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How can I prevent sleep in OSX Recovery mode?

If you're already in Recovery Mode doing some operation you don't want to interrupt, you can try this trick to run caffeinate. Go to the Wi-Fi icon on the menu bar and pull it down. Select "Join ...
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macOS Sierra doesn't appear in my Purchased list within the Mac App Store

The download of macOS Sierra is not linked to an Apple ID. In fact, users can download it without having to sign into the Mac App Store. Another recent change made by Apple is the inclusion of an ...
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How to prevent a thief from using my iPhone ever?

These Articles HT201472 and HT201365 from Apple clearly explain what you can do to in case your phone is lost or stolen. To Answer all of your questions: Yes there is a way to prevent anybody from ...
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Cannot reinstall OS X. Will Apple Store do it on the spot?

On startup hold Command+Option+R. You can now use Internet Recovery to install OS X. Don't download from shady sites. You are compromising your security this way.
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Single-User-Recovery-Mode on High Sierra 10.13.6

I was having the same issue, this is how I fixed it. As we are not able to get to Single User Recovery Mode by using the key sequence, Command + R + S at startup to run csrutil disable, it is not ...
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Entire "Users" folder is missing when booted into Recovery Mode

I ran into this same issue with Big Sur, and I was able to figure out why my Users directory was empty, so I thought I'd post. I had my "Macintosh HD" drive mounted as /Volumes/Macintosh HD, ...
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macOS partition startup Volume type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF

The proper GUID of APFS partitions is 7C3457EF-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC. The default pMBR was replaced with an old-style MBR, probably by the Linux installation! Your boot system (in Internet ...
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Is it technically possible to recover iPhone 11 data after reset (ios15)?

No, this is not possible for any practical scenario. It is also totally false that this was "very easy" before iOS 12. This is basically a duplicate of your other question here: How to copy ...
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Backup to External in Recovery Mode (Terminal or Time Machine)

Whatever you do, leave the faulty disk alone until you know what you are going to do. The risk that the disk breaks entirely any moment now is very high. This answer assumes you don't have FileVault ...
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Recovery key set by my "company, school, or institution" on private laptop

This Apple discussion says: After a couple of exchanges with our engineering team they have recommended two things you may try. The first solution is as follows: Disable FileVault In the system ...
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How do I launch Terminal while in macOS Sierra Recovery Mode?

This is a bug in the recovery Mode, also the same issue if you create a USB Device for install. Try to load Recovery Mode again and choose one the the four available options that should get the menu ...
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Disable SIP without recovery mode

Edit: to answer your actual question, you can't do it from anywhere except Recovery Mode, so anything you do must be done from there. Tested on a similar 4,1 upgraded to 5,1 [but I have a flashed ...
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Accessing macOS Recovery Mode without Internet access?

The Recovery Partition on the system disk corresponds to the version of the macOS installed and should be loaded when holding CmdR at boot (not CmdS). However, if there is no recovery partition on the ...
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Can a Mac "boot" from the internet if the recovery partition is absent/corrupted?

Assuming the Mac is newer than about 2011, it can boot to Internet Recovery. Cmd ⌘ Opt ⌥ R will direct it to Internet Recovery, or it will redirect itself from Cmd ⌘ R if there is no usable ...
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Error recovering MacBook login password: “There was an error communicating with iCloud”

It seems like the issue was with my iCloud's "Advanced Data Protection" being turned on. It's a buggy feature, which will hopefully be fixed in future versions, but it seems it's not ...
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How do I launch Terminal while in macOS Sierra Recovery Mode?

You need to click the Utilities menu, as shown in the image below, then click Terminal. If you do not have the Menu bar showing then you can either try rebooting to see if that makes any difference ...
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Create a disk image for recovery

Boot to the Recovery HD by holding ⌘R on boot. Choose Disk Utility, select your system partition from the sidebar, then select File → New Image → Image from "<partition name>". Follow the ...
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Recovery key set by my "company, school, or institution" on private laptop

The message disappeared after moving the files /Library/Keychains/FileVaultMaster.cer and /Library/Keychains/FileVaultMaster.keychain to a different directory.
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How can I enter recovery mode (for Mac OS, on an iMac) remotely?

You can set NVRAM options from command line to boot into recovery: sudo nvram "recovery-boot-mode=unused" sudo reboot This will put your system into recovery mode. NVRAM (nonvolatile random-access ...
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Internet Recovery booting to old OS

Since macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Apple has provided three different macOS Recovery options. These are described below: commandR to reinstall the latest macOS that was installed on your Mac, without ...
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How to open Internet Recovery on Mac Pro 1.1?

A Mac Pro 1,1 is too old to have Internet Recovery - 2006. Internet Recovery wasn't introduced until mid-2011. You will even struggle to boot it from USB, you may very well have to get a CD/DVD ...
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How do I launch Terminal while in macOS Sierra Recovery Mode?

After battling this problem for hours I just found a great, reliable solution! If you reboot holding Command-R-S then you can get into an undocumented combined recovery mode and single user mode, ...
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How to prevent a thief from using my iPhone ever?

There is no easy way to bypass Activation Lock at the moment, not even resetting with iTunes. That will only allow the thief to erase the phone contents. If the thief is able to guess your passcode, ...
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How can I download Mac OS X El Capitan without app store?

You can't really download the OS X El Capitan installer app without the App Store.app easily. You can download the raw (unverified) pkg installer though, but to verify it and convert it to a legit OS ...
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Unable to enter Recovery Mode -2006F

Considering you can't boot into an OS, the first things I'd try are resetting the NVRAM and SMC. Below are the steps for doing so, as well as the order you should do it. 1. Reset the NVRAM Older ...
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Disable SIP without recovery mode

This blind method worked for me: In order to disable or enable SIP (System Integrity Protection) without being able to see recovery mode and launch the terminal, you can use single-user recovery mode ...
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macOS Sierra doesn't appear in my Purchased list within the Mac App Store

Contrary to past OS releases where the N-1 installer is removed soon after version N launches, Apple has an article with links to the store and detailed requirements for getting and installing macOS ...
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Unable to install an OS on Mac (prohibited sign)

To start with your MacBook Air will not run Mavericks, so you can put that one aside as incompatible. As for Yosemite, the earliest possible version that will run on your model MacBook Air is ...
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How many hard drives are in this Mac mini?

Possibilities are: There is no second drive There is a second drive that is undetectable because faulty or badly connected You can find out which it is by simply opening the black plastic bottom and ...
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