Does the July 2011 MacBook Air come with a software reinstall drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by knicksplayer, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. knicksplayer macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Title says it all, I'm curious to know because I haven't found one in the box. Is that normal? I had a 2010 MacBook Air and remember it did feature one.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
  3. knicksplayer thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It comes with a restore partition, as well as Internet Restore (in case the restore partition is corrupted). Reboot while pressing CMD-R and it should start it up if you ever need it.
  5. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
    Restore partition?

    can you provide more details on this? being that i have the 64gb model, and that OSx is installable over the internet without an OS on the machine, why does it need a restore partition and how much space is that actually using?

    It might be worth it to just blow that away.
  6. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    It's just shy of 700MB. It contains a minimal install of Mac OS X that can download a copy of Lion and install it on the primary partition, and it also contains some diagnostic utilities. It's really more trouble than it's worth to get rid of it.

    AirBook:vm multifinder$ diskutil list
       #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
       0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *120.0 GB   disk0
       1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk0s1
       2:                  Apple_HFS MacBook SSD             119.2 GB   disk0s2
       3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3

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