How to Repair and Use Mac Recovery Disk [Full Guide]

Daisy updated on Sep 16, 2022 to Knowledge Center

Mac users can access a recovery tool called "Mac Recovery Disk." Do you know what a Mac recovery disk is? Don't worry. We will tell you what a Mac recovery disk is and how to repair and use a Mac recovery disk on your Mac in this post. Read through and find the guide.

What Is a Mac Recovery Disk

First, what is a Mac recovery disk? Here is the answer to this question:

On your Mac's hard drive, there is a natural, but unnoticed recovery volume called the OS X Recovery Disk. This function enables you to boot up your computer and do emergency maintenance tasks like fixing a corrupted drive using Disk Utility, browsing the web to figure out what the issue might be, or downloading any required updates. The OS X Recovery Disk can also be used to reinstall your operating system and restore deleted files from Time Machine backups.

In general, you can manage to recover deleted data on your Mac with a Mac recovery disk. Using a Mac recovery disk is a way to get your data back. Now you know what a Mac recovery disk is, and we will tell you how to use and repair a Mac recovery disk.

How to Use Mac Recovery Disk

This part will tell you how to use a Mac recovery disk to get your data back on Mac. Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Restart your Mac. Hold on to the "Command + R" to enter the recovery mode on Mac.

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If you are asked for a password, select the user and enter the password to go through the following process.

Step 2. Click the "Disk Utility" folder. Then select "View" > "Show All Devices."

Step 3. Choose the specific volume that you want to recover. Then click on "Restore."

Step 4. There is a window popping out, then choose the disk you want to copy.

Step 5. Click "Restore" now, and you have managed to get your data back with a Mac recovery disk.

Pro Tip: How to Repair A Mac Recovery Disk

What to do if your Mac recovery disk didn't work? Under this situation, you may need to repair your Mac recovery disk. The guide on how to fix a Mac recovery disk is below. Follow the guide and see if this method works.  

Step 1. Restart your Mac. Hold on to the "Command + R" and wait for the Apple icon shows.

Apple icon

Step 2. If the device asks for your password, select the user and then enter the password to go through the following process.

Step 3. Your Mac is now in recovery mode. Select "Disk Utility" and then click on "Continue."

Step 4. Click the "Disk Utility" folder. Then select "View"> "Show All Devices."

Step 5. Choose the specific disk that you want to repair from the bar on the left side.

Step 6. Open "First Aid" and then choose "Run" to start repairing your disk.

Step 7. After repairing, click "Apple Menu" and "Restart" to reopen your device.

After the steps above, your Mac recovery disk has been repaired successfully. Then you can check the part "How to Use A Mac recovery Disk" of this article and get your deleted files back. I wish you good luck!

Conclusion

This post has introduced what a Mac recovery disk is to you. We also provided a complete guide on how to use and repair your Mac recovery disk. I hope this article helps you a lot. Thanks for reading!

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