MacbookPro6,2 Recovery Mode - standard vs. internet recovery

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  1. mustgroove macrumors regular

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    I've got a MacbookPro6,2 (Mid-2010) running 10.8.3 and whenever I hit Cmd-R during boot, it goes straight into Internet Recovery mode.

    The thing is though, there is a perfectly functioning Recovery partition on the machine, and reading Apple's Recovery Mode information page (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4718), it gives the impression that what should happen is that Cmd-R should boot into Recovery mode (i.e. the menu with Disk Utility etc. etc.), and it should only go into Internet Recovery if that partition is missing or faulty (which it isn't).

    Is there something amiss, or a possible fix? Since my Recovery partition is present and working fine, my preference is for Cmd-R to boot to that (which I occasionally have a use for) rather than Internet Recovery (which I don't really).

    Any thoughts/help would be appreciated!
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    You confuse two things, there is Recovery and internet recovery, recovery resides on the recovery partition and has recovery besides some utilities, it is not a FULL install, it still needs to download the OS from the internet.
    Internet recovery is different, it's build into the firmware and even works without a HD, when your HD for instance crashes you can still use internet recovery to install an OS.
    Both must have an active internet connection to download the latest OS X.

    Is this stupid?
    Yes, I think so, especially if you have a slow internet connection, why not put an installer on the Recovery partition, it's only about 4.5 GB instead of about 1 GB now.
     
  3. mustgroove thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not confusing anything, I perfectly understand the difference between the two. My point is, Apple's page says the Cmd-R hotkey during boot should launch Recovery mode unless that partition is broken, and that hotkey on my machine launches Internet Recovery instead, when my Recovery partition is fine.
     
  4. wafl iron macrumors regular

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    hold alt when you boot, there should be an option to go into "recovery" if its there.
     
  5. mustgroove thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yep definitely aware of the Alt key boot menu option but that often takes ages for the actual menu to pop up for some reason, the direct hotkey method is def better but it just seems to be producing the wrong behaviour for some reason
     
  6. justperry macrumors 604

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    Must have read it wrong.

    I do know that the Command-Option-R should bring you right in internet recovery, maybe the Option key is stuck!
    Apple does not mention this shortcut on their Shortcut page, it's buried deep somewhere else on another page.
     
  7. trigonometry macrumors 6502

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    CMD-R takes me directly to Recovery with Disk Utility as an option. Are you sure you have the Recovery partition installed? Check System Information > Hardware > Serial ATA. At the bottom it should be listed. Mine is 650 MB.
     

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