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Restore Mac with the help of recovery hd

The recovery hd, is a hard drive partition on the hard drive in 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 command+r key when the system reboots, 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 utilities window or the utilities menu depending upon your requirement.

What recovery hd could help you to do

As mentioned earlier, the recovery hd contains essential diagnostic and troubleshooting tools which aid the user in fixing his Mac if anything goes wrong. The Recovery HD has the following features:

Restore from Time Machine

Time Machine is a unique backup feature in the OS X. Time Machine keep a track of how your Mac looked on a particular day and uses that information to restore your Mac to any desired day in the past. Time Machine keeps backup of a day, a week and even a month but when the backup drive becomes full, the oldest backup is deleted to make more space for the new backups. 

Repair 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 back up.

Install/uninstall Mac OS X

This is also a great feature provided by the 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 obviously, for this method to work, you need to be connected to the internet.

How to restore your Mac using recovery hd

To restore your Mac using recovery hd, follow these steps:

  1. To get access to the Recovery HD volume, restart your Mac while pressing the Command and R keys until the Apple logo appears.
  2. You will see only a very basic OS X interface with OS X Utilities window. Select Disk Utility from this window and hit “Continue”.
  3. 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”.
  4. It will take a little time for your Mac to get all the diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures going but after a little while you will notice the appearance of a window telling you that the drive has been repaired.
  5. 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.

Problems and troubleshooting for recovery hd

recovery hd’s aim is to help users get the most out of the troubleshooting provided by OS X but what of you cannot find the Recovery HD itself or the recovery hd itself is presenting problems? Well, one thing that you shouldn’t really be doing is panicking. 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.

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.

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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