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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OSX Utilities downloads installer then goes back to start

Yesterday I had what seems to have been some hard drive malfunction. The disk cannot be verified or repaired and suggests that I reinstall OS X. I've backed up my files and in the recovery utilities ...
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MBA doesn't see SSD. How do I recover my files?

I have a 1.5 y.o. Macbook Air A1466. Today i left it turned on on charger and went to work. Got home and found it hung. Reboot with powerbutton resulted in a question mark of death. I tried ...
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how to retrieve deleted voice memos from iphone?

I recorded a 32 minute voice memo on my iPhone (iOS7) and when I clicked "stop" I was prompted to give the memo a name. I named it and then I clicked "done." It ended up saving it as a NEW memo (0 ...
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Locked Hard Drive

For some reason a recent reboot resulted in a startup screen with a circle with a slash icon instead of the regular Apple icon. What I tried: Using internet Recovery I used disk utility to fix ...
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What's different about Safari.app in OS X 10.9.1 and Safari.app on the Recovery HD?

Having mounted the Recovery HD1, I MD5'd the Safari binary from the BaseSystem.dmg and MD5'd the Safari binary from my OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 install: /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ ...
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How to recover files by original filename without access to beginning of disk/partition

As a result of a dd user error the first Gigabyte was overwritten on a recent Macbook Air and it seems the beginning of all partitions are lost. Except for carving files using photorec or similar is ...
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How to recover a compromised Mac OS 10.8.5

Computer got Safari hijacked by the "police" virus. Temporary solved by using Firefox instead. Questions: Read on numerous forums that you could reinstall OS X by holding down cmd + R keys. ...
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how do I transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer because of hardware failure?

Is it possible to transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer if my hardware failed but the hard disk is ok? Thanks!
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Old iTunes library

My first Apple laptop broke. I have a new one now, but I'd had the old one for about 5-6 years and bought a lot of music. Is there a way to access that library from my new computer? I don't use the ...
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Lost calendar icon on 4S iPhone

My calendar icon accidentally got deleted. How do I recover & restore that icon to my screen.
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How to update Time Machine's recovery partition?

The backup disk used by Time Machine has a recovery partition you can boot from. Since I started using Time Machine with OS X Snow Leopard, the recovery disk is a Snow Leopard recovery disk, and will ...
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Planning to downgrade a brand new macmini to 10.6. How do I recover to mavericks if things go wrong?

I have a brand new macmini. It comes with mavericks and I haven't booted the machine yet. I know for certain that I will erase mavericks and install 10.6. However, if things go wrong, I would like to ...
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USB install Drive vs USB Recovery Drive

I have two USB sticks: An "installation" drive created with Disk Utility by locating the .dmg file hidden in the contents directory of the Mavericks installer. I used an 8GB stick for that. ( this ...
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Time machine restore failed to fix boot

After connecting MacBook Pro running 10.8 to video project, the system crashed and after restart it booted into recovery (OS X Utilities). I tried to fix the problem with checking disks and disk ...
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Mavericks setup fails: “the recovery system can't be created”

I've been trying to upgrade from OS X Mountain Lion to OS X Mavericks, but the setup fails after a few minutes with the message that it can not create the recovery system. The relevant installer log ...
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Can be iPhone detected in 'Find my iPhone' service after recover?

I lost my iPhone and while it was turned on I could lock it and put in 'Lost mode' through Apple 'Find My iPhone' service. Unfortunately almost one month it's not found and until now I had hope to ...
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TextMate recover after kernel panic

I was working on an unsaved file when the kernel suddenly got a panic attack. I have the 'Save files when focus is lost" checkbox checked, and I frequently switched between textmate and the browser, ...
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How to recover photos from iphone 5

I had to turn my iphone 5 to factory settings and all of my photos are gone now. I have tried Leawo and Fone Rescue to recover them they all ask for money. Does anyone have a good free way to recover ...
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FileVault 2 encrypted drive not accepting unlock password in recovery mode

My Mid-2012 Mac Book Air running an up-to-date install of Mountain Lion crashed the other evening (browsing the web, one tab started beach-balling, and refused to be force-quit so I forced a restart). ...
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Use Mac Sleepimage

I need to access a Pages document I lost that was open in my last "sleepimage" (3 days old) file. How can I use/open this file to access what is in it aka the content I lost ..? Thank you so much in ...
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How to install OS X Mountain Lion without an Internet connection

I wish to upgrade my MacBook Pro's hard disk to Solid State Drive, and that requires an installation of OS X on the SSD drive before I can replace the hard drive. The typical installation ...
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Reset iPhone 3gs broken power button + broken touch screen

Got a broken 3gs, power button + touch screen are broken and there's a passcode i forgot on it. It's also no longer synced with iTunes. So basically I want to get this thing in recovery mode but how? ...
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Can't Enable Filevault because Recovery Partition Missing

I'm trying to enable FileVault for my home directory on my Macbook, but every time I try it tells me it can't because the Recovery Partition is missing. however, if I drop to a terminal and run ...
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Garage band app-file recovery?

I dropped my iphone4s in water and when I got a new phone and brought back the GarageBand app none of my songs were there. Is there ANYWAY I can recover these files?
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Stuck at Apple logo during boot. Cannot enter Safe mode. Cannot use Recovery USB

A little background I wanted to create a Mountain Lion recovery USB because I currently only have a Lion recovery USB. While downloading the installer image from the Mac App store, the computer froze ...
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Mac OS X Lion to mountain lion upgrade failed “NO Recovery”

I'm trying to upgrade from OS X Lion 10.7.5 to Mountain Lion. The installation failed with a message stated something about "no recovery" and a link to Apple site with Recovery update. I downloaded ...
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Recovery mode asks for a password OS X 10.8.2

When I tried booting into recovery mode (Cmd ⌘ + R) during boot up, there's a field asking for a password. I do not know this password. I am using a late-2009 21.5" iMac. Anyone know what to do?
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What happens if the Internet connection goes down during a Lion Internet Recovery?

