Questions tagged [recovery]

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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Issue accessing Startup Security Utility on brand new Macbook Pro M1

I'm trying to follow this guide to install a driver for my audio interface on a brand new Macbook Pro M1 16". I'm booting into recovery mode, but when I click into "Utilities", I'm ...
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Does Apple silicon hardware support USB tethering in macOS recovery mode?

After updating my Intel MBP to macOS 12.5, I got locked out. When trying to reset the password in the recovery mode (power+cmd+r), USB tethering to my iPhone did not work and I had to use my iPhone as ...
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USB or Time Machine recovery

I have a MBP mid-2015 running 10.14.6 and want to upgrade to a Scandisk Extreme Pro 1TB. When I install the drive and try to boot up using Cmd+R, a window with only "Internet Recovery" pops ...
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Not able to boot into MacBook Air (2017)

I have a macbook Air 128 GB (2017) model. It was working fine, until I decided to reset it. I restarted and went into recovery mode, into Disk Utility and erased the “Macintosh HD” volume group. After ...
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External SSD displaying as RECOVERY

I have a 2TB SSD Crucial X6 drive attached to my MacMini. It has all of my DAW stuff on it. I had 2 partitions for both Windows and Mac (50/50 split). It worked fine for a while - but recently when I ...
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Apple Internet Recovery stuck at spinning globe and Windows stuck in Recovery Mode

My problem is that I've installed both Windows OS and macOS using Apple Bootcamp. I've accidentally erased both Windows OS and macOS now both of them are stuck in Recovery Mode and none of them work. ...
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(-2003F) Macbook keeps booting into Internet Recovery

Recently I've wiped a 2020 MacBook Pro and now it keeps booting into Internet Recovery; trying to proceed results in a -2003F error. Additionally, it's now impossible to turn the MacBook off; once I ...
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iPhone 6S disabled - no solution is working [duplicate]

My iPhone 6S says "Disabled - connect to iTunes" but I've tried this and it won't enter recovery mode or be recognised. I've changed USB cables but still won't show on iTunes. I've tried ...
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500 GB disk, 250 GB free space - Can't partition disk to add data

I have an issue on my Macbook. I have had a dual boot with Windows (through Bootcamp) and removed this partition later as I didn’t need Windows anymore, I did this through the Bootcamp tool. Though, ...
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How can I modify /System/Library/ScriptingDefinitions/CocoaStandard.sdef and have the changes persist?

I'm trying to modify /System/Library/ScriptingDefinitions/CocoaStandard.sdef. I want to do this because a lot of applications reference this file in their own scripting definitions, and I want to ...
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Recovery volume appears in Time Machine backup ; how to exclude?

The rare times I open my Time Machine backup folder, I see "Recovery" appearing for each backup. For example: Since I don't really need Recovery in Time Machine (as far as I know, each ...
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How to tell whether a re-install failed

I tried to do a re-install, and got a message that it could not be done. I tried again, and when I came back before the predicted two-plus hours were complete, it was at log in screen. So I don't ...
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Upgrading to Monterey problem

I have macOS Catalina and am trying to upgrade to Monterey. I first got a message saying the installer couldn't verify disk, and to open Mac in Recovery Mode. I tried this and when I connected ...
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School Traces Leftover

Apple friends. I was provided an education MacBook Air a while ago. It's was a rent, however I have paid it off now and am almost leaving school thankfully. Because of this, I have been meddling ...
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Recovery Mode Can't Install OS X Mavericks (Late 2009 iMac)

I have a wiped iMac (27-Inch "Core i5" 2.66 - Late 2009) that boots into recovery mode. When I try to install OS X (Mavericks) It says "An error occurred while preparing the ...
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Can I recover boot camp partition after removing it with gpt remove?

My old MacBook Pro, A1286, (15in, mid-2012) has an SSD that divided my main boot disk into two partitions, one for Mac OSX (running 10.13, High Sierra) and one for Boot camp (running Windows 10). The ...
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How do recover video lost after undoing copy operation?

