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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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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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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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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What is OLK15message files and how to recover it?

Can anyone explain to me what is an OLK15message file, what it has to do with Outlook 2016 for mac? Actually, my outlook mac database got corrupted and someone told me that Outlook Mac stores its ...
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How do I Install macOS Sierra from Terminal in Recovery?

I tried installing macOS High Sierra but it failed. Probably because I have WD Black2 Dual Drive (120gb SSD + 1tb HDD). I would like to reinstall macOS Sierra, and I have the installation file on ...
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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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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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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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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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iPhone is stuck in Recovery Mode with full storage

I was trying to update my iPhone X (GSM) from iOS 12.3.1 to iOS 14.0.1 The following steps was carried: 1- Downloading the latest firmware ipsw (size 4.61 GB) from iPhone10,3,iPhone10,6_14.0....
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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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Can't change System Security Settings in new MacBook Pro M1 Monterey Startup Recovery Utility

I am trying to change the security settings using the Startup Security Settings on my new MacBook Pro (Apple Silicon). I am entering the MacOS Recovery utility by holding down the fingerprint button. ...
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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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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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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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Can I recover boot camp partition after removing it with gpt remove?

My old MacBook Pro, A1286, (15in, mid-2012) has an SSD that divided my main boot disk into two partitions, one for Mac OSX (running 10.13, High Sierra) and one for Boot camp (running Windows 10). The ...
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Can't disable System Integrity Protection for auxiliary systems on my Apple Silicon mac: "recovery system is not paired with the required volume"

I have an M1 Mac Mini with three macOS systems installed within the same APFS container on the internal drive: Big Sur, Monterey, and the latest Ventura beta. If I boot into the recovery environment, ...
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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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Entire "Users" folder is missing when booted into Recovery Mode

I posted this in the Apple Discussions forums, but have yet to get an answer that applies to the depth of which this situation currently exists. My Mac's hard drive (running Mojave) suffered some ...
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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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Kernel panic on every attempt to access Recovery Mode

I was trying to access the Recovery Mode on my MacBook Pro5,3 with OSX El Capitan 10.11.6, however every attempt ended in Kernel Panic (KP). I would see the Apple logo with a loading bar and the ...
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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 it by Utility and had a problem like the image below.  It stuck on the step because “INIT transmit failed” Then, ...
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Reinstall Ventura without internet, possible?

Is it possible to re-install Ventura on an M1 mac without internet. When I try I get the "Activate Mac" message. I even tried using a bootable installer with the assets added.
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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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No Administrator Account Found: Recovery Mode

So here’s the deal. I recently cloned my internal drive to a 1TB external SSD using SuperDuper!. It worked great, allowing me to boot into it, do everything I need to. However, today, I went to ...
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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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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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Stuck on reinstallation of OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan

When I trigger the reinstallation of OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan while in Recovery Mode starting "Reinstall OS X" the InstallAssistant immediately fails: Mar 16 00:52:25 MacBook-Pro InstallAssistant[458]:...
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Accidentally activated firmware lockscreen, how do I go back?

I logged out of my Macbook (pro 2019, Catalina) then after mistyping my password, accidentally hit the “recover password” button (or something along those lines, can’t remember). I do remember my ...
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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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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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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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Building boot caches on boot helper partition failed

Due to a Hard Drive failure I have had to restore my mac from a backup. Following the Restore From Time Machine Backup procedure under recovery mode takes about 8 hours. Eventually the data is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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