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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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MacOS Recovery Mode Risk

(A related question was previously posted in the Asahi Linux forum, I didn't get an answer there; see https://discussion.fedoraproject.org/t/question-and-worries-about-wipe-linux-in-recovery-mode/...
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I forgot my phones passcode and got locked out from my iPhone 13 and forgot my iCloud password and lost recovery key how can I reset my Apple ID?

How can I recover my recovery key from my iCloud account? I locked myself out from my iPhone 13 and recently found my iPhone 8 that I was still logged into. Unfortunately it doesn’t allow me to make ...
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Cant run recovery (partitioning problems)

So I received my "new" MacBook Pro M1 Max today. I am having problems restoring the device though. Hopefully the following screenshots will explain the problem better than I can: {From ...
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ARM Mac Recovery Mode - Show available HD space in Terminal

I'm trying to get familiar with showing specific HW information from the Recovery Mode terminal for audit purposes. I'm not too savvy with recovery mode commands for terminal. I'm unable to show ...
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Question Mark on 2015 Macbook Pro -- any hope saving data (and MBP)? [duplicate]

My 2015 Macbook Pro 13'' (OS X 10.11.6) is refusing to turn on and keeps showing me a flashing question mark 😭. I've followed the Apple Support instructions here, but was unable to fix the problem. I ...
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cannot boot into recovery after reinstalling Big Sur [duplicate]

MBP Intel,cannot boot into recovery after reinstalling Big Sur. I had to reinstall Big Sur and after that I could not boot into recovery mode. I can however boot into internet recovery (command/ shift/...
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OSX base system warnings

First Aid on macOS Base system reports: "Volume could not be unmounted. Using live mode. Performing fsck_apfs -n -l -x/dev/rdisk4s1" Then after checking the container superblock, EFI ...
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MDM Managed M2 14 inch MBP rebooting into recovery after Sonoma 14.3.1 update

I am locked out of my Apple Silicon Macbook. I was on macOS Sonoma 14.3. Around when 14.3.1 update was released, the device prompted restart after update. After restart mac is rebooting into recovery ...
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Default files and folders in Macos base system - Big Sur - usual files/folders

How can I confirm the files and folders visible in macos base system (seen via disk utility when booting into recovery (CMD r)) are standard? Attached are photos of part of it. Any help appreciated. [
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macOS recovery mode not recognizing WiFi

I'm trying to reinstall macOS Sierra. I'm working in a room with a WiFi extender. When I boot up in recovery mode I get the network selection dropdown. Selecting the right network and typing in the ...
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Error recovering MacBook login password: “There was an error communicating with iCloud”

I forgot my Apple MacBook Pro M2 password yesterday (running on MacOS Sonama) and after multiple tries, I tried to recover using recovery options provided by apple. After following all the steps ...
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Need to have an information regarding Virtual Ram of Macbook Which consists of Intel i5

0 I am facing an issue at my end which I am unable to get any resolution on the web and want to have a certain discussion on that and my problem is that. I want to have retrieve value of VRAM in ...
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macOS in recovery mode does not accept my credentials

Today when I tried to unlock my Mac (Sonoma 14.3) I noticed it's not sleep, it was shutdown. When I logged nothing was working, it said the Main app cannot load accounts, the keychain is not working, ...
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Problem rebooting macbook pro

Need some help. I made a partition of my hd (with high sierra), this new partition is an apfs where I installed another OS (Mojave). I had some problems with restarting, so I could have accessed to ...
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Erase & reset user settings without losing my files

I want to reset all the user settings that have changed on my MacBook, without losing any of my user files. My issue: I've made a lot of changes to my system as a developer: user permissions, ...
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I accidently deleted everything from my MacBook Air (Early 2014). How to recover?

So I was trying to reset my old MacBook Air (Early 2014) to find some use for it, but while doing that I happened to delete everything, including recovery. Now I'm stuck on a globe page with a WiFi ...
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The SSD not showing up correctly in diskutil in recovery

I’ve deleted my Macintosh HD partition and don't know what to do, because the free space isn't showing up in the graphic interface of diskutil.
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History of operations in recovery mode

As the title above, I'd like to know if there is a way to see all operations done in recovery mode in an iMac. For example, a command in the bash terminal of the recovery mode.
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MacBook Air 2018 lagging even in Recovery Mode

My MacBook Air battery is totally in nonworking condition, as soon I remove the charging cable it shuts down. Recently my laptop became very sluggish, even the wallpaper won't load. I am not able to ...
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Im tryiing to install mac os on my macbook air m2

I have been trying to install mac os ventura on my mac m2 air from 3days Im geting error in the last 9min and i check the installer logs there are error
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Third party extension is preventing M1 2020 MBP from booting

MBP 2020 M1, OS: Big Sur 11.7.9 My mac started malfunctioning lately: this morning I opened the lid and was greeted by the recovery screen telling me that there was a problem with the computer. I ...
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Should hdiutil create image from physical or synthesized disk?

When using hdiutil to create a backup image from a terminal in recovery mode (Command-R) hdiutil create -srcdevice /dev/disk3 /Volumes/backups/<name> where disk3 is the "synthesized" ...
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Obtaining equivalent of Brewfile as backup without using "brew" [duplicate]

My MacBook is broken but I can boot into recovery mode. I have multiple local users on this machine, each having a local instance of homebrew with their own configured taps, casks, mas applications, ...
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How to back up broken device with Time Machine in Recovery Mode / Target Disk Mode?

