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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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Bought a dirty pre-owned MBP: iCloud not removed

I bought an MBP 2018 13" for quite a steal in some local online retail. When the thing arrived, I was shocked to know that the thing was not even cleaned! The lock screen was showing someone's account ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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Can't see HD in disk utility in recovery mode, but can in OS

I'm pretty new to Macs. I got an iMac Pro in 2017 (grey one) and about 6 months ago it started giving me occasional folder flashing icon on startup. It also started occasionally forgetting my ...
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I cannot get out of recovery mode (OS X Utilities) by resetting or reinstalling the OS

I bought a used iMac and when I turn it on I am shown the OS X Utilities screen. I would like to install the operating system but I cannot do so. I have tried everything suggested on other questions ...
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How to restore MacBook Pro to factory settings? Prohibited sign on boot [duplicate]

Because I am selling my old MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2011) and, for this reason, restore it to the factory settings. I have followed the steps for this. First the discs were erased which only partially ...
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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 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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Macbook restarts when logging in

My Macbook Pro (Mid-2015, Mojave) restarts after I type my password to log in. The progress bar fills to about three-quarters before this happens. I have tried: Resetting PRAM Resetting SMC ...
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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 ...
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macOS: Can another user recover files I've deleted?

I currently live with someone that I think may be recovering files I emptied from the Trash. It's their computer, they are admin, and I have a standard account. I just want to know are they capable of ...
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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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APFS Container is corrupt beyond what I can find online - but Data Recovery software finds my things just fine?

I've followed guide after guide and nobody on the Internet has gotten errors as simple as I have. I've managed to use gdisk to change the partition type to the APFS it is meant to be, but it still won'...
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Deleted hard drive results in Windows recovery screen

I have a late 2014 Mac Mini. I did go into recovery mode (Option + r) and did delete the hard drive. Then I screwed up and restartet the Mac Mini instead of going back to the list from Option+r menu ...
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13'' 2011 MacBook Air: Stuck at blank gray screen, no boot option working

I have a 13" 2011 MacBook Air A1369 stuck on a grey screen. When I startup I can hear the chime and the computer proceed to go to a blank gray screen immediately. The screen has no Apple logo or ...