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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2013 Macbook Air can't get past grey screen

We were camping, I was trying to pull up a movie and it froze. It was completely unresponsive, I didn't see the kernel panic message but I forced a restart by holding down the power button. On booting ...
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Mac Tower (2013) High Sierra cannot boot into recovery

My tower is stuck booting into recovery.. Recovery show the dark grey screen but never loads. Internet recovery does not work (goes straight to finder). I need to enter recovery so that I can run ...
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Backup files in internet recovery mode: cp command errors

I'm currently trying to backup files from my MacBook Pro (2011) to an external hard drive in internet recovery mode (my laptop has been stuck on the bootscreen for the past 2 days, I think the hard ...
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Recover root password from terminal [duplicate]

So, how can I recover password of root account using only terminal? I have only terminal (not sudo), and no GUI acces
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Startup security utility menu not properly popping up

I am trying to configure the security utility but I get this menu instead: What I am doing is attempting to install windows on an external drive. I am following the steps from this video.
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Iphone 8 With Broken HomeButton Set Up after factory reset [duplicate]

I have recently dropped my Iphone 8 and that caused it to go into endless reboot cycle. I had to put the phone into DFU Recovery mode and after it recovered I noticed I cant set it up as the home ...
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Cannot boot normally or in safe mode, booting to recovery mode results in circle with line through it

I opened my Macbook Pro to discover it was off, I pressed the power button and it had the AHH and the apple symbol and loading bar. However, the screen is covered in alternating bars of pink and blue....
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OS X Recovery Disk Assistant

Does the OS X Recovery Disk Assistant introduced by Apple for Lion works for any later macOS? More precisely, will this tool create a bootable copy of the existing internal Recovery Partition onto an ...
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Problem internal partition macOS high sierra [duplicate]

Please help me, this is my last year at university, and all my files and projects are on my device. I had two sections 399 gigs for the Mac system and 100 gaps on which I installed Linux .. After a ...
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How can I undo nvram recovery-boot-mode=unused if I don't know firmware password?

While trying to get into recovery mode, I used this: sudo nvram recovery-boot-mode=unused ... hoping it'd take me directly to recovery mode. Instead, it prompts me for the firmware password. Which I ...
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New MacBook Pro failed on OS reinstall, how do I get it out of Internet Recovery Mode?

I just got a new 16" MacBook Pro but things have gone awry while migrating my data from another Mac. Would appreciate any advice you might have. When I opened the new computer, I turned it on and ...
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Should I format my disk when reinstalling macOS?

I'm having some issues with my 16 inch MacBook Pro. It restarts and gives me the "Your computer was restarted because of a problem." prompt. It has done that 5 or 6 times so far. I was advised to do a ...
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Second Hand Mac Mini Factory Reset with No Password

I bought a second hand Mac Mini from a friend a couple of years ago. I've only just got round to trying to set it up. He wiped the device before he sold it to me. I believe the device is the late 2009 ...
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Please Run Install OS X El Capitan.app that you downloaded from the App Store [duplicate]

I'm in Recovery OS trying to Reinstall the OS but I can't. What I have to do? I saw that the solution is copying that file in the Applications folder. But I don't know how to do that.
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I can't reinstall my OS X El Capitan. “Please Run Install OS X El Capitan.app”

I'm in recovery mode, but when I try to reinstall the OS this shows to me. I've entry to the terminal of Recovery OS. And I found that file .app In other forum I found that the solution is move that ...
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Trying to restore to factory setting but cannot install mac OS Catalina

I'm using a Macbook Pro retina 13" 2018. First, I was trying to restore the factory setting. I followed the instructions in many website and reach the internet recovery page where there is a globe and ...
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Macbook Pro Boots Into Recovery To Install Critical Update

Every now and then, so not frequently, my Macbook Pro (2017, 15", MacBookPro14,3) boots into, what seems like recovery mode, after I did a proper shutdown. When I start it up again, it takes a long ...
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My Mackbook Pro is forcing me to use Remote Management

