Internet Recovery not working under Mavericks (installed via thumb drive).

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  1. nylon macrumors 6502a

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    I want to be a little more specific about this.

    I did a clean install of Mavericks GM from a USB drive on my 15" rMBP.

    1. Prior to installation i wiped my drive with Disk Utility.
    2. I installed Mavericks GM.
    3. Installation was flawless.

    I then noticed that there was no recovery partition installed during the installation. So I attempted to reinstall the recovery partition by invoking the internet recovery feature. If there is no recovery partition, on supported systems, the machine will download and install a recovery partition through the internet recovery process. This fails with error # 2002F.

    Anyone have the same issue? Any ideas?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    The lack of recovery partition is what's hampering you. Installing OSX via a USB drive is what causes you not to have a recovery partition, this install method does not give you a recovery partition.

    I think there's a way for your to create one, but I'm not sure if I saw it here or else where.
     
  3. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

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    You need to create the USB-installer using the simple, automatic method rather than the cumbersome, manual and apparently not fully-functional method.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1614422

    You don't have to copy the createinstallmedia executable anywhere btw, you can just execute it in place.
     
  4. nylon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You might be on to something there. I manually created the install media. Nevertheless, I was finally able to invoke internet recovery, however, it seems it downloaded the Mountain Lion recovery partition not the Mavericks one.

    If I go into my iCloud settings under 'System Preferences', I cannot enable 'Find My Mac'. It says there is no recovery partition available.
     
  5. tywebb13 macrumors 68000

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    A bootable usb made with this method will install a recovery partition at the same time you install the mavericks GM:

    Your 8 GB USB drive should be called Untitled and formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). The installer should be called Install OS X Mavericks.app and should be in your Applications folder.

    Run this in terminal and wait about 20 minutes:

    sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction

    You should see something like this:

    Erasing Disk: 0%... 10%... 20%... 100%...
    Copying installer files to disk...
    Copy complete.
    Making disk bootable...
    Copying boot files...
    Copy complete.
    Done.

    You can then boot up from the USB by holding down the option key, then install the GM from the USB.

    The manual method you used (the one on osxdaily website) does not install a recovery partition.
     
  6. nylon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Where should the installer be placed in the above method i.e. in the Applications folder or some other location on in the file system? Also the installer is called 'Install OS X Mavericks.app'
     
  7. tywebb13 macrumors 68000

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    ..........
     
  8. nylon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone for all your help.
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That is by design and it will always be like that on your machine even after Mavericks come out. Internet Recovery (as opposed to regular recovery from the recovery partition) will always skip whatever recovery is on our drive and download the recovery system for whatever version OS your machine came from Apple with. So in your case, the serial number on your machine is linked to Mountain Lion on Apple's recovery servers, so you will always get Mountain Lion from an Internet Recovery.

    A command-r will try to start recovery from the recovery partition and this will use whatever version of the OS you have installed. So if you have a Mavs recovery partition on there is will try to install Mavs.

    A command-option-r boot will skip the recovery partition and go straight to Internet Recovery as I described above.
     
  10. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

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    That's Internet Recovery; your computer booted from an image downloaded from the internet. Normal recovery boots from the recovery partition and then downloads packages from the internet. If your computer is new enough (older models can't do this) and without a recovery partition, it'll do Internet Recovery instead.

    Yeah, you should re-install using a properly-created usb installer. Probably best to do a full clean install.
     
  11. nylon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I'm going to do. I'm just going to finish up a Time Machine backup 1st so that I can restore from a clean install. I had just finished installing all software and docs. Don't want to have to go through that process again.

    Thanks again everyone.
     
  12. flickapix macrumors newbie

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    carbon copy cloner can create a recovery partition although currently its mountain lion so may need to wait for an update, it can also create an installer too, http://www.bombich.com
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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    There is a new CCC version 3.5.3 released today that has full Mavericks support, so it should work for recovery partition copying like before.

    From the release notes:

     

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