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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How to recover iPhone SE when stuck in recovery mode without data loss?

My wife's iPhone SE was overloaded with data and hung up while rebooting. Then after attempting to update to the newest firmware, I kept stuck in recovery mode. The problem is, that the iPhone is too ...
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Mac with T2 chip, downgraded from Catalina to Mojave, has anyone got a working Recovery?

Recovery does not work after downgrade. cmd-R goes to Internet Recovery instead of internal Recovery Internet Recovery goes error '-1008F' I've disabled Find My Mac and not rolled in the beta ...
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Macbookpro 13 mid 2010 internet recovery stuck

I am trying to recover my macbookpro 13 mid 2010 from internet. After sometime it starts to show these 2 photos. I don't know what it means. None of the keys responds. I restarted my system after ...
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fsck_hfs invalid key length

The HDD is a brand new MyPassport WD 4Tb. I recently used it as my main backup and before I had the time to reformat another drive for a second backup (which means that some data on that drive are ...
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cant Initialize OSX. Interrogation folder

I was trying to solve an issue with memory disappearing to 0kb, and after reading some post here I have : delete some files from cache folder(library)straight to rubbish bin An deleted some core ...
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Cannot boot into Recovery

What I've done Disable T2 Security Boot In Catalina Add a APFS Volume mac2 Install Mojave on Volume mac2 from an external drive (Install security update, copy files and etc.) Remove Macintosh HD and ...
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How to reset network to default? [duplicate]

I can reset network in OS without issue, but it still has a preferred network in recovery mode and automatically connects. How do I reset network completely? When searching preferred network list in ...
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Urgent - iPhone disabled, rescue data

I have the iPhone 6s of my grandma here. She asked me if I could recover the photos she has made with her iPhone after it disabled itself for some reason. I have already updated it multiple times ...
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MacBook filesystem FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF after deleting linux partition [duplicate]

So I have MacBook Air late 2015. I’ve been using bootcamp for a while. Yesterday I installed rEFInd to use triple boot for Linux. Made partition for Linux. Later I decided to delete this partition ...
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Delete account on Mac OS Catalina Single User Mode

I have an account on my MacBook Air with the new Catalina OS. I am unable to delete an account and I have tried to delete it using Single User Mode, I have forgot the password for admin but I cannot ...
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Download failed in recovery mode, stuck with no OS on my Mac

Recently after upgrading to Catalina, my MacBook Pro has become really slow, so I thought it might be the system’s problem, so I decided to reinstall the original system that comes with the Mac (El ...
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Recover MacBook with full disk after failed OS upgrade

I tried to install the latest MacOS and the installation failed because there was no enough space. From there on every time I try log in to my account a status bar appears and then the whole system ...
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2012 iMac boots to prohibited sign after it attempted over night self update? HDD now cannot be mounted?

My friend's 2012 iMac attempted to self update over night and it resulted in the prohibited sign on a gray screen this morning and so, the iMac does not boot anymore! Here are all the things I've ...
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How Can I Delete Some Disk Images in My Recovery Partition? [duplicate]

When I updated my mid-2011 MacBook Air from Sierra to High Sierra last year I had some installation issues... which resulted in creating at least 2, maybe 3 disk images in my recovery drive. I have ...
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Conversion journaled to APFS under Mojave

I would like to update from Mojave to Catalina. MAC is late 2012 and OS is Mojave 10.14.2 Update fails because SSD is not APFS. I have read disk can be converted, using Disk Utility in recovery ...
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Can I Delete Specific Apps Through Terminal while booted to recovery or an os installer?

I think I have a failed installation issue from trying to install Catalina. Apparently there wasn’t enough space, and when it restarted I wasn’t able to log into my MacBook. Every time I do, the ...
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How to resolve messed up GPT (FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF) from Ubuntu without data loss

I was having Ubuntu installed along with MacOS Catalina. I need windows for project work so I decided to create a partition and flash windows in it... Doing this I messed up and there was showing no ...
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MacOS Catalina Time Machine restoration to Mojave failed; MacOS Recovery failed (-1008F)

I was in the process of restoring my Mac Mini 2018 running macOS Catalina 10.15.1 to an earlier Time Machine backup encapsulating the latest version of macOS Mojave via macOS Recovery, when the ...
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I have been facing a strange problem with my MACBOOK Pro SSD

When booting my Macbook Pro, a question mark inside of a folder is displayed. I try to go to recovery mode (which happens to be online) and I don't see my Machintosh HD in disk utility. After ...
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How can I free up space to reinstall macOS (Catalina)?

Ok, I’m in a bit of a pickle here. I wanted to install the latest macOS 10.15.1 update today and was initially told that I needed to “free up more space”, since the upgrade expects about 19 GB of free ...
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OWC aftermarket 1TB disk missing in Mac Pro after erase process; not found in diskutil, startup list, or install-to list

I am selling a Mac Pro Late 2013. In anticipation of the sale, I erased the disk. The disk is a 1TB built-in SSD from OWC (Aura). After I erased the disk (there were 2 partitions, I erased both ...
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MacBook stuck in Internet Recovery Mode

I managed to wrongly format my SSD into MBR (Master Boot Record), since then my Mac is stuck starting in Internet Recovery Mode over and over again and I also can't run the Terminal command for ...
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Can't fix sudoers permission on osx mojave [duplicate]

A friend had borrowed my macbook air running osx mojave and somehow managed to change the ownership of the /etc/sudoers file to userid 501 (rather than 0 which it should be). Because of this, I can't ...
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Error Log file when trying to load OS from Recovery back on OWC Electra SSD

Initially my computer was freezing every time it would go to sleep. I tried to reset the PRAM, but no fix. I booted from recovery and tried to install a previous version(s) of Time Machine backup, ...
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Macbook pro 2018 Accesing internet recovery mode

I updated my macbook pro to catalina recently and i needed to reinstall the OS since i mistakenly erased the mac partiton in windows . I shut down the machine and used the command-R key combination to ...
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Kernel Panic when booting into Mac OS. iMac 27 2017

A few months ago, I was using the iMac and opened up spotlight search and there was my first ever kernel panic. It restarted then I logged back in and everything works fine. (The report is at the end)...
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Can I safely delete the Mac OS X Base System Partition?

