in advance :)
  2. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Try to reinstall Lion as a repair install, somehow. Maybe you could put the installer on a USB stick and boot from that, and see if it offers an option to repair it.
  3. ssn637 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2009
    I booted my system in target disk mode, created a 6 GB partition using Coriolis iPartition from another Mac, then restored the Mac OS X 10.7 image to the new partition. Press ALT upon restarting, select the Lion setup partition, and you're good to go. You can even wipe the Mac OS X 10.7 system and perform a clean installation from there.
  4. davidpv macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    #nixbsd Did you finally restore the recovery partition? Same thing happens to me, I changed partition scheme and recovery partition was damaged.

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