Due to being unable to access anything but the recovery mode (and target disk mode) of my broken MacBook, I'm attempting to back up files that hadn't been backed up since my precious Time Machine ...
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Can't install macOS Ventura from recovery: com.apple.BuildInfo.preflight.error error 10

I am trying to install macOS Ventura 13.5 using internet recovery, meaning a version of the OS is downloaded and then installed. I partitioned the disk using Disk Utility and formatted using a Mac OS ...
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HOW do I delete cleverfiles on my Mac?

This remains a mystery. In my "About this Mac", I have discovered over 560Gb in my system data. I have gotten a new Mac Mini M2 and need to migrate my files. Now, I've discovered thousands ...
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Mac Pro 2019 Absolutely Will Not Boot!

So to set the scene, I have a 250GB SSD and a 2TB SSD in my Mac Pro 2019. I wasn't using the 2TB SSD, so OS and files were all on 250GB which filled up rather rapidly, so I decided to use the 2TB ...
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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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Bootable installer drive disappears in Recovery Mode; can't install

Hopefully you all can help. My sister managed to delete her entire Macbook drive including MacOS somehow, I think she was messing around in Disk Utility... The Macbook will not install through ...
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Macbook Pro 2017 (13", i5 256GB SSD) shows a folder with a question mark but works fine after recovery mode - until restarted again [duplicate]

My Macbook Pro (2017, i5 256GB SSD) restarts to a black screen with a question mark within a folder. Strangely enough, when I restart the computer and go into (forced) internet recovery mode, ...
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Has anyone been able to recover deleted files from an emptied trash (on Mac)? [closed]

Any commands on the terminal to achieve deleted data recovery? I tried a few recovery software, but none I found efficient and some are even buggy (Disk Drill, EaseUS, Any Recovery, Stellar Data ...
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I erased my MacBook and now can’t redownload macOS Big Sur, no free space

I did the basic erase hard drive on my computer but i didn’t do a time machine backup and now when i go into Recovery mode and try to reinstall macOS Big Sur it tells me there isn’t enough space on ...
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Should format a new 20TB hard drive as Mac OS Extended or APFS for better data recovery chances in the future?

I have a Macbook and bought an internal 20TB hard drive that I am using through a docking station. I am wondering if I should format the drive as Mac OS Extended or APFS, if for example one day the ...
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Mid 2011 iMac re-installing High Sierra can not reach recovery server

Some background: A while ago I found (literally found between garbage on the street) an older (2011) iMac which I intended to be used by my 7 year old son. I never used a Mac myself. The machine ...
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MacBook Pro Recovery Mode Broken [duplicate]

A few weeks ago I installed Linux Fedora on my MacBook Pro (Late 2011) and wanted to switch back to macOS now, but I have experienced a lot of problems. Latest Internet Recovery: For some reason, I ...
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How do I install El Capitan to an erased Mac that can’t "Reinstall OS X" [duplicate]

I have an old Mac (El Capitan) that has all the data erased, and I want to reinstall the OS, but I cant because "Reinstall OS X" doesnt work and just shows "this item is temporarily ...
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How to bypass password authentication when booting into macOS Recovery

I have an Apple Silicon machine with FileVault enabled, and when I boot into macOS Recovery, it asks for a password before letting me use the utilities etc. I have forgotten my password, so I cannot ...
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Disk Utility has no mounted disks in Mac recovery mode

When I start up Mac in recovery mode, none of the disks are mounted and when I try to install Mac OS, there are no disks to install it on. The disks are there, but for some reason they will not mount.
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What are some scripting methods that could autofill an iPad?

I've recently went into a new IT job for my school and we're in the process of removing the activation lock on all of the school iPads. I was wondering if I could hook up my laptop (on Windows) to one ...
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Disk will not show up in recovery - iMac late 2015 - No disk error

Long story short: I have a good working iMac 2015 5K that I wanted to sell. I cannot do an automated factory reset on this device, so I had to go through steps. I accidentally wiped a wrong disk, at ...
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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 mini doesn't boot into Recovery Mode

Model # shows as Macmini8,1 and Ventura 13.2. Directly connected the USB keyboard to the Mini. I shut down the Mac and held CMD+R down and restarted the Mini and held it until the Apple logo; it boots ...
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Error installing Sierra after formatting HD

I'm giving my old 2016 MacBook Pro to another person, so I doing a factory reset on it. I entered Recovery Mode (Cmd+R), formatted the hard drive, and went to install macOS Sierra from scratch. After ...
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How to access apple support website from safari in recovery mode

I am repairing an old iMac and I am trying to reinstall the operating system. Since I can't use another iMac, I am trying to reinstall the OS using this guide by David Anderson, which was submitted as ...
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Disable Erase Mac option in Recovery options

(editing this question for clarity) Assume that a Mac (with Apple Silicon) is physically given to a non-admin user (say a child). Pre-condition: The non-admin user does not know the admin password ...
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Upgrading old Mac with SMART issues

I have an older MacBook Pro running 10.9 Mavericks with SMART warnings on the drive. (I understand this means it will eventually fail but I’ve been using this MacBook just fine for the last 5 years ...
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2009 Macbook Pro w/ broken Catalina OS won't recognize bootable OS X USB [duplicate]

Disclaimer: Several similar questions to this one have been asked before. Most of those solutions have been tried without luck. TLDR version at the end: My problem and the troubleshooting steps ...
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Can't power off my Macbook, it turns itself right back on

I tried to reinstall my Macbook, so I rebooted it into recovery mode and cleared my disk. I then rebooted, at which point it prompted me to connect to Wi-Fi for "Remote Recovery". I've been ...
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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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How to open Internet Recovery on Mac Pro 1.1?

someone donated a MacPro1,1 (so from 2006) and it came without hard drives and I inserted a hard drive and the question mark appears when I turn it on. How can I install an operating system on it? ...
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