I'm running El Capitan + Windows 7 on a 2011 MBP which came with Lion. The recovery mode on my MBP is broken, it sits on about 75% of the progress bar loaded for days (I've waited 2 full days on two ...
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Using Terminal in Recovery Mode - Multiple Volumes on Disk

I have two versions of MacOS on my computer in different volumes. If I open a Terminal window in Recovery Mode, which volume will I be looking at? I'm specifically looking at files in /System/...
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MacOS: two hard drives, one empty

I was trying to recover my Mac from a backup but something went wrong (the recovery was very slow) so I ended up installing a clear MacOS. However, I did something wrong with diskutil, and now have ...
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Can you boot into recovery mode on an older iMac running a newer version of OS X (10.8)?

I'm running OS X 10.8 on an iMac which is from 2008, and I can't seem to boot into recovery mode. Command-r doesn't do anything- the computer simply boots normally every time. Although OS X 10.8 ...
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Internet Recovery booting to old OS

I need to reinstall macOS on my 2011 iMac. The iMac was last running High Sierra (which is the last OS it supports) before I wiped it. I am booting into Internet Recovery mode on my iMac, but for some ...
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How can I retrieve a deleted iMessage if using iMessage in iCloud?

I realize too late that I deleted a very important iMessage conversation and I need to retrieve it. I have iMessage in iCloud. To attempt a restore, of course I had to reset my phone and did a ...
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Mac won't boot of an external drive, starts internet recovery instead

I wanted to clean a MacBook Pro 15,2 with Touchbar. However I noticed that it wasn't running smoothly, so I backed it up using the Target Disk mode and erased the disk, because the Recovery partition ...
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(How) Can I access a USB-based DVD drive while in recovery mode?

A client has the need to access a USB-based DVD drive while in recovery mode. How does one accomplish this?
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External SSD Samsung T5 doesn't show up anymore

After I had got a new Samdung T5 external SSD (2 TB) I had formatted it with DiskUtilit, created 3 partitions and could make it work: 1. TimeMachine Backup to partition 1 2. Some important data backup ...
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How to recover apple id without having apple id and email that associated with that apple id

I forgot my apple id and email that associated with this apple id, but i know the password of my apple id. how can i find my apple id? note that this apple id doesn't set on any other devices.
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Stuck in recovery mode and unable to install OS X El Capitan

Hi to anyone able to help with this / having the same problem... I use a 2009 iMac A1224 20" with a SSD, running macOS El Capitan (the shop which installed the SSD also installed El Capitan back in ...
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Restoring a white Macbook with OSX Lion

I'm trying to restore an old Macbook for my kid. I've erased the hard drive and want to reinstall the OS, which is Lion. However, I have a problem - I have no idea what Apple ID I used originally (...
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How can I enter recovery mode (for Mac OS, on an iMac) remotely?

Our team administrates several Macs. To save costs (flights, etc.) in events where we have to remotely restore a system at our client location, we are trying to understand how to enter recovery mode ...
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How can I observe what low-level system functions support a specific peripheral (specifically the internal camera on an iMac)?

This question asks about disabling the FaceTime Camera kernel module, but has no answers. I have a similar goal, and I'd like to chase down what might be loading in support of the camera's hardware/...
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Resized MacOS partiton after debian install, now volume has no type and MacOS wont boot

I was dual booting debian alongside MacOS. Debian hasn't been bootable for some time (unknown reason) so I decided to remove the leftover linux partions and resize my main MacOS parition to fill the ...
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Is the macOS recovery also upgraded when i run mac upgrades?

I upgraded my Macbook Pro that had Mojave (MACBOOK PRO (RETINA, 15-INCH, MID 2014))to Catalina Beta and this completely broke my Mobile Development using Flutter. There are numerous issues with ...
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The macOS Mojave installer is not responding on my mid-2013 MacBook Air

I don't know why this is happening but 4 days ago due to some storage issue I completely cleaned my MacOS Mojave installed MacBook Air Mid 2013 and after clean up it came up with MacOS Mountain Lion: ...
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What Kernel extensions should be deleted to disable bluetooth?

A client needs to completely disable bluetooth. The most basic level (aside from physically disconnecting the antennas or removing the airport card) seems to be disabling the kernel extensions. I ...
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Where is my Recovery Partition?

After moving my computer, a Mac Pro 2013 running Sierra 10.12.6, (from one building to another, with a week or so spent in a garage), I found that it would not boot. The system drive was the internal ...
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macbook os recovery fails because disk is locked

My mac was unused for a long time and today I needed it and I powered it up. But boot wasn't completed. I followed the methods to reset the NVRAM, SMC and didn't help. Disk utility indicated that ...
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MBA (2013-15?) wont boot from macOS boot stick

A friend of mine somehow managed to delete his internal drive including the recovery partition while trying to reset his MacBook to factory settings. Now when trying to boot up the MBA only displays ...
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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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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 ...