An OS X feature that hides a Recovery HD on Macs to facilitate maintenance, recovery and reinstallation if the OS becomes corrupt. Topic of recovery-mode-ios, data-recovery or file-recovery are unrelated to the recovery category here.

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No startup disks are available during boot

I had my Macbook running in Boot Camp. I used the Boot Camp Assistant and selected to reboot into OS X. When it rebooted, it immediately started up into Recovery mode. I did a verify disk and it ...
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System restore: an error occurred while preparing the installation

I bought a used mac mini on ebay, the guy who sent it to me completely formatted it, leaving only recovery partition. Now when I boot the recover, I see 4 options, one of them is reinstall the OS. ...
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MacBook Pro failing Internet Recovery with exclamation mark

My MacBook Pro from 2009 restarts itself and doesn't charge, I tried recovery hd but I hadn't used Time Machine so the option is not there and now I'm trying Internet Recovery it give an exclamation ...
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HFS+ invalid number of allocation blocks

Okay so a few days ago I wanted to install Ubuntu GNOME over regular Ubuntu and it gave me the option to automatically overwrite my Ubuntu installation (that I had on a separate partition from my OS X ...
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JetDrive installation with missing Recovery partition: Clone internal SSD to external SSD

I have accidentally deleted my recovery partition (Yosemite) - no problem so far. Now I have bought the JetDrive 725 and want to install it. I have to boot into the recovery mode and clone the ...
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iPad 3 stuck on the iTunes logo

My iPad 3 will not turn on. It started freezing up and would reboot and then it would have a black screen with white text. It's currently stuck on the iTunes logo. It will connect to iTunes but it ...
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Failing OS X Lion installation (in loop, no control)

I've been trying to upgrade my OS to Lion (still old, I know). The installation failed because "recovery system can't be created". So I backed up everything, and installed Lion on an external drive. ...
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Internet Recovery failed -1006f

My problem is same as with this question -1006F error message when trying to recover mac I have follow that question which direct me to this thread ...
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Unable to boot into recovery mode on Mavericks Mid 2009 17" Macbook Pro

I am trying to restore a new SSD I placed into my MBP using a Time Machine backup on an external HD. In order to do this, I read I need to be able to go into recovery mode as I boot my system up. To ...
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Music library deleted from iPhone

I switched from the iPhone to a Samsung last May and today decided to charge my old phone to use it as a regular iPod. However, when I turned it on all of my music was gone. The computer I had it back ...
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Jailbroken iPhone 6 stuck in recovery mode

I selected the "Erase All Content" button in my iPhone today and ever since, it has been stuck on the Apple logo screen with a progress bar under at 0% making no progress. I can't get it to stay in ...
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How do I sort/recover deleted items on Mac?

So I'm a DJ and I was going through my music files in Itunes when I made a bonehead mistake of deleting about half of my music library! Now I go to my Trash Bin in hopes of being able to recover those ...
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Is it possible to generate or update a recovery parition

We have started to replace hard drives in some MacBook Pros and Airs that are about 3 years old. We found out the hard way that FileVault encryption requires a recovery parition. If we install ...
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Internet recovery mode not working

I have got macbook pro early 2011 model. Initially it came with Mac OS X Lion. Later on I upgraded it to Mavericks. Recently I thought of upgrading it to Yosemite which I did. On successful ...
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New SSD: How to get into OS X Recovery?

I am going to be installing a SSD into my 2011 15" Macbook Pro. After I install the SSD, how should I boot into OS X Recovery? Should I use Internet Recovery even though my Mac came with OS X 10.7; ...
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What's the best software to backup a bricked iPhone?

I am an unfortunate iPhone 6 user that would like to somehow save the data on his phone. I am able to run the phone into "recovery mode" so perhaps not all hope is lost. I came across a number of ...
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Iphone 5 can not restore!

Hello I have an Iphone 5 GSM it was jailbroken, i tried to do a manual update with the phone itself. Since then the devise is stuck on the apple logo and the loading bar is not moving. I tried to ...
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Deleted all Mac OS X internal hard drive partitions

I booted to a live Ubuntu USB, wanting to delete partitions on an SD card, and ended up deleting all my partitions on my MacBook Pro's internal hd. I have already tried gpart (which gets stuck at ...
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Read dead iPhone's files?

I have a broken iPhone 4S with iOS 8.1.1 jailbroken. It fell a lot, and the battery connector (I forgot to screw it back in) ripped out of it and the screen is broken so even if I place it and hold it ...
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How to re-install my macbook pro?

I have a Mid 2011 MacBook Pro. (Lion 10.7 - without the EFI Upgrade ) The OS partition was deleted (when I couldn't boot my mac). I have a recovery HD. When I try to Use internet recovery, I get ...
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How to restore system from network drive?

I have a 2014 MacBook Pro. I want to restore my OS from a Time Machine backup which is on a shared network volume. When I restart in recovery (Apple-Opt-R), it boots from internet, but if I try to ...
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Macbook Lion Recovery Disk Utilities cannot detect newly installed SSD

I just installed the SSD and I cannot detect the SSD in Disk Utilities of the recovery disk. Even trying to restore from time machine backup it cannot find any disk it can restore to. I am restoring ...
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Restoring Missing Recovery Partition on Yosemite [closed]

Thought this might be of help to those who have cloned a Yosemite hard drive but are now missing the Recovery Partition. To restore the recovery partition on a Yosemite install, you’ll need a few ...
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What to do when I cannot boot the Recovery partition?

tl;dr When I hold alt during boot, and select the Recovery partition, the computer displays the bright grey screen with an Apple logo, and a spinning work indicator. But after a few hours nothing has ...
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FileVault Stuck on Pause

I just got a new 13" rMBP with Yosemite installed. I chose to enable FileVault when I set the machine up. Now, several days later, an app called "Reverting from FileVault" shows on the list of apps ...
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How to start to recovery mode in a Mac OS X VM in Parallels?

