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a feature of OS X Lion (10.7) that allows the user boot into a partition that includes tools to repair, reinstall, or restore a Lion install

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Recovery Mode Startup Security Utility reporting no administrator accounts found

I booted into recovery mode and started up the Startup Security Utility - but says no administrator found. I am the administrator. I booted normally and checked user&groups and was listed as Admin....
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How to erase the entire hard disk of a mac mini late 2014

I bought a second hand mac mini late 2014 with 256GB SSD storage and with OS X El Capitan version 10.11.6. I do not know the seller and I assume the device is virus-ridden! I am mainly concerned that ...
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Recover Apple CoreStorage Volume, LVG, Logical Volume Group -container / partition / volume

I wasn’t able to mount the disk on my MacBook (I had removed both hard drives from iMac, since it’s logic board went bad and I thought not to put more money on Apple products due to such bad hardware ...
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Completely clean reset of Mac—does Internet Recovery reset Recovery partition

I want to completely reset my Mac by wiping the entire SSD. I plan to start up from Internet recovery and then use Disk Utility's Erase option to erase APPLE SSD AP0512M Media (my computer has a 512 ...
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Mac Mini with Ubuntu how to restore MacOS

I have a Mac Mini 2012 Server which has Ubuntu running on it. The issue I have is that I cannot seem to get it to boot from USB at this point in order to reinstall MacOS. Holding down Alt/Option seems ...
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Is there any way that we could load disk utility or any disk repair tool from a USB in mac?

Recently my Mac crashed due to kernel panic. I tried using disk utility to repair the disk but the parent disk couldn't be repaired. And I opened up the terminal and erased the current boot disk. And ...
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Cursor won't populate in input field when trying to unlock mac HD

I'm updating my mother's macbook because she was on el capitan. I initially tried directly updating to Catalina to no avail. Then I updated to mojave to try to update to catalina. That worked and when ...
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Can’t reinstall Mac OS el capital because Recovery HD disk is locked. Anyone know how to bypass this?

I'm trying to reinstall Mac OS X El Capitan on my 2009 MacBook pro. Disk Utility lists a single SSD with a capacity of 250.06GB and a single partition (OS X Base system) that is taking up 249.85GB. ...
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Disk Utility fails with OSStatus error 22 during cloning/recovery operation

Background: I need to upgrade the drive in my Macbook Pro. Following are some of its specs: MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) OS: High Sierra, v 10.13.6 HDD: 500 GB SSD, w/ Macintosh HD & ...
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Cannot use diskutil verifyVolume, trying to boot back into macOS after deleting Ubuntu partition

After deleting my Ubuntu partition and restarting my computer, I am unable to boot into macOS. I've followed the steps outlined here: macOS partition startup Volume type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-...
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What are stored on the “KG” drive?

Last time my Mac had some startup problems and I went to the Genius Bar for a clean OS installation. The technician took out a hard drive called “KG” and booted my Mac from a recovery partition on it. ...
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High Sierra - Why is Recovery HD inside the APFS container?

I noticed a few days ago that the Recovery partition was inside the APFS container. Isn't it better for it to be a separate volume? For example, APFS containers sometimes get corrupted with an invalid ...
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Why I'm getting four hard drives?

I have one HD, after some issues I reinstalled macOS, now I'm getting this, Can I format/delete them?
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iMac doesn‘t start up

My iMac doesn’t start up. The loading bar doesn’t fill up and then, after 10 minutes or so, it shuts down. I tried to get in the recovery mode, but there is the Macintosh HD drive grey and it says „...
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Does Restoring a Time Machine Backup Repair the OS?

Ok I understand I can reinstall Mac OS from the Command + R Menu and the OS is reinstalled without touching (we hope) my files unless I erase the disk first. However, what if I just choose to restore ...
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Cannot boot into osx after partitioning in macos

So I have Ubuntu and high sierra working fine, but yesterday I decided to expand the ubuntu disk space. So I free up space in the macos by deleting application and then doing a partition(this is how I ...
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Why is the Recovery volume's version of Disk Utility more powerful than that on the main volume?

