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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Parition disapeared after deleting Linux

I had a 70gig partition running Ubuntu that I deleted from Disk utility (was gonna reinstall with Kubuntu instead). However, once the operation was complete, I was just left with the Mac partition (~...
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Cloned SSD After prohibition symbol - files lost?

After getting a prohibition symbol about four weeks ago I cloned my internal SSD to an external APFS drive and got the error message "APFS inverter failed to invert the volume - invalid argument". I ...
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Folder in external hard drive show files, but when pressed it is empty

I had a clients photo's saved onto my external hard drive. The folder itself says it has 27GB of files stored in it, but when I click on it, it won't open up. On my Mac the folder shows up as a ...
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Update to MacOS Mojave. Can't start up

So, this is me, after two days having tried almost every possible solution from the internet and the Apple Support team. I have a 2016 Macbook Air. It has worked greatly for all this time. And until ...
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Upgraded to Mojave and now MacOS won't allow me to have the same password locally as my iCloud account

I upgraded a new to me MacBook Pro (Mid 2015) to Mojave and the checkbox was pre-checked to use iCloud to unlock MacOS. This setting keeps me from having the same local and iCloud password. How do I ...
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Mac OS Recovery: Disk Utility always partitions SSD

I am trying to recover my Mac OS installation. When I erase my drive in disk utility, instead of just seeing one partition, it shows me a Disk named APPLE SSD SM056L Media, with a partition called ...
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how to fix a dead iPad 3?

I got it from a yard sale. it won't turn on. if plugged in it shows the dead battery symbol, Apple logo, turns off and repeats. iTunes won't detect it unless in DFU mode. recovery fails on waiting for ...
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Unable to open files recovered from ContainerToInvert

It's been a week that I have been trying to recover files from ContainerToInvert after having to recover and delete my main hard drive. Now after using this side: Can ContainerToInvert file be ...
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File/Disk Recover Mac Book [duplicate]

How can I recover lost, erased, files from Hard disk bad shut-down. Free apps only please. MacBook.I had a bad shut down, then restarted system. I lost bunch of docs, pics, music
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MacBook Pro - Can't get to recovery mode

I was given a 2nd hand MacBook Pro. When I tried to boot with Command+R to get into the recovery mode I get this lock screen. I don't know the password - is there any way to reset it?
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Deleting my Recovery HD?

So I'm running the latest Mac OS Mojave version on my ~4 yo MacBook Pro. I have, and I had for a while now this "Recovery HD" that takes aout 70,3GB. So 3 questions here : I'm getting kind of narrow ...
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Screen showing prohibitory Sign while booting up with USB

I made an USB bootable using transmac in windows but whenever i tried to select the bootable USB using Option + Power button, it loads half the bar and the screen shows prohibitory sign like the "phi" ...
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Does anyone know why app “Recovery Partition Creator” is now an un-maintained project?

Does anyone know why app "Recovery Partition Creator" is now an un-maintained project? I wanted something like this to use on 10.14.5 but I am noticing the app hasn't been maintained since 10.13 . ...
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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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Can't login to mac after using single user mode for a password change

Was working on a friend's Mac and required a password she couldn't remember. Used single user mode as a start up option and changed the password and rebooted but then was unable to login. It lets you ...
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MacOS Sierra: I forgot my password but have the SSD's Filevault recovery key. Can I reset my password?

I'm on MacOS Sierra. I forgot my password, but I have the SSD's FileVault recovery key. I used the "Recovery Key" account recovery method when I set up FileVault, so I can't use iCloud to unlock my ...
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Can't see HD in disk utility in recovery mode, but can in OS

I'm pretty new to Macs. I got an iMac Pro in 2017 (grey one) and about 6 months ago it started giving me occasional folder flashing icon on startup. It also started occasionally forgetting my ...
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I cannot get out of recovery mode (OS X Utilities) by resetting or reinstalling the OS

I bought a used iMac and when I turn it on I am shown the OS X Utilities screen. I would like to install the operating system but I cannot do so. I have tried everything suggested on other questions ...
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How to restore MacBook Pro to factory settings? Prohibited sign on boot [duplicate]

Because I am selling my old MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2011) and, for this reason, restore it to the factory settings. I have followed the steps for this. First the discs were erased which only partially ...
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Accidentally overwrote encrypted external drive (Mac OS)

So I was rushed (and being careless) and accidentally copied about 80 MB of a Raspberry PI image (SD card formatted extfs) over my external USB drive (4TB) that was formatted and encrypted (using Disk ...
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How do I Install macOS Sierra from Terminal in Recovery?

I tried installing macOS High Sierra but it failed. Probably because I have WD Black2 Dual Drive (120gb SSD + 1tb HDD). I would like to reinstall macOS Sierra, and I have the installation file on ...
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Macbook restarts when logging in

My Macbook Pro (Mid-2015, Mojave) restarts after I type my password to log in. The progress bar fills to about three-quarters before this happens. I have tried: Resetting PRAM Resetting SMC ...
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After deleting kali linux partition, macOS partition startup Volume type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF [duplicate]

First of all I know this problem and similar problems have been solved before, but I had tried the solutions from the other posts and I didn’t have luck. I know klanomath has a lot of experience and ...
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macOS: Can another user recover files I've deleted?

I currently live with someone that I think may be recovering files I emptied from the Trash. It's their computer, they are admin, and I have a standard account. I just want to know are they capable of ...
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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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APFS Container is corrupt beyond what I can find online - but Data Recovery software finds my things just fine?

