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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Refurbishing MacBooks [closed]

I am looking to start refurbishing MacBooks with the intention of reselling them. If they come with the original disks, then I can’t see any problems arising, as I should be able to restore them to as ...
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Does the recovery partition get updates?

I clean-installed Mountain Lion 10.8.0. Now I am at 10.8.2 and I want to do a clean install again. If I boot to the recovery partition and do a restore, will I have 10.8.0 or 10.8.2? Does the recovery ...
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Recover Apple ID despite deleting email address and not being able to answer the security questions

I have an old Apple ID that I've lost access to because I deleted the email address it was tied to and I can't remember the security answers to anymore. I have some purchases tied to it, but the ...
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Cannot install OS X from OS X Utilities on early 2008 Macbook Air

I recently acquired an early 2008 Macbook Air with a completely wiped hard drive, so there's no OS currently on the machine. It boots up into Recovery Mode I think it is, and a window comes up saying ...
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iPhone 4 water damage - how to recover data?

My sister dropped her iPhone into water and made the fatal mistake of turning it on just a few hours later, thinking it was already dry. I put it into a bag with rice for days. She had taken a lot ...
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Data recovery on Lion with a disk that disk utilities cannot mount?

I ran iDefrag last night because my MBP was running sooooo slow. I barely ever use it and it has 300 GB of free space. I used to use OnyX to optimise the disks on Snow Leopard but I didn't see that ...
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For a startup volume encrypted with Core Storage, System Preferences show that FileVault is disabled

My iMac has a SSD and a HDD. The OS is installed on the SSD. I performed a clean installation of Mountain Lion to the SSD, and cloned my SSD using a backup from my Time Capsule in OS X Recovery. ...
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How to recover accidentally deleted data?

My data has been deleted accidentally don't know how it got deleted. Yesterday when I left office the folders where at proper place and when today morning I opened my Mac OS Lion 10.7.4. I found ...
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How do I create a Mac OS install thumb drive from InstallESD.dmg file using Windows 7?

I have completely messed up my Mac OS X Lion 10.7 on my 2011 Macbook Air (Refer thread : Is there an alternative to downloading Lion from the net?) Recovery Parition attempts to install from the ...
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Is there an alternative to downloading Lion from the net?

I have a 13 inch Macbook Air 2011. A couple of days back, I was deleting some files and I landed in the Macintosh HD folder (root) and from there I ⌘+Deleted everything. Needless to say, my Mac ...
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Unable to unmount drive!

Somehow my harddrive seems to fail, I am not able to startup anymore. When I started in verbose mode, I noticed that the harddrive return I/O Errors and the B-Node-Tree seems to be corrupted. I was ...
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Can I copy a recovery partition from an HD to an SSD?

I installed an SSD in the optical bay of my mid-2009 MacBook Pro. I formatted it and copied most of the files from my HD and it works fine but wound up having no Recovery partition. I followed the ...
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Recovering iWork from backup

I recently changed my MBP 13" 2009 to the newer MBP 13" 2012. I decided not to recover from Time Machine and install everything manually as to make a clean start. Although I do not have my iWork ...
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What should I do after I lost my MacBook data?

I lost my data on my Mac and now I don't know how to recover it. Do I have to go to a recover shop and pay for the costly recovery?
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How to recover IMAP folders from iCloud?

I accidentally (!!) deleted a synched IMAP folder on iCloud from Mail.app. It was a large project folder with many clients in it but none of them show up in deleted messages. This is incredibly ...
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How can I salvage macos resource forks when copying from a non hybrid ISO 9660 Rockridge CD

I have a set of ten years old archive CD-ROMs burnt on a OS9 Mac system by (potentially) choosing wrong options by a colleague. If mounted on the desktop of a recent MacOSX System (eg. 10.5.8 to 10.7) ...
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OS X Not booting into recovery

I've got (I think) an late-2009 Mac mini. (It's the last mini before they removed the optical drive) Recently it crashed, and when trying to reboot it, it hangs at the Apple logo. When it first ...
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Time Machine don't show my old backups after recovery in Mac OS Lion

I am using Time Machine. Then I started Lion in recovery mode with CMD+ R and choose "Restore from Time Machine Backup". All worked fined and my Mac started. But now when I want to use Time Machine ...
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Recovery when main account corrupt?

