Mac OS X Lion To Include Recovery Partition

Posted in OS X on 25/02/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


Apple’s new OS X Lion Developer Preview apparently changes the way that users can reinstall their computer or restore from a Time Machine Backup. According to CultofMac, Apple has now added a recovery partition to OS X. The recovery partition basically acts as a stand-in for your 10.7 DVD or your computers restore DVD, and contains all of the options that are contained on the original installation medium.

While some computer manufacturers, such as HP, have done this with Windows computers (requiring some configuring and work by the OEM), it appears the feature has now become a standard, automatic feature of OS X Lion. I suspect this is just another was for Apple to help their users overcome their dependance on the optical drive, and may in fact be a preparatory step for removing the optical drive from future Macs.

Check out the details, as well as an image gallery, over at CultofMac.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.