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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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Why is the Recovery volume's version of Disk Utility more powerful than that on the main volume?

I'm running MacOS 13.2 on a mid-2014 MBP (11,3). I have a 2 TB external HD (Seagate Slim, spinning disk, GUID format) that was partitioned into two 1-TB volumes. Recently, using my main volume's Disk ...
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Voice Memos visible on iTunes, but files appear to have been deleted on iPhone. Can I recover?

As in title. I am trying to locate old voice memos of interviews from 2015. My backups have been destroyed and I have charged up the old 4S I used to record them, and -- lo and behold -- when I ...
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Reinstall broken recovery partition on High Sierra

macOS High Sierra (10.13) is the main OS on my Mac and it boots without issue. However, the recovery partition is corrupted and I cannot boot to it without seeing an error. How do I reinstall the ...
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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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Recovery Mode: FireVault psswd unrecognised and CoreStorage not found

Need some urgent help with my unruly Mac (faced with the prospect of erasing my hard drive after 150 days without backup...) Here is the problem that I have. My Mac got quite slow and I restarted it ...
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Load kext in recovery mode

I've developed a kernel-extension and I'd like to load it in all possible modes which are Recovery-Mode, Safe boot and of course Normal mode. When I stored my kext bundle In /Library/Extensions From ...
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Could not create a Preboot Volume for APFS install

So I have this issue when trying to reinstall macOS in the recovery, but when I tried to reinstall "Could not create a preboot volume for APFS install" comes up. I came across this solution which ...
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Disk Utility in High Sierra 10.13.1 partitioning fail

Before moving to Mac Sierra, main media disk was portioned in two volumes; Main with OS space 200GB, Subsidiary with 800 GB. I wanted to delete the subsidiary to merge it again with the Main, and ...
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Macbook will only boot into recovery, how to copy files onto other hard drive and boot from it?

My Macbook Pro will only boot into recovery after upgrading Disk Utility from the App Store. In the Disk Utility in Recovery Mode, my disk can't be checked for errors and it cannot unmount. (I believe ...
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Most optimal way of recovering files from a non-bootable MacBook in Recovery Mode

Let me first mention that a related question and answer is given in Backup to External in Recovery Mode (Terminal or Time Machine) . For the sake of completeness, I will tell the complete story about ...
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How can I create a new macOS user using a pre-existing home directory?

I had some issues on my machine and had to reinstall macOS High Sierra from the recovery partition. Not sure if the setup didn't complete, or maybe it just didn't work as I expected, but I ended up at ...
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macOS partition startup Volume type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF

I have encountered a nearly identical issue to the one in this question (and this too: Data Not Backed Up, Partition Type: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF), but my hard drive's main partition is ...
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macOS not allowing me to reallocate free space!

I had two partitions on my mac, both had macOS installed on it as a result both had a recovery partiton, now I deleted one pratition cause it got corrupted due to some script which I ran. Now mac ...
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eMac G4 Recovery Mode with Windows Keyboard

I recently acquired an eMac G4, but I did not get an Apple keyboard with it. I need to restore it to factory settings, but cannot access recovery mode with my Windows keyboard. I've tried Alt+R, Ctrl+...
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Cannot install High Sierra or Sierra, get “installer payload failed signature test”

A user came in with their OS all garbaged up. It wouldn't start and when I used Target Mode and copied off documents and scanned the snot out of them I came up with a number of viruses. Afterward I ...
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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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TSplicedFont failed creating descriptor for El Capitan

So I've bought used macbook air, wanted to format it to delete all traces of previous user. Unfortunately after trying to reinstall I get spammed with this error message: Language Chooser[416:4031] ...
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Recovery key set by my “company, school, or institution” on private laptop

I want to enable FileVault encryption but in the dialog I encounter this message: A recovery key has been set by your company, school, or institution. I don't have my laptop set up by a company, ...
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Does Erase Disk delete the Recovery Partition?

I was trying to reformat my Mac Mini Mid-2011, so I went to Disk Utility. I saw that there was a Recovery Partition. Then I did an Erase Disk, which I thought was only erased the main partition and ...
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Filevault stuck on pause, can't reinstall macOS, can't upgrade

I've had this issue for about a year now, but never cared about it. Now I'm very motivated to fix it. :) So I wanted to enable FileVault for my system but somehow it got stuck. I'm running El Capitan ...
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Deleted MacOS partitions and installed Ubuntu, now can't boot with DVD, USB or internet recovery to reinstall MacOS

I deleted all partitions on the MacBook's HD and installed Ubuntu. Now I want to reinstall MacOS but nothing will work. Holding option on startup shows the grey screen with the pointer but no ...
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Can my stolen 2016 Macbook pro be wiped out and lose the track of it?

My MacBook Pro got stolen, I have file vault enabled but not the Firmware password, too bad from Apple's part not to enable it by default with account's password or at least to raise awareness about ...
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Does Reinstalling Mac OS from Recovery Clears App data?

I need to reinstall Mac OS from recovery since Disk Utility was unable to repair some disk errors. I have few notes in the notes app and important Bookmarks/opened tabs in both Chrome and Firefox, ...
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MacBook Pro Recovery (-1005F)

I needed to reinstall macOS, so I deleted my partition and opened the Mac recovery and started downloading Sierra. Unbelievable 6 hours later, the installation was stuck and I turned my MacBook off. ...
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Unable to reinstall Mac OSX without an Apple ID that I don't know

I was recently given a retired MacBook pro from my work. It's a 2009 A1278, originally shipped With OSX Leopard 10.5.7. When I try to reinstall, it asks me for an Apple ID. Nobody around the office ...
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iPhone 4 iOS 7 with no iCloud backup. Is there way to access data?

