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Restore Mac with the help of Recovery HD

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Jan 15, 2024 • Filed to: Solve Mac Problems • Proven solutions

Recovery HD is a hard drive partition on the hard drive of a Mac. It can be accessed by rebooting the Mac and then pressing down the Command+R keys. Mac OS X Lion and above include the Recovery feature which can be used to reinstall the operating system, repair the hard disk or restore the system from a backup. To enter the recovery mode, press the command+r key when the system reboots, and keep holding them down until the Apple logo appears. The recovery mode has a desktop with an OS X menu bar and an OS X Utilities window with the options listed above. You can then choose your desired option from the utility window or the utility menu depending upon your requirement. Here we outlined the useful function of recovery HD and how to restore Mac with the help of recovery HD. What's more, when users could not fix issues with recovery HD, there is still a way to recover data on Mac.

In this article

Part 1: What Recovery HD Could Help You to Do

As mentioned earlier, Recovery HD contains essential diagnostic and troubleshooting tools that help users fix their Mac if anything goes wrong. The Recovery HD has the following features:

1. Restore Mac from Time Machine

Time Machine has a unique backup feature in OS X. Time Machine keeps track of how your Mac performed on a particular day so that users can restore the Mac to any desired day in the past. Time Machine keeps a backup of a day, a week, and even a month but when the backup drive becomes full, the oldest backup will be deleted to make more space for the new backups.

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2. Repair the Hard drive

Disk utility is one of the main options offered in the recovery mode. This feature can be used to repair the hard drive of your Mac once you select the "Repair Disk" option. recovery HD will also let you search for troubleshooting info over the internet as well as remove the contents of the hard drive and restore it from a Time Machine backup.

3. Install/uninstall Mac OS X

This is also a great feature provided by Recovery HD. Using this feature you can download your desired version of the OS X over the internet without requiring any kind of optical disk. But, for this method to work, you need to be connected to the internet.

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Part 2: How to Restore Mac with the Help of Recovery HD

To restore your Mac with the help of Recovery HD, follow these steps:

To get access to the Recovery HD volume, restart your Mac while pressing the Command and R keys until the Apple logo appears.

You will see only a very basic OS X interface with the OS X utility window. Select Disk Utility from this window and hit "Continue".

Restore Mac with the help of Recovery HD-select disk utility

From the Disk Utility window, select the First Aid tab and then click the icon of your boot hard drive. If your boot hard drive is Recovery, for instance, click on the hard drive marked Recovery and select "Repair Disk".

Restore Mac with the help of Recovery HD-first aid

It will take a little time for your Mac to get all the diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures going but after a while, you will notice the appearance of a window telling you that the drive has been repaired.

Quit Disk Utility by choosing Disk Utility→Quit Disk Utility, by pressing Command+Q, or by clicking the red Close Window gumdrop then reboot the system and return to your work.

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Part 3: How to Troubleshoot Recovery HD Problems

Recovery HD aims to help users get the solutions from different troubleshooting by OS X. But what happened if you cannot find any solutions from the Recovery HD itself? Well, one thing that you shouldn't do is panic. This article takes into account some common problems with recovery HD itself and tells you how to take care of them in the following lines.

1. Recovery HD is Locked

Recovery HD can get locked sometimes which is indicated by the appearance of an error message that says, "Hard Drive locked". To get rid of this problem, simply go to disk utility, click on the hard drive then click 'enable journaling' to unlock the drive.

2. Recovery HD doesn`t Show up

Recovery HD does not show up if you have formatted your entire hard drive. To bring it back, you will need to have a Time Machine backup of the data from your hard drive before the formatting happened. Restoring the OS from that backup will get you your OS back while to get the Recovery HD back you will need to run a minimal install of your OS using a setup from the internet or a disk. It will bring back the recovery HD to your Mac.

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