My Macbook Pro (mid-2009) hard drive crashed a few weeks ago. Â Since I had a current Time Machine backup, I figured that it would be super-simple to install a new hard drive and do a restore. Â Well, it wasn’t as simple as I’d hoped.
After installing a new solid state drive (all you need is a small phillips screwdriver and a T6 Torx driver), I connected my Time Machine external drive and turned on the Macbook. Â I decided to see what would happen without trying any of the special startup keys.
It booted into a utility that let me start the Time Machine restore, but Time Machine didn’t find a suitable drive to restore to. Â I had to back out of the restore and use disk utility to format the drive (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)).
With a formatted drive, the Time Machine restore worked well. Â My Mac rebooted and was back in action. Â However, when I tried to turn File Vault encryption back on, I got the error from the screenshot above: “File Vault can’t be turned on for the disk; Some disk formats don’t support the recovery partition…”
Of course, when I formatted the drive, I didn’t create the recovery partition. Â I didn’t know that I needed to, and I didn’t know how to. Â Now I needed a way to create the recovery partition after the fact. Â Thankfully, Christopher Silvertooth has come to the rescue with “Recovery Partition Creator 3.7“.
Here’s my partition list before:
His app required the OSX Mavericks installer, but that’s available on the App Store. Â Here’s the simple process:
- Download OSX Mavericks from the App Store and then cancel the installation that auto-starts.
- Download Recovery Partition Creator 3.7, unpack it, and run it.
- Tell it what version of OSX you’re running, and where to find the OSX installer (the Applications folder)
That’s it! Â The recovery partition is there and File Vault will work again.