Recovery Partition on Mavericks?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Rolanddes, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. Rolanddes macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011
    Hi guys,

    I created a Yosemite (and later changed my mind and created a Mavericks) boot USB so that I can make a clean install if things go south. I used DiskMaker for this.

    But after I created it I see that on the boot screen (the one I can access via holding down the option key while booting the computer) there's a Recovery option for Mavericks.

    I do not know if this came after my boot usb creation or it was there before; but there it is.

    What I want to know is wheter that recovery partition or whatever it is, is enough to make a clean install of Mavericks? (in case I need in the future) If it is enough I will get to erase my USB stick and use it for other purposes :)

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  2. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012
    A recovery partition can be used to do a clean install, but will require a redownload of the installer. Likewise for internet recovery.

    A bootable usb installer is better than both these methods because it does not require a redownload in order to install the system.
  3. Rolanddes thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011

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