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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Deleted Macintosh HD. Need to create a new partition/ partition table

I was trying to install El Capitan. I went to erase Macintosh HD in recovery> disk utility as I wanted to do a clean install. It then deleted the Macintosh partition then gave me an error code saying ...
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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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What I got with Recovery Disk Assistant?

Environment: Mac Mini Mid 2010. Original OS is Snowleopard Current OS is Yosemite Tool. Recovery Disk Assistant which is downloaded from Apple website. Purpose: Make a recovery Yosemite disk on ...
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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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Unable to Boot MacBook using any means after attempted Fedora Install

Wondering if anyone has any last ditch efforts I can try here to salvage my macbook! I recently attempted to install fedora to dual boot on my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, the install crashed, 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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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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Concern about a compromised version of the OS

I was reinstalling the OS on my Mac via Internet Recovery using a wifi connection. As it wasn't connected to a power source, the screen of my Mac would constantly go black and I would press the screen ...
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Viewing the progress of a corestorage revert operation?

I'm in the middle of migrating to some newer hardware, and to make this a little bit easier on myself, I'm decrypting my hard drive on the older machine. To do so, I've run: diskutil corestorage ...
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Is there a way to recover pictures from a destroyed iPad?

An iPad mini from a friend was ran over by a car and it is completely non nonfunctional. I tried to connect it to charger to see if it was draining current but it is completely dead. There are some ...
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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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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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MacPro 2.1 won't boot from USB nor from MacBook via target mode

My Mac Pro 2.1 (I believe 2x 2.33 quad / 32GB ram / startup disk is a SSD / OS X Yosemite) suddenly started showing up the ?-folder instead of booting so I thought the SSD died. I connected the Mac ...
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Can't boot, can't do a recovery, can't reinstall

I try to start in single-user mode and I get about 7 lines of text and 3 lines of dots. It says: Efiboot loaded from device: (then a long alphanumeric number) Boot file path: ...
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How do I update the RecoveryOS to version 2.0 on my Macbook Pro?

A few months ago I upgraded to OS X El Capitan. It has been mostly fine except for the ever so annoying System Integrity Protection (SIP) feature. Ever since I had upgraded, I have found my rEFInd ...
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As part of “nuking it from orbit”, is it safe to reinstall the OS using Recovery?

Context: I've erased my hard drive and had OS El Capitan reinstalled via a bootable drive from a Genius Bar many times leading up to me asking this question. After going through the process of erasing ...
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Macbook Pro 2009 - Cannot Boot Into OSX, or ANY Recovery Software

As the title states, I'm attempting to boot into OSX, I'll get a debugger panic, I clear the PRAM, I'll then attempt to boot into recovery mode, etc. Even the web recovery still calls the panic. ...
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Choose recovery hd as startup disk from the gui

is it possible to select the recovery hd as startup disk from the gui? i often make experiments, so it would be nice to do it so. or is there a command line option? I tried: sudo bless -mount ...
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Upgraded to El Capitan, now computer running slowly, disk space changing, software not working

Not being computer savvy, I think I made all sorts of mistakes when I decided to upgrade my macbook pro to El Capitan yesterday but I need to figure out how best to go forward. Mistake 1: I made the ...
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Recovery mode Disk Utility can't see new internal hard drive

Lots of similar questions, but no one seems to be having the exact problem I am. Hard drive on my mid-2012 MBP (Mavericks now, but originally Lion) died; I do have backups (including a clone of the ...
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Enabled Guest User Account, the Password Box Doesn't Show Up, Mac requires Recovery OS

I enabled the Guest User Account. Then, I tried turning off the Mac and then powered it on again to check if there are already two accounts on my start-up screen- mine, and the guest's. I tried ...
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Macbook Pro a1211 recovery

There was a laptop Macbook pro a1211, and at one point, covered with darkness, will not load the operating system. When loading shows a gray screen and company logo Click Startup option. There is a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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. ...
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How to restore my Macbook Air thoroughly without a OS X recovery partition?

I brought my Macbook Air(Mid 2015) July 2015. Then I started endlessly installing different linux distributions on it. One day, I make a mistake and my OS X recovery partition was deleted. Now I ...