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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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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Unable to boot into recovery mode on El Capitan MacBook Air

I want to disable System Integrity Protection, So i am trying to run this command csrutil disable On recovery mode, But i am not able to boot in Recovery mode, It keep showing user login screen, I ...
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How to restore my Macbook Air thoroughly without a OS X recovery partition?

I brought my Macbook Air(Mid 2015) July 2015. Then I started endlessly installing different linux distributions on it. One day, I make a mistake and my OS X recovery partition was deleted. Now I ...
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Why can't I format my blank SSD from OSX Recovery?

The SSD in my Macbook Pro died suddenly. I bought a blank one, installed it as the internal drive, and booted into recovery mode by holding Command + R. After letting it connect to WiFi and download ...
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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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Can I boot my recovered SSD as a Mac OS X installation

I recovered an SSD from an old, upgraded 2008 Macbook Pro with a broken keyboard in order to recover the data from it. Initially I was planning to put it in my other Mac Pro and simply copy the data ...
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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 mount a DMG image created with dd?

I created an "emergency" image of my dying HD using the procedure explained in Recover a dead hard drive using dd. Now when I try to mount the dmg file I get the message: "The following disk image ...
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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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MacPro 2.1 won't boot from USB nor from MacBook via target mode

My Mac Pro 2.1 (I believe 2x 2.33 quad / 32GB ram / startup disk is a SSD / OS X Yosemite) suddenly started showing up the ?-folder instead of booting so I thought the SSD died. I connected the Mac ...
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Prohibited symbol trying to boot into Recovery Mode

MacBook Pro early 2011 model with El Capitan (10.11.1 - edit - just noticed there's an update. Not sure if relevant but I'm running it now). I can boot fine into OS X and log in. But I'm trying to ...
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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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Recover accidentally deleted photos not shown in recently deleted

I accidentally deleted a photo, and it does not show in the "recently deleted" folder. Is there any way I can get it back? I have iOS 8.2.
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Can't boot, can't do a recovery, can't reinstall

I try to start in single-user mode and I get about 7 lines of text and 3 lines of dots. It says: Efiboot loaded from device: (then a long alphanumeric number) Boot file path: ...
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Flashing folder with question mark OS X 10.11

It seems like I totally messed up my MacBook Pro Retina (15" mid 2014) today. I'll try to tell you the story as short as possible. My MacBook was encrypted and I decided to dual boot Arch Linux on ...
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Prohibited sign - Can't boot after trying to open Raspian SD Card

So I was following this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo4HphBdR10 and opened the folder of the SD Card. The Screen went black and I rebooted. Now I get a Prohibited Sign on boot up. In ...
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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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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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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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Disk utility detecting error in single user mode, but not when disk utility is opened via recovery mode

I verified the integrity of my Macintosh HD (MacBook Pro 13" 2012, OS X Yosemite) with Disk Utility when I was logged in as a user and it reported this problem: Invalid volume free block count ...
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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 ...
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How to get the password hashes for a user in Mac OS X 10+, in recovery/single user mode?

I would like to view the hashes on my Mac, in either single user mode, or the terminal in recovery mode. I tried to follow the steps described in OS X 10.9: where are password hashes stored. But I ...
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xxd not found in Recovery Mode, Mac OS X 10+

In Recovery Mode, I was trying to access my password hashes, except bash 3.2 returned command not found for xxd. Any help would be appreciated.
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OS X Internet Recovery Globe stuck

I've deleted my recovery disk or you can say, I've erased by mistake my SSD completely. Now, my only option is to recover my internet, but the globe on internet recovery keeps on spinning and stuck at ...
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How can I tell what version of Recovery HD OS is running while I'm booted to the recovery software?

How can I tell the version of OS X (and the build) that runs on Recovery HD while I'm running in that mode? The Apple menu has no "About" menu that shows that information when you're running normally. ...
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MacBook air is messed up, can't erase the hard drive from recovery

Something happened when installing El Capitan and now I have only one partition in my hard drive with only 30 gigs of space when it's supposed to be 128. I can't seem to erase anything. Any advice?
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Mac Mini can't unmount disk in Recovery Mode

I need to wipe my Mac Mini and reinstall OS X. Booting into recovery mode (holding command+option+R), I try to erase the disk in Disk Utility but it says it cannot unmount the disk or gets stuck on ...
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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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How do I update the RecoveryOS to version 2.0 on my Macbook Pro?

