System fail, rescue disc, time machine.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by sainsburys, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. sainsburys macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    So I'm wondering. Because OS X is now shipped via iTunes how it is possible to restore system when it crash?
    I recently had problem with my Kubuntu. It worked on Friday, I'm starting it on Saturday and...screen is black system is not responding.
    In modern notebooks there are always rescue disc so you can restore system to the manufactured state. Is it (and how) possible on iMac? And, if yes, can I restore it with Time Machine disc?

    Thank you for your replies.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    There's two options, an internet recovery and a recovery partition.

    OSX now creates a recovery partition that's hidden and will be used for such occasions.

    a write up on Lion's recovery options:

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