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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How to disable Apple Wireless Trackpad from recovery mode?

I booted into recovery mode / macOS Utilities and erased my hard drive anticipating to reinstall the OS. Unfortunately my computer is paired to an Apple Wireless Trackpad that I can't find. I believe ...
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Where are Core Storage instructions stored?

Where are the Core Storage instructions stored? In Kevin White's macOS Support Essentials 10.12, White says The second partition, occupying the final ~650 MB of the disk is an "Apple_Boot" ...
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Create a disk image for recovery

In Windows there is a concept of creating a "disk image" for recovery, where one creates a complete copy of the operating system drive so that if the operating system doesn't work, the disk image can ...
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No keyboard in recovery mode on MacBook Pro so unable to mount encrypted drive

I have a MacBook Pro Mid 2010 running OS Sierra. I recently put a new SSD in, it is HFS+ Journaled and Encrypted. When I use Disk Utility's First Aid, it tells me, it needs to be repaired: The ...
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How to merge folders based on file content rather than filename

I have multiple folders containing thousands of deletion-recovered files from multiple recovery scans. As per usual with deletion recovery, the recovered files have different names than the originals,...
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macOS Sierra Recovery Mode does not work

I have a Mac mini 2014, running macOS Sierra from a SSD drive, and using an Apple Keyboard M9034 D/A. Since I replaced the rotational hard drive (HDD) with an SSD, I do not see the Apple logo on the ...
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Install OS X recovery mode. Can't log in

Dusting off an old iMac and it was hanging at 50% progress bar during start up. Since I don't need anything on it I'm trying to reformat. I've booted into recovery mode and erased the drive. Then ...
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Recover data from disabled iPhone with known passcode [duplicate]

my friend broke his iPhone 4S digitizer in very unhappy way. He didn't have backup or synced computers and he had cellular data turn off. I successfully replaced digitizer and turn on the iPhone. ...
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How can I fix or restore my 3TB Fusion Drive macOS install after Boot Camp partitioning error?

What I have: - 27" 2012 Mac with 3TB Fusion Drive - 3.4 GHz Core i7 (3770) ("Ivy Bridge") processor - 24 GB RAM I was trying to set it up with a Boot Camp partition for Windows 10. The story so ...
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Which FileVault 2 recovery option is more secure - storing the recovery key in iCloud, or saving it somewhere yourself?

When setting up FileVault 2 on a computer, you're presented with 2 recovery options - storing the recovery key with your iCloud account / Apple ID, and displaying the recovery key (for you to write ...
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Getting Yosemite instead of El Capitan

I purchased a Macbook Air 10.11.2 El Capitan back in February 2016. I didn't install any upgrades because I'm satisfied with El Capitan. When I started having problems earlier this year (2017), I ...
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Macbook Pro running Sierra: When I try to log in, it brings me to macOS utilities. Cannot reinstall macOS

My girlfriend handed me her Macbook Pro just a little bit ago, saying she cannot log in. Everytime she tries to log into her account, it brings her to the macOS Utilities window. I am not able to log ...
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SIP won't stay disabled - I think

I wiped my SSD clean, reinstalled OS X El Capitan, removed corestoreage, and went on to remove SIP using csrutil disable in the command+R recovery environment. (I also tried it from the installation ...
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Building boot caches on boot helper partition failed

Due to a Hard Drive failure I have had to restore my mac from a backup. Following the Restore From Time Machine Backup procedure under recovery mode takes about 8 hours. Eventually the data is ...
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Unable to enter Recovery Mode -2006F

I'm using a MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013). I recently reformatted and reinstalled the OS via Internet Recovery, but I suspect something went wrong. Now, when I boot normally, I get the infamous ...
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Can't enter utilities when rebooting?

For some reasons I need to disable System Integrity Protection (SIP). But when I try to enter utilities by rebooting my Mac with Command+R, I get an earth icon and a message about recovering from ...
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2016 Macbook Pro can no longer use recovery partition

I have a new MacBook Pro..so I cloned my old one Sierra 10.2.3 over to the new one. Everything worked great however now I can't use the recovery partition anymore on the new MacBook Pro. It comes up ...
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Backup to External in Recovery Mode (Terminal or Time Machine)

Out of the blue, my iMac (late 2010, running El Capitan) started refusing to boot. The progress bar would take forever to reach 100%, and then it would just stop there once it reached it; all the ...
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Recovery Mode is taking too long to erase my USB stick

I had some problems with my USB stick so I wanted to erase it via Disk Utility but a "Operation failed" message appeared. So, I am currently erasing it via Recovery Mode. However, it is taking too ...
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Computer not booting up again after booting up with option key

So I was attempting to install OSX snow leopard on my Mac mini from OSX sierra by shutting down and then booting up but holding the option key. If this is totally wrong I'm sorry, but I found it as a ...
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CoreStorage changed to Apple_HFS after resizing and Recovery HD popped in the middle of my disk

I have a weird thing that happened today on my Mac's disk. I had my main partition Macintosh HD and a 150 GB Linux partition. I tried to split up the Linux partition into two smaller ones using Disk ...
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Securely erasing all data on iPod Classic so that it cannot be recovered

Restoring iPod Classic would not work because it simply erases "offsets" to data. Is there any software dedicated to this? Since iPod Classic has many system files on the root, I'm not able to use any ...
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MacBook will not boot to recovery after setting boot args

I booted to recovery using Command R. I was trying to get to safe mode so I opened a terminal window here and ran: nvram boot-args="-x" and then I rebooted. The system did not go to safe mode. ...
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OSX Yosemite Recovery Disk

Can I use the recovery partition or net installer to get a copy of Yosemite? Is that possible? I'd like to avoid a clean install. However, I need to upgrade a computer that would likely not run well ...
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MacBook Pro now asking to login with password, but can't do this via built-in keyboard

I have read a number of threads including this one How can I reset the PRAM if Recovery Mode keeps overriding the PRAM command? Where Adriano says "PRAM reset is not working because you turn on ...
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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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How to fix a broken recovery partition (remove it) when repairing it is not possible?

