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    Lion Recovery

    Hi,

    Just a quick question, because lion is diskless, how to i boot to its hidden recovery partition for a complete system rebuild.

    I have a late 2011 macmini id like to restore.

    Cheers

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    Hold down command+R during boot.

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    and if you're doing it through a proxy you might need Lion Recovery HD Through A Proxy - Mactasia

    Edit:
    You can use Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi if your cabled like I am ..

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    Or hold down alt on boot and then go from there!

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    Cheers guys, how the hell does this work and why, contact the apple servers, is it completely redownloading lion again? as i thought there was a hidden recovery partition locally?

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    It checks for updates I think .. on a whole, it is mostly on your Mac already as you said .. but if there's been a major update I think it downloads some of those for you too ..

    I think this is the case anyway .. I think it's also a way of checking that it's a legit copy too and that you're not trying to install it on an older machine by using a drive image from a newer machine with Lion on it ..

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    On older machines I think it downloads some files required to restore and check to see if it's been purchased by the account. I just re-image the partition using Deploy Studio as its usually quicker.
    Last edited by HodgeHi; 26th April 2012 at 11:36 AM.

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