I'm trying to boot the recovery partition on my Mid 2010 iMac 27 to do a Time Machine recovery.

OSX is installed correctly already and I can boot that quickly. However, when I try to boot the recovery partition I get the grey screen with apple logo and a progress bar. This one is so slow I have the feeling there is no progress at all, while my machine sounds like it is doing a lot of stuff. What can this be? Is this normal?

Or is there also another way to recover my mac without recovery partition?

  • Do you have a SSD or Solid State Drive? Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 14:55
  • yes I have both an SSD and HDD. SSD contains OSX (and is disk0)
    – Rene Pot
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 19:20

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Ok, so in the mean time I have:

  • Updated OSX from 10.10 to 10.11
  • Tried regular recovery again, and now it worked. Guessing the update fixed the recovery disk somehow.

Now in process of restoring the mac.

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