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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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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How does FileVault 2 recovery key stored in iCloud work?

When requested during the full disk encryption process, one option is to store the recovery key in your iCloud account. I stored mine in iCloud, but frankly I'm confused as when I look at the drive ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to boot into internet recovery mode with rEFInd installed?

I have the bootup manager rEFInd installed on my Macbook. The key combinations for recovery (Command R and Command R+I) just boot into rEFnd's bootloader. At this point in time holding the option key ...
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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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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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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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Enable “mouse keys” booted to installer/recovery?

The installer/recovery partition MAKES you connect a mouse. Is there any way to bypass this requirement (and enable mouse keys) while booted to the Mac Installer / Recovery partition?
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Different ways to update to SSD with a time machine

I have a MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion. I am updating to an SSD without a SATA to USB cable. , just sticking the SSD in an installing the OS. I have a recent time machine I have done some research ...
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Is it possible to recreate the recovery partition in single user mode?

I was building a Franken MacBook Pro ~2012 from some old computer parts I had lying around. It is an old body that had HD issues, an HD from a MAC that was won't turn on due to a bad power button ...
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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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System image backup in Disk Utility

I have tried to make an image of the system drive (APFS) by following this guide... Create a disk image for recovery Even when I boot to recovery the “Image from [partition name]” is grayed out. Any ...
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Mounting volume while in Recovery Mode keeps rebooting

My computer crashed while editing a video with Final Cut. I have been unable to boot up since then - the OS crashes immediately after typing my password at the login screen and reboots. I’ve been ...
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create image of the disk in recovery mode

My disk won't mount and I can access it only via recovery mode. I have backed up some important data on a USB, but now I would like to ask how to create an image of the disk in recovery mode (using ...
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Recovery mode behind corporate proxy Sierra

I just wiped the hard drive on a 2010 mac pro using the recovery mode partition, but now when I try to reinstall (Sierra) I discover that it can't connect to apple because it has to go through the ...
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One-mac household, corrupted hard drive, too old for internet recovery

Long story short, a rusty trusty 2009 iMac is in need of saving. I got a bit overeager with partitioning in my youth, and whilst recently trying to undo the damage I managed to make the HDD ...
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Can I change the resolution of a display in recovery mode?

Booted to High Sierra recovery HD, I’m not able to open the system preferences and choose a different resolution. Can terminal be used from the utilities menu to change the resolution? I have a Mac ...
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OS X Partition Dead after Trying to fix

So i had the FFF.. partition error and followed @klanomath guide but unfortunatly it didnt work. Now in: gpt -r show /dev/disk1 I get gpt show:error:bogus map unable to open /dev/disk1 ...
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HD does not show up when attempting to reinstall OS X (El Capitan)

I am attempting to do a fresh re-install of El Capitan on my girlfriend's MacBook. She called me the other night claiming the battery died and her macbook crashed, and when she restarted and went to ...
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Mac Pro 3,1 bootcamp only boots to Windows which is corrupted. No way to access startup manager

I used to run Ubuntu on my mac but needed Windows so decided to reinstall El Capitan and use bootcamp. One major problem I always faced was that my mac didn't accept any startup key combinations, ...
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MacBook Pro 2011 - I think we wiped my entire hard drive

I think my partner wiped our entire hard dive including backup utilities etc. Whenever I start up my MacBook I get a “no entry” or “prohibited sign” (circle with line through it). I’ve tried ...
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Purchase El Capitan after Sierra

i've found a similar question but i think is a bit incomplete. I know how to download and install El Capitan now that Sierra is out. You just have to change the date in terminal to something like 2015 ...
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macOS Sierra - 1.5TB partition is gone after trying to merge two smaller preceding partitions

Just used the dreaded newer Disk Utility to merge two smaller partitions. It seemed that the operation caused my main 1.5TB partition, last on the disk to reappear, empty, with the name of one of the ...
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Locked out of an old company Mac mini

I'm locked out of an old Mac mini and would like to be able to use it. Completely new to the world of Mac so hoping someone more experienced can help... The device was made in 2011 (or so I'm told ...
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Cannot boot into OS X after partitoning

I have installed Ubuntu on a Mac Mini, everything works great. I'm able to switch back and forth without any problems. After that, I used GParted in Ubuntu to resize the OS X partition. I then create ...
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How to boot into recovery mode without cmd-r?

I am trying to boot into recovery mode on a Mac Pro with 10.11.1. I have a firmware password set. When I boot into the boot menu (alt key), I can click on the password textfield and type the password ...
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Concern about a compromised version of the OS

I was reinstalling the OS on my Mac via Internet Recovery using a wifi connection. As it wasn't connected to a power source, the screen of my Mac would constantly go black and I would press the screen ...
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Is there a way to recover pictures from a destroyed iPad?

An iPad mini from a friend was ran over by a car and it is completely non nonfunctional. I tried to connect it to charger to see if it was draining current but it is completely dead. There are some ...
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Error while erasing my system disk in recovery mode

My macBook Air failed to start. I have the grey screen and when the progress bar is at 100% it shutdown. I tried 4-5 times with same result. I try in recovery mode pressing Alt key during boot. I ...
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Why were my permissions different from the default and what are the implications of “fixing” them?

For some time now my Finder "Get Info" dialogs have been displaying "Fetching...", and I recently decided to fix the problem by following the instructions for resetting my home folder permissions. As ...