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Internet Recovery is a feature of OS X that allows the user to boot directly from Apple's servers. It checks the computer's memory and hard drive, then allows a reinstall of OS X. This feature was first introduced with OS X Lion in the summer of 2011.

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Macbook Pro 2013 - Unable to boot after attempting to remove Kali Linux partition

After attempting to remove a Kali Linux partition through Disk Utility on macOS High Sierra, I ended up with a drive that had a type of just FFFFFFF-FFFFF. I proceeded to try to fix that through using ...
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MacBook Pro internet recovery not reinstalling Mac OS X

I've got a MacBook Pro 13" from 2012 which I recently swapped the hard drive to an SSD, as the hard drive was dying. When I start up internet recovery to reinstall Mac OS X Lion, everything seems ...
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Suddenly can't boot

I was using my 13 inch Macbook Pro (mid 2012) as normal when it suddenly became really slow and it became so unresponsive I just forced it to shutdown by holding down the power button. After that I ...
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MacBook Pro 2018 displaying folder with question mark after SSD erase

It all started when my MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar started restarting randomly due to a kernel panic so I decided the best way to go about it was to remove my Windows partition and update to the latest ...
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Macbook won't boot from USB or do Internet Recovery after deleting main volume

After encountering some errors with the main volume of my 2019 Macbook Pro, I deleted the volume (and, I think, recreated it), expecting to be able to reinstall MacOS on it from Recovery. (I believe ...
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High Sierra internet recovery cannot contact server

Old MacBook Pro (mid-2011) running OS X Sierra was out of commission as the power supply had gone bad. I got a new power supply and fired it up. I was greeted with a warning from Chrome that it would ...
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Internet Recovery Mode's Terminal cannot run Disk Drill

Disk Drill has an official tutorial on how to run it directly from the Terminal on Internet Recovery Mode. Basically, use sh <(curl http://www.cleverfiles.com/­bootmode/boot.xml) for Disk Drill 5, ...
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Mac OS X Lion (10.7) install error

I had an old MacBookAir5,2 (mid 2012). It had Windows 10 running on it (on its own without Boot Camp) & I wanted to use it in macOS. So, I surfed the web and did as below. Step 1: Cloned my entire ...
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Mac OS X, unable to un/mount Macintosh, password appears

I was trying to reinstall OS on my old Macbook Air 2015. Then, I erased all the data from it and something happened Macintosh HD get greyed out, and get encrypted. I tried many other solutions on ...
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Connect to Wi-Fi by BSSID in macOS Recovery due to Emoji in the SSID?

My MacBook Pro is booted into Internet Recovery Ventura. However no WiFi access points in the area appear in the WiFi list. I also cannot manually enter my WiFi SSID because my WiFi SSID consists of ...
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MacOS Recovery - Reinstall Monterary - upgraded to Ventura

I have an Apple Mac Mini M1 Silicon which I have kept updated (now Ventura). However, I want to wipe it and reinstall MacOS. However, when I go to Recovery its telling me I have "Reinstall ...
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macOS boots after internet recovery - but recovery partition does not. How to repair?

After a successful internet recovery, the OS boots - but the local recovery partition still appears to be messed up - it just hangs on the gray Apple screen indefinitely after using Alt/Opt to access ...
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How do you combine resetting NVRAM and also boot from USB?

I have a Mac Mini 2018 and a new monitor with a DVI cable. Currently, my Mac Mini is completely reset, so I need to reinstall macOS. I have two problems: Screen is flickering and can't see anything ...
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Can a Mac "boot" from the internet if the recovery partition is absent/corrupted?

This is something that has never been clear to me, and I can't find a clear and definite answer by searching the web (rather contradictory information). Can a Mac "boot" from the internet (...
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Used MacBook Pro - Can't wipe drive and install clean version of MacOS

Bought a used MCP mid-2015. I am a novice, so my apologies up front. The seller previously upgraded from a 256 GB SSD to a 1 TB SSD. Seller did the upgrade himself and has been using it for some ...
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2019 Macbook Pro boots straight to internet recovery

I have a 2019 Macbook pro that had a swollen battery. The battery was causing the laptop to crash randomly, but I could boot into it only if I fully drained the battery first, after which it would ...
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How to reinstall macOS with internet recovery with a fusion drive? No drive is available

This is continuation from my previous question "I installed Xubuntu without installing rEFind. Is it safe to remove the Linux partition at this point?", where I now have removed the Linux ...
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How do I enable USB boot after deleting my recovery partition?