My main system is bootable but disk utility says it needs to be repaired. I can start disk utility from Live-USB which can verify my OS X partition but gives errors on checking the whole disk. The ...
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Cannot make a disk image with disk utility Status 27

I'm trying to take a disk image of a MacBook Pro 2012 with an SSD and OS X El Capitan installed. I went into Recovery Mode and selected my partition and the target is an external HDD. First I got ...
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Opening Notes of another user account in OS X EI Captain

I recently replaced my macbook's user account by changing account name from name1 to name2. Now I have to recover some very important notes that I had saved in default Notes app but unfortunately didn'...
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Unable to install Snow Leopard from original disks

I own an iMac that was recently updated in error by a family member (I've forgiven them). This was a disaster because some of my hardware and software no longer work! Previously this iMac was running ...
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Problem preparing '08 iMac for resale

My wife owns an early 2008 iMac. She is the third owner, having bought it from her brother, who bought it from a previous employer. It had Yosemite on it when she bought it, but presumably it ...
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Accidental corrupted recovery mode partition and cannot longer boot to it

I recently installed Ubuntu in a partition of my hard drive in a MacBook Pro (Early 2011) running macOS Sierra. My recovery partition was corrupted in the process and I cannot longer access recovery ...
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Two Recovery Partitions

Similar, but not a dupe of Time machine restored recovery partition, now I have two I have a single Recovery partition on my boot drive, even after a recent Time Machine restore. I also intentionally ...
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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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Boot screen hangup after upgrade from El Capitan to Sierra

I have a late-2011 15" MBP. Yesterday I decided to upgrade from El Capitan to Sierra. As it turns out, that was not a good idea: the Installation worked, but now after the first reboot, the machine ...
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How can I download Mac OS X El Capitan without app store?

I was going to install a new copy of El Capitan via my USB drive, but it turns out it's dead, it's been corrupted. I erased everything before that, so I'm stuck with the installation screen. How can ...
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Re-install OS X on an iMac from 2011

My company bought an iMac for an employee. After 6 years, that employee is no longer with us, so I am trying to re-install the OS. I have done this with Windows and Ubuntu many times. Here's the ...
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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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Unable to reinstall OS X on Macbook Air despite trying several different methods

I'm out of ideas... Tried every suggestion I could find on the net, but nothing worked. Hoping someone here has a different idea. The situation I'm trying to reinstall OS X (Lion, or higher -- ...
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Info on Recovery Partition Creator

I have a Mac that doesn't start. I have tried to restore it with online recovery and also with a thumb drive both failing though. I have another Mac but it is not the same as the one that doesn't ...
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How to prevent a thief from using my iPhone ever?

What if my iPhone was stolen and I do not want anyone else to use it? Is it enough for the thief to restore my iPhone with iTunes using recovery mode to use it as their own new iPhone? Is there a ...
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Recovery Mode is not available for MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2009 with El Capitan running on it. I wanted to enter Recovery Mode and pressed cmd+R until the Apple logo appeared with a progress bar. After about 3 hours waiting the ...
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I am unable to boot my mac in El Capitan and Single User mode

I am unable to boot El Capitan. When I turn on the computer it seems to load fine for a while, but then this screen shows up: When I try to boot into Single User mode, it stops loading at this point:...
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Apple_Boot partition created on external drive?

I used Disk Utility to partition my external drive into four partitions: two in Apple file system (called H1 and H2) and two in FAT (called F1 and F2). However, I found by diskutil list that an ...
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MacBook startup problems - mouse and keyboard not working at login / stuck on apple logo

Today I restarted my Mac after several weeks uptime. After restart, I got the login screen with unresponsive keyboard and mouse. Right before this problem I had Aperture open, with a problematic ...
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How to safely install rEFind from recovery mode?

I want to dual boot OSX and Linux on my Macbook Air, and to do this, I read that I need to install rEFind. If I try doing that I get a message in the terminal: **** ALERT: SIP ENABLED! **** rEFInd ...
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How do I recover/fix my OS X partition?

I'm coming from Super User Community, since I wasn't aware of this specific one. My first and foremost care is the files on my system, I have been slacking on making backups (I know, it's really bad) ...
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Disable SIP without recovery mode

Before you respond that this isn't possible, hear me out. I have a Mac Pro 4,1 (with 5,1 firmware), running MacOS Sierra. I want to disable System Integrity Protection (otherwise known as SIP), but ...
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Upgrading MacBook air from 10.6.8 to Sierra

I have been given a MacBook air by a friend that needs it repaired. The device is running 10.6.8 and has no available recovery disks. I am going to re-image the device and update it to the newest ...
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Partitions uses in default Mac OS installation?

I plan to install Linux on my Macbook Pro and before removing an important partition, I'd like to know what I need to keep in order to be able to do a recovery to MacOS in case I need to. For ...