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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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Kernel Panic when booting into Mac OS. iMac 27 2017

A few months ago, I was using the iMac and opened up spotlight search and there was my first ever kernel panic. It restarted then I logged back in and everything works fine. (The report is at the end)...
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Can I safely delete the Mac OS X Base System Partition?

I'm running El Capitan + Windows 7 on a 2011 MBP which came with Lion. The recovery mode on my MBP is broken, it sits on about 75% of the progress bar loaded for days (I've waited 2 full days on two ...
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Using Terminal in Recovery Mode - Multiple Volumes on Disk

I have two versions of MacOS on my computer in different volumes. If I open a Terminal window in Recovery Mode, which volume will I be looking at? I'm specifically looking at files in /System/...
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MacOS: two hard drives, one empty

I was trying to recover my Mac from a backup but something went wrong (the recovery was very slow) so I ended up installing a clear MacOS. However, I did something wrong with diskutil, and now have ...
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Can you boot into recovery mode on an older iMac running a newer version of OS X (10.8)?

I'm running OS X 10.8 on an iMac which is from 2008, and I can't seem to boot into recovery mode. Command-r doesn't do anything- the computer simply boots normally every time. Although OS X 10.8 ...
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Internet Recovery booting to old OS

I need to reinstall macOS on my 2011 iMac. The iMac was last running High Sierra (which is the last OS it supports) before I wiped it. I am booting into Internet Recovery mode on my iMac, but for some ...
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How can I retrieve a deleted iMessage if using iMessage in iCloud?

I realize too late that I deleted a very important iMessage conversation and I need to retrieve it. I have iMessage in iCloud. To attempt a restore, of course I had to reset my phone and did a ...
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Mac won't boot of an external drive, starts internet recovery instead

I wanted to clean a MacBook Pro 15,2 with Touchbar. However I noticed that it wasn't running smoothly, so I backed it up using the Target Disk mode and erased the disk, because the Recovery partition ...
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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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How can I enter recovery mode (for Mac OS, on an iMac) remotely?

Our team administrates several Macs. To save costs (flights, etc.) in events where we have to remotely restore a system at our client location, we are trying to understand how to enter recovery mode ...
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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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Does anyone know why app “Recovery Partition Creator” is now an un-maintained project?

Does anyone know why app "Recovery Partition Creator" is now an un-maintained project? I wanted something like this to use on 10.14.5 but I am noticing the app hasn't been maintained since 10.13 . ...
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External SSD Samsung T5 doesn't show up anymore

After I had got a new Samdung T5 external SSD (2 TB) I had formatted it with DiskUtilit, created 3 partitions and could make it work: 1. TimeMachine Backup to partition 1 2. Some important data backup ...
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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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How to recover apple id without having apple id and email that associated with that apple id

I forgot my apple id and email that associated with this apple id, but i know the password of my apple id. how can i find my apple id? note that this apple id doesn't set on any other devices.
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Parition disapeared after deleting Linux

I had a 70gig partition running Ubuntu that I deleted from Disk utility (was gonna reinstall with Kubuntu instead). However, once the operation was complete, I was just left with the Mac partition (~...
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Restoring a white Macbook with OSX Lion

I'm trying to restore an old Macbook for my kid. I've erased the hard drive and want to reinstall the OS, which is Lion. However, I have a problem - I have no idea what Apple ID I used originally (...
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FileVault 2 encrypted drive not accepting unlock password in recovery mode

My Mid-2012 Mac Book Air running an up-to-date install of Mountain Lion crashed the other evening (browsing the web, one tab started beach-balling, and refused to be force-quit so I forced a restart). ...
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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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Is the macOS recovery also upgraded when i run mac upgrades?

I upgraded my Macbook Pro that had Mojave (MACBOOK PRO (RETINA, 15-INCH, MID 2014))to Catalina Beta and this completely broke my Mobile Development using Flutter. There are numerous issues with ...
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How can I observe what low-level system functions support a specific peripheral (specifically the internal camera on an iMac)?

This question asks about disabling the FaceTime Camera kernel module, but has no answers. I have a similar goal, and I'd like to chase down what might be loading in support of the camera's hardware/...
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Resized MacOS partiton after debian install, now volume has no type and MacOS wont boot

I was dual booting debian alongside MacOS. Debian hasn't been bootable for some time (unknown reason) so I decided to remove the leftover linux partions and resize my main MacOS parition to fill the ...
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Cannot enter password to unlock disk while in Recovery mode

After restarting my Macbook Pro a white circle with a slash through it appeared on the screen. I went into recovery mode and tried to restore a backup or even reinstall OS, but I keep getting ...
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The macOS Mojave installer is not responding on my mid-2013 MacBook Air

I don't know why this is happening but 4 days ago due to some storage issue I completely cleaned my MacOS Mojave installed MacBook Air Mid 2013 and after clean up it came up with MacOS Mountain Lion: ...
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What Kernel extensions should be deleted to disable bluetooth?

A client needs to completely disable bluetooth. The most basic level (aside from physically disconnecting the antennas or removing the airport card) seems to be disabling the kernel extensions. I ...
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Where is my Recovery Partition?