I had an unfortunate incident with boot camp assistant last night. I was trying to get hold of the windows drivers as an iso and when it asked me where to save to, I just selected my account folder in ...
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How to clean up partitions after OS X is moved from HD to SSD

Yesterday an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician installed an SSD into my iMac medio 2011. The iMac was born with an 1TB HDD but now a Crucial M4 SSD is also installed inside the mac. I've moved my ...
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How to move boot and recovery partition from HDD to SSD

Today an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician has installed an SSD into my iMac medio 2011. The iMac was born with an 1TB HDD but now a Crucial M4 SSD is also installed inside the mac. I've moved my ...
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How can I recover files in an app bundle that were lost after an OS update?

I saved a file in an app's application content (right clicked the application file, and then clicked Show Package Contents) for security issues. However, during the upgrade to OS X Lion, I completely ...
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Lion Recovery with a Disk Wipe

I would like to wipe my entire hard drive and reinstall Lion from scratch. I try to use the Lion Recovery tool but it does not wipe the disk so I still have all my installed programs that I don't ...
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Lion Recovery Terminal will not allow me to run TestDisk?

Setup: Macbook Air (2011) running Lion with BootCamp (Windows 7). Problem: I have somehow screwed up my partition table. When I boot I only can select Windows instead of Windows and Lion. However ...
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Reinstalling Lion on a Wiped Disk

I have MacBook that was running Lion. On a journey into finding the perfect operating system for me, I installed Arch Linux. Whilst doing this I wiped the disk (/dev/sda1) and created some Linux ...
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Why is my boot partition listed as Unmounted in Disk Utility?

I recently experienced a kernel panic ("your mac must restart...") due to an issue with Macfusion, so after the reboot I loaded Disk Utility in an attempt to verify the disk in case something was left ...
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How to enable root on the Lion “Recovery” boot drive?

There's a few funny things / clues here and there on the Lion recovery disk "Systems" - that indicate you can save your settings between boots. A very light smattering of persistent settings etc. ...
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Lion Internet Recovery Problem

Okay so I decided to reinstall Lion on a MacBook Air 11' Mid June/July which my dad gave me after he used it for a while. I restarted using Command + R and erased the Macintosh HD first and then tried ...
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Backing up Homebrew Cellar

I decided to reinstall my Mac from scratch recently, and since then I've been working on ways to more effectively organize everything, image/partition my data and do recovery. I discovered Homebrew ...
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Dropped MacBook, lots of disk io errors. How to fix?

My 2011 MacBook just slid off the table and hit the floor face down opened. There was a message saying to reset and I did. After that it wouldn't load OS X Lion; it stays at the gray screen forever. ...
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How do I mount my FileVault 2-encrypted volume?

I have a Lion 10.7.2 system (on MacBook Air 13" 2011) which doesn't boot anymore after a restart. My HD is encrypted with FileVault 2, and after I click on my username and enter my password, it ...
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How can I unlock single-user mode?

I stupidly forgot the password to my MacbookPro. I have locked single user mode 2 weeks ago (for security reasons). How can I unlock single-user mode to get my password back? Thanks guys :D
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How can I create a Lion USB recovery stick without Mac OS?

I have a serious problem that I need help with. Background When I installed Lion, the install of a recovery partition failed. This is not good, since the offical Lion recovery disk assistant ...
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Why can't my MacBook Air run Software Update?

