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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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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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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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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Updated my jailbroken iPhone 4s to 6.1.3, stuck in Recov. loop

My iPhone 4s was jailbroken, I think at 5.something or 6.0. I wish I remembered. I tried to update it to 6.1.3 via my phone in the settings menu. It restarted and told me to connect to iTunes. I ...
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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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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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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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Garage band app-file recovery?

I dropped my iphone4s in water and when I got a new phone and brought back the GarageBand app none of my songs were there. Is there ANYWAY I can recover these files?
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How do I refresh a “Lion” iMac to run “Mountain Lion” (factory install, wipe drive)

What is the easiest way to upgrade a 2011 iMac to Mountain Lion, including a full drive reformat? I also have a new MacBook which was purchased with Mountain Lion. Do I still need to buy Mountain ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Time machine restore failed to fix boot

After connecting MacBook Pro running 10.8 to video project, the system crashed and after restart it booted into recovery (OS X Utilities). I tried to fix the problem with checking disks and disk ...
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Reset iPhone 3gs broken power button + broken touch screen

Got a broken 3gs, power button + touch screen are broken and there's a passcode i forgot on it. It's also no longer synced with iTunes. So basically I want to get this thing in recovery mode but how? ...
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What happens if the Internet connection goes down during a Lion Internet Recovery?

I am restoring Lion on my MacBook before selling it and I am doing it through the Internet Recovery option. After starting the process, the Internet connection went down a couple of times and, after ...
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Can I restore from a Time Machine backup without booting to the Recovery HD?

At work we have a Time Machine drive on the network. I'm trying to restore one of our machine's backup to an external drive. When I boot into the Recovery HD, I can't reach the network drive. Is there ...
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What utilities should I put on an emergency recovery drive or SD card?

I've recently made an emergency recovery SD card for my MacBook Pro. Right now, all it has is a clone of the internal drive's recovery partition, and an encrypted sparsebundle with my 1Password file. ...
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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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Locked Hard Drive

For some reason a recent reboot resulted in a startup screen with a circle with a slash icon instead of the regular Apple icon. What I tried: Using internet Recovery I used disk utility to fix ...
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how do I transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer because of hardware failure?

Is it possible to transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer if my hardware failed but the hard disk is ok? Thanks!
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OS X Lion Recovery hangs on “Downloading additional components”

Booted into the recovery partition and attempted to reinstall. First pass, nothing happened. Second pass, same. Backed up and erased the install partition, tried a third time. Seemed to be fine until ...
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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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Recovery Partition on Mac Mini with RAID 1

Earlier this week, my Mac Mini OS crapped out on me. So I decided to upgrade the memory to 16GB and purchased the dual drive kit. I am running 2x 750GB in RAID 1. I know Internet Recovery only ...
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Why were my permissions different from the default and what are the implications of “fixing” them?

For some time now my Finder "Get Info" dialogs have been displaying "Fetching...", and I recently decided to fix the problem by following the instructions for resetting my home folder permissions. As ...
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Remove recovery feature from recovery disk

I mistakenly made a recovery disk from my USB external Hard drive. By making recovery dosk I can no longer use its entire 500 GB space. Now I want to restore this disk to original state so that I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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My iMac Isn't Seeing a Place to Re-install Mac OS X in Recovery Mode?

I recently failed to install Ubuntu on my iMac (Linux 14.04 / most recent iMac). It all appeared well until I rebooted, but now it won't boot anything but my Ubuntu live CD. I'm able to work with the ...
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Mac not booting. Attempts for SU mode and recovery lead to black screen

My macbook pro was not booting. The screen seems to freeze on the Apple logo screen. Any attempts to enter the SU mode or to recover either from local or from Internet lead to a black screen. Any ...
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Can't accees a NAS (LaCie type) external drive after booting from a USB

I would like to make a dmg image of my drive and store it in a NAS drive - one that is accessed only via the local network. When working normally, I can access the drive, but I am not allowed by the ...
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how to retrieve deleted voice memos from iphone?

I recorded a 32 minute voice memo on my iPhone (iOS7) and when I clicked "stop" I was prompted to give the memo a name. I named it and then I clicked "done." It ended up saving it as a NEW memo (0 ...
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How to recover files by original filename without access to beginning of disk/partition

As a result of a dd user error the first Gigabyte was overwritten on a recent Macbook Air and it seems the beginning of all partitions are lost. Except for carving files using photorec or similar is ...
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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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Iphone 5 restore failed. Iphone in recovery mode only

I've tried to restore my iphone 5 with itunes (installed newest version 64 bit on windows 7) and it gave me error. I clicked the website and didn't write down error code. On the website there was ...
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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. ...