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I tried to restart while keep pressing Command-R

However, my keyboard is not mac keyboard. There is windows-R. It works exactly like Command-R in all circumstances.

Well, I keep failing to get into recovery HD. I need that because I want to repair the main disk.

Error: This disk needs to be repaired using the Recovery HD. Restart your computer, holding down the Command key and the R key until you see the Apple logo. When the OS X Utilities window appears, choose Disk Utility.

What should I do?

I have a flash disk. Can I turn that into recovery HD?

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Try this alternative way (explained at macworld.com):

  1. Start you Mac while pressing the Option key (in your Windows keyboard press the Alt key) until the Startup Manager appears:

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    One of the volumes will be called Recovery HD.

  2. Select Recovery HD and then click the upward-pointing arrow below it to boot from Recovery HD.

  3. After a brief delay, you’ll see the Mac OS X Utilities screen. Select Disk Utility to repair your disk:

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    The asker uses a Windows keyboard -> shouldn't he use the ALT key there?
    – nohillside
    Mar 11, 2013 at 9:22
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    @patrix Yes, added reference to Alt.
    – jaume
    Mar 11, 2013 at 9:25
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    I did. And it still doesn't work.
    – user4951
    Mar 14, 2013 at 7:36
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    It's USB. Also I changed keyboard again. It still doesn't work.
    – user4951
    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:27
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    Thanks @jaume this answer saved me money and time.
    – Ajit Singh
    Feb 5, 2021 at 10:34
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Note for other who come across this thread. To get into Internet Recovery Mode I used WINDOWS + ALT + R on my 2011 Mac Mini while powering back on. CONTROL + ALT + R did not work for me with a Windows Keyboard (USB).

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I tried this with a bluetooth windows keyboard and the ALT key on the left side of the space bar worked for me. I did not press any other key.

One more thing: it did not work when I did a soft restart; I had to power down, hold the ALT key, then power up the mini.

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  • This was a life saver!
    – SevenDays
    Jul 30, 2020 at 15:27
  • Tried this a bunch of times, on multiple keyboards. What helped was plugging a specific keyboard into the other USB port. Weird?... Both ports worked; I just switched mouse and keyboard and finally Alt+R did what it's supposed to.
    – RomanSt
    Jul 29 at 21:17
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For a mid 2011 Mac Mini using a bluetooth keyboard, what finally worked for me was the Windows-R key combo.

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I had to power off and unplug the Mac Mini then hold down the Alt key and start the Mini up that way and then it works.

Every time I install Sierra I can't log in and have to do this first.

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Nothing worked for me until I tried this:

  1. Plug USB keyboard in on far right USB port.
  2. Shut down Mac Mini.
  3. Power on mac mini and wait 3 seconds
  4. Hold left ALT down.
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I've got an arduino so I'm making it into a fake usb keyboard that outputs the alt button. Really all I can do in lockdown with no shops open!

https://code.google.com/archive/p/unojoy/

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I was having similar problems. I have both an old MacBook Pro (2010) and a 2014 Mac Mini. With the MBP and a built-in keyboard, I can get to the Recovery without difficulty, using any of the specified methods.

The Mini has been entirely different, where the best I can do is a login screen that offers to reset the login password. For this, I am using not only a Windows keyboard, but also where the keyboard is connected to a KVM switch (i.e., USB connection from the Mini to the switch, and then keyboard attached to the switch).

After a bunch floundering, I found that at least with the Mini, timing is an issue. I had been pressing the specified keys as soon as I could after a restart during the startup chime. However, if I wait 3 seconds until the chime is done, and then press keys, I can get the recovery console.

I don't know if it's that the Mini is a little different than an MBP, my use of external keyboard through a KVM or a combination, but with the Mini, timing is significant, and it's necessary to wait until after the chime to press keys

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