After moving my computer, a Mac Pro 2013 running Sierra 10.12.6, (from one building to another, with a week or so spent in a garage), I found that it would not boot. The system drive was the internal ...
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macbook os recovery fails because disk is locked

My mac was unused for a long time and today I needed it and I powered it up. But boot wasn't completed. I followed the methods to reset the NVRAM, SMC and didn't help. Disk utility indicated that ...
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MBA (2013-15?) wont boot from macOS boot stick

A friend of mine somehow managed to delete his internal drive including the recovery partition while trying to reset his MacBook to factory settings. Now when trying to boot up the MBA only displays ...
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iMac (mid 2011, OS X 10.12) gets stuck on white screen on boot, all DIY options exhausted?

iMac (mid 2011, running OS X 10.12) gets stuck on white screen (after playing the chime sound and displaying the Apple logo and progress bar) when I try to boot normally boot in safe mode (holding ...
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Logging in to main user turns off the mac

I am not a mac user, and honestly, I have no idea how to use one (besides the terminal). So, a friend asked if I could help them out with fixing their computer. She says the last thing she was on, was ...
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Single-User-Recovery-Mode on High Sierra 10.13.6

Before the High Sierra update to 10.13.6 I was able to boot in single-user-recovery mode by holding Cmd-R-S at startup, but after the latest software update booting while holding Cmd-R-S just enters ...
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Cloned SSD After prohibition symbol - files lost?

After getting a prohibition symbol about four weeks ago I cloned my internal SSD to an external APFS drive and got the error message "APFS inverter failed to invert the volume - invalid argument". I ...
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MacBook Air not booting, Boot loader not available, Internet recovery not available

Recently I tried to factory reset my Mid 2012 MacBook Air. In order to do that: I booted into Recovery mode with Command + R. Then navigated to Disk utility and Erased Macintosh HD. Then I restarted ...
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Folder in external hard drive show files, but when pressed it is empty

I had a clients photo's saved onto my external hard drive. The folder itself says it has 27GB of files stored in it, but when I click on it, it won't open up. On my Mac the folder shows up as a ...
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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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“Run First Aid from Recovery” while in Recovery

I have a late-2013 Retina Macbook Pro running Sierra 10.12.5 with a myriad of issues that I've been trying to work out. Today's problem: First Aid says there are problems with the partition map that ...
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Upgraded to Mojave and now MacOS won't allow me to have the same password locally as my iCloud account

I upgraded a new to me MacBook Pro (Mid 2015) to Mojave and the checkbox was pre-checked to use iCloud to unlock MacOS. This setting keeps me from having the same local and iCloud password. How do I ...
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Wiped drive, now can’t reinstall El Capitan from Recovery because the “item is temporarily unavailable”

I wanted to clear room on my computer, so I restarted the computer with cmd+r keys and opened OS X Utilities. I erased my drive and wanted to reinstall OS X El Capitan. After I agreed to the terms ...
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OS X Internet Recovery doesn't see SSD drive

I wanted to do a clean install and booted from OS X recovery partition. In disk utility I selected "erase" option. SSD was working correctly before that. Now, if i startup, the only way to proceed is ...
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Mac OS Recovery: Disk Utility always partitions SSD

I am trying to recover my Mac OS installation. When I erase my drive in disk utility, instead of just seeing one partition, it shows me a Disk named APPLE SSD SM056L Media, with a partition called ...
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Unable to open files recovered from ContainerToInvert

It's been a week that I have been trying to recover files from ContainerToInvert after having to recover and delete my main hard drive. Now after using this side: Can ContainerToInvert file be ...
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how to fix a dead iPad 3?

I got it from a yard sale. it won't turn on. if plugged in it shows the dead battery symbol, Apple logo, turns off and repeats. iTunes won't detect it unless in DFU mode. recovery fails on waiting for ...
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File/Disk Recover Mac Book [duplicate]

How can I recover lost, erased, files from Hard disk bad shut-down. Free apps only please. MacBook.I had a bad shut down, then restarted system. I lost bunch of docs, pics, music
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MacBook Pro - Can't get to recovery mode

I was given a 2nd hand MacBook Pro. When I tried to boot with Command+R to get into the recovery mode I get this lock screen. I don't know the password - is there any way to reset it?
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Deleting my Recovery HD?

So I'm running the latest Mac OS Mojave version on my ~4 yo MacBook Pro. I have, and I had for a while now this "Recovery HD" that takes aout 70,3GB. So 3 questions here : I'm getting kind of narrow ...
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Duet Display install caused reboot to hang on High Sierra

I tried to install the app 'Duet Display' today. It was always troublesome on my Windows PC, so I was disappointed to see it wasn't working very well on my new MBP 2017 13" w/ TB as well. The ...
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"This is not a supported method of installing the operating system” when reinstalling OS X

I see somebody already asked same question but I couldn't find a answer, so I am asking it again and will provide as detail as possible information. I am helping a friend to reinstall OS X on his ...
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Can't login to mac after using single user mode for a password change

Was working on a friend's Mac and required a password she couldn't remember. Used single user mode as a start up option and changed the password and rebooted but then was unable to login. It lets you ...
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MacOS Sierra: I forgot my password but have the SSD's Filevault recovery key. Can I reset my password?

I'm on MacOS Sierra. I forgot my password, but I have the SSD's FileVault recovery key. I used the "Recovery Key" account recovery method when I set up FileVault, so I can't use iCloud to unlock my ...
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After deleting kali linux partition, macOS partition startup Volume type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF [duplicate]

First of all I know this problem and similar problems have been solved before, but I had tried the solutions from the other posts and I didn’t have luck. I know klanomath has a lot of experience and ...