Lesson 4. OS X Recovery

Goals

• Access the utilities available in OS X Recovery

• Reinstall OS X from OS X Recovery

• Create an external OS X Recovery disk

From a troubleshooting viewpoint, one of the most useful OS X features is the OS X Recovery system. OS X Recovery replaces functionality previously accessed via an OS X installation DVD. This enables you to not only reinstall OS X but also to access a variety of administration and troubleshooting utilities. The primary difference is that the OS X Recovery system is, by default, located on the primary system disk. This allows easy “anytime” access to recovery utilities without the need for additional media.

Tip

The OS X Recovery system partition, dubbed Recovery HD, is a hidden partition ...

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