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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Is it possible to generate or update a recovery parition

We have started to replace hard drives in some MacBook Pros and Airs that are about 3 years old. We found out the hard way that FileVault encryption requires a recovery parition. If we install ...
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Please help me with whatsapp chat history recovery (iphone) [on hold]

This is what happened: I had whatsapp 2.12.16 installed until it expired and I had to update it; So I updated it to 2.16.4.647. Then it said whatsapp needs at least 700 MB of free space to optimize (...
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Cannot reinstall OS X. Will Apple Store do it on the spot?

I installed Windows on my MacBook Air 2015 and erased the SSD in the process because it's only 128 GB and because I thought it would be easy to create a bootable USB key to reinstall OS X should I ...
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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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Can I run the OS X installer even after I delete main disk

I'm trying to reinstall OS X on my girlfriend's Mac and when I go to recovery menu and select to install OS X from the menu, the system proceeds to start download components, which fails. I've ...
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OS X Internet Recovery doesn't see SSD drive

I wanted to do a clean install and booted from OS X recovery partition. In disk utility I selected "erase" option. SSD was working correctly before that. Now, if i startup, the only way to proceed is ...
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Need to boot MacBook Pro into USB recovery mode

I am trying to help someone recover data from a non-functional MBP (it was dropped). I have the internal drive mounted in a sled and connected to another MBP via USB. I can boot off of the drive ...
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How to create Recovery Partition for new SSD after restore via SuperDuper

I recently installed a new SSD on my old MacBook Pro - replacing the HDD. It's running El Capitan. After installing the new drive, I booted from my SuperDuper clone, formatted the new internal SSD to ...
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How do I factory reset my MacBook Pro if the keyboard does not work?

I really need some help. Last week I unfortunately spilled orange juice on my MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011 Model. In ~4.5 years, that is the only adversary it has ever dealt with. The lower half of the ...
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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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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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Problem With deleted photos iphone 6S

I have plugged my Iphone to the computer and before coping the images I have deleted Source file of LIVE photos. Now my iphone doesn't even show jpg-s and when plugged to computer it shows the file ...
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Bootcamp and Windows Recovery Partition

Currently I am running Windows 10 on my MBP with bootcamp. In OS X, in disk utility, there is an "Untitled" partition of ~ 450MB. Upon closer inspection using disk management in Windows and the "...
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OS X Internet Recovery Globe stuck

I've deleted my recovery disk; or you can say more accurately, I've completely erased, by mistake, my SSD. Now, my only option is to recover via Internet, but the globe on Internet recovery keeps ...
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how do I see for existing volumes if the FileVault recovery key is stored in iCloud

I own several Macs (also for family members) and the first thing I do is turn on FileVault. How do I check if the recovery key is not stored in iCloud (for existing volumes, not new ones)? If you'...
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Unable to reset password in Recovery Mode

Unfortunately, I am unable to log in to my Mac Mini OS X (10.8.5). I am trying to recover the password with Recovery Mode by pressing CMD + R. I executed the resetpassword command, but the window ...
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How to Rescue OS X without Visible Startup Disc?

I need to delete refind but I cannot do it because I bypass it, since I cannot see visible startup disc. I stopped partition process where I tried to erase Linux partition because of infinite time in ...
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No Macintosh HD

I was attempting to use an Internet dongle but it wasn't working so I followed some steps online to try and get it to work. I reinstalled El Capitan on to my MacBook but when I returned to recovery ...
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Today I've updated a Mac mini and it won't boot even to recovery mode

Monitor is switching between being black and turned off. The same when starting with Cmd-R. I clicked update, rebooted computer, and this happened. What can I do? I was updating to newest El Captain, ...
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How to Recover Data when OSX cannot?

There is only one .tex file which I would like to restore in my system. My system is El-Capitan 10.11.5 in Macbook Air 2013-mid. Problems I have Time Machine backup but it is 3 days old and does ...
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CoreStorage Volume not detected

I had a Linux/OS X 10.11 dual boot configuration and wanted to remove the Linux partitions. I managed to remove them without any issue but when trying to merge the free space with the OS X partition ...
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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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MacBook Air 2015 is a bit slow booting up

I got my Mac restored completely yesterday by some guy at the Apple Store. It runs the latest version of El Capitan now, however, when I turn it on, it takes a little longer to load the OS than it did ...
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Using internet recovery to install Mac OS X on SSHD, then replace internal?