A few months ago I upgraded to OS X El Capitan. It has been mostly fine except for the ever so annoying System Integrity Protection (SIP) feature. Ever since I had upgraded, I have found my rEFInd ...
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Can't start Mac in Recovery Mode

When I start it, hold alt, then choose "Recovery 10.11" it takes about 50 minutes for the waiting bar to fill. After that, nothing happens (I tried leaving it up for about about 10 hours and 36 ...
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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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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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Boot Into Recovery Partition After Installing Linux.

I want to install Linux on my mid 2014 Macbook Pro for educational purposes. However, I don't want this to be permanent. I've tried to partition the hard drive and install both OSs but I have not ...
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I accidentally deleted Macintosh HD while installing Windows?

I installed Windows on my Mac through bootcamp but I accidentally deleted Macintosh HD in the process. I tried to use the internet recovery but it stopped and says apple.com/support -2104F" ...
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Mac OS X is not starting anymore

I tried to install Mac OS X El Capitan and it failed in ~70% progress after reboot and now I even can't start recovery mode (pressing Cmd+R just tries to continue installation process and fails again ...
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As part of “nuking it from orbit”, is it safe to reinstall the OS using Recovery?

Context: I've erased my hard drive and had OS El Capitan reinstalled via a bootable drive from a Genius Bar many times leading up to me asking this question. After going through the process of erasing ...
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How to recover files from command “git clean -df”

I accidentally run the command "git clean -df", so I lost many directories and files, I want to recover them, I don't have backup in time machine. I tried some software to recover, but they don't ...
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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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csrutil: command not found

I am using a Mid 2012 MacBook and recently upgraded it to OS X 10.11 El Capitan. I was having trouble with it's new SIP feature and wanted to disable it. I tried to boot into OS X Internet Recovery ...
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Recover my lost data

I wanted to delete my Linux partition, but I don't know why my OS X partition was also deleted. So, I then reformatted the partition and installed a new OS X (Yosemite) on that partition. I am ...
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Disk structure error reported in Onyx but not fixable via the Disk Utility in Recovery Mode

On Yosemite 10.10 Onyx returns the following error: Error: -69845: File system verify or repair failed Underlying error: 8: POSIX reports: Exec format error The disk needs to be repaired. I ...
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csrutil is broken on Recovery HD

I'm trying to turn off SIP on my MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) but when I run OS X in Recovery Mode no csrutil is available—there is no such command in /usr/bin as well. So I tried to run ...
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Configure MBP back to factory but with most recent OS

What I'd like to do is get my MBP back to an "out of the box state": fresh install, recovery partition. However, I believe my partition is for OS as it was on October 2013. What I'd like is a fresh ...
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How to recover a dead Mac mini?

A friend of me just deleted everything by running sudo rm -rf / on his Mac mini. Yeah I know... (Another friend of us just create a cloud virtual box and invite us to play, that poor friend asked how ...
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How to create (the missing) El Captain recovery partition? [duplicate]

I upgraded from Snow Leopard to El Captain. Before upgrade I had a bootcamp partition, and a third FAT32 partition. this caused some complications in the upgrade process and I had to delete the El ...
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Viewing the progress of a corestorage revert operation?

I'm in the middle of migrating to some newer hardware, and to make this a little bit easier on myself, I'm decrypting my hard drive on the older machine. To do so, I've run: diskutil corestorage ...
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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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Macbook Pro 2009 - Cannot Boot Into OSX, or ANY Recovery Software

As the title states, I'm attempting to boot into OSX, I'll get a debugger panic, I clear the PRAM, I'll then attempt to boot into recovery mode, etc. Even the web recovery still calls the panic. ...
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I accidentally removed way too many files with `rm -rf`. Anyway to recover?

While trying to move a git repository, I ran rm -rf desktop and wiped every file I had there. Normally this would not be that big of a deal since I use GitHub, but I had several hundred screenshots / ...
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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 ...