Recovery partition necessary if I have Time Machine?

dba415

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Is the automatically created "10.8 Recovery" partition necessary if I already have Time Machine backing up to an external hard drive? How do I get rid of it if it isn't needed?
 

phyrexia

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Is the automatically created "10.8 Recovery" partition necessary if I already have Time Machine backing up to an external hard drive? How do I get rid of it if it isn't needed?
They're two separate things. So, the Recovery Partition is needed, regardless of whether you are going to use Time Machine backups.
 

prisstratton

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Is the automatically created "10.8 Recovery" partition necessary if I already have Time Machine backing up to an external hard drive? How do I get rid of it if it isn't needed?
It sounds like you are looking to save as much space on your HDD as possible (please correct me if I am wrong). If you create a bootable USB drive from your ML installation, then you do not need the rescue partition, as the USB drive will do everything you need.
 

SlCKB0Y

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So, the Recovery Partition is needed, regardless of whether you are going to use Time Machine backups.
That is of course unless you don't mind downloading the recovery software everytime you need to restore from timemachine.

If the recovery process doesn't find the partition locally it just gets it from the web but it can take some time.. depending on your connection speed.
 

dba415

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It sounds like you are looking to save as much space on your HDD as possible (please correct me if I am wrong). If you create a bootable USB drive from your ML installation, then you do not need the rescue partition, as the USB drive will do everything you need.
It's only 200MB so it's negligible, I still have space on my hard drive. I'm annoyed because whenever I set up boot camp it shows up next to my Mac and Windows. I really just want to have 2 options on that screen instead of 3 options with the recovery partition taking up one.

Is there a way to remove that from the boot camp screen?
 

Fishrrman

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"Is the automatically created "10.8 Recovery" partition necessary if I already have Time Machine backing up to an external hard drive? How do I get rid of it if it isn't needed?"

You CAN'T BOOT from a Time Machine backup (shouting intentional). If you remove the recovery partition, and have only a Time Machine backup, you'll have no way to boot if the "main" (internal) system becomes corrupted.

If you want a fully-bootable solution that doesn't require the recovery partition, use CarbonCopyCloner to create a bootable clone of the internal drive on an "external" volume. This can be on an external drive, on a partition on an external drive, or even on a "docked drive" in a USB/SATA docking station.

A bootable clone will be worth MUCH MORE to you than either the recovery partition or a Time Machine backup in a "moment of extreme need".
 

Risco

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Question - If I have done a clean install of ML, does that now mean that my recovery partition has been upgrade to a clean install?
 

SlCKB0Y

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Question - If I have done a clean install of ML, does that now mean that my recovery partition has been upgrade to a clean install?
If you had a recovery partition when you clean installed Mountain Lion it should have been updated to the ML recovery...