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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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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mid-2009 macbook pro - erased. Now “Mac OS X cannot start up from this disk”. (and cannot install to this disk!)

I have a mid-2009 macbook pro, and the original 10.6.8 installer DVD that it came with. I booted up in recovery mode, and erased the HD (whether or not that was a good idea). My intention was to get ...
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Recover pictures from damaged phone

My iPhone 4 was submerged in water weeks ago. It will turn on, but the slide to turn on/enter password is not working so I can not access anything on the phone. I want to recover pictures and videos ...
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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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Can't boot after graphic error

Specs: MBP 15-in late 2011 running Yosemite 10.10.3 Background I have an external monitor that I've been using for about a year, but recently the Thunderbolt-to-HDMI adapter I have has been giving ...
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Unable to use gpt to restore efi partition

I accidentally deleted my efi partition, which I now know is bad news bears. I found a guide here to restore it without losing data, but even though I'm booting from usb and have unmounted all ...
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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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Installing OS X from Recovery - Apple ID needs to be reviewed and nothing happens

I had a problem with my hard drive. I backed-up and erased by disk. Now I can't reinstall OS X. Here's what I did: Went to Disk Utilities on startup Erased hard drive Went to reinstall OS X It wants ...
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What is a “standard” boot camp partition setup?

I am trying to upgrade to 10.10(.4) - currently I am at 10.9.5. I had previously done some "creative" :) partitioning of my rMBP SSD - everything was working fine, running Boot Camp as well. ...
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Can't boot normal or from recovery HD

Yesterday my MacBook Pro 15" Retina stopped booting. I see the Apple logo and a progress bar which gets stuck at about 10%. What I tried so far: Booting in recovery mode - same, progress bar stuck ...
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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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Time Machine on Mac

Does the Time Machine program backup system plus data ? Will is restore the computer exactly to what is was including both system and data (ie. emails, photos, documents) ?
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Backing up Macintosh HD via Disk Utility (error -5344)

I am trying to backup the Macintosh HD, to my external hard drive via disk utility. I created a blank image and tried to restored my MacintoshHD to that image, but the error pops up, "Restore Failure: ...
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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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What is wrong with my mac?

Suddenly today my good old MacBook pro from 2012 won't start. I get the gray screen of death. I have tried safe boot, recovery boot and Internet recovery boot and it all results in a static gray ...
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OS X not bootable after full restore on Macbook 12"

just got usb->usbC cable and was able to do a full restore of my backup from MBA13" (2011) Everything was OK, until reboot after recovery - recovered partition was not just bootable :( Before the ...
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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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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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why use yosemite bootable usb installer when you can use recovery HD for clean install?

i just re-installed Yosemite from Recovery HD. Performed a clean install as i erased my HD from Recovery HD before installing the software. Yosemite is being downloaded since a few hours but it would ...
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Erasing and Partitioning Hard Drive from Internet Recovery

My MacBook Pro (mid 2012) was encrypted and running Yosemite 10.10.3. (The last update with Photos ruined it.) Yesterday, all of a sudden, everything freezes. I forced Shut Down and since then, it´s ...
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How to Recover Lost Media Files (Photos, Music, etc) from iPhone 6 Device

Do you know how to recover media files from iPhone 6? I lost my photos and music by some accident.
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Slow Internet Mac Yosemite Recovery Doom (MacBook Air, Early 2015)

Product: MacBook Air(early 2015) with OS X Yosemite. The issue is, that I happen to have my Yosemite reinstalled, so I restarted my MacBook and at the sound of the chime(startup sound of Yosemite), I ...
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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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No disk to erase in Disk Utility Internet Recovery

Earlier today, my MacBook Pro 2013 went to the grey screen of death (folder flashing with the question mark) and now won't boot up. I started internet recovery all fine, but when I went to reinstall ...
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iPhone restore and recovery

My iPhone wouldn't accept my passcode, so I looked online, and it said to put the phone into recovery mode, then sync it to a computer with iTunes. It said to hit restore when iTunes gave me the ...
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No entry grey screen with spinner with new SSD

My hard drive bit the dust rather spectacularly on my 2011 15" MBP. Luckily, I have a model without torx screws, so I popped it open, put in a 240 GB SSD I had lying around, and did and Internet boot ...
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Why does external boot sometimes boot to OS X Installer

I have some SD cards with 10.8 installed (and some with 10.10). On these I have set up a user and installed DiskWarrior and other utilities. I also have the Yosemite installer in /Applications (for ...
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How does FileVault 2 recovery key stored in iCloud work?

