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Old 04-02-2013, 11:06 AM
Jim-st Jim-st is offline
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Replacing Mac HD means losing Recovery HD?


My 2006 Mac Pro (Lion 10.7.5) has been having a few minor issues of late, and I've decided it's time to give it a new Mac HD boot drive. I used SuperDuper to back up my boot drive to my second drive (Mac HD Backup) some time back and ordered a new drive, which has been sitting on my desk for a few weeks now waiting for me to install it.

In the meantime, I've been booting from Mac HD Backup, so some of my docs and applications have been updated on the Mac HD Backup drive, but not on the "old" Mac HD.

I thought replacing the "old" Mac HD with a new HD would be be straightforward: first clone Mac HD Backup to the "old" Mac HD (as a precaution), then remove "old" Mac HD, replace with the new drive, name it Mac HD and again clone it off my (Mac HD Backup) boot drive. Then reboot from "new" Mac HD and business as usual.

However, when I went to start this process today, I discovered that SuperDuper had not copied the Recovery HD volume from my Mac HD to my Mac HD Backup. So I guess if I now install a new Mac HD and clone it from my Mac HD Backup, the Recovery HD will be lost for ever.

I know from Apple Support ( that I can download a new copy of Lion from the App Store and install it on an SDHC card, as an alternative to the Recovery HD partition on my Mac HD. Is this the best way forward? I've read in another thread here that SuperDuper will not clone the Recovery partition, but a bit of me would prefer to have the Recovery HD on an internal partition, where it "belongs"

Any comments or suggestions welcome

Thanks in advance

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