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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“Use the purchases page to try again” error while installing mac on a raw harddrive

I want to install OSX Mavericks on a seagate internal raw hard drive. I downloaded "RecoveryDiskAssistant" and installed it on a USB drive. Before installing I made a partition for new harddisk, and I ...
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Restore Recovery HD partition from Yosemite downgrade

I recently got back to Mavericks from Yosemite, everything went fine. As I normally do, I checked my HDD with the Disk Utility and found some trouble, then I boot on recovery mode to fix my HDD. I ...
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Internet recovery mode cannot connect to wpa2 network

As above I've reached the internet recovery screen and entered the correct password for the wpa2 network but all I have is the network selection drop down and a spinning globe with no loading bar. ...
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Error while erasing my system disk in recovery mode

My macBook Air failed to start. I have the grey screen and when the progress bar is at 100% it shutdown. I tried 4-5 times with same result. I try in recovery mode pressing Alt key during boot. I ...
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SSD Partition Corrupted

I recently installed a dual-drive setup where I have an SSD and an HDD. I had installed the OS and Apps on the SSD, and other stuff stayed on HDD. Recently my battery died, and I have been using the ...
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My iMac Isn't Seeing a Place to Re-install Mac OS X in Recovery Mode?

I recently failed to install Ubuntu on my iMac (Linux 14.04 / most recent iMac). It all appeared well until I rebooted, but now it won't boot anything but my Ubuntu live CD. I'm able to work with the ...
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Why does Find My Mac require a Recovery partition?

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, about Find My Mac, one of the condition is to have a local OS X Recovery Partition installed. Why?
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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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FileVault2: how do I use the recovery key when asked for a “Disk Password”?

I've got a MacBook Pro protected with FileVault 2 (10.9), and can't remember the password to unlock the disk. When I boot, it asks for the "Disk Password". What I have is the recovery key that I ...
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Reinstalling OS X on a MacBook with dead hard drive and no recovery disc

So I got a MacBook (non pro) from a friend but the HDD is dead. After replacing it, I had no way to restore OS X and my friend can't find the recovery/reinstall disc. The model seems too old for ...
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How to create a 10.6.8 recovery CD (not clone of the OS or install environment)

Upon Google searching people seem to equate "recovery CD" with full installation. I have seen methods such as using Disk Utility with the Mac HD as the source and a DVD as the destination. This ...
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-1006F error message when trying to recover mac

my macbook pro crashed and i sent it for repairs.. so the guy installed a new hard drive but then sent it back with a screen having a flashing folder with a question mark.. so i looked at this page ...
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How do I remove my network from the recovery partition before sale?

I'm about to put my old MBP up for sale, so I re-installed from the recovery partition after wiping the drive. But when I rebooted from the recovery partition to double-check I'd deleted everything, ...
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How can I Create a Recovery Partition on a Newly Installed SSD?

I have a late-2011 15" MacBook Pro. I have just had my spinning hard drive swapped out with an SSD. The new drive does not have a recovery partition. Can I create one? If so, how? My laptop is well ...
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Trash log in Mac OS X?

My friend accidentally deleted (moved to Trash) all the files listed in "All my files" in Finder. Instead of using the "put back" option, he moved these files from Trash to Desktop using Finder. Now ...
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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 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?
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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 ...