Internet Recovery for new SSD or Recovery Partition

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by oneinten, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. oneinten macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2013

    I plan on installing a fresh copy of ML to my new SD which will be connected via an external enclosure for the time being.

    Now as I have a recovery partition on my internal HDD, when I press cmd+r I believe I am being taken to the recovery partition on my HDD rather than internet recovery.

    Can I install ML to my external SSD using the recovery partition? or will that only let me re-install OS X onto the drive it's on?

    If so, how do I specifically boot to internet recovery? once it's done, can I delete the recovery partition on the SSD and create a recovery USB tio save space on my SSD?
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    1. Yes, you can install OS X on any available disk from the installer in the Recovery Partition.

    2. However, the Recovery Partition is not a standalone installer. It uses the Internet to download the latest version of OS X. There is no difference between "Recovery Partition" and "Internet Recovery".

    3. The Recovery Partition is only 650Mb in size. You should keep the partition on your SSD. (Choose the drive that fits your data: don't select your data to fit your drive!)

    4. If you want to create a USB standalone installer, then the only way to do that is from the Installer app that you get from the Mac App Store.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    command-option-r boot.

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