Updating to Mavericks on SSD without recovery partition

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  1. tejpatil macrumors newbie

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    Hi Everybody,

    All i have a question, last year i updated to ML on my late 2011 13'' when I my MBP had spinning hard drive. But later i bought SSD Vertex 4 256gb and installed it in MBP. Made a bootable install of ML on Flash USB Drive to install ML on SSD. Before i did all this i had taken backup via Time machine. So by using bootable usb flash i did a complete restore from time machine without any issue. But i believe i didn't create a recovery partition while i did this.

    So question is now i want to upgrade it to Mavericks and i have read in few forums that upgrade might go wrong if i don't have recovery partition. Is that true? If so what i need to do to upgrade without any issues or minimal issue? Any suggestion will help.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    I've read about the same but I have to say that I did not have a recovery partition and I upgraded to Mavericks and it created one.
    So I really don't know whether I was lucky :confused:
     
  3. tejpatil thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Quackers, Good to know. I will wait for few more time just want to know if anybody had any issue with this type of situation.
     
  4. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you should wait for other comments :)
    My experience could be an oddity :eek:
     
  5. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    You do not create the recovery partition the installer does it. From that description you give it sounds like you installed the ML then restored from TM. If so the partition was most likely created and you have no worries. To check to see if it is there then use diskutil list in the Terminal application it should show similar to this.

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    /dev/disk0
       #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
       0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *180.0 GB   disk4
       1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk4s1
       2:                  Apple_HFS Mavericks               179.2 GB   disk4s2
       3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk4s3
    
    If no Recovery HD then no recovery partition was created.
     
  6. Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry tejpatil I've been thinking :roll eyes:
    Shortly before I upgraded to Mavericks I ran an internet recovery so it's possible that a new recovery partition was created at that time.
    I'm afraid I can't now be sure so probably safer to disregard my earlier comments to be safe. :confused:
     
  7. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    The only way to run that recovery is if you had a Recovery HD partition already on the machine unless of course you did it from the USB drive that is. Well just had to check and no it does not put one on it.

    Code:
    /dev/disk6
       #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
       0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *60.0 GB    disk6
       1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk6s1
       2:                  Apple_HFS Install OS X Mavericks  8.0 GB     disk6s2
       3:                  Apple_HFS Extra                   51.5 GB    disk6s3
     
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  9. tejpatil thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nice, thanks Macuser2525. I did run the command and i see this. I really had no idea it existed. :D

    de:de$ diskutil list
    /dev/disk0
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUID_partition_scheme *256.1 GB disk0
    1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 255.2 GB disk0s2
    3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3
     
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  11. tejpatil thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Quackers, i was in same state, until i ran this command as mentioned by Macuser2525 and i see the recovery partition. Since you already did upgrade and Mavericks did create one for you after upgrade. So i believe you had recovery partition. But thanks for the information i appreciate it.:)
     
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    Your welcome.
     
  14. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    I could be wrong but I think that it is created as well by the installer as it is required to have a recovery partition to utilize iCloud things like back to my Mac and find my mac. If the partition doesn't exist then the services can't be enabled.
     

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