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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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Jailbroken iPhone 6 stuck in recovery mode

I selected the "Erase All Content" button in my iPhone today and ever since, it has been stuck on the Apple logo screen with a progress bar under at 0% making no progress. I can't get it to stay in ...
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What's the best software to backup a bricked iPhone?

I am an unfortunate iPhone 6 user that would like to somehow save the data on his phone. I am able to run the phone into "recovery mode" so perhaps not all hope is lost. I came across a number of ...
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Deleted all Mac OS X internal hard drive partitions

I booted to a live Ubuntu USB, wanting to delete partitions on an SD card, and ended up deleting all my partitions on my MacBook Pro's internal hd. I have already tried gpart (which gets stuck at ...
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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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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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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 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. ...