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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I create or recreate a Lion recovery partition?

For whatever reason, one of our macs didn't make a recovery partition when it upgraded to Lion. Is it possible to add a recovery partition after the fact? To be clear - on a normal mac, the ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diskutil can't find Core Storage Volumes

My OSX Mountain Lion will no longer atart up. After the logon screen it spins forever (the Apple logon is replaced by an error sign). When I run in single user mode I get a "still waiting for root ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mavericks OS recovery behavior - is default always to go to internet to recover?

Is the normal, default behavior for an CMD-R based Mavericks OS Recovery to always pull the image over the internet? (I am not talking about a deliberate "Internet" recovery CMD+OPT+R) Back story -- ...
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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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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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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?