What’s the difference between Recovery Partition and Partition Recovery in Mac?

Are you familiar with the term ‘Partition Recovery’ and ‘Recovery Partition’? Do they both sound the same? Yes, although they sound the same, they are in fact entirely different. Recovery Partition is a partition on the hard drive that contains a bootable version of your Mac OS used when your Mac isn’t booting normally or in other emergencies. Partition Recovery, on the other hand, is recovering deleted or lost partitions. Let’s look at both of these terms in detail and how to use them here in this blog.

Recovery Partition

Recovery partition

Let us first begin with the term ‘Recovery Partition’ and understand where and how it is used. Recovery Partition is usually an invisible partition on the hard drive that is used in case of emergencies. Like when your Mac isn’t booting, when your Mac is acting up and you wish to clear the drive or to repair the drive when it is corrupt/damaged. Whatever is the situation, the recovery partition will help you repair the drive or even reinstall OS in extreme situations. There are 4 main features in the recovery partition menu.

The first feature is called ‘Restore from Time Machine backup’ which helps you restore your Mac from the Time Machine backup. This is applicable only if you have stored your Mac data on the Time Machine drive beforehand.

The second is Reinstall Mac OS that is used when you want to reinstall your Mac OS. Next, there is Internet Recovery that is used when the regular recovery mode isn’t working. And the last option is Disk Utility that is used to identify and repair corruption/damages in your hard drive.

In order to access the recovery partition, all you need to do is follow the two steps below:

  1. Switch OFF your Mac
  2. Turn it back ON and while it starts, press the Command + R keys to access the recovery partition

Partition Recovery

The term Partition Recovery refers to recovering lost, deleted or damaged partitions on your hard drive. Partitions can get deleted due to various reasons such as bad sectors on the disk, file system corruption or due to mistakes during disk management operations. In these situations, partitions can be recovered using a process called partition recovery.

Although there are built-in disk management tools available to add or delete partitions, there are no such built-in tools to recover deleted or lost partitions. For this purpose, one needs to make use of specialized third-party tools like Yodot hard drive recovery software.

Yodot Partition Recovery software is capable of recovering partitions and data all in original form. The original folder structure and file names are maintained during the partition recovery process, so you don’t need to worry about any damage to your data. Using this tool, all types of files such as images, videos, audio, text, PDF’s, Word documents etc. can be recovered.

Using this Mac data recovery software, it is possible to recover data from corrupt, damaged or inaccessible volumes. And all file systems like HFS, HFSX, ExFAT, FAT 16 and FAT32 are supported.