I recently bought a used MBP Mid-2015 from a local shop with Mojave already installed. I wanted a clean system so I booted to recovery and erased the internal drive and started a reinstall of the os. ...
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Removing Firmware Lock

Back when I bought my me and my girlfriend a mac I also set up a firmware password and I now want to remove it from hers. I'm not sure I remember it correctly though. If it boots into recovery and ...
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Accidentally deleted OS X via bootcamp

I accidentally deleted the OS X partition via Bootcamp. I tried to recover OS X via Internet Recovery (CMD + R), but it keeps getting stuck at the Globe all the time. I also created a bootable USB ...
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Firmware Password Lock after Bootcamp Install

Tried to install Windows via Bootcamp on my computer yesterday. When the computer restarted to try and boot on the Windows partition, I got hit with the Firmware Password. Asked my IT guy what it was ...
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Can't reinstall OSX after wiping with intermittent interent; T2, Startup Security Utility, no admin

I wanted to wipe and reinstall my 2018 MacBook Air with a T2 security chip. I am running into a problem with an intermittent internet connection. I erased the Hard Drive in recovery mode with Disk ...
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Cannot enter Recovery mode in order to csrutil disable

I'm trying the GPU fix. I formatted and drive and installed Sierra onto the HD (not High Sierra because apparently the latest version has issues with this fix). I can't enter recovery mode. Cmd + R ...
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Macbook shows question mark folder on boot, can't boot to recovery mode

Recently I upgraded from Mojave to Catalina and I decided to encrypt my macbook's SSD, and also its firmware (it showed a long password after encryption and I wrote it down). After Installation I ...
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iPhone update failed now stuck in Recovery Mode

I am trying to update my iOS version without loosing data. Initially, I was trying to update from iOS 10.3.x to the latest 13.4.1 (iPhone SE). Because I have not had much storage space left, I ...
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Can I recover deleted viber messages after my phone is erased?

My device is Iphone 6, I had deleted some messages from my viber, then I erased my phone 2 days after that, then I noticed there was information I need. I don't have back up of any sort. can I ...
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How do I use a bootable disk drive to install Mac OS on an iMac 2011?

I asked earlier about how to create a Bootable drive for the purpose of installing Mac OS on an older machine, and I received a great answer (thanks to @David Anderson). However, now that I have the ...
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How to recover .photoslibrary files in an erased partition?

I made a mistake in which I erased an external drive with some originals .photoslibrary files that were not backuped. I am using in this moment photorec to retrieve the lost files (appointed as ...
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Entire “Users” folder is missing when booted into Recovery Mode

I posted this in the Apple Discussions forums, but have yet to get an answer that applies to the depth of which this situation currently exists. My Mac's hard drive (running Mojave) suffered some ...
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How to reset a salvaged Mac Pro which has previously been managed?

My buddy hauls junk and the Art Institute of Philadelphia closed down and had him remove a bunch of old iMac/Mac Pro’s from the college. I now have my hands on a Mac Pro 2010 tower and Cinema ...
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Recovery Partition Creator doesn't work

I've a MacBook Pro5,3 with OSX El Capitan 10.11.6 and I can't access Recovery (both normal and internet mode) neither Startup Manager without getting Kernel Panic, even if through diskutil list I can ...
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How to fix FDISK_partition scheme after repartitioning a larger space for bootcamp

[![enter image description here][1]][1]I already apologize for my limited knowledge on how to write a proper forum question, this is my first post. I have a Mac that is running Mojave, and yesterday ...
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Can't boot, OS volume type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFF'

after trying to remove a linux distribution through diskutil, i somehow managed to mess up my OS-Volume - i can't boot: Output of diskutil list Output of gpt -r show /dev/disk0 Thats the output i ...
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Restore previous version of file on iOS [3rd party app // Microsoft Edge]

