New Hard Drive Formatting

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Ren23, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. Ren23 macrumors newbie

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    So my late 2010 21.5" iMac's hard drive is failing, and disk utility is telling me "This drive has a hardware problem that can't be repairs. Back up as much of the data as possible and replace the disk. See and authorized Apple retailer for more info"

    I have just bought a new hard drive to replace the existing one, however when using an app called Disk Drill, i have noticed that "Macintosh HD" has 2 partitions one is "Macintosh HD" and the other "Recovery HD" when formatting the new hard drive, do i need to have 2 partitions or just one? After quite a few hours googling, everywhere is specifying just 1 partition, but surely the "Recovery HD" is important if something like this were to happen again?
     
  2. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    The recovery partition is created automatically when you install Mavericks or Yosemite, or even Mountain Lion.
     

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