I have a USB 3.0 to Sata cable of which I will plug into a 500gb SSHD. I will try to install a completely new Mac OS X on it using the Internet Recovery option. Then transfer all of my files via USB 3....
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Cannot boot into offline recovery partition in El capitan

I removed Boot Camp, then every time I use CommandR my Macbook Air starts Internet recovery. The weird thing is that the recovery partition is still there. Note my Internet connection is only 512kb/...
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Cannot boot into OS X after partitoning

I have installed Ubuntu on a Mac Mini, everything works great. I'm able to switch back and forth without any problems. After that, I used GParted in Ubuntu to resize the OS X partition. I then create ...
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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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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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OSX installation from recovery

I am windows user and recently I switched to OSX with a Macbook Pro Mid 2015. I tried to re-install OSX from recovery without any reason , it was working fine and properly....unfortunately I erased ...
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How to reinstall OS X when Recovery isn't working?

My wife has a MacBook Pro that she bought new in 2012. In 2013/14 it had an issue with the system files and when she took it into the Genius bar at Apple they reinstalled the OS (wiping all personal ...
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How to boot into recovery mode without cmd-r?

I am trying to boot into recovery mode on a Mac Pro with 10.11.1. I have a firmware password set. When I boot into the boot menu (alt key), I can click on the password textfield and type the password ...
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How can I get my iMac to boot into recovery mode?

I'm trying to get into recovery mode on my mid-2011 iMac but after holding Cmd ⌘ R after the startup noise and until I see the Apple logo it then shows me the loading bar as per usual but then ...
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OS volume shows as type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFF' after attempting to delete some Linux partitions—cannot log in

I was unable to just delete the partitions left by an old Linux Mint installation by pressing the '-' button in disk utility. I looked online and read that I could reformat them to a journaled format ...
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Can the cp command be used to restore a hard drive?

My cousin contacted me for tech support because her computer was refusing to boot to the startup drive, and the issue turned out to be a corrupted drive that Disk Utility refused to fix, telling us to ...
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iPhone 6 stuck in iTunes recovery logo

After having a jailbroken iPhone for a while, I wanted a clean version of iOS 9.3.1. So i followed all the steps in iTunes to achieve this. But when the little black bar on the iPhone was filled up it ...
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Accidentally ran command to erase volume with “no format”, how can I get it back?

I accidentally ran this command and now I am missing 100gb of space, how can I get it back? All help appreciated!! diskutil eraseVolume free %noformat% disk0s2 Terminal gives this diskutil info: ...
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Mac drive not showing up on resetpassword screen

I am trying to reset my admin password using recovery partition. When I type resetpassword in terminal, a window shows up but I don't see my drive in the top box. Is there a way to fix this? btw, I ...
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Can't boot into OS X Recovery Mode

I would like to I've recently installed Debian Linux on my Macbook, which required repartitioning the hard drive. I now can't boot into Recovery Mode. Holding down Command+R on boot brings up ...
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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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HFS+ invalid number of allocation blocks

Okay so a few days ago I wanted to install Ubuntu GNOME over regular Ubuntu and it gave me the option to automatically overwrite my Ubuntu installation (that I had on a separate partition from my OS X ...
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I have a recovery partition but OS X doesn't use it for recovery

I need to start my El Capitan OS X in Recovery Mode to run csrutil disable. When I restart holding cmdR the Mac directly boots to Internet Recovery Mode. But I need a local recovery partition because ...
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How recover files from mac OS X 10.10.2? [duplicate]

I understand this is a duplicate of few other posts. But I dont find a solution for this. I was using atom editor. I think there was a bug in atom it seems. Editor deleted the files from disk. I dont ...
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Logging in to main user turns off the mac

I am not a mac user, and honestly, I have no idea how to use one (besides the terminal). So, a friend asked if I could help them out with fixing their computer. She says the last thing she was on, was ...
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Dead MacBook Pro Retina 2015

Today I had to return my MacBook Pro Retina 2015 to my work company. I followed these steps given here https://support.apple.com/en-sa/HT204904 Then, when I was at step 10 of "Erase your drive and ...
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13'' MacBook Pro 2010 stuck at blank gray screen, no boot option working

My 13'' MacBook Pro 2010 running Yosemite suddenly stopped booting today. After I press the power button, I can hear the chime and the computer proceed to go to a blank gray screen immediately. The ...
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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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El-capitan crashing while booting

Objective: Somehow I want to fix the issue and should be able to login to the El-Capitan without reformating as so many valuable files are there Find what has caused this problem so that I can avoid ...
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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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Reset Password app in recovery mode not showing and disks

Note: this question is a duplicate of Unable to reset password in Recovery Mode, but the solution mentioned there was to reinstall the OS, which is not really the solution I'm striving for if there is ...
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Booting iMac in Recovery partition takes forever

I'm trying to boot the recovery partition on my Mid 2010 iMac 27 to do a Time Machine recovery. OSX is installed correctly already and I can boot that quickly. However, when I try to boot the ...