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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How can I create or recreate a Lion recovery partition?

For whatever reason, one of our macs didn't make a recovery partition when it upgraded to Lion. Is it possible to add a recovery partition after the fact? To be clear - on a normal mac, the ...
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What's a reliable method to create a stand alone recovery disk for Lion?

I'm seeing a lot of questions with all sorts of steps to burn a DVD or create a USB disk so you can boot your Mac with Lion if the internal drive is replaced. Is there a definitive set of steps that ...
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DIY Fusion Drive: Adding Recovery HD to a CoreStorage Volume Group

After creating a "DIY Fusion Drive" using the methods below in 10.8, I'm now wondering how to add a RecoveryHD partition to the internal drive. Here's what I did to create a Logical Volume Group ...
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How to recreate Lion Recovery HD partition?

I have a Macbook Air Mid 2011 which came pre-installed with Lion. After a trackpad hardware problem I wanted to be sure that none of my programs was responsible for the problem. I booted into the ...
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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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How can I clone my Lion-pre-installed drive to a new smaller hard drive?

I got a new MBP with Lion installed (as detailed here: How can I install an SSD on my new Lion MBP w/out install disks?), and I want to clone the drive (including the Lion install partition) to my new ...
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How can I install an SSD on my new Lion MBP w/out install disks?

I just got a new MBP that came with Lion, and they didn't give me any install disks. If I swap in my new SSD, how can I install Lion on the new drive? Update: There is the Mac OS X Utilities that I ...
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Put Lion “Recovery HD” on USB

In an attempt to save some space on my ssd, I used SuperDuper to clone Recovery HD to a USB drive. But when I booted up my Mac holding the option key I only got the ssd and Recovery HD as ...
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iPhone 4 water damage - how to recover data?

My sister dropped her iPhone into water and made the fatal mistake of turning it on just a few hours later, thinking it was already dry. I put it into a bag with rice for days. She had taken a lot ...
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Recovering iWork from backup

I recently changed my MBP 13" 2009 to the newer MBP 13" 2012. I decided not to recover from Time Machine and install everything manually as to make a clean start. Although I do not have my iWork ...
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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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How can I find the product key of Office 2011 after restoring from backup?

I had to restore my iMac from a Time Machine backup. Everything seemed fine until I tried to start Office 2011 and it is asking me to re-enter my product key. I am trying to locate my key (I believe ...
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Lion Recovery with a Disk Wipe

I would like to wipe my entire hard drive and reinstall Lion from scratch. I try to use the Lion Recovery tool but it does not wipe the disk so I still have all my installed programs that I don't ...
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Missing Yosemite Recovery Partition

After doing a standard, App Store upgrade of Yosemite it seems that the recovery partition is still Mavericks-specific. Whether I hold Cmd+R or Option and select the recovery partition it takes me to ...
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How to recover accidentally deleted data?

My data has been deleted accidentally don't know how it got deleted. Yesterday when I left office the folders where at proper place and when today morning I opened my Mac OS Lion 10.7.4. I found ...
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Macbook Pro Early 2011 15 inch, Mountain Lion Booting issue

My Macbook Pro is not booting normally. I tried many options but no success. If I try to recovery mode or try to boot from USB, a blue screen appears. So I can't do fresh install. I checked hardware ...
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How to restore a missing Recovery HD partition

I bought a second hand Macbook Pro which came with OSX Lion installed, when I wanted to clean it I found out that it had no Recovery HD partition. I confirmed this through the Disk Utility (enabled ...
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Backing up Homebrew Cellar

I decided to reinstall my Mac from scratch recently, and since then I've been working on ways to more effectively organize everything, image/partition my data and do recovery. I discovered Homebrew ...
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Does the recovery partition get updates?

I clean-installed Mountain Lion 10.8.0. Now I am at 10.8.2 and I want to do a clean install again. If I boot to the recovery partition and do a restore, will I have 10.8.0 or 10.8.2? Does the recovery ...
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I'm looking for a detailed tutorial on a clean install of Lion

I've read online and saw that it appears to be impossible to install Lion on a clean/wiped/reformatted hard drive - is this true? I'd like to wipe my hard drive clean and then install Lion on it (new) ...
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Internet Recovery loads ML instead of Mavericks

Had to recover my computer using Internet Recovery. For some reason it installed Mountain Lion instead of the Mavericks OS I previously had. How did this happen?
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Mavericks setup fails: “the recovery system can't be created”

I've been trying to upgrade from OS X Mountain Lion to OS X Mavericks, but the setup fails after a few minutes with the message that it can not create the recovery system. The relevant installer log ...
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TextMate recover after kernel panic

I was working on an unsaved file when the kernel suddenly got a panic attack. I have the 'Save files when focus is lost" checkbox checked, and I frequently switched between textmate and the browser, ...
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How can I recover an unresponding application without quitting?

I've just run a very long Matlab simulation on my Mac Book Air. It uses Mac OSX. The simulation has practically finished, but seconds before the end, Matlab appeared in the activity monitor as not ...
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Is it safe to enable the hidden disk image formats and debug menu in Disk Utility, and what are its purposes?

