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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My iPhone 6 keeps restaring with apple logo. I want to enter into recovery mode but can not do so as home button is not working [duplicate]

My iPhone 6 keeps restaring with apple logo. I want to enter into recovery mode but can not do so as home button is not working. Please let me know how can I enter into recovery mode / DFU mode when ...
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MacOS partition would not boot/mount

So. I have a mid-2015 MacBook Pro (15'') running macOS 11. Recently, I wanted to set up a dual-boot with Debian. It worked and I could boot on the two systems. I've done some sh... weird things and ...
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Macbook Pro wont upgrade or boot into recovery mode

I am trying to upgrade my MacOS Catalina to Mojava or Big Sur. I tried the following: Upgrade from within current OS from App Store then follow the normal procedures it shutdown and when I try to ...
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macOS doesn't boot and no Recovery Mode after installing BootCamp and Windows 10

I have a problem after installing Windows 10 on a 2020 i9 MacBook Pro. BootCamp with Windows installations didn't go smooth, got BSOD with kernel security errors (don't remember exact error name), so ...
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iMac Mid 2011 can't boot from recovery USB

I am trying to install High Sierra on an old iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011). First, I tried Internet Recovery, but failed to make any progress and threw a cryptic error. (Something like -21 06U, but ...
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Mac turning off erratically but working fine in safe mode

I have MacBook Air 2017, currently on macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. For last two weeks my laptop is misbehaving - the screen just pops shut without warning. It wakes up whenever it wishes to, for a ...
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Why is my MacBook Pro stuck in recovery mode?

A few days ago, I ran into an issue with my MacBook. Whenever I tried to turn it on, it would take hours to load and eventually boot to a black screen. I ended up fixing this issue by opening my Mac's ...
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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 by Utility and had a problem like an image below.  It stuck on the step because “INIT transmit failed” Then, I ...
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Question mark file system problems

2016 macbook.. power to question mark… it can’t find an os. Boot to recovery mode, open disk Utility Finds only os core partition with is formatted in hfs. Apple file system partition is missing. Ok ...
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Late 2009 iMac won't boot (mb950b/a)

This one has me beat! I bought a used iMac a late 2009, mb950b/a. the story I got was it was all ok but after a fresh os install it stopped working, he has pics of it running an old os. it will start ...
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What exactly is lost/changed after a re-install of macOS?

I recently accidentally deleted some system files of macOS and thus, reinstalled macOS Big Sur in recovery mode. I have been assured that any data will not be lost, but I am wondering what exactly ...
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How do I install Mac OS High Sierra from Recovery mode on macOS X El Capitan

My computer currently runs macOS X El Capitan. I downloaded a copy of a macOS High Sierra installer, to install High Sierra through recovery mode, but it's not going into recovery. How do I install it?...
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private directory is empty in recovery mode

I’m trying to modify data under /var in recovery mode on my MacBook running Big Sur, but when I try to access /Volumes/Macintosh HD/var, it is a symlink to /Volumes/Macintosh HD/private/var, and /...
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Late 2012 iMac does not start and internet recovery does not work

Recently my iMac just froze randomly, and shut down after some time. It showed the screen that it was restarting because of the problem. But during startup it fails somewhere at the loading bar and ...
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Forgot MacBook password but recovery mode didn’t work

So I just got my laptop back ate a year away from the office and forgot my pw. Luckily there is easy advice online about power + cmd + R to get into recovery mode. Trouble is from there I get stuck— ...
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Can I put multiple, bootable MacOS installations on the same USB?

