Is there a need for a recovery partition?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ifti, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    Why would one need a recovery partition on their startup disc when you can have it on a USB Key or external drive?

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1433

    Im moving over to a new SSD once it arrives and am considering keeping my recovery drive on a USB3 Flash Drive (it uses about 650MB) rather then on the actual SSD. Does it make any difference at all, other then convenience?
     
  2. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    Ability to remote wipe if stolen is one good reason.
     
  3. Ifti thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ah, so without the recovery partition I'm unable to have the mac in Find My iPhone app on iCloud?
     
  4. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    Not sure about that particular one but I do know that the Recovery Partition contains some of the MDM features now available on the Mac.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That is correct. With no recovery partition Find My Mac on a Mac will not work. Also, Filevault2 won't work.
     

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