I'm running MacOS 13.2 on a mid-2014 MBP (11,3). I have a 2 TB external HD (Seagate Slim, spinning disk, GUID format) that was partitioned into two 1-TB volumes. Recently, using my main volume's Disk ...
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How to pick a recovery partition to boot into when there are multiple?

I have a Mac Mini with a Fusion Drive. There are two instances of macOS installed on it. One (just upgarded to 10.13) is installed on an encrypted CoreStorage logical volume that spans the SSD and ...
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Is it possible to use USB Modem in Recovery HD?

A quick question here, but is it possible to connect to the internet using a USB Modem in Recovery HD? Or is the only way to connect through WiFi or Ethernet. I haven't seen any clear/obvious ways of ...
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Many 0.1 -6 mb + disk images on running "diskutil list"under "Recovery HD". Is it normal?

There are about 10 of 7 of them and are images extremely small.Is it the requirement of system or the leftovers after formatting disks having other OSes?
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MacOS Sierra won't boot into Recovery HD even though its there, only OSX Lion Internet Recovery [mid-2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina)]

I'm having a persistent issue and have tried all of the common fixes I have researched online (will list shortly). Symptoms: Command-R on boot only takes me to Internet Recovery, and a dated one at ...
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2016 Macbook Pro can no longer use recovery partition

I have a new MacBook Pro..so I cloned my old one Sierra 10.2.3 over to the new one. Everything worked great however now I can't use the recovery partition anymore on the new MacBook Pro. It comes up ...
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Recovery Mode is not available for MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2009 with El Capitan running on it. I wanted to enter Recovery Mode and pressed cmd+R until the Apple logo appeared with a progress bar. After about 3 hours waiting the ...
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Install Sierra without a recovery partition?

How can I install macOS Sierra without a recovery partition? I am installing into a virtual machine, and will make manual backups of the VM. I do no need or want the extra 5 gigs of the recovery ...
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HDD shows as "Untitled" în Disk Utility

I have another HDD problem. I had a broken enclosure witch was acting really weird. It freezes up the finder at some point and I wasn't able to do anything else but to unplug it so "force eject" witch ...
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Unable to install OS X, cmd+R opening internet recovery instead of usual recovery

I'm trying to clean install OS X El Capitan on a MacBook Pro (early 2015). After erasing my disk I started the installation of OS X. After accepting the license agreement I was asked to choose a ...
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Is there another way to reinstall OS X when recovery fails?

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro running 10.7.5 and was trying to update to El Capitan at the advice of Apple Care rep to fix issues I was having. In midst of install the system totally froze and ...
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What URL does Recovery HD connect to in order to download OS X?

My college Wi-Fi Network doesn't support OS X reinstalls through Recovery HD. If I were to ask the people in charge of our Network to manually enable access to Apple's Servers so that I could do ...
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Where is my .bashrc file in a dd image?

I created an "emergency" image of my entire HD using the procedure explained in Recover a dead hard drive using dd. I spent a lot of time fine tuning my .bashrc and .profile files, but I cannot find ...
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How can I tell what version of Recovery HD OS is running while I'm booted to the recovery software?

How can I tell the version of OS X (and the build) that runs on Recovery HD while I'm running in that mode? The Apple menu has no "About" menu that shows that information when you're running normally.
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Recovery HD doesn't boot

I just upgraded to El Cap, and now recovery HD will not boot. It goes part of the way, but gets stuck here: I've tried to boot multiple times, but it just gets stuck there. Resetting the NVRAM ...
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Can I use the Recovery Partition on one startup disk to repair another (internal) disk?

I have an SSD and an HDD in my Macbook Pro (Yosemite) and I recently cloned the HDD to the (new) SSD. The SSD is now unhealthy, for reasons unknown and Disk Utility recommends repair from the ...
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How to run Continuity Activation Tool from Recovery HD's command line?