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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How to undelete notes on iPhone “Notes” app?

iPhone has a default "Notes" app which allows us to store notes. Stored notes can be deleted by hitting the "Delete Note" button: How do we recover a note that is accidentally deleted? Is there ...
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Dropped MacBook, lots of disk io errors. How to fix?

My 2011 MacBook just slid off the table and hit the floor face down opened. There was a message saying to reset and I did. After that it wouldn't load OS X Lion; it stays at the gray screen forever. ...
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Unable to resize Lion partition

I decided to do a clean install of Lion on a new partition, then after copying my stuff removed the old one. I'm now stuck with 100~ GB of free space and a 20 GB partition that Disk Utility won't let ...
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Can be iPhone detected in 'Find my iPhone' service after recover?

I lost my iPhone and while it was turned on I could lock it and put in 'Lost mode' through Apple 'Find My iPhone' service. Unfortunately almost one month it's not found and until now I had hope to ...
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Recovery mode asks for a password OS X 10.8.2

When I tried booting into recovery mode (Cmd ⌘ + R) during boot up, there's a field asking for a password. I do not know this password. I am using a late-2009 21.5" iMac. Anyone know what to do?
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For a startup volume encrypted with Core Storage, System Preferences show that FileVault is disabled

My iMac has a SSD and a HDD. The OS is installed on the SSD. I performed a clean installation of Mountain Lion to the SSD, and cloned my SSD using a backup from my Time Capsule in OS X Recovery. ...
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How can I salvage macos resource forks when copying from a non hybrid ISO 9660 Rockridge CD

I have a set of ten years old archive CD-ROMs burnt on a OS9 Mac system by (potentially) choosing wrong options by a colleague. If mounted on the desktop of a recent MacOSX System (eg. 10.5.8 to 10.7) ...
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Reinstalling Lion on a Wiped Disk

I have MacBook that was running Lion. On a journey into finding the perfect operating system for me, I installed Arch Linux. Whilst doing this I wiped the disk (/dev/sda1) and created some Linux ...
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Does reinstalling Lion from Recovery partition delete data?

I've decided my install of Lion is hopelessly botched. Spotlight doesn't work, kernel panics, etc etc etc. Want to reinstall. If I reinstall Lion from the recovery USB key I have, it will retain all ...
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Reinstalling OS X on a MacBook with dead hard drive and no recovery disc

So I got a MacBook (non pro) from a friend but the HDD is dead. After replacing it, I had no way to restore OS X and my friend can't find the recovery/reinstall disc. The model seems too old for ...
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Trash log in Mac OS X?

My friend accidentally deleted (moved to Trash) all the files listed in "All my files" in Finder. Instead of using the "put back" option, he moved these files from Trash to Desktop using Finder. Now ...
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FileVault 2 encrypted drive not accepting unlock password in recovery mode

My Mid-2012 Mac Book Air running an up-to-date install of Mountain Lion crashed the other evening (browsing the web, one tab started beach-balling, and refused to be force-quit so I forced a restart). ...
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Diskutil can't find Core Storage Volumes

My OSX Mountain Lion will no longer atart up. After the logon screen it spins forever (the Apple logon is replaced by an error sign). When I run in single user mode I get a "still waiting for root ...
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Cannot install OS X from OS X Utilities on early 2008 Macbook Air

I recently acquired an early 2008 Macbook Air with a completely wiped hard drive, so there's no OS currently on the machine. It boots up into Recovery Mode I think it is, and a window comes up saying ...
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Data recovery on Lion with a disk that disk utilities cannot mount?

I ran iDefrag last night because my MBP was running sooooo slow. I barely ever use it and it has 300 GB of free space. I used to use OnyX to optimise the disks on Snow Leopard but I didn't see that ...
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Lion Recovery Terminal will not allow me to run TestDisk?

Setup: Macbook Air (2011) running Lion with BootCamp (Windows 7). Problem: I have somehow screwed up my partition table. When I boot I only can select Windows instead of Windows and Lion. However ...
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How do I remove my network from the recovery partition before sale?

I'm about to put my old MBP up for sale, so I re-installed from the recovery partition after wiping the drive. But when I rebooted from the recovery partition to double-check I'd deleted everything, ...
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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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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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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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I think my HD is failing. Can't backup files from recovery mode. How can I preserve my data?

I'm really worried, and I'm hoping that you guys can help me salvage some files. Here's what happened: This morning I woke my iMac up from sleep, but it was hardly responding. I would click something ...
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Stuck at Apple logo during boot. Cannot enter Safe mode. Cannot use Recovery USB

A little background I wanted to create a Mountain Lion recovery USB because I currently only have a Lion recovery USB. While downloading the installer image from the Mac App store, the computer froze ...
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How to install Lion without disc

So I'm new at Mac... I bought a Macbook Pro Late 2011 and the previous owner didn't do a fresh install. So I booted from the recovery partition, Disk Utility, erased the Macintosh HD and went to ...
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How to recover photos from an iPhone 3G?

I used an iPhone 3G from May of 2009 until around the spring of 2013, at which time I upgraded to the iPhone 5. I've always been a prolific iPhotographer :) and recently pulled around 12,000 photos ...