Confused on Recovery Disk

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by robjulo, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. robjulo macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    I have a new 27 inch iMac late 2012. Do I need to make a USB recovery disk? I've read that recovery can be done via the internet but am wondering if I should also make a USB recovery.

  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You don't really have to. Your machine has a recovery feature in the firmware, so even if the hard drive is completely dead, you can command-r boot and the firmware will connect to Apple's servers and redownload the OS for you.

    The main reason you see people making the USB key installers is so they can reinstall without having to use the Internet to download the OS again. For example, if you had a laptop and were at a hotel the USB key would come in handy rather than a 4.7GB DL of the OS.
  3. robjulo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    What would serve you better than a USB recovery disk is a "cloned backup" of your internal drive, created with CarbonCopyCloner.

    There's nothing that can beat having a SECOND BOOTABLE DRIVE close-at-hand in that "moment of extreme need".

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