I had shot some video clips using my phone which I "cut and pasted" in a new folder on my desktop (windows). By mistake, I pressed the Ctrl + Z button which undid the action when the phone ...
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How to get into Recovery mode in MacOS 11.4 **Remotely**(M1)

I need to reboot into recovery mode on a remote Mac machine (M1, 11.4). I found that there are 2 ways to do it: One - By pressing some buttons at startup. Two - By setting the nvram like so: sudo ...
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Error while disabling csrutil on macOS Catalina

I've tried to disable csrutil on Catalina by booting and repeatedly hitting EDIT: cmd+R. I've run the terminal and disabled csrutil. I get the error "failed to modify system integrity ...
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MacBook Pro recovery key has special character ($)

Hi people so I am trying to recover access to my MacBook pro however my recovery key has a special character in it the Dollar sign ($). I can’t seem to get the keyboard to type the character or any ...
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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 to regain admin privileges on Big Sur

I'm using Big Sur and renamed my admin account. Now it has been downgraded to a standard account. There are other admin accounts on the system, so backing everything up and reinstalling wouldn't work. ...
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iCloud account recovery

A friend of mine received a phishing text message, he followed the link and arrived at a webpage looking like an apple website, he sent his iCloud account information He doesn't remember the details ...
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Reclaiming partitions after old Linux installation

A long while back I recall installing Linux on my macbook. I have since deleted it, but the partitions on my disk are somewhat screwy. I cannot reclaim the free space to my main Macintosh HD partition ...
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Can qrencode be made portable so it will run on macOS recovery?

this question was solved and the details is at the end question: I want to print a qrcode to terminal in Mac Recovery. My process ends up needing dynamic linked libraries. On Big Sur, qrencode from ...
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How to open a website in Safari in Recovery mode

On macOS Desktop, if I want to open www.google.com from Terminal That's easy Just enter: open -a Safari http://www.google.com Then Safari will run and open www.google.com. But, when I want to do the ...
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Apple HDD shows Untitled after failed Monterey OS installation. Is there a way to access it?

The computer is Late 2015 imac with 5K Retina display and 16GB Ram and 1TB Fusion drive. It had El Capitan for years until Safari recently notified me that it can't update anymore on El Capitan and I ...
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Is it technically possible to recover iPhone 11 data after reset (ios15)?

I have limited iCloud back-up. I have no iTunes back-up. Before IOS 12 recovering data after reset is very easy. After IOS 13 it becomes more difficult. So, for professional engineers, is it now still ...
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Can I launch macOS Recovery Mode to reinstall macOS after I install a new hard drive? [duplicate]

I plan to buy a used Mac Mini from 2011. I am a bit worried about getting a second-hand Mac Mini since there might be some virus on the Mac Mini and hence lose all of my data. Thus, upon purchase, I ...
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iCloud storage maxed drive before update to Monterrey

Preface: I'm a Windows power user with Unix experience. I thought I could help a friend work through an upgrade from high Sierra to Monterrey on a MacBook Air 2015. Unfortunately, the update ended up ...
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iPad bootlooping and refusing to factory reset (Error 4013)

Recently, my iPad (5th Gen) began bootlooping (with no warning at all), and had been doing so all morning. After googling around for a solution and trying many, such as IDU mode (no errors reported), ...
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Revert Home directory location with CLI after changing with system preferences by

My late 2019 iMac was running out of disk space and since all the upgrade kits seem to be out of stock (and the upgrade process difficult) I decided to try moving my home directory to an external ...
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Should I format an external hard drive before installing macOS on it?

I erased the internal disk of my MacBook Air (2016). Since there is no OS anymore, I turn it on in the recovery mode (Cmd + R) and want to install the macOS Sierra on a 2 TB external hard drive. In ...
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Forgot Apple Password

My iPhone is "Locked to owner". I bought this phone brand new from store. It's been over a week, still no call nor wait time. No email with information sent. Apple Support nor Apple store ...
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How to access commands included with macOS from macOS Recovery?

