I've deleted Recovery HD partition

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  1. jji7skyline macrumors 6502

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    I need a way to get it back. I deleted it to use Bootcamp. I deleted it using Disk Utility.

    Please help! It doesn't appear when I hold down option during reboot.
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure how you deleted it using Disk Utility, as it's invisible. The only way is if you repartitioned the HD, replacing all with a new single partition.

    If that's the case, you would need to restore Lion either from a backup, or a new install. Either of those should recreate Recovery HD.

    For reference, Bootcamp partitions should only be created or deleted using Bootcamp Assistant.

    You can use the following Terminal command to see all your partitions, hidden or not, on your HD:
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    %[B]diskutil list[/B]
     
  3. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Mount the volume and delete it

    why you would want to, I have no idea....bootcamp works fine with lion.
     
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I'm not quite sure which part of my post you were responding to, but I'll go with the first sentence: Recovery HD is completely hidden by Disk Utility - it doesn't show up in the device list, so it can't be mounted.

    I don't understand what you are referring to in the second, so I'll assume it's related to the OP. :confused:

    I would agree there shouldn't be anything special done to the partition map using Disk Utility if you have an existing Bootcamp partition, or use Bootcamp Assistant to create a new one.
     
  5. jji7skyline thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't know why, but before I deleted it, Recovery HD was in full view, in finder, on the desktop...


    Then I deleted it...


    It doesn't show when I hold down option during startup.

    I can't even boot from a disk image on a DVD! Help!
     
  6. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Were you booted in Lion or an earlier version [when you deleted it]?

    It the DVD one that came with the machine? (or a retail version the same or later build as what was shipped with the machine)

    btw: which model Mac?
     
  7. jji7skyline thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I erased the recovery partition from Lion

    The DVD is one I burnt from the .dmg disk image

    I have a SL disk as well...
     
  8. jji7skyline thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Your terminal command doesn't work :/
     
  9. Simplicated macrumors 65816

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    Ignore the %
     
  10. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Danged if I don't, and someone doesn't know where to type the command. And if do, they end up typing the prompt. Thought normal then bold did it - maybe I'll add some color... ;-)

    Or maybe something in italics "command is bold"
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    If you truly deleted it, there's really no way to get it back, other then reinstalling the OS
     
  12. Quad5Ny, Sep 30, 2011
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    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    Loosing the Recovery partition is not a big deal. The only thing you won't be able do is use FileVault 2's FDE (Full Disk Encryption). If you need FDE, then you can either reinstall or try the tutorial in the link below (I didn't read the whole thing, so I can't promise it works).

    How to create a Mac OS X Lion recovery partition: Dmitry Dulepov
    Scroll down to "Hard Way: Forge Recovery Partition"

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    EDIT: If you still have the Lion Installer App, you can try this: http://www.afp548.com/article.php?story=20110730045914590
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