Back in the halcyon days of OS X 10.4 through 10.10, I used to have a USB stick that had several partitions each with a different version of OS X. I could plug in the USB stick and option-boot, and ...
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"fs_snapshot_create: Operation not permitted" when trying to generate new system snapshot on M1 Mac

I follow the instructions in How can I edit "/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.nfsd.plist" In Catalina? but failed in generate and tag new APFS System Snapshot. /System/Library/...
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macOS partition missing, Internet Recovery not working

I installed Windows 10 through Bootcamp and it worked well, but with a persistent issue. Every time I restarted to macOS from Windows, the login screen would freeze up and I would have to do an ...
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M1 recovery not showing disk or users

When I go into recovery mode by holding the power button, I get into the normal menu. I then see the options symbol and a loading sign. My disk never shows up here even after an extended period of ...
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I can't see the volume "Macintosh HD" in Recovery mode for Catalina

I have a MacBook Pro with an external monitor, and I am trying to force that monitor into RGB mode by following these instructions: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/250732856. The instructions say ...
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How to bypass iMac 2015 Firmware Password? [duplicate]

first of all, I apologize for my bad english I have a question and I will be really happy if someone can help me. A while ago I bought an imac from 2015 as used ( so I don`t have any invoice) but ...
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Why would Recovery show in Volumes if I've not booted into recovery mode?

This is a screenshot of /Volumes on a 2020 MacBook Pro with Catalina 10.15.7: Why would Recovery show as a local volume if I've not booted into Recovery Mode recently? It appeared to mount itself for ...
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Green horizontal lines on boot then grey out (MacBook Pro 2010)

When I boot up the screen has green lines horizontally , kind of tilting, after 1/2 to 1/3 progress on loading bar it goes either Grey, an off white or almost black the same if I try booting into ...
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Recover formatted Encrypted MacOS Extended volume to HFS+ (HFS+ Encrypted to HFS+)

I've just accidentally formatted my 1TB HFS+ Encrypted partition (also known as Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)) to HFS+ (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) and lost all my data! Is it possible to ...
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Factory reset MacBook Air from 2011 not loading, using USB keyboard

I got an old MacBook Air from 2011 that someone spilt beer on and the keyboard is not really working any more but I'm using a USB one for the time. I'd like to factory reset it and possibly update it ...
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Mirroring display in Recovery Mode with faulty lid sensor and LCD?

Today I bought a 2017 Macbook that has a water damaged LCD and a faulty closed-lid sensor. My intention is to factory reset it and use it as a build system (i.e. develop my app on my desktop, then ...
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M1 Air Big Sur 11.1 Recovery Mode Reinstall Not Working

I'm trying to reinstall macOS Big Sur on M1 Air because some of the root directories permissions got messed up and it's not booting after login screen (takes password, stuck in loading screen for a ...
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Cannot access terminal in recovery mode on M1 Mac

I am trying to follow this tutorial to temporaily disable SIP on my new M1 MacBook Air. Once I get into recovery mode, instead of seeing a Utilities menu where I can open the terminal, I see a message ...
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recover data from FFFFF partition inside an external drive

A few weeks ago, I deleted my Linux partition of my Mac because I was running out of space. After that, I couldn't boot my OS anymore. Because I depend on my computer to work, I decided to backup my ...
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What is single user mode useful for?

I don't quite understand on the Internet I couldn't really find anything useful. What is the individual user there for exactly? The terminal that is used in single user mode can also be used in the ...
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Create macOS High Sierra and newer bootable recovery partition on a separate standalone disk

There are manuals on cloning the recovery partitions to a separate disk for any macOS or OS X version prior to High Sierra, but I can google nothing about creating a standalone recovery disk for High ...
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How to reclaim deleted MacOS partition or Container

So a little of background and I have doing research many page but have not found the solution yet. I tried out Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows 10 on my MacBook. Then I accidentally deleted the ...
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Restore access to Recovery Volume after update to Big Sur

After updating macOS from Catalina to Big Sur, I cannot boot into the recovery volume by pressing Cmd+R during boot anymore. Rather than booting from the recovery volume when holding Cmd+R, I see a ...
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Enabling external booting on a fusion drive Mac

I am trying to change the secure boot settings so that I can allow booting from an external disk. Normally to do this you would go into recovery mode with command + r and then change the settings. ...
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Missing 300GB harddisk, how to recover it?

