Need help restalling Recovery after cloning new SSD.

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by jamesryanbell, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    Well, I'm stuck...but someone's gotta know how to fix this.

    I have an 11" 2010 MBA with the 128GB SSD in it (running Lion obviously). I bought a OWC 240GB SSD recently, along with an enclosure for it in order to clone the old drive to the new one. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the 128GB drive over to the new 240GB drive. Everything works fine, except for the fact that someone said that CCC DOESN'T copy the Lion Recovery portion (it's hidden or something). I restarted this morning to check that out, and held CMD-R when booting. Not only did Lion Recovery not show up, my desktop showed up (with everything along the top looking normal) and no icon bar at the bottom. Couldn't click anything. Just totally locked.

    I downloaded Lion from the App Store, so I don't have an external USB key or anything else to boot from. I did leave the old 128GB stock SSD though exactly how it was (I didn't erase it after cloning). Is there something I can do with that to copy it over (I know I'm grasping at straws here, but I'm just not sure what to do)?

    How do I get the Lion recovery portion of the disk installed to the new drive? I can't do a CMD-R on boot, so that won't work.
  2. ragu, Nov 19, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011

    ragu macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2009
    There is an app out called CopycatX cost's $49 for the downloaded version this will copy all hidden partitions out there and is lion actually shows all the different partitions on the drive and I have used it and it works flawlessly even for Apple TV drives :)
    here is Url>
  3. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    Well, $49 isn't too fun, but if that's the best way, I may opt to do that. Thanks for the link. :)

    Any other ideas?
  4. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    I think these steps should work for you:

    1) use the Lion recovery disk assistant and create a bootable usb flash drive.

    2) put your old SSD drive into the enclosure.

    3) boot up your system ( hold opt key ) and point to the usb flash drive.

    4) re-install Lion via internet recovery onto the new SSD.

    When you re-install it completely it will create the recovery partition onto the new SSD along with the usual Lion partition.

    Create some kind of dummy account ( throwaway name ) when you do the install ... not the same name and not tied to your apple id of your old SSD.

    5) after the Lion install completes then do all the updates if any on your system.

    6) use the migration assistant application to migrate your stuff ( good account ) from the SSD in the enclosure.

    7) Make sure the migrated account is also an admin account ( it should be ).

    8) reboot eventually and now choose your old account

    Everything should be back.
  5. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    The dummy account thing seems like a chore, but I do agree that it sounds like it should work. Thanks so much for taking the time to post that.

    Still open to other ideas just to learn. :)
  6. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    It seems a little weird that one way of re-installing will recreate a new recovery partition and another way does not.

    It sure seems like the other way should pop up a message box and ask "hey do you also want me to create a recovery partition on this disk cuz otherwise you will not end up with one?".

    Seems like apple QA process should have caught that in testing.
  7. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Wouldnt it be easier to keep/carry a USB Drive with Lion on it rather than waste the space on a recovery partition?
  8. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    I don't think it's very big.
  9. egarc macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2011
    I'm not sure of a more elegant solution but if you want to fix it right, you'll have to put your original SSD in a USB case. Since you've had your new SSD in your computer for a while, I'd suggest cloning it to the original SSD. Then install Lion on the new SSD and at the end of the installation, it will ask if you want to migrate your data from another disk. Choose your newly cloned USB SSD and all will be good.

    You'll have a fresh installation of Lion with your recovery disk and all your applications, settings, user account information and documents intact.

    It may take longer than you'd like but it's the right way to do it. Using the two SSD's will be pretty fast though.

    Then install TRIM enabler.
  10. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
  11. waltervt macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2011
    Valencia, Spain
    If I migrate what I need to my fresh instalation of Lion will all my program settings and licences/activation_codes/projects/events/etc remain the same? Or will it be like installing the app all ovr again?


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