Although the terms ‘recovery partition’ and ‘partition recovery’ sound somewhat similar, they are two very different things. This article explains both these terms in detail and when they are used. To begin with, let’s cover some details about ‘recovery partition’ and how it’s used.
What do you mean by Recovery Partition
The recovery partition is a partition in your hard disk that is mainly used to reinstall your operating system in case of a system failure or other disasters. It is fairly straightforward to access the recovery partition. To access the recovery partition,
- Turn ON your Mac
- Press and hold the Command + R keys until you see a Mac OS utility screen. This is called the recovery mode/partition.
Here you will see the following options:
- Reinstall Mac OS: This provides an installation of the Mac OS in case of a system crash or a failure.
- Restore from Time Machine backup: As the name suggests, this restore feature is used when you want to restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup in the event of a system crash or other disasters. However, this is possible only when you have Time Machine set up beforehand.
- Access Disk Utility: The First Aid feature in Disk Utility is a wonderful feature to use when you want to repair damaged/corrupted volumes on your hard disk.
In addition to this, there is another distinguishing feature called ‘Internet Recovery’, which is what sets your Mac OS recovery partition apart from other OS’s. Internet Recovery comes in handy when the regular recovery partition isn’t working or is missing.
Now that we’ve seen what a recovery partition is, let us now look at partition recovery in the next section.
What is Partition Recovery
We normally think of a hard drive as one ‘whole’ disk, but it actually consists of multiple partitions within it. These partitions can get deleted due to various reasons such as improper usage of ‘Disk Utility’ tools, file system corruption or bad sectors on the disk etc. Recovery of deleted, lost or damaged partitions is termed as ‘partition recovery’.
In order to perform partition recovery, one needs to make use of tools designed specifically for this purpose, and Remo Recover’s partition recovery software is a top choice. This software is designed to recover lost or deleted partitions in the event of a hard drive failure, partitions deleted as a result of improper usage of disk utility tools or due to bad sectors on the disk. In addition to this, Remo Recover can also be used to recover data from formatted hard drives.
The advantage of using Remo Recover is that all your partitions are recovered in the exact same form as it was originally. This is possible because of the read-only mechanism that the software relies on.
You can use the software to recover data from all kinds of hard drives like SSD, HDD, SCSI, IDE, etc. and all storage devices like SD cards, external hard drives, and USB flash sticks. Remo offers a free trial; so go ahead and download the software to recover your files for free!