How to Start Up your Mac in Recovery Mode

Mac OS recovery mode is a built-in recovery system in Mac. You can use the utilities in Recovery mode to solve software issues and reinstall OS etc.

You can enter Recovery mode only through startup. Power on your Mac or if it’s turned on, restart your system. When the startup chime appears, hold Command + R until a new screen appears. The Mac OS utility window appears and will list the 4 options available.

  • Restore from Time Machine Backup – This requires you to have a backup of all your data using Time Machine saved on an external drive. This backup can then be restored using ‘Restore from Time Machine Backup’ in recovery mode. The process will erase data on your current disk and replace it with backup data.
  • Reinstall – This feature will wipe out your current OS and replace it with the fresh OS. Make sure you have backed up all your data before using this feature.
  • Get Help – Recovery Mode in Mac allows you to access Safari browser to troubleshoot issues you may be experiencing
  • Disk Utility – This is a utility to repair any issues with your drives. It scans, identifies and repairs issues with drives. It is a better alternative to reinstalling OS.

If you used any of the restores or reinstall utility and do not have a backup, all your data on the drive will be lost. In such cases, you will need professional data recovery tools to recover lost/deleted data.

About Remo Recover

Remo Recover Mac is a great tool to recover lost data. It uses powerful algorithms to scan your drive and recover data with complete folder hierarchy. It can be used to recover files from corrupt and inaccessible drives as well. The software can also be used to recover data from formatted Mac volumes. A detailed guide on how to recover formatted HFS volume is explained in this article.

In addition to recovering files from your system, it can also recover files from external hard drives, memory cards, USBs, etc.

Mac Book Pro, Air, iMac, Mac Mini, and other Mac devices are supported. The software supports all the latest versions of Mac OS including Sierra and High Sierra.

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