Lion Recovery Assistant Doesn't Show Recovery Option

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by mikelong622, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. mikelong622 macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2006
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Hey all,

    I'm trying to reformat my late 2008 MBP in order to run bootcamp. Apparently when it was reformatted last time, it wasn't formatted correctly (not Journaled) so I'm about to do it again. Last time, I was unaware of the Lion recovery assistant and restored to Leopard, then upgraded all the way to Lion. It took up my entire day.

    Now I'm trying to do it the easy way. I've found an old 2GB flash drive, and have run the Lion Recovery Assistant installer on it. After successfully completing, it tells me to restart and hold option in order to choose what drive to boot from, something I'm familiar with doing from the past.

    However, upon the drive selection screen, I'm only shown my computer, and two EFI Boot options (see attachment). One a hard drive, and one a USB drive. When I select either of them, all it does is hang for a few minutes then boot straight to my OS hard drive and desktop.

    Any ideas why this might be? Any other information you need in order to diagnose.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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  2. goscuter1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2011
    I'm not great at this stuff but it seems like a problem in your USB EFI partition. Three ideas you might care to try are:

    1. Startup Disk > see if your USB drive is showing.

    2. Installing rEFIt which is a bootloader for EFI onto your USB stick. You can download it at Sourceforge free - it's pretty simple click install for your HD but it *may* require a Bless for your USB.

    3. if you have no way of booting into recovery to fix if something goes pair-shaped you could get tilted at me but you could go to Terminal > sudo nvram -xp
    to take a look at your non-volatile ram. It's > sudo nvram -c to clear but actually maybe better to reset using one of these guides Open Firmware
    or Apple

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