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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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Is there a way to clean up possibly invalid disks that only show up on Mac OS Recovery through ‘diskutil list’ in Terminal? Does Recovery use them?

Hopefully that question is clear enough, and hopefully this is just me being silly. When I boot into the Recovery Partition, go into Terminal, and run 'diskutil list', I get quite a few tiny and ...
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Local Items keychain recovery after system wipe

I recently wiped my Mac and now i need help restoring my old keychain. My website passwords used to be stored in keychain's "Local Items" (no iCloud sync) and I had made a copy of /Library/...
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Recover old keychain after keychain reset

So, I did a keychain reset on a Mac due to some process taking up a lot of CPU (a keychain cloud daemon). This worked wonders for the cpu, but now the user wants its passwords back and doesn't care ...
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Password protect recovery mode apple silicon with new Recovery Lock Command

I am trying to restrict the ability for my child to access recovery mode on mac to keep filtering software in place. On intel macs you can set a firmware passcode that is separate from the admin user ...
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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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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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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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Accidentally overwrote encrypted external drive (Mac OS)

So I was rushed (and being careless) and accidentally copied about 80 MB of a Raspberry PI image (SD card formatted extfs) over my external USB drive (4TB) that was formatted and encrypted (using Disk ...
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Mac asks me to run Disk Utility in Recovery, while in Recovery

I have a WD EasyStore Drive, and for some reason it was bugging out with Time Machine today. I decided to run First Aid on the drive and it found a corruption it wanted me to fix via Recovery mode. ...
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How often does the Recovery Volume mount itself?

From my understanding about the new APFS System for macOS High Sierra, the Recovery partition disk1s3 will shortly mount and unmount itself to check for updates in the background. Ive noticed from ...
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lost Mac OS X partition after resizing bootcamp

Recently I tried to resize my bootcamp partition. I first resized the Mac osx partition to a smaller one with diskutility and appended this space to the bootcamp partition from within windows 10 (with ...
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how do i get OLD photos out of my photo stream folders

I have 700 photos on my photo stream (recovered after a lost phone! and older than 30 days) but I can't figure out how to download them. only the most recent (100-ish) photos upload to iCloud photos. ...
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MacBook Pro won’t boot in any mode. Stuck on loading bar

I have a MacBook Pro 15” mid 2014 (running Mojave) which has been stuck for a day on loading bars. It all started after the computer shut down despite being at around 60% of the charge. I have tried ...
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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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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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Can't reinstall OSX after wiping with intermittent interent; T2, Startup Security Utility, no admin

I wanted to wipe and reinstall my 2018 MacBook Air with a T2 security chip. I am running into a problem with an intermittent internet connection. I erased the Hard Drive in recovery mode with Disk ...
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Recovery volume does not show up in Startup Manager

While upgrading a MacBook Pro from OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan to macOS 10.13 High Sierra in a step-by-step procedure, I created a clone of the Recovery HD volume. Unfortunately, this newly created clone ...
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Permission denied when trying to reinstall macOS Mojave

So this is what happened. When using my Mac Mini I tried to open Opera browser and suddenly it said something like “Can’t open this application. Contact the administrator of this computer”. I don’t ...
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Cannot restore MBP 16 - macOS Verify failed

When I try to reinstall macOS from Recovery, the install happens and stops at the end saying "failed to verify macOS" I have tried: Reset NVRAM/PRAM Reset SMC Tried to change Security setting (no ...
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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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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 ...
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Lost the Option to Boot into macOS After Quitting Internet Recovery (Bootcamp)

Background story: I have a MacBook Pro ("Core i7" 2.6 15" Touch/Mid-2018 2.6 GHz Core i7 (I7-8850H)) with Windows 10 installed using bootcamp. I am not sure about the macOS version, but it must be ...
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How to fix misnamed filesystem in GPT?

I restructured my drive in Windows messing up my partition table as the software I used did not recognize apfs. In Mac recovery mode disk0s2 is recognised as a Linux Filesystem. It won't let me run ...
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Recovery Volume mounted in `/Volumes` after checking for updates

From my understanding, with the new APFS system for macOS, the Recovery volume mounts itself briefly when it checks for updates; however the Recovery Volume on my MacBook Air is still mounted in /...
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Is it possible to use Python while in Recovery Mode?

Is it possible to access a Python terminal while in Recovery Mode? $ /Volumes/macOS/usr/bin/python python: posix_spawn: /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Resources/Python....
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rEFInd - can boot to Mac Recovery or Ubuntu, but shuts down after loading bar for MacOS

I have rEFInd installed on my 2015 rMBP - I can access the boot menu for rEFInd (although sometimes this doesn't appear / runs very slowly), and all the right options are there, but when I select ...
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Mac not starting or going into recovery mode

My Mac (mid 2011 21.5" iMac running mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6) suddenly froze while watching a video and restarted. It now keeps on restarting. Soon thereafter, my wireless keyboard stopped working, ...
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MacBook Air problems after upgrading from Yosemite to High Sierra

Today I installed macOS High Sierra after doing some research. Obviously it was a big mistake. I used it successfully for about an hour, then when I was online I unplugged my laptop and everything ...
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Data Recovery Tool to recover lost Chrome User Data Dirs

I have a folder, either </users/an/downloads/user data> or </users/an/downloads/user datas>, that I've accidentally cmd-opt-deleted. The folder is used to store individual user data ...
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Why is macOS Recovery in Japanese, when my language is set on english?

