macOS: Putting a Recovery Partition on Your Mac (Without Reinstalling macOS)

Reinstalling a recovery partition without reinstalling the operating system

Page 2 – Installing Your New Recovery Partition and Tidying Up

Installing Your New Recovery Partition

Once the disk scan is done, the recovery creation process can start. Click on Continue to keep moving forward.

Recovery Partition Creator step 7
The disk check is done, and it’s time to create the recovery partition

Recovery Partition Creator will ask what version of OS X or macOS you have. Select the correct option to proceed.

Recovery Partition Creator step 8
Select which version of OS X or macOS you are running

Next, Recovery Partition Creator will ask you to locate your operating system install file. This will usually be in Applications, so find it and click on it. Then you can click Choose.

Recovery Partition Creator step 9
Choose the install file for your version of OS X or macOS

Time for a cup of coffee while Recovery Partition Creator installs the recovery partition.

Recovery Partition Creator step 10
Creating and installing the recovery partition

During the installation, you might notice a volume called OS X Install ESD appear on your desktop, along with an open Finder window. This is perfectly normal. Yes, this is called OS X Install ESD even in macOS Sierra.

Recovery Partition Creator Install ESD package
Don’t worry about seeing this pop up; it’s totally normal

At last, your recovery partition should be successfully created. Click OK to exit the script.

Recovery Partition Creator done installing
If all goes well, you’ll get this confirmation screen when your recovery partition is created

To test whether it’s worked, you can reboot your Mac and hold Command-R to boot into Recovery Mode.

Tidying Up

When you’re in Recovery Mode, let’s tidy up our security and make sure everything stays safe and sound. If you disabled SIP earlier, let’s enable it again. Launch Utilities > Terminal, and enter the following command:

csrutil enable

Then, reboot your Mac and get back to work (or play.)

Special thanks to Dan Frakes at Macworld for his excellent introduction to the Recovery Partition Creator script.

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Svevo D'Onofrio

Hi all!
every time I use Recovery Partition Creator 4.0.4, I get the following error message:

Error (async): The given disk is in use by a driver (leaf required) (-69695)

I’m running Sierra. Any suggestions?


Graham McKay

Also worth noting that, as Dave & John have mentioned in MGG, the Carbon Copy Cloner app has useful tools for creating/recreating/removing recovery partitions though I think you have to be booted from an alternate drive.


It might be a bit hard to shift into Recovery Mode to turn off SIP, since running these steps at all means you suspect your Recovery partition has problems. Luckily:
1) This will work with the Recovery partition from any other MacOS installations you have — including another Mac through Target Disk Mode — as long as they’re from El Capitan or newer.
2) The Internet Recovery boot (cmd-opt-R) will do the job, though it is likely to be very slow, since it’s coming over the Internet from Apple’s servers.