Cannot boot to local "Recovery HD"

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by blulite, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. blulite macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2011
    It's on my system, but when I boot via "CMD-R" it defaults to an Internet recovery. Any ideas?

  2. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2010
    Canadian Eh!
  3. TPadden, Aug 31, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011

    TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    That's what it's supposed to do for a complete recovery - you can't expect a 650MB recovery partition to recover a 3.8GB system .....:eek:
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    I think you're getting the recovery options confused. There isn't a local full recovery partition like you might be used to off of Windows PCs. There's a local basic recovery partition that will download Lion from Apple's servers. This is what is opened by Command+R.

    The other option is Internet Recovery. This is Command+Option+R. This will physically boot your computer from Apple's servers and then also allow you to download Lion. So basically, you are sort of doing network recovery regardless of which option you choose - you download Lion regardless.
  5. blulite thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2011
    To be clear, I'm interested in booting to the local Recovery HD (650MB partition), where you can do some recovery utilities (including reloading Lion from the internet). I cannot boot to local Recovery HD even though it's on my drive.

    I used to see it both with a "Command+R" and hitting "Option" it was one of the boot options. Now it's gone from my boot alternatives, but it's definitely on the HD.


  6. spidey3, Aug 31, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011

    spidey3 macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2010
    Do you have a Firmware Password configured? I did, and found that I could not get to the safe mode, single user etc. until I removed it. I didn't try booting to recovery -- but it may be similar, and worth a try...

    UPDATE: I checked, which describes the list of actions blocked / limited when a Firmware Password is in force, and note that it has not been updated since OS X 10.5 -- and thus does not mention accessing Lion Recovery. I would not be at all surprised if it is blocked. I will check when I get physically in front of a Mac [when I get home]...


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