Can i nuke the Recovery Partition?

daneoni

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I wanted to find out if there are any major downsides to yanking the Recovery Partition besides losing the ability to...recover.

I have an external bootable Lion installer, and i backup regularly. So if worst comes to worst i know how to get back on my feet.

I just can't seem to ignore the fact that over half a gigabyte of my precious disk space is sitting there largely unused for a 'just in case' scenario.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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I wanted to find out if there are any major downsides to yanking the Recovery Partition besides losing the ability to...recover.

I have an external bootable Lion installer, and i backup regularly. So if worst comes to worst i know how to get back on my feet.

I just can't seem to ignore the fact that over half a gigabyte of my precious disk space is sitting there largely unused for a 'just in case' scenario.
You could, but if you're playing your free disk space that closely, you probably have too much stored on it, anyway. It's a good idea to leave about 10% free space... more is better. Rather than nuking the Recovery Partition, I'd recommend off-loading some of your user files to an external hard drive. Perhaps splitting your iTunes library or moving other less-often-used files to the external.
 

blevins321

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Dec 24, 2010
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No, no problem doing it. What computer do you have? Is it one that is capable of Internet recovery? If so, you can boot from that if totally necessary
 

daneoni

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You could, but if you're playing your free disk space that closely, you probably have too much stored on it, anyway. It's a good idea to leave about 10% free space... more is better. Rather than nuking the Recovery Partition, I'd recommend off-loading some of your user files to an external hard drive. Perhaps splitting your iTunes library or moving other less-often-used files to the external.
I have. There's still about 37GB Free which is plenty but still...every little that i can recoup helps

No, no problem doing it. What computer do you have? Is it one that is capable of Internet recovery? If so, you can boot from that if totally necessary
Early '11 so yes.
 

squeakr

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Apr 22, 2010
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You can nuke it, but to each his own. Mine is only 650mb so not worth it in my opinion.
 

roadbloc

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Aug 24, 2009
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The recovery partition seems daft on a 64GB MBA. I think Apple should have it automatically disabled (available to be enabled manually through system preferences) on 64GB Mac models.
 

bdodds1985

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Jul 18, 2011
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what about booting while holding option? still there is recovery is deleted?

but seriously, do you really need that much space? i too use the thumb drive but better safe than sorry.
 

daneoni

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what about booting while holding option? still there is recovery is deleted?

but seriously, do you really need that much space? i too use the thumb drive but better safe than sorry.
Still there but Recovery is gone. If i had 1TB of storage i wouldn't blink but i only have a 256GB SSD and a big chunk is filled with pro apps.
 

bdodds1985

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Jul 18, 2011
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Still there but Recovery is gone. If i had 1TB of storage i wouldn't blink but i only have a 256GB SSD and a big chunk is filled with pro apps.
I have about 240GB split into two ssd's with photoshop, lightroom, plus a bunch of other apps and still have about 150GB free. even if I had 10GB left of storage which is something only novice users usually do, I would still keep the recovery partition on my HD.
 

daneoni

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I have about 240GB split into two ssd's with photoshop, lightroom, plus a bunch of other apps and still have about 150GB free. even if I had 10GB left of storage which is something only novice users usually do, I would still keep the recovery partition on my HD.
I've only just migrated from Snow Leopard whose partition i have yet to delete...i'll probably reinstate recovery once i'm fully comfortable with Lion and wipe out my SL partition.
 

Ccrew

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Feb 28, 2011
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I wanted to find out if there are any major downsides to yanking the Recovery Partition besides losing the ability to...recover.

I have an external bootable Lion installer, and i backup regularly. So if worst comes to worst i know how to get back on my feet.

I just can't seem to ignore the fact that over half a gigabyte of my precious disk space is sitting there largely unused for a 'just in case' scenario.
You can't enable filevault, and you can't use "Find my Mac" as others have said, and I can verify by personal experience.
 

Mal

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Jan 6, 2002
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I want to triple boot my MBP (Lion, Win7, Win8). Since only 4 partitions are supported, I need to remove the Lion Recovery partition. Will using the guide below to delete my Lion Recovery partition do any harm to my Lion OS partition and Win7 partition?

I found this guide here -> http://osxdaily.com/2011/06/30/delet...-hd-partition/
Only 4 partitions supported by what? You can make a drive with 20+ partitions if you really want (I have one at work with 14), so I'm not sure where the limitation is coming from.

If you use Boot Camp, be aware that any modification to the partition structure could cause problems with the hybrid GUID/MBR partition map scheme that Boot Camp sets up. It's possible to do it, just make sure you find a guide specifically for that situation.

jW
 

techmonkey

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Jun 8, 2007
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Only 4 partitions supported by what? You can make a drive with 20+ partitions if you really want (I have one at work with 14), so I'm not sure where the limitation is coming from.

If you use Boot Camp, be aware that any modification to the partition structure could cause problems with the hybrid GUID/MBR partition map scheme that Boot Camp sets up. It's possible to do it, just make sure you find a guide specifically for that situation.

jW
If the limit is 4 (which it isn't) 3 boot partitions plus the Lion Recovery Partition is 4 partitions. What's the issue?
Sorry, I should have more clear. The MBR only support (4) primary partitions. In my case, I already have four.

1 - EFI partition
2 - Lion OS
3 - Lion Recovery
4 - Win7

http://wiki.onmac.net/index.php/Triple_Boot_via_BootCamp
 

techmonkey

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Jun 8, 2007
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Figure I post this, may help others. I ended up creating a VHD in Win7 and installed Win8 to that. Message me for more details if you are interested.