One of the first things that I tried to do when I got my new MacBook Air out of the box was upgrade iTunes to 10.5 (through Software Update). It downloaded the files (four different updates in total), ...
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How can I find the product key of Office 2011 after restoring from backup?

I had to restore my iMac from a Time Machine backup. Everything seemed fine until I tried to start Office 2011 and it is asking me to re-enter my product key. I am trying to locate my key (I believe ...
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Can't turn on FileVault after restore from Time Machine

I have bought myself a SSD and replaced the internal disk with it. I was running Lion before (latest patch level). I'm using Time Machine to back my laptop up. When I was done replacing my HDD I ...
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How do I enable Find My Mac in a Macbook Pro (Mid 2009) running OS X 10.7.2?

After updating my system to Mac OS X 10.7.2 I was able to activate all features of iCloud, except for Find My Mac that stays greyed. It says "Recovery partition required". I have a Macbook Pro, ...
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Does reinstalling Lion from Recovery partition delete data?

I've decided my install of Lion is hopelessly botched. Spotlight doesn't work, kernel panics, etc etc etc. Want to reinstall. If I reinstall Lion from the recovery USB key I have, it will retain all ...
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I'm looking for a detailed tutorial on a clean install of Lion

I've read online and saw that it appears to be impossible to install Lion on a clean/wiped/reformatted hard drive - is this true? I'd like to wipe my hard drive clean and then install Lion on it (new) ...
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Ejecting CD from Mac after fresh install?

I just installed Lion on a Mac Mini, and I can't get the CD to eject. Currently, the computer boots up to the "Welcome" screen for new installs, where the Country/Region is selected. I want to leave ...
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My Mac Pro boots into recovery mode every time it boots up

My Mac Pro boots into recovery mode every time it boots up. I have to select the start-up disk when in recovery mode. How can I make so it starts up in Mac Os X Lion every time without it going into ...
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Recovery HD mounts on startup

Recently I was messing around with Backtrack 4r2, and created a USB "live CD" and started from it. I normally run the live CD in a VM, but wanted to see if I could install it on the USB as a separate ...
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Is it safe to enable the hidden disk image formats and debug menu in Disk Utility, and what are its purposes?

I'm primarily interested to know whether installation of Lion included the Recovery System. I understand you can enable extra formats and debugging in Disk Utility, using the following commands: ...
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How to recreate Lion Recovery HD partition?

I have a Macbook Air Mid 2011 which came pre-installed with Lion. After a trackpad hardware problem I wanted to be sure that none of my programs was responsible for the problem. I booted into the ...
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How can I resize my Lion partition to fill up the unused space on the drive?

My MacBook (Late 2007) has an 80GB hard drive. I used to have a 15GB Boot Camp partition, and deleted it at some point -- but I forgot to resize my Snow Leopard partition to fill the 15GB of free ...
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Can I repartition my primary hard drive without removing the Lion recovery partition?

Scenario: I boot into Recovery mode and open Disk Utility. Then I select the primary hard drive and choose 1 partition. Will that destroy the recovery partition as well?
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How to undelete notes on iPhone “Notes” app?

iPhone has a default "Notes" app which allows us to store notes. Stored notes can be deleted by hitting the "Delete Note" button: How do we recover a note that is accidentally deleted? Is there ...
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USB Lion Recovery Disk fails to boot

Per What's the best way to create a stand alone recovery disk for Lion?, I'm attempting to create a two-partition thumbdrive such that one of the partitions is the Recovery Disk created by ...
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What's a reliable method to create a stand alone recovery disk for Lion?

I'm seeing a lot of questions with all sorts of steps to burn a DVD or create a USB disk so you can boot your Mac with Lion if the internal drive is replaced. Is there a definitive set of steps that ...
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How can I clone my Lion-pre-installed drive to a new smaller hard drive?

I got a new MBP with Lion installed (as detailed here: How can I install an SSD on my new Lion MBP w/out install disks?), and I want to clone the drive (including the Lion install partition) to my new ...