I recently lost my iPhone. I have no SIM and no backups (either local, or in iCloud). Is there a way to recover the lost data? For example, the call history, messages, contacts etc.
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iPhone 6 stuck in recovery mode and need to download iOS 11 beta 1

I tried to downgrade from iOS 11 beta four to 10.3.3 and my iPhone 6 is stuck in recovery mode. I read I need to restore to an earlier beta to unstick the phone but can't find good links (I am not a ...
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Wi-Fi only works in Recovery Mode

I have a new MacBook Pro 2011 (wanted the ports). I recently just installed an SSD and decided to enable TRIM on it. My computer restarts and I have the gray Wi-Fi symbol and "No Hardware Detected". I ...
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macbook pro - disable csrutil without recovery mode

So, my MacBook Pro just died and it appears to be the standard known issue with the graphics card. There seems to be a possible fix by moving some system files around. However, to do this, I have to ...
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Macbook Pro (late 2011 15") is stuck in a boot loop

It boots up until the progress bar is at about 80%, then it flashes to an empty grey screen, no login window shown, no Apple logo. 30 seconds later it reboots on its own. Things I tried: reset the ...
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Can I update Mac OS 10.11 to 10.11.6 using a dmg of the update?

My internet connection is lame ass and the last time I tried to update with the download through App store, it downloaded and restarted but said that the verification of the update package was ...
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Single user boot : remove read only

My OS keeps rebooting since I installed photoshop. Save mode didn't help. Trying now too boot on single user, I have a UI to unlock my user account (the mac is encrypted) then I have the command ...
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FileVault personal recovery key

How is PRK generated/derived and what is being sent to Apple's servers if I choose "use this iCloud account to unlock and reset your password..." during FileVault setup? I wasn't able to find this in ...
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How to get Wi-Fi/LAN working in Recovery Mode?

I want to reinstall macOS on my MacBook. But when it says "To download and restore macOS, your computer's eligibility will be verified with Apple" it doesn't proceed though I have pressed Continue. ...
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How do I take screenshots and/or record debug output from Recovery Mode

I'm currently trying to repair a corrupted APFS volume in Recovery Mode and want to include some screenshots or copy/paste some Terminal output to then paste into a bug report. How do I accomplish ...
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Error when reinstalling macOS Sierra - cannot reinstall

I am trying to boot into my mac and it's taking me into macOS Utilities. I selected the reinstall macOS option, I do the eligibility check, that works. Then I select the hard drive to install it on (...
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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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Recover external hard drive after dd command

I'm trying to be calm... and will try to explain this as best I can. I was trying to use the dd command to burn an iso image to a 16GB MicroSD for my RaspberryPi. I had my 2TB USB hard drive also ...
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Why can't I access all commands in recovery mode?

When I'm trying to run terminal commands in recovery mode on my MacBook Pro, most commands just won't work even if I'm root (the last character of the default(PS1) prompt is a '#'). So why is this and ...
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2012 MacBook Pro SSD missing - Can't install macOS

I'm trying to reformat a Mac that was handed to me by an employee after being wiped, and I'm starting to think they did too good a job. At boot, you see the blinking folder + ? icon, indicating no ...
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iPhone 7 Plus stuck in recovery mode and can't restore/update even in DFU after downgrading from iOS 11

Here is what has happened. I'm hoping there is still hope in me fixing this since the weekend is here and the earliest I can get a repair appointment is Monday. I've been on the iOS 11 Developer Beta ...
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How to clean computer from recovery mode terminal? Stopped working after had about 33MB left

How to clean computer from recovery mode terminal? Stopped working after had about 33MB left. Now is loading until middle and stuck, then shut down automatically. In recovery mode I have a terminal, ...
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Are new macOS versions retained in the recovery partition?

If a Mac is reinstalled by booting in to the recovery partition, and the Mac came with El Capitan but was upgraded to Sierra via wifi, what os will the Mac have after reinstalling via recover mode?
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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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Cannot Access Existing Recovery Partition - Early 2011 MacBook Pro

I have an Early 2011 Macbook Pro. I need to access the recovery partition for several reasons, such as turning off "SIP". Until now, every time I pressed CMD+R during booting, it went directly to the ...
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macOS Sierra doesn't appear in my Purchased list within the Mac App Store

Typically, when users download and/or upgrade to a new version or macOS (previously Mac OS X), via the Mac App Store, that version of the installer appears in the Purchased tab of the App Store app. ...
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Software to clone / recover data from almost dead ssd on MBP

MPB 15 2011 with Sierra on an ssd. ssd is almost dead, Mac OS (Sierra) isn't loading with a folder with question mark showing on boot. The drive is detected in bios though, which gives me hope :) I'...
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Can't seem to get into internet recovery mode

I brought a Mac Mini (2009 I believe early as it had a 120GB HDD) of which I upgraded it to a 120GB SSD to begin with. Being my first mac I found I could re-install it using the internet recovery mode ...
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How to access Safari 7.0.6 with Sierra 10.12.1 OS

2013 MacBook Pro logic board died. Removed HD and connected to Desk Mac, can access everything but Safari, want to get bookmarks, says "7.0.6 not supported". Can anyone suggest procedure?
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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 ...