Reinstall Mavericks without Recovery Partition on HD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by simon lefisch, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    Hey everyone,

    I have a question about replacing an internal drive on a Mac Mini.

    My friend called me saying that his HD failed and I was going to let him use an old drive that I'm not using anymore so he could reinstall OS X. The problem is he doesn't have access to another Mac so he can't download the installer. Also, he never updated his Mac mini beyond the OS it came with, which I believe is Mavericks. I was thinking of downloading the Recovery HD Assistant from the Apple site and cloning my Recovery HD to the drive I was going to let him borrow, install in his Mac mini, then use the internet Recovery tool to download Mavericks so he could get his system running again.

    Now here's the I need to create 2 partitions on the drive (one for Recovery and other OS)? Or can I just wipe the drive, create 1 partition, clone the Recovery image (which I know gets hidden once completed) and be able to reinstall OS X via internet Recovery?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The internet recovery process creates the hidden recovery partition for you. You don't have to do anything.
  3. simon lefisch thread starter macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    You're the man! Thanks for letting me know

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