Often, I boot to macOS Recovery only to find one of commands I wish to enter has not been included. For example, hexdump and nano are not included. However, if the volume containing macOS is mounted, ...
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how to change extended attributes on mac recovery

xattr worked on mac desktop system but I want to let it work in mac recovery terminal but xattr is not included in bash of terminal I copy xattr to usb drive and run it on recovery terminal ,but it ...
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macOS buggy recovery download bar

While loading the macOS recovery online, after a few minutes the loading bar gets buggy and the timer below gets higher. Any solution? There's no macOS installed but there's the Bootcamp partition
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Accidentally changed permissions on /var

I did something stupid and accidentally changed the ownership of the entire /var folder recursively chown -R username /var I have seen a few other people fix this by going to recovery mode or single ...
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How to create a bootable installer for macOS (or OS X) for a Mac without macOS (or OS X) installed? [duplicate]

I have a Mac mini which appears to be a 2014 model with an Intel processor. The internal disk has failed completely and has been replaced with a known-good 1 TB SATA SSD. I have access to Linux hosts, ...
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How to recover encrypted/locked volume on M1 Mac with recovery key, missing password?

I set up my new M1 Macbook Pro about 3 months ago and made a separate volume for safekeeping things inside. This volume shows up in Disk Utility, described as "APFS Volume, APFS (Encrypted)" ...
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MacBook Pro won’t boot in any mode. Stuck on loading bar

I have a MacBook Pro 15” mid 2014 (running Mojave) which has been stuck for a day on loading bars. It all started after the computer shut down despite being at around 60% of the charge. I have tried ...
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How do you enter Recovery Mode on Mac OS X 10.5.8?

How can I get my iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), to enter Recovery Mode? I've tried: Cmd+R Opt+Cmd+R I've tried while restarting and I've tried after shutting down and then Cmd+R after powering up. System ...
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I unintentionally deleted the private/var folder and now I the Mac book gets stuck in the loading screen infinitely

I ran a terminal command to delete the folder since it was taking up 30% of my 128SSD MacBook. I needed to transfer some big files to my laptop Big mistake. I can't login in anymore. I also can't boot ...
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APFS Container lost after crash and reboot

My 15" MacBook Pro Late 2016 with a 500GB SSD was occasionally rebooting (but only) during MS-Teams meetings. Anyway, the last crash was destructive and now I get flashing "?" when it ...
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MacBook 5,2 on 10.13.6 has no recovery, single user mode, or admin account

I wanted to do a clean install of El Capitan, because my system was very slow. So then, I tried booting into the recovery partition, and I got a "prohibited icon". When I boot into macOS, at ...
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Bad idea to use single user mode for focusing?

For when the allure of all computer-based distractions is too great, being limited to only the command line seems attractive. Give me my files and vim, and force me to focus on the work at hand. ...
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Deleted Recovery partition (T2 chip Macbook pro). Can not boot to recovery. Getting Error -2003f

I have been trying for a few days, but I have not been able to get my mac into Recovery mode. I formatted the laptop and erased data from Mac utility also deleting macOs base system, the recovery ...
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Internet Recovery. Unlike Monterey, Sierra OS X Utilities starts with wi-fi connected, even after a nvram reset and a disk erase. How?

On boot, when I press Shift+Option+Command+r, a globe appears with a dropdown box to choose my ssid and password. After some time the Sierra Utilities starts and my wi-fi connection is enabled. This ...
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Repair user after upgrade to Monterey

I've tried to update to Monterey, from Mojave. The first part of the upgrade went well and it restarted. After reboot, I notice the background is still the desert, so I suppose upgrade is not finished....
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No Administrator Account Found: Recovery Mode

So here’s the deal. I recently cloned my internal drive to a 1TB external SSD using SuperDuper!. It worked great, allowing me to boot into it, do everything I need to. However, today, I went to ...
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