I did a rather careless thing while in disk recovery (I was wiping a MacBook Pro 2018 for re-use) and I accidentally deleted the root volume, which means everything. Because I don't have a recovery ...
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How to erase the entire hard disk of a mac mini late 2014

I bought a second hand mac mini late 2014 with 256GB SSD storage and with OS X El Capitan version 10.11.6. I do not know the seller and I assume the device is virus-ridden! I am mainly concerned that ...
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How to delete redundant disks on disk utility

I reinstalled my OS a couple of times and ended up with many redundant disks as you can see in the picture: I want to get rid of them. Of course, I tried the following diskutil commands: eraseDisk : ...
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Hard drive not showing in Recovery Mode despite reformat in HFS+

Same issue as related in this thread but I already did the following: Re-created a new GPT (GUID) partition table (using GParted, Ubuntu) Created an HFS+ partition specifically for my MacOS Re-...
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Mac os Recovery keyboard issue

hi guys I had to replace my HDD to SSD on iMac 21.5 Late 2013 turning on the mac shows startup error which requires to boot into recovery mode trying to go to recovery mode and install OS but non of ...
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Internet Recovery mode stuck at 24:00 estimated time

I am using an iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2011) with High Sierra 10.13.6. I have installed Windows 7 SP1 via Boot Camp and a bootable disk. It was working fine. So the other day, I decided to create a new ...
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Macbook has issue -1008F when recovery from Internet

I have a problem with my MacBook, after erasing the SSD hard disk, I try to reinstall it by Utility and had a problem like the image below.  It stuck on the step because “INIT transmit failed” Then, ...
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T2 Mac with empty internal storage won't boot from install USB

Every year or so I like to do a fresh install of Mac OS on my machines. The method I've always used is to download the OS from the App Store, create an installable USB with Terminal, boot into the USB,...
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Internet recovery fails with different error codes - macOS Catalina

I tried performing an internet recovery (Catalina) on my MacBook Pro Mid 2012 and each time I get a different error, for example: -2000f and -1005f. I have tried this with different WiFi connections. ...
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macOS Big Sur Fails on Internet Recovery Mode: "Installation could not be completed."

I have a 13 inch MacBook Pro Mid 2014. I have been struggling with installation process since last night. At first, I started my Mac by pressing Option + Command + R and Power button so that I opened ...
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-5101 error on Internet Recovery

I'm trying to install macOS Big Sur on a 2016 15" MacBook Pro using Internet Recovery (Cmd-Opt-R during boot), but I keep getting an -5101F error, with a link to apple.com/support. I've tried an ...
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Completely clean reset of Mac—does Internet Recovery reset Recovery partition

I want to completely reset my Mac by wiping the entire SSD. I plan to start up from Internet recovery and then use Disk Utility's Erase option to erase APPLE SSD AP0512M Media (my computer has a 512 ...
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OS Catalina Recovery mode: "Downloading installer information to the target volume failed"

Specs: Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Core i7 2.6 2019 - MVVL2LL/A* - MacBookPro16,1 - A2141 - 3347 - SSD Drive I just got my MBP from service, it just had a software problem preventing it from powering up,...
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Macbook Air 2019 will not boot from USB or complete Internet Recovery, Exhausted options

Internet Recovery fails. USB Boot fails. Target mode won't mount. Macbook Air 2019 TrueTone, ran before I deleted the SSD (stupid). Battery shot, requires power supply to run. Tried Internet Recovery ...
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Can't Reset iMac on Big Sur

I'm having an annoying issue. I can boot into MacOS but I cannot for the life of me boot into recovery mode, internet recovery mode, startup disk mode, safe mode, etc. I can boot into the OS without ...
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MacOS partition formatted FFFFFFF etc after bootcamp install

My macOS partition has been changed to FFFFFFF format as seen in the attached images. There’s a similar question regarding this topic, however I would like to preserve the data on the partition in ...
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Is it Possible to Mount SMB share in Internet Recovery?