When requested during the full disk encryption process, one option is to store the recovery key in your iCloud account. I stored mine in iCloud, but frankly I'm confused as when I look at the drive ...
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Mac OS X Recovery Mode - Headless Access?

I have a Macbook Pro, which unfortunately the screen has died on. External displays do not work either. I can normally ssh and screenshare into the mac fine, but now need to repair the internal HD. ...
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How to use Time Machine backup when hard drive is broken?

I have a MacBook Pro which I use Time Machine to back up usually weekly. Its hard drive broke recently. I got an exactly same hard drive and installed it into the laptop. How do I restore the ...
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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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iTunes doesn't recognize iPhone 4S in recovery mode

So I wanted to wipe all my data and settings on my iPhone but the load bar didn't move for 1 hour. So I put my iPhone in recovery mode. But now iTunes doesn't recognize my iPhone. Does anybody know ...
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No menu bar or dock on OSX 10.10 after installing rEFInd and Ubuntu

Umm, yeah. I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. See, I needed Linux for software development, and the obvious choice (while some might argue) was Ubuntu. So I installed it as dual-boot with OSX ...
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Changing OS X behaviour after crash recovery

OS X tends to try and help out and reopen everything to just the way it was before it crashed. I mean this in two ways: If an app running within OS X crashes, OS X will remember the last working ...
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MacBook Air A1237 Recovery

I replaced the hard drive on my Macbook Air. When I press the option key while powering on it takes me to a screen where I select a WiFi network and nothing else is on the screen. I connect to WiFi ...
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Copy an iPhone's disk contents (filesystem) to a computer

I like to get a clear view at how an iPhone's file system. Especially in the case of damaged data. Apart from using a professional (and costly) data recovery service, what other ways do exist to ...
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How to restore files on mac when using Linux Mint

It's seems that I somehow deleted all os x when running a live version of mint. I may have also deleted the files on the hard drive as well. Is there a cheap and easy way to recover these using a live ...
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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 ...
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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 install OS X again with no access to a recovery partition?

I have a Mac running Fedora with no recovery partition and no access to any computer with Mac OS X. How can I reinstall OS X on this computer?
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Create a bootable usb from Yosemite.app [duplicate]

So my problem is that my mac is not booting up. Also,the OS X recovery HD is not available. Also, the internet recovery is not detecting my WiFi .. so i intend to clean install Yosemite on my mac. I ...
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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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Does the Buillt-in Apple Recovery Partition already have an OS X Image?

Does the Buillt-in Apple Recovery Partition already have an OS X Image or does it download it over internet? I am asking because if it does download over the internet I want to create my own recovery ...
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Recovery HD Is not showing up. Is it because of FileVault?

I have a problem. On my mac, when i start and hold the ALT key, or the Command-R Key, then it doesn't boot into Recovery HD or even show it. I need it to repair, mount etc. my disk. I tried disk ...
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What are the purposes and safety to enable the hidden debug menu in Disk Utility?

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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Screen goes grey when doing Internet Recovery on MacBook Pro

I have been experiencing a problem with my MacBook Pro that seems to be quite unique since I've spent hours trying to find someone with the same problem and found none. I have a MacBook Pro, late ...
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Mac OS X Mavericks starts with question mark

Yesterday, I was using my Mac OSX and some applications were using a lot of memory. It wasn't possible for me to finish my Mac correctly and I decided to turn off the computer with the On/Off button. ...
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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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No startup disks are available during boot

I had my Macbook running in Boot Camp. I used the Boot Camp Assistant and selected to reboot into OS X. When it rebooted, it immediately started up into Recovery mode. I did a verify disk and it ...
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System restore: an error occurred while preparing the installation

I bought a used mac mini on ebay, the guy who sent it to me completely formatted it, leaving only recovery partition. Now when I boot the recover, I see 4 options, one of them is reinstall the OS. ...