I use Continuity Activation Tool to enable Continuity on my early-2011 13" MBP with an upgraded AirPort card. However, El Capitan's Rootless feature has forced me to use a modded version of CAT that ...
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Resizing a 100GB Recovery HD Partition

Some time ago, I used BootCamp to set up a partition for Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro (13" late 2014 if it matters) so I could dual-boot. I have since removed the partition using BootCamp, but still ...
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How to prevent storing the WiFi password on the recovery partition?

I always wondered how my Mac could connect to the internet when the recovery partition is booted and my main system partition is locked (filevault2). Some googling revealed today (e.g. here, here, ...
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Stuck at OS X Utilities while clean installing Yosemite

I decided to do a clean Yosemite install on my Macbook Pro 13 inch Mid-2012 . So I made a boot able USB from terminal. Then I booted from it and went into disk utility and erased my current Disk which ...
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Running Time Mechine Backup from Recovery HD

My MacBook seems to be getting kernel panics when booting up. I've decided to create a backup, reinstall OS X, and restore from the backup. But I can't create a Time Machine backup because I unable to ...
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Reclaim hard drive space from deleted partition and reclaim Apple bootloader

I had my system dual-booted with Ubuntu 14.04. However, I found myself not using it enough to warrant the storage space. I deleted the ubuntu partition and the ubuntu swap partition. However, am now ...
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How to install OS X again with no access to a recovery partition? [duplicate]

I have a Mac running Fedora with no recovery partition and no access to any computer with Mac OS X. How can I reinstall OS X on this computer?
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Does the Buillt-in Apple Recovery Partition already have an OS X Image?

Does the Buillt-in Apple Recovery Partition already have an OS X Image or does it download it over internet? I am asking because if it does download over the internet I want to create my own recovery ...
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Recovery HD Is not showing up. Is it because of FileVault?

I have a problem. On my mac, when i start and hold the ALT key, or the Command-R Key, then it doesn't boot into Recovery HD or even show it. I need it to repair, mount etc. my disk. I tried disk ...
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I'm not able to re-size a HD Partition to utilize all its free space, how can I fix this?

I've seen a couple of questions on the exchange that are similar to the issues I am having. But I haven't been able to get things to work referencing those issues. I am ultimately looking to install ...
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Deleted all Mac OS X internal hard drive partitions

I booted to a live Ubuntu USB, wanting to delete partitions on an SD card, and ended up deleting all my partitions on my MacBook Pro's internal hd. I have already tried gpart (which gets stuck at "...
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How to make a bootable (encrypted) copy in an external drive from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot partition

I configured my MacbookPro (Retina) as follows: /dev/disk0 (GUID partition scheme) EFI 200 MiB Apple CoreStorage 128 GiB <- FileVault 2 encrypted Apple Boot 650 MiB <- ...
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Folder with question mark when booting including recovery partition on MacBook Pro 2010

I have an old MacBook Pro (2010) whose hard drive was long dead. I recently had to replace the hard drive in my 2012 MacBook Pro; it wasn't dead yet, but had a bad block. I use the laptop for work, so ...
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Format SSD and restore TM backup

My SSD stopped mounting by itself on boot. So I booted into Single User mode, ran /sbin/mount/ -uw / and exit and it got mounted and I could boot from the SSD. However, after booting all I see is the ...
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How to (re)create Recovery HD? [duplicate]

I have new macbook pro and I format whole drive to one partition and restore my backup (time machine). Now I have no "Recovery HD" partition. How can i create it?
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Disk problems and reinstalling Mavericks!

This started after I installed a BootCamp Windows 8.1 partition. That partition ran out of space so I decided to not heed any warnings and tried to format my Macintosh HD into free space, 10G of free ...
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Recovery HD tries to delete itself

My configuration of Mavericks-Ubuntu-Windows has gone nuts, so I deleted the windows partition and rebooted to Recovery HD to try and reformat the whole HD. Recovery HD at first appeared in disk ...
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Does encrypting Time Machine erase the recovery partition?

I have prepared my external hard drive to be used for Time Machine backup by erasing and creating a new working recovery partition on it. I am ready to start the first backup, which I want to be ...
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