I'm currently setting up a Time Machine backup on a Windows Server. The simple method is to create a sparsebundle image on the Windows Share and mount that in macOS which works fine. In the past ...
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MacBook Pro 2009 15” Recovery Mode non existant OSX 10.5.8

I have a number of issues with a MacBook 2009 15” running Leopard.I wish to upgrade to El Capitan if possible. Do I alter the computer time and date so it corresponds with the download as I can ...
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How to solve "An error occured while verifying firmware" when updating to Mojave?

I just bought an early 2015 MacBook Pro that comes with macOS sierra. I want to update it to Mojave so i could run newer version of Xcode. But unfortunately i got this error everytime i tried to ...
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Mac Internet Recovery no disks detected to install or to erase with disk utility. Aftermarket SSD is fully functional running Ubuntu

After doing a bit of messing around with Disk Utility I formatted my partition with MacOS installed. I installed Ubuntu just fine and set it to use the entire disk. Everything is working just fine on ...
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Cannot input password when selecting network SSID to perform internet recovery

So after hitting command + R I am brought to a screen that prompts me to select my wifi network. Once I select my network SSID I get a field where I can input the password to my network however I am ...
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Verify OS X Base System

Mac Pro (Late 2013) macOS Mavericks Internet Recovery Mode: OS X Utilities: Disk Utility: disk0 OS X Base System I can verify "OS X Base System" but not erase, restore or alter ...
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How to check that my recovery disk is working correctly?

My iMac has recently stopped working after trying to upgrade the OS (I believe it came from El Capitan). Now, when I boot it I only see the folder with a question mark. When I boot it in "reinstall ...
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Which utilities are available during Internet Recovery?

When booting up from a regular macOS recovery partition there are a couple tools available including: Disk Utility Firmware Password Utility Are these tools also available when booting up from ...
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Which Macs support macOS internet recovery?

I know that all modern Macs support internet recovery, but I'm not quite sure how far back that started. How can I tell if internet recovery is supported on a specific model? And when was this feature ...
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After my brother deleted some system files from my Macbook Air I can’t reinstall macOS

After an accidental deletion of some system files the MacBook Air shows only a flashing files with a question mark. I’ve tried reinstalling the system through Internet Recovery. After choosing ...
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Kernel Panic when booting into Mac OS. iMac 27 2017

A few months ago, I was using the iMac and opened up spotlight search and there was my first ever kernel panic. It restarted then I logged back in and everything works fine. (The report is at the end)...
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MacBook (mid-2012) stuck on white screen

So I casually shut down my MacBook on Thursday night using the normal configuration. After a while when I switched it back on, a white screen appeared and that was the end of it. Later, a black screen ...
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"This is not a supported method of installing the operating system” when reinstalling OS X

I see somebody already asked same question but I couldn't find a answer, so I am asking it again and will provide as detail as possible information. I am helping a friend to reinstall OS X on his ...
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How is Internet Recovery able to connect to my Wi-Fi access point even after I changed the hard drive?

I wanted to upgrade my MacBook Pro. It should get a newer version of macOS and also a SSD instead of a HDD. So I pointed the macOS Installer to the SSD that was connected using a USB to SATA connector....
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MacBook Air not booting, Boot loader not available, Internet recovery not available

Recently I tried to factory reset my Mid 2012 MacBook Air. In order to do that: I booted into Recovery mode with Command + R. Then navigated to Disk utility and Erased Macintosh HD. Then I restarted ...
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Internet recovery mode: Always restart after download complete

Please help :(. I have a problem with my macbook pro md101 2012 when i work with it then my mac is suddenly die by itself. When i turn it on it show a kernel panic, and when i log in it just stuck in ...
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MacBook Pro 2011 with fuzzy screen won’t boot

I can’t boot into Safe Mode. Also tried recovery mode, but it won’t load. Tried internet recovery mode - no good. ☹️ I'm unsure if this is related to the fuzzy screen (see image above). I've also ...
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