My Macbook Pro(early 2015) functioned in english until I started up macOS Recovery to erase the startup disc with macOS Utilities. It was originally bought used in Japan. I would like the entire ...
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Generate recovery key for Mac Time Machine

I encrypted my Mac Time Machine recently, but have unable to figure out how to generate the 'recovery key' in the advent that I forget the password. Is there a simply way to do this on Mac like with ...
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Moving or creating Recovery Disk with dual internal SSD with RAID

I have removed my optical drive and installed a second SSD in its place. To do this I partitioned the first SSD to hold macOS Sierra. The other partition was RAID0 with a second SSD. I seem to have ...
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Stuck in 10.6.8 to 10.11 upgrade installation, no recovery disk available

In attempting to upgrade from OS X 10.6.8 to El Capitan I've run into a bit of stalemate. The installation is unable to complete(indeed, it seems to barely commence) due to issues "verifying or ...
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Unable to Boot MacBook using any means after attempted Fedora Install

Wondering if anyone has any last ditch efforts I can try here to salvage my macbook! I recently attempted to install fedora to dual boot on my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, the install crashed, the ...
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Locked Hard Drive

For some reason a recent reboot resulted in a startup screen with a circle with a slash icon instead of the regular Apple icon. What I tried: Using internet Recovery I used disk utility to fix ...
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how do I transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer because of hardware failure?

Is it possible to transfer my iOS developer profile to another computer if my hardware failed but the hard disk is ok?
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OS X Lion Recovery hangs on "Downloading additional components"

Booted into the recovery partition and attempted to reinstall. First pass, nothing happened. Second pass, same. Backed up and erased the install partition, tried a third time. Seemed to be fine until ~...
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Can't get into recovery mode - Macbook Pro Mid 2014

Yesterday I encountered serious problem with my Macbook. Morning I've been able to work on him like everyday, then I closed the lid to do some other stuff. When I opened it back, it was turned off. In ...
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Updated my jailbroken iPhone 4s to 6.1.3, stuck in Recov. loop

My iPhone 4s was jailbroken, I think at 5.something or 6.0. I wish I remembered. I tried to update it to 6.1.3 via my phone in the settings menu. It restarted and told me to connect to iTunes. I ...
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Restore Recovery HD partition from Yosemite downgrade

I recently got back to Mavericks from Yosemite, everything went fine. As I normally do, I checked my HDD with the Disk Utility and found some trouble, then I boot on recovery mode to fix my HDD. I ...
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Not able to boot into MacBook Air (2017)

I have a macbook Air 128 GB (2017) model. It was working fine, until I decided to reset it. I restarted and went into recovery mode, into Disk Utility and erased the “Macintosh HD” volume group. After ...
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Recovery volume appears in Time Machine backup ; how to exclude?

The rare times I open my Time Machine backup folder, I see "Recovery" appearing for each backup. For example: Since I don't really need Recovery in Time Machine (as far as I know, each ...
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Recovery Mode Can't Install OS X Mavericks (Late 2009 iMac)

I have a wiped iMac (27-Inch "Core i5" 2.66 - Late 2009) that boots into recovery mode. When I try to install OS X (Mavericks) It says "An error occurred while preparing the ...
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How to get into Recovery mode in MacOS 11.4 **Remotely**(M1)

I need to reboot into recovery mode on a remote Mac machine (M1, 11.4). I found that there are 2 ways to do it: One - By pressing some buttons at startup. Two - By setting the nvram like so: sudo ...
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How to regain admin privileges on Big Sur

I'm using Big Sur and renamed my admin account. Now it has been downgraded to a standard account. There are other admin accounts on the system, so backing everything up and reinstalling wouldn't work. ...
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How to open a website in Safari in Recovery mode

On macOS Desktop, if I want to open www.google.com from Terminal That's easy Just enter: open -a Safari http://www.google.com Then Safari will run and open www.google.com. But, when I want to do the ...
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How to recover encrypted/locked volume on M1 Mac with recovery key, missing password?

I set up my new M1 Macbook Pro about 3 months ago and made a separate volume for safekeeping things inside. This volume shows up in Disk Utility, described as "APFS Volume, APFS (Encrypted)" ...
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How to free space of an APFS drive in Recovery Mode after deleting folders?

I'm trying to reinstall Big Sur on my M1, but it tells me I need an additional 13 GB. In Recovery Mode, I deleted three folders through the Terminal from the mounted /Data drive, one of 20G, another ...
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WiFi only working and connecting when in Recovery Mode

The WiFi of my Mac Mini (Late 2014, Big Sur) will not connect, unless in Recovery Mode. When I boot it normally, it shows the WiFi symbol with an exclaimation mark over it. I cannot turn on the WiFi ...
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unable to unmount disk to reset fusion

I have a 2012 Macbook pro with a split fusion drive. I tried: diskutil resetFusion couldn't unmount the SSD couldn't unmount the HDD fails with error 69877 couldn't open device I am in terminal ...
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