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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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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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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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How can I create a new Recovery Partition on EXTERNAL disk?

I want to enable encryption on an external FireWire disk. The disk has been formatted a while ago (2+ years), and when choosing "encrypt volume" from the Finder context menu, Mountain Lion refuses ...
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Can't download Mountain Lion from app store on a Mac already running Mountain Lion?

I am trying to download and/or acquire an operating system installer for my newly purchased Mac. My objective is to put this onto some form of removable media (USB ideally) such that in the event that ...
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How to restore a missing Recovery HD partition

I bought a second hand Macbook Pro which came with OSX Lion installed, when I wanted to clean it I found out that it had no Recovery HD partition. I confirmed this through the Disk Utility (enabled ...
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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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How to recover accidentally deleted data?

My data has been deleted accidentally don't know how it got deleted. Yesterday when I left office the folders where at proper place and when today morning I opened my Mac OS Lion 10.7.4. I found ...
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Apple recovery partition possibly creating problems in Ubuntu

Before reading, it may help to know I have a 13" Macbook Pro (model 7,1. Mid-2010). Recently, the HFS+ filesystem on my OSX became corrupt and after many trials and errors, it was clear I was going ...
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Why is the Mountain Lion Installer unable to complete due to recovery partition problems?

I just bought the Mountain Lion upgrade, but it's unable to complete. When I select my harddrive it says: Some features of OS X Mountain Lion are not supported for the disk “kollaps”. ...
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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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How can I back up my iMac from the Recovery Partition?

Things in my iMac are failing, most notably the hard drive. I can only reliably boot to the Recovery Partition. Booting to the regular system, either normally or in Safe Mode, does not work, and ...
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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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Mounting SMB network share from Mavericks recovery mode

I would like to be able back up my macbook on a weekly basis doing the following: boot into recovery mode mount a windows SMB network share use disk utility to save a disk image to the network share ...
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How do I keep the Recovery HD and EFI partitions from automatically mounting on my MacBook Air?

I've set Finder preferences on my MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.1 to show everything on my desktop: I've noticed that storage partitions called Recovery HD and EFI appear there: What are they? Is ...
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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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Can I switch in a new storage drive without again downloading the Mountain Lion installer?

I have a time machine backup of my early 2011 macbook pro OSX system with mountain lion, I want to remove it's hard disk and replace it with SSD, I have a spare memory key, is there a way to restore ...
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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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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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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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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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How to create a 10.6.8 recovery CD (not clone of the OS or install environment)

Upon Google searching people seem to equate "recovery CD" with full installation. I have seen methods such as using Disk Utility with the Mac HD as the source and a DVD as the destination. This ...
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Repair or recover drive from recovery mode

My main HDD is failing to boot. (Neither Normal, Safe mode nor Single User). I can only boot from Recovery Mode or DVD. The scenario was the following: Computer was asleep (lid down). Lifted the lid ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Made DIY fusion drive.... now recovery partition won't boot

diskutil list shows what I am fairly certain is the correct layout. The recovery partition is "outside" the core storage logical volume group on the rotational disk: % diskutil list /dev/disk0 ...
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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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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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Why is the Recovery HD mounted when running Software Update?

I have installed HardwareGrowler, which displays a notification every time something is being mounted/ejected, connected/disconnected, etc. It tells me that at the start of when Software Update the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mavericks - Restore Damaged Recovery HD Partition without Reinstalling OS X

Recently, I tried to boot into the Recovery HD partition in order to perform some basic verify/repair operations using Disk Utility, only to find that my Recovery HD partition will not boot. Instead, ...
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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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