Is it possible to start into Recovery/Internet recovery mode in a virtualized Mac OS X in Parallels? It would come in handy to take screenshots of those UIs or running apps to exemplify some steps ...
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Shell script to boot OSX in recovery mode and execute another shellscript

I'm working at a University and we are restoring our Macs using Apples ars which works great. The process is to manually go to the computer - reboot it in recovery mode and then run the ars command to ...
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Target Disk Mode & SMART

This Question - Getting loads of Open error 5's when using Terminal to repair permissions - raises the question, Does mounting a drive in Target Disk Mode bypass SMART, preventing any lockout if ...
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Is there a way to recover a word document password?

I have several password protected word docs that I have forgotten the password for. Is there a way to recover them? I am using Word 2011.
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how do i get OLD photos out of my photo stream folders

I have 700 photos on my photo stream (recovered after a lost phone! and older than 30 days) but I can't figure out how to download them. only the most recent (100-ish) photos upload to iCloud photos. ...
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Do I have a Recovery HD?

I replaced my MBPs HDD with an SSD and put the HDD in the optical bay. Since then, I was missing the Recovery HD partition. That was still on Lion Now I have upgraded to Yosemite, and running ...
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Settings and history have disappeared in several programs

I restarted the Adium and see that my settings changed to default. My history is clear, only 10% of contacts left in contact list. Then I check Skype, it was ok untill I restarted it too. All contacts ...
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Another Yosemite Problem

I tried updating to Yosemite on my MacBook Pro and keep getting a message saying that it cannot be installed on my computer. I ran the disk verify in Utilities and it says my HD is corrupt. Is there ...
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internet restore without firmware support

my Mac is not supported for Internet recovery, is there any other way/option to do Internet Recovery (boot-able tool to launch Internet Recovery )? edit: Macbookpro2,2 with blank hard-disk
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Can you help me reformat my disk in recovery mode? Seriously botched Yosemite/FileVault installation

I have a mid-2011 macbook air. When I start up my computer, it automatically goes to recovery mode. I have a backup of my data, so I don't care what I have to do to get OS X working again. Disk ...
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iPad update/restore iOS 8.1 stuck at 10%; cannot exit recovery mode

I wanted to upgrade my iPad from iOS 7 to iOS 8.1. I downloaded an IPSW from ipswdownloader.com and tried updating by alt+clicking the update button. The update process stopped at around 10%. I tried ...
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How to recover photos from an iPhone 3G?

I used an iPhone 3G from May of 2009 until around the spring of 2013, at which time I upgraded to the iPhone 5. I've always been a prolific iPhotographer :) and recently pulled around 12,000 photos ...
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Is there a way to clean up possibly invalid disks that only show up on Mac OS Recovery through ‘diskutil list’ in Terminal? Does Recovery use them?

Hopefully that question is clear enough, and hopefully this is just me being silly. When I boot into the Recovery Partition, go into Terminal, and run 'diskutil list', I get quite a few tiny and ...
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Duplicate FileVault setup using using fdesetup

I upgraded to OSX 10.10 Yosemite yesterday, and accepted Apple's offer to encrypt my hard drive as a part of the upgrade process. However, Apple did not offer me a recovery key and did not offer to ...
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Brand new Macbook Pro no longer working — can't reinstall, can't boot into recovery

Just got a brand new macbook pro w/ retina for my gf about 2 weeks ago. She's been on the laptop about 4-5 times. The last time she tried getting on it, she kept logging in and getting to a screen ...
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Missing Yosemite Recovery Partition

After doing a standard, App Store upgrade of Yosemite it seems that the recovery partition is still Mavericks-specific. Whether I hold Cmd+R or Option and select the recovery partition it takes me to ...
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Textedit file missing, How to recover?

I have been working on my scenario for a week on textedit, and this morning while I was making correction my file disappeared, while the other textedit files that were open remained on-screen. I ...
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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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I think my HD is failing. Can't backup files from recovery mode. How can I preserve my data?

I'm really worried, and I'm hoping that you guys can help me salvage some files. Here's what happened: This morning I woke my iMac up from sleep, but it was hardly responding. I would click something ...
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What are the utilities included in the Mavericks recovery partition?

What is Mavericks Recovery Partition good for? I have Maverick also installed on an external Hard drive, in case something goes wrong with my main system I can use this external hard. Do I still need ...
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Trying to re-format via internet recovery, no entry sign

I am trying to reformat my MBP 13" late 2012 as I've sold it on eBay. I have KnowHow support from PC World and they're absolutely useless and just the most arrogant people I've ever spoke to in my ...
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Cannot boot recorvery

I am trying to re-install our Mac Mini. Looking around Apple's website, it seems the Recovery Disk Assistant is the way to do it. I have followed the instructions for the OSX Recovery Disk Assistant ...
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Reinstall assembler, /usr/bin/as

I've lost /usr/bin/as. How does one reinstall it? There's no as in the /usr/bin of my recovery partition. Reinstalling XCode and command line tools didn't help. I haven't been successful compiling ...
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WD HDD physically damaged, what can I use to recover the data on OSX? [duplicate]

I have a physically damaged HDD that can still be detected by disk utility, but I cannot access the files inside. I tried using Data Rescue 3 but the UI was very clunky and I always end up having to ...
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Retrieve data from incomplete iCloud backup

I have a data recovery problem with iPad Air with iOS 7.0.4. Somebody tried to reset my iPad Air, but there was a restriction password, and she could not guess it. Then she manually deleted Notes and ...