How to check if your Mac has a Recovery partition installed

The Recovery partition is a critical tool to help with macOS installation and fixing problems.

Starting a decade ago, Apple built the Recovery partition into macOS installations. It's an operating system in itself—Apple started calling it recoveryOS earlier in 2021. If something goes awry with macOS on your startup volume, you can boot into Recovery and run Disk Utility, reinstall macOS, and execute low-level utilities.

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Glenn Fleishman

Macworld.com
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