Recovery / re-install - Newbie Q

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mba123, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. mba123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2012
    Hi guys, new to macs - got my first one this week so a bit of a newbie Q...

    As ever with computers they eventually become slow/run-down/download a dodgy file etc and a fresh install is required....usually by sticking XP in the cd drive :D

    What's the deal with macs? Is a portion of my SSD reserved as protection / to re-install ML if ever required?

    Or do i need to portion off a section myself?

    Thanks :)
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Congratulations and welcome!
    Time doesn't make a computer slow. Its performance is determined by what you have running at any point in time, barring hardware issues.

    If you're having performance issues, this may help:
    Yes. OS X: About OS X Recovery
    Apple - OS X Recovery restores your Mac with a few clicks.
    Hands on with Mountain Lion's OS X Recovery and Internet Recovery | Macworld

    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
    Portables Fast Start: The New User's Guide to Apple Notebooks
  3. mba123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2012
    Thanks - will have a good read of these links :)

    No problems at present with my mac - just want to make sure I've sorted everything that needs to be before it's too late.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Partly... your new Mac will have a Recovery HD partition, but that does not contain the full install of the OS like some Windows machines. It only allows you to boot and redownload the OS from Apple's servers.
  5. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    Forget what you know about Windows.

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