I am restoring Lion on my MacBook before selling it and I am doing it through the Internet Recovery option. After starting the process, the Internet connection went down a couple of times and, after ...
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How can I recover photos from a damaged MacBook?

My grandson spilled orange juice on my MacBook and ruined it. I bought an iPad to replace it, but I had dozens of old family pictures stored in iPhoto on the MacBook. Is there any way I can recover ...
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Reformatting MacBookPro6,2

I have a macbook pro 6,2 and don't have the recovery discs as I am traveling abroad and left my discs at home. Is there any way to reformat my hard drive and get it to factory (or near factory) ...
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dual boot Mountain Lion/Mountain Lion

I got a Macbook Pro with OS 10.8 installed on, the usual recovery partition that is created by the OS installer, and a 35GB partition (currently NTFS, but I can reformat in HFS+ if needed). My ...
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Is it safe to reformat drive during Recovery Mode install?

I've inherited an almost brand new 13" Macbook Pro Retina. I'd like wipe the hard drive clean and start with a fresh install of Mountain Lion. I've done this a million times before... but never while ...
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Updated my jailbroken iPhone 4s to 6.1.3, stuck in Recov. loop

My iPhone 4s was jailbroken, I think at 5.something or 6.0. I wish I remembered. I tried to update it to 6.1.3 via my phone in the settings menu. It restarted and told me to connect to iTunes. I ...
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Macbook Pro Early 2011 15 inch, Mountain Lion Booting issue

My Macbook Pro is not booting normally. I tried many options but no success. If I try to recovery mode or try to boot from USB, a blue screen appears. So I can't do fresh install. I checked hardware ...
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Accidentally Deleted my iPhoto Library

I accidentally deleted my iPhoto Library last night and cleared my trash as I saw I had 2 iPhoto Applications. Today when, I opened up my iPhoto, the only photos remaining were the ones from 2011. I ...
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Can I Mount a Hard Drive in Mac Pro Tower as Read Only?

I'm trying to recover data from a failed external Fantom RAID Drive enclosure by plugging the drives into a Mac Pro tower, but I'm concerned that OS X might write to the disks and jeopardize the RAID ...
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Can I restore from a Time Machine backup without booting to the Recovery HD?

At work we have a Time Machine drive on the network. I'm trying to restore one of our machine's backup to an external drive. When I boot into the Recovery HD, I can't reach the network drive. Is there ...
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How can I configure my Ethernet connection when booting from Recovery HD?

I'm trying to recover from a Time Machine drive sitting on the network at work. Our network doesn't use DHCP–it requires the Ethernet connection to be manually configured. I've looked at the Network ...
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What utilities should I put on an emergency recovery drive or SD card?

I've recently made an emergency recovery SD card for my MacBook Pro. Right now, all it has is a clone of the internal drive's recovery partition, and an encrypted sparsebundle with my 1Password file. ...
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Reinstall on Macbook Air 2010 (Macbook 3,1)

I'm trying to reinstall the OS on a MacBook Air. I got it from my former company, and they didn't keep the OS install disc, in fact they wiped it and put Windows 7 on it. I have quite a few macs, and ...
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Not seeing my HD in the disk utility

I tried to start up my computer and got a flashing file with a question mark. So I held down the ⌥-key on boot and brought it into recovery-mode. After going through the different options I went to ...
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How to install Lion without disc

So I'm new at Mac... I bought a Macbook Pro Late 2011 and the previous owner didn't do a fresh install. So I booted from the recovery partition, Disk Utility, erased the Macintosh HD and went to ...
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I brought My Macbook Pro last year in november (Latest Model available then) and suddenly today started to show a question mark?

I brought My Mac-book Pro last year in November(Latest Model available then) and suddenly today started to show a question mark? I tried to pull up the option menu by holding Option key while ...
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Backup files from recovery utility

My Mac seems to have given up. I have my important data backed up, but I have a few gigs of movies and music that I wasn't backing up. I can boot into the recovery utility and launch a terminal, ...
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What are some good data recovery programs to try on an SD card?

My friend imported a bunch of videos from his GoPro into iPhoto and foolishly let iPhoto delete upon successful import. He claims that iPhoto then quit unexpectedly and all of the videos are gone. My ...
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Clean install of Mountain Lion on MBP early 2011 failed

I want to install a fresh version of mountain lion via usb stick on my macbookpro (early 2011) + new Samsung 840 SSD. (NVRAM cleared, HDD Empty) 1.) I created a usb installer as described here: ...
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Why were my permissions different from the default and what are the implications of “fixing” them?

For some time now my Finder "Get Info" dialogs have been displaying "Fetching...", and I recently decided to fix the problem by following the instructions for resetting my home folder permissions. As ...
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How do I refresh a “Lion” iMac to run “Mountain Lion” (factory install, wipe drive)

What is the easiest way to upgrade a 2011 iMac to Mountain Lion, including a full drive reformat? I also have a new MacBook which was purchased with Mountain Lion. Do I still need to buy Mountain ...
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Remove recovery feature from recovery disk

I mistakenly made a recovery disk from my USB external Hard drive. By making recovery dosk I can no longer use its entire 500 GB space. Now I want to restore this disk to original state so that I ...
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How to restore a missing Recovery HD partition

I bought a second hand Macbook Pro which came with OSX Lion installed, when I wanted to clean it I found out that it had no Recovery HD partition. I confirmed this through the Disk Utility (enabled ...