I have a Microsoft Edge browser installed and i always use it inPrivate mode, sometimes it crash but my tabs always were still saved there, but one day the app crashed and all my tabs gone and i had ...
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Resized macOS Partition in Windows; boots to white screen

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro and I am using Windows on Bootcamp and I tried installing Phoenix OS. Used a partition app on Windows and shrank the macOS partition. Now whenever I start white screen shows ...
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Installing Packages through Recovery Mode

Alright so at this moment my Mac only boots in recovery mode and I need to install a package (.pkg) before attempting to reinstall the OS. The package is located on a usb drive named "Package". I ...
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Stuck on reinstallation of OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan

When I trigger the reinstallation of OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan while in Recovery Mode starting "Reinstall OS X" the InstallAssistant immediately fails: Mar 16 00:52:25 MacBook-Pro InstallAssistant[458]:...
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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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Recovery volume does not show up in Startup Manager

While upgrading a MacBook Pro from OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan to macOS 10.13 High Sierra in a step-by-step procedure, I created a clone of the Recovery HD volume. Unfortunately, this newly created clone ...
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How can the check point on startup for macOS's T2 chip authentication be bypassed for securely signed OS's like RedHat?

How can the checkpoint on startup for macOS's T2 chip authentication be bypassed for securely signed OS's like RedHat? I know after both drives within, say macOS Catalina for example, are mounted ...
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Data recovery from Apple MacBook Pro with T1 and T2 & Customer Data Migration Tool (LifeBoat)

There is a lot of fuzz since Apple introduced non-removable SSDs in 2016. If you are spilling water or dropping the notebook it might be a problem to recover the data, as the SSDs are proprietary (...
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What does error -2003F mean? [duplicate]

I was on CMD+R menú, then I clicked MacOs Utilities>Delete Mac, the computer started with a question mark folder on the screen, I pressed CMD+R and the computer turned on Internet Recovery Mode, but ...
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How to clean install of MacOS on 2018 MBP

I have a 13" 2018 MacBook Pro. My System Integrity Protection is off, and T2 security is set to None. After an update to MacOS Catalina 10.15.3, my mac would stay at the bootup screen with an apple ...
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How can you tell / identify which macOS Recovery actually boots with a dual macOS installation in one APFS partition/container?

This is a question about after installing more than one version of macOS in a dual/multi-boot scenario, all installed in the same APFS container/partition. In the answer to APFS - Is it possible to ...
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Permission denied when trying to reinstall macOS Mojave

So this is what happened. When using my Mac Mini I tried to open Opera browser and suddenly it said something like “Can’t open this application. Contact the administrator of this computer”. I don’t ...
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MacBook Pro starts with “Installing onto SSD”

MacBook Pro Retina mid 2014 13" macOS catalina 10.15.2 I believe. Suddenly during startup it goes into some grey mode and says "Installing onto SSD". I've not seen this mode before. Will it erase my ...
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Macbook Pro 2011 white screen - can't install MacOSX

I've recently tried to update my Macbook Pro late 2011 using dosdude's Catalina patches, as it is not officially supported. It worked fine, but after using it for a few days, it suddenly froze and ...
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File transfer in recovery mode

My MacOS (10.13) would not boot normally. So I restarted it into recovery mode. Then connected an external HDD, reformatted it to APFS, and started cp -r /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD /Volumes/External_HDD ...
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Cannot restore MBP 16 - macOS Verify failed

When I try to reinstall macOS from Recovery, the install happens and stops at the end saying "failed to verify macOS" I have tried: Reset NVRAM/PRAM Reset SMC Tried to change Security setting (no ...
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How can I edit “/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.nfsd.plist” In Catalina?

I need to edit this file to allow Kodi access to my NFS shares. Before Catalina, I was able to go into recovery mode and disable SiP, make the change and re-enable it. I just upgraded to 10.15.3 and ...

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