I think I did very bad thing .. After restarting the mac and entering recovery mode and selecting Disk Utility I did erase "Apple SSD SM0256F Media" hard drive with all its partitions including Macintosh HD then I did erase Macintosh HD again with giving it a name instead of "untitled", now I don't have any operating system, after that I select restore from TM backup and I select last backup and it start erasing Macintosh HD then I get an error

an error occurred while adding a recovery system to the destination disk

I did verify the disk and repair it , i got no problem all disk partitions are ok .

My computer: MacBook Pro mid 2014

And this is a list of all partitions from terminal :

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Any help please?


On a 2012 MacBookPro the network boot image is Mavericks and that results in the messages reported by the OP when attempting a restore. Rather than performing a full install as suggested above, all that's needed is to create a High Sierra bootable USB as per https://support.apple.com/en-gb/ht201372, boot from the USB, and immediately select "Restore from a Time Machine Backup". The restore from a High Sierra boot works, whereas the Mavericks one does not.

  • This procedure also works for Catalina on a 2012 MacBook Air, though the first time around the restore was stuck at the "Finishing" step for hours. Forced power down, rebooted from USB, selected Restore and second time it completed successfully. – Eric Nelson Dec 15 '19 at 5:42

Finally I solve it :

  • Enter recovery mode

  • Select Reinstall new macOS, it start downloading an old one

  • it will start installing the OS.

  • after it finished it will restart and it will come the setup steps.

  • Now the mac is working , restart and enter the recovery mode again

  • but this time to restore backup from TM which is what I want.

    Now it will restore without any errors .

What I did notice is after executing the diskutil list command again , I saw a new partition on the root hard drive which is Apple_Boot Recovery HD I think this is the problem it was missing, also it explain why when I press Command+R it takes me to internet recovery mode not the normal one.

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Please restart from Internet Recovery. Press CMD + Option + R at startup.

If you see a globe at startup than your are in internet Recovery. This will need some time because the specific system for your Mac will download from Apple.

Open Disk Utility choose the system drive on the left side (the drive named as "Macintosh HD" not the root drive), and click erase. Give the drive a name such as "Macintosh HD" for example.

If this operation done without errors, close disk utility and try to restore your drive from Time Machine.

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    Thank you but you are repeating what I already did exactly and still having the error when I try to restore from TM – Zizoo Oct 30 '16 at 9:40
  • The Recovery Mode is different from Internet Recovery, I didn't read anything above that you have reboot into Internet Recovery - Sorry if you have do it and the problem exists please leave a comment here. – dante12 Oct 30 '16 at 9:51
  • Actually I cant enter the recovery mode , when I press and hold Command+R without pressing option key , it show the global and start downloading and it takes me to internet recovery , anyway I did exactly what you're saying and I got no errors during erasing also I did repair and verify the disk and the desk is ok , but still getting the error when I try to restore from TM backup – Zizoo Oct 30 '16 at 9:56
  • Are you able to make a clean install - if so, do it first, upgrade your system at the current system that you've before and try to restore TM. – dante12 Oct 30 '16 at 10:59

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