Internet Recovery is a feature of OS X that allows the user to boot directly from Apple's servers. It checks the computer's memory and hard drive, then allows a reinstall of OS X. This feature was first introduced with OS X Lion in the summer of 2011.

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Why does recovery mode keep failing to install OS X on a new hard drive?

I had a hard drive die in my Macbook Pro (from ~2012) and I replaced it. I booted into recovery mode and tried to install an OS on the new SSD, but it keeps hanging at "installing additional ...
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Accessing Internet Recovery

I have a late 2012 model iMac that I'm preparing to sell. I want to reset it to factory defaults, so Internet Recovery sounds perfect. However, Cmd + Option + R during boot does not work. For that ...
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Unable to Boot MacBook using any means after attempted Fedora Install

Wondering if anyone has any last ditch efforts I can try here to salvage my macbook! I recently attempted to install fedora to dual boot on my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, the install crashed, the ...
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Internet Recovery after crash

My Mac running Mountain Lion OS, crashed during startup , so i followed instructions as mentioned on Apple website I chose Internet recovery option by pressing Cmd + R key. After running disk utility ...
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Entering in recovery system trouble

When I'm trying to enter in recovery system through pressing cmd+R I'm getting OS X Internet Recovery instead of Utilites window. How to avoid it?
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What happens after OS X Internet Recovery without erasing disk

I want to reinstall OS X Yosemite in my MacBook Pro 2015 without erasing the disk. What will I need to reinstall after the process is done? What files are not removed from my hard drive? What files ...
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Concern about a compromised version of the OS

I was reinstalling the OS on my Mac via Internet Recovery using a wifi connection. As it wasn't connected to a power source, the screen of my Mac would constantly go black and I would press the screen ...
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Cannot install OS X in recovery mode

I want to reset my iMac (late 2014, 1 TB Fusion Drive) to factory settings. As I want to set it back to Yosemite, I am using Internet Recovery (Command-Option-R) as I have installed El Capitan in the ...
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Do I need the DVD to reformat 2011 MacBook Pro with OS X Yosemite

I have a MacBook Pro from early 2011 which was shipped to me with a DVD that I could use to reformat the machine, which I do not have with me at the moment. I have upgraded to OS X Yosemite though, ...
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Password incorrect and Internet Recovery Mode -3001f Error

Have an iMac here roughly 2 years old and within the last week the admin account password has stopped working. It is the correct password, used on all of our devices and only IT staff use it. The ...
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Not seeing hard disk in Disk Utility in Internet Recovery Mode

System specs: 2010 MacBook Pro Mountain Lion. It all began with the grey screen and spinning wheel..... there were no prior symptoms indicating problems, plenty of available memory... etc. I have ...
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Create a bootable usb from Yosemite.app [duplicate]

So my problem is that my mac is not booting up. Also,the OS X recovery HD is not available. Also, the internet recovery is not detecting my WiFi .. so i intend to clean install Yosemite on my mac. I ...
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Erasing and Partitioning Hard Drive from Internet Recovery

My MacBook Pro (mid 2012) was encrypted and running Yosemite 10.10.3. (The last update with Photos ruined it.) Yesterday, all of a sudden, everything freezes. I forced Shut Down and since then, it´s ...
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Find My Mac and Internet Recovery

So after a long unsuccessful day trying to find OS X Lion 10.7 build 11a2063 (let me know if you have the dmg!) with the intent of reinstalling OS X on my MacBook Air, currently without an Operating ...
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How do I restart Internet Recovery on Macbook Air

Recently I've used Internet Recovery to recover OSX and connected to a certain Wifi hotspot to do so. The recover could not finish, and I had to stop the recovery. Now whenever I try to start up ...
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Install Latest OS X version with Internet Recovery

This is on a 2012 MacBook Air. I just used Disk Utility and erased the SSD, booted into Internet Recovery, connected to the network and let it do its thing. Its prompting me to install Lion. From ...
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Recovery Partition on Mac Mini with RAID 1

Earlier this week, my Mac Mini OS crapped out on me. So I decided to upgrade the memory to 16GB and purchased the dual drive kit. I am running 2x 750GB in RAID 1. I know Internet Recovery only ...
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Internet Recovery loads ML instead of Mavericks

Had to recover my computer using Internet Recovery. For some reason it installed Mountain Lion instead of the Mavericks OS I previously had. How did this happen?
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OS X Not Booting into Internet Recovery

I own a iMac 2007 (Mid). I've realised that whenever i try to boot onto internet recovery, it doesn't. It boots onto OS X Utilities. I wiped my drive to re-install OS X but i currently don't have a ...
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Will 'Internet Recovery' necessarily erase my hard drive?

My Mac is booting to the 'question mark' folder. I option-booted to 'Internet Recovery'. Before I proceed, I would like to know: Will 'Internet Recovery' necessarily erase my hard drive? Can anyone ...
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How to reformat/install new SSD on MBP late2010 using OS X Internet Recovery

I had been saving some money to buy an SSD and finally I did. My old HDDs motor shut down so I had to replace it. I put it in the macbook all good but it isnt recognized by the system as a hard drive ...
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How do I boot into Internet Recovery on a iMac?

i have this problem i tap on COMMAND+OPTION+R and I want to boot into Internet Recovery on a iMac and for some reason it just continues the screen and boots onto OS X Utilities. Someone help me?
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Selling a MacBook Pro with preinstalled OSX and transferring the license

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2010 and have since upgraded all the way to Mavericks. I am now selling the device and the online restore option requests my apple ID. Using that, I've installed a clean ...
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I bought a Mac that did not come with recovery media. Can I reinstall my original OS?

For the last few years Macs have not shipped with recovery media. Instead, you could boot into a mode where the Mac OS X installer is downloaded from the internet. With OS X Mavericks now a free ...
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Why does my macbook always shut down on recovery?

Hi am trying to fix a MacBook Unibody Model A1342, The macbook has an unknown error that might also be caused by water accident or drop or just internal problems. (I dont know about the macbooks ...
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Dual Boot OSX on Retina MBP 15

I want to install a fresh copy of OSX onto my Retina MBP, next to the one that it came preinstalled with. I have created a 2nd partition using Disk Utility ready for the install, but have now found ...
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Anyway to reinstall a clean Mountain Lion without erasing my personal data?

Actually I really need a clean ML on my Macbook, will the Internet Recovery function delete the system folder (not user folder) and replace a clean installation to it? I need a clean system with no ...
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Clean install a Macbook without another Mac

A friend of mine recently bought a new laptop and passed me his old Macbook Pro 6,2. I think he had Lion on it, but the installation CD has been long lost. I put in a new disk (he kept the original ...
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Is it possible to configure (or trick) internet recovery to load Lion instead of Mountain Lion?

I have two machines this week that I needed to install Lion on and both were shipped with Lion and subsequently upgraded to Mountain Lion. I tried wiping the drives, but Internet Recovery only offers ...