'OS X Lion Recovery is real innovation'

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by elfguy, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    This feature already exists in Windows 7. Its under f8 and then repair your computer. It also comes up if your computer can't start a few times in a row.
     
  2. waynep macrumors 6502

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    Windows has the recovery partition which is also something Lion has. Those are basically similar functions.

    What Windows does not have is the Internet Recovery portion. Put a blank hard disk in a Mac (future Macs including today's announced Airs) it will load OSX from Apple's servers from the Internet. No local media required, no recovery partition required.
     
  3. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    It does not download a recovery image from MS servers and install into a new hard drive.
     
  4. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    There is a recovery partition. The mac os recovery center has to be loaded from a partition. If no lion is installed it will not boot as there is no source to boot from. You can only get to recovery if theres a disk that had the os installed on it.
     
  5. TrickyRick macrumors member

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    But you can still do the internet install and hence you're really just pointing out the obvious "If there is no boot partition you can't boot!".
     
  6. zub3qin macrumors 65816

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    Why are only the new macs released today able to take advantage of this?
    Do they have a new small HDD or SSD built in separate from the real HD, just for this purpose?
     
  7. TrickyRick macrumors member

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  8. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Not true. The new macs released today all have a system that can boot from Apple's servers and install the recovery partition. They can even do this wireless.

    Once the recovery partition is installed the entire operating system can be downloaded and installed from Apple. This is a new feature that does not exist under Windows at all.
     
  9. TrickyRick macrumors member

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    Technically, he is correct. But as I mentioned in my previous post he's really only pointing out the obvious "If there's not recovery partition you can't boot from it". The internet recovery downloads the OS and sets up a partition to boot from.
     
  10. RamGuy macrumors 6502a

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    It's quite obvious as this new recovery feature is limited to new MacBooks shipped with OS X Lion that Apple have added some boot flash or something on Mac computers produced after this date, this boot flash contains the recovery firmware / tool which enables you to grab a up-to-date version of OS X Lion over the Internet and the installation is cached on your hard drive and then it's installed.

    So there is no recovery partition of any sort, your hard drive can die and you replace it and still your able to fire up the recovery utility and make a fresh installation of OS X Lion if you've got Internet connection.

    If you don't see how this differs from Windows7 recovery partition which will be gone the minute you replace your dead hard drive, then I understand why you can't see how genius this new recovery solution really is.
     

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