I've followed guide after guide and nobody on the Internet has gotten errors as simple as I have. I've managed to use gdisk to change the partition type to the APFS it is meant to be, but it still won'...
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Deleted hard drive results in Windows recovery screen

I have a late 2014 Mac Mini. I did go into recovery mode (Option + r) and did delete the hard drive. Then I screwed up and restartet the Mac Mini instead of going back to the list from Option+r menu ...
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13'' 2011 MacBook Air: Stuck at blank gray screen, no boot option working

I have a 13" 2011 MacBook Air A1369 stuck on a grey screen. When I startup I can hear the chime and the computer proceed to go to a blank gray screen immediately. The screen has no Apple logo or ...
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MacOS 10.14.4 update failing to fully load and cycling through boot attempts but not loading requiring full recovery

Noobie here. I have tried to update my iMacPro Desktop to MacOS 10.14.4 and each time I do so it stalls part way through the update process and loops between Boot and Shut Down. Each time this ...
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Enable “mouse keys” booted to installer/recovery?

The installer/recovery partition MAKES you connect a mouse. Is there any way to bypass this requirement (and enable mouse keys) while booted to the Mac Installer / Recovery partition?
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Different ways to update to SSD with a time machine

I have a MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion. I am updating to an SSD without a SATA to USB cable. , just sticking the SSD in an installing the OS. I have a recent time machine I have done some research ...
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Can’t Boot My 10.14.3 Mac Pro Into Internal Recovery Mode

< 3.5 GHz, 6-Core Mac Pro (MacPro6,1) with 16GB RAM and D700 GPUs, running macOS 10.14.3 > Greetings, folks! I am baffled that I cannot boot my Mac into Recovery Mode after a clean install of 10....
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2nd hand iMac with no OS

I have just got a second hand iMac (Core 2 Duo 2.4 20" Mid 2007) Which has been fully wiped. I have connected it to wifi and am trying to install OS X by using the reinstall option but when I log in ...
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Apple ID locked - reset password

So my son forgot the password of email and Apple ID password. When we go to reset, after we enter the Apple ID, it says it will send instructions by email to ****@icloud.com He can't get in his email ...
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Professional Data Recovery solution: what to use?

I have a LaCie P9227 2TB drive partitioned 500GB for Time Machine and 1.5TB for Archive purposes. Two days ago the disk started failing (DriveDx utility indicated it as Failing), the TM partition ...
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Tried to fix filesystem type: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF and probably made it worse

I have a MacBook Air 11 inch which I recently tried to install Linux on with a swap partition and a root partition. In my stupidity I used the “disks” program under “try ubuntu now” to delete the ...
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Lost the Option to Boot into macOS After Quitting Internet Recovery (Bootcamp)

Background story: I have a MacBook Pro ("Core i7" 2.6 15" Touch/Mid-2018 2.6 GHz Core i7 (I7-8850H)) with Windows 10 installed using bootcamp. I am not sure about the macOS version, but it must be ...
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Mac OSX Command-R Recovery Mode - “rm” is ineffective even in read/write mode?

I have a mac with low disk space, that failed to update, and displays an OSX install error on boot. How can I delete some files, so the update can complete? I can boot this in recovery mode with ...
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Reformatting Woes

I'm running a Mac Pro 5.1 with a GTX 970 and a GT 120 installed. I've just wiped the SSD and now I'm stuck wrangling with MacOS's hyper-specific install requirements. High Sierra won't let me install ...
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Macbook turns off after a minute – not in safe mode, but in all recovery modes

Problem My friend's Macbook Pro Retina Early 2015 turns off abruptly to a black screen (as far as I can tell without logs) after booting. Takes ca. 1 minute. The last thing he remembers doing ...
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Recovery Mode not Normal

I am working on my macbook pro (2012). I let a colleague borrow it for some work, and they did some weird things with it, but it looked ok when I shut it down yesterday. When I tried to boot it up ...
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Unable to boot or do internet recovery

I have with me a Mac Mini Late 2012 model (Core i5, 6630M). It was running like a champ despite its age but recently while watching Netflix, the screen had a glitch and hung. I force restarted it. ...
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Clean install of El Capitan on an older iMac? [duplicate]

I have an old iMac (Mid-2007 Core 2 Duo, A1225) that our workgroup is retiring. My colleague wants to use it for her son. I migrated all data to a new iMac, wiped the drive, and initiated reinstall ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot from USB installer or go into recovery. Tried everything

Hi I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) that won't boot using any method. Around 6 months ago, the mac started making loud scratching sounds, but they stopped after a day or so. However, a few ...
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Reinstalling mac in recovery mod without internet connection

One day my mac suddenly closed and after that when I wanted to login, it always shuts down while loading the main user on the login page. I want to reinstall is x without using my data so I started ...
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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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iMac late 2009 new ssd install

So I’ve read through a lot of “new install” threads and all are pretty much the same...use internet recovery or cmd+r on boot up. But here’s my issue. My old hdd crashed so I don’t have anything ...
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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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How to fix misnamed filesystem in GPT?

I restructured my drive in Windows messing up my partition table as the software I used did not recognize apfs. In Mac recovery mode disk0s2 is recognised as a Linux Filesystem. It won't let me run ...
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iPhone “disabled” when trying to enter recovery mode

I forgot my iPhone's lock code. I don't believe I have an iCloud/Find my iPhone configured on there. I never synced with iTunes. I'm fine with deleting all the content on the device. I tried ...