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Nick Meyers
Cloned my startup drive to an SSD, now recovery mode won't work
on Nov 29, 2017 at 4:00:10 am

subject line pretty much of says it all.

i'm upgrading my older laptop by installing an SSD drive.
i cloned the internal to the SSD, and that worked fine until i tried to start up in recovery mode, by using the standard Command R key comp,
but my laptop keeps going direct to INTERNET recovery mode.

maybe the recovery partition didn't get cloned ?
to top it off , i've erased the old hard-drive (feeling pretty silly about that).

any advice most welcome !

nick


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Cloned my startup drive to an SSD, now recovery mode won't work
on Nov 29, 2017 at 5:25:00 am

Try cloning to a different drive, perhaps it will build a new recovery partition? That’s the best idea I’ve got.

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Roger Poole
Re: Cloned my startup drive to an SSD, now recovery mode won't work
on Nov 29, 2017 at 1:20:28 pm

Nick, is your new SSD named exactly the same as your old disk. My thoughts are that the recovery partition is linked to Disk X and not Disk XX. So the recovery partition may be looking for Disk X. If you remember the exact name of your old disk, try changing the name of the SSD to the name of the previous disk where the recovery partition was created.

Good luck.


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Warren Eig
Re: Cloned my startup drive to an SSD, now recovery mode won't work
on Nov 29, 2017 at 5:39:01 pm

Here's a trick. Install the OS on the SSD from scratch. It will create the recovery partition. Now clone your original drive to the SSD. If you use SuperDuper! you can do a smart clone and it will only update the needed files to make a clone. Voila! you have the recovery partition.

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Shane Ross
Re: Cloned my startup drive to an SSD, now recovery mode won't work
on Nov 29, 2017 at 6:16:11 pm

What did you use to Clone? Carbon Copy Cloner, newer ones at least, make sure the recovery partition is cloned as well. But I do think Warren has the best advice here...

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Roger Poole
Re: Cloned my startup drive to an SSD, now recovery mode won't work
on Nov 29, 2017 at 9:39:43 pm

As Nick said, he's erased the original disk. So only the new SSD to work with.


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Nick Meyers
Re: Cloned my startup drive to an SSD, now recovery mode won't work
on Nov 30, 2017 at 7:03:38 am

[Roger Poole] "try changing the name of the SSD to the name of the previous disk"

thanks Roger, i will try that first

[Shane Ross] "What did you use to Clone? Carbon Copy Cloner, newer ones at least, make sure the recovery partition is cloned as well."

thanks, Shane, yes i did use CCC. maybe a skipped a step?

[Warren Eig] "Here's a trick. Install the OS on the SSD from scratch. It will create the recovery partition. Now clone your original drive to the SSD. If you use SuperDuper! you can do a smart clone and it will only update the needed files to make a clone. Voila! you have the recovery partition.
"


that does make sense.
as i mentioned, i wiped the original drive, but i can clone back to it or another drive, and start from scratch on the SSD


thanks, folks
nick


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Nick Meyers
Re: Cloned my startup drive to an SSD, now recovery mode won't work
on Dec 1, 2017 at 7:33:18 am

turns out this is standard behaviour...

CCC doesn't create a recovery drive when cloning,
it creates an ARCHIVE of it,
which has to be un-archived after the clone.

this is done from CCC again, but can't be done from the cloned drive,
you need to boot from another drive.
so keeping my original until that'd been done would have been the thing to do.

i wound up starting my laptop (with the new SSD) as a dumb drive, and hooked it up to my iMac,
and CCC on that machine could do the job

so my laptop now has a nice new SSD drive WITH a recovery drive ☺


cheers,
nick


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Roger Poole
Re: Cloned my startup drive to an SSD, now recovery mode won't work
on Dec 5, 2017 at 11:58:26 am

Nick, thanks for posting the solution. Now we all know.


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