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 newbie

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    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

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  4. KPOM macrumors G5

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    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 68040

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    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

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    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.

    Code:
    AirBook:vm multifinder$ diskutil list
    /dev/disk0
       #:                       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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