Mac OSX Recovery

Discussion in 'macOS' started by appleboyy, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. appleboyy macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Is it possible to set a partition with the install disk so i don't have to use my discs from the box?

    IE i can boot into this to re-install??

    and, how do i apply updates to it?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yes its possible, but no you wouldn't want to apply updates, as that may affect the install program/scripts.
  3. appleboyy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    how would i do this?
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "how would i do this?"

    I'd suggest:

    - Boot from the install DVD

    - Run Disk Utility

    - Partition the hard drive into 2 partitions. The "new" partition does not need to be large, say, 15gig or so.

    - Using the install DVD, choose to install a "new" copy of the system to the NEW partition. Use the "Custom" options to install only a system, that is to say, keep it "bare bones".

    - When done, create a new account there, and apply system software updates via software update.

    It can come in VERY handy to have that second partition/system available. For instance, you can "switch boot" and then run Disk Utility's "repair" feature on your main partition.

    To switch boot, do this:
    - Restart
    - As soon as you hear the startup tone, hold down the Option key and KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN
    - The startup manager will appear
    - Select the volume you wish to boot from and hit enter (use the pointer, the arrow keys, the tab key to move between the displayed boot volumes)
    - NOTE: this doesn't change your normal boot drive (which is set in the "startup disk" preference pane

    I would NOT backup to this "emergency partition". Just "let it be".

    In any case, you should also have an EXTERNAL and BOOTABLE backup drive. You can create one with either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper (if you haven't already done so).

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