Create an OSX 10.9 Mavericks Recovery bootable USB!

OSX 10.9 Mavericks - App Store Page
OSX 10.9 Mavericks – App Store Page

This is just a small post to highlight that I have updated the site to include a specific page for Apple/OSX information.

My latest addition to this page details the method I used to create a bootable recovery USB for OSX 10.9 Mavericks.

No, I didn’t research how to do this because I am bored or have nothing better to do……after I updated OSX to Mavericks 10.9, and Ubuntu to 13.10, some aspect of the process fried my partition table which systematically resulted in a failure to boot anything other than OSX despite trying multiple methods of repairing the partition table/EFI using gdisk and rEFInd among several other techniques. Needless to say, nothing worked and in the process of deciding to delete the Ubuntu and Windows 7 partitions to start again (by installing fresh versions of Ubuntu 13.10 and Windows 8.1), I accidentally wiped the OSX recovery partition.

Anywho, that left me in the unenviable position of having a MacBook with NO RECOVERY CAPACITY in case I did anything else stupid to my partitions or my partition tables.

One thing lead to another, and I researched a way of creating an external OSX Mavericks USB recovery drive, which when tested, worked flawlessly and in exactly the same manner as my original MacBook recovery partition.

So, anyone with a recent MacBook who tinkers with partitions and partition tables SHOULD CREATE A RECOVERY USB FOR OSX, just in case they find themselves without a bootable version of OSX or a bootable OSX recovery partition/tool.

OSX's createinstallmedia tool.