I had a bootcamp partion which I removed, how can I recover the 300 GB disk space it used? diskutil list /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE ...
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Recover iCloud password on terminal

I have a macOS 10.14.6 Mojave, I forgot my iCloud account password and I was trying recover, however apple says that I need 24h to recover my password since I do not have access to my backup email ...
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Mac not recognising Crucial P1 SSD in recovery mode

Recently, I've updated my 2015 Pro Retina 128Gb with 3rd party Crucial P1, M.2 - 500GB SSD. Installation went smoothly, however couple of months later I need to reset the Mac back to factory settings. ...
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Missing Macintosh drive after running recovery mode

I’m hoping someone can help me. I’ve had to run a recovery mode on my Mac air and when I tried to reinstall the OSX it cannot find the Macintosh HD. I’ve tried to repair the disk0s2 with no success. ...
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Help! Missing Components on a Basic MacOS Lion Reinstallation! Missing StartUp Disk!

I am trying to salvage an old, discarded white macbook 2010 running OS Lion. I went through the usual steps to restart in recovery mode, open disk utility, erase the old files, etc., then quit disk ...
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Where is the DMG saved when the hard disk is erased?

Assuming you would go into recovery and format the data carrier on which macOS is installed, where would the DMG be located from which you booted with "CMD + R", because as far as I know it ...
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Startup failure, tried to reinstall OSX but disk has no free space/unmounted?

My MBP 15 was frozen so I turned it off via the power button. It now fails to boot and loads OS Recovery straight away. When I try reinstalling my OSX (Mojave), everything looks fine until I have to ...
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Deleting folders in my Desktop using terminal in recovery mode

Unfortunately, today I wanted to update my operating system from Catalina to Big Sur. I had more than the approx. 12Gb required to installed (if I remember correctly I had around 21Gb available). ...
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No internet connection in recovery, despite using internet recovery

I have a Macbook Pro 13 mid-2012. The hdd failed, so I've replaced it with a new drive. I held cmd-R at boot, and was taken to internet recovery. I entered my network credentials, and successfully ...
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Flashing folder icon with question mark on startup of MacBook Pro

This is about a MacBook Pro Retina 2014 with Catalina. I tried to do a factory reset of the MacBook. Having backed up everything I needed (not using Time Machine, just copying photos etc. onto an ...
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Can I boot from a USB stick containing MacOS if there is an issue with MacintoshHD?

So my mac HD started playing up and then refused to work, would not boot. Tried recovery mode but it wouldn't allow me to run first aid on the Macintosh HD drive. Created a MacOS USB boot up stick by ...
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MacBook Air 2015; Login and recovery mode failed

I’ve been having problems with my MacBook Air (Early 2015). Since installing an update to 10.13.6 (From 10.13.3, I believe) the computer freezes once the progress bar fills up on the login screen. ...
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Does "gpt remove" command delete files along with partition? Trying to recover a Mac OS partition Vol Type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF

I have a Macbook Pro with Big Sur on it, and I installed Linux Mint. I then resized the encrypted Mac OS APFS partition in order to grant Linux more space. After that I created another smaller Linux ...
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Iphone stuck in start cycle (occasionally enters recovery mode but itunes fails - storage full)

Have read the other related posts (and must confess to not understanding all technical hacks people have tried), but so far not solved my difficulties. My iPhone XR is stuck in a restart cycle with ...
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Enter recovery mode (macOS Big Sur)

When holding the Cmd ⌘ R combination on my iMac (macOS Big Sur) a command line opens but not the recovery mode window. How to access it?
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iMac 2011 with dual drive HDD/SSD: missing recovery mode

I upgraded my Mid-2011 21.5in iMac (running High Sierra) with the ifixit-dual drive kit (i.e. installing an SSD on top while leaving HDD and superdrive in). Everything has worked flawlessly. I don't ...

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