How to Boot Mac Using Recovery Mode?

How to Boot Mac Using Recovery Mode?

Whenever you are facing problem in booting your Mac, don’t worry there is a hidden “Recovery Mode” option by which you can fix and diagnose issues or completely reinstall macOS. For this, you will first need to do boot your Mac into the Recovery Mode. Luckily, it’s a very easy process. Disable your Mac and then restart it, by holding down Command + R while it starts. This will directly get you into the Recovery Mode option, where you will be able to see the macOS utility window.

However, Recovery Mode offers you four services. They are as follows:

  • Restore from a Time Machine Backup.
  • Try fixing disk problem with Disk Utility.
  • Reinstall macOS.
  • Get online help from the Apple Support Site.

Steps to Boot Mac Using Recovery Mode

Below we are discussing three methods; in all three of them, one should surely help you in booting your Mac. But try to follow these methods in the given sequence to avoid errors and damages. Here how to do it:

Method-1: Backup with Time Machine

One of the easiest ways to use the Time Machine is to connect an external drive to your Mac. Then you will be asked if you want to configure it as a Time Machine drive; click on the “Use as Backup Disk.” Now if that’s what you want to do:

  1. Click on the “Encrypt Backup Disk” option only if you need to secure your backup disks with encryption.
  2. Then, navigate to the System Preferences option to check the progress of your backups.
  3. After that, click on the “Time Machine” option.
  4. Optionally, click on the “Show Time Machine in menu bar” option to track your backup.

Method-2: Try to Fix Disk Problem with Disk Utility

The Recovery partition on all Macs comes loaded with the Disk Utility, by which you can run “First Aid” on a drive which might be corrupted and attempts to fix some issues.

If any time, the disk utility notify you that your drive is about to fail, we suggest you take this notification seriously. In this case, we advise you to back up your Mac and replacing the disk. However, Disk Utility won’t help you in fixing a failing disk.

After you are done it, again try booting into macOS. If the Disk Utility was not able to fix all your problems, then you could try running it again.

Method-3: Reinstall MacOS

At times, you just have to start over from it. Fortunately, you would not lose your files when you are reinstalling macOS. Since it always uses the same process as upgrading. This presumes that your drive is still working is not corrupted completely, which might cause some issue. So, it is best to take a backup, which you can do in Disk Utility without even loading into macOS.

  1. Initially, on the Recovery Mode splash screen, choose “Reinstall macOS” option which will bring up the installer.
  2. And now you will have to agree to the terms of services.
  3. Then, select the drive to which you want to install.
  4. Next, go and choose your Main drive.
  5. Now, the installation process will run, and once it is finished, you should boot into a fresh copy of macOS, with all your files.


Hunny Jaswal

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