Yosemite re­cov­ery mode

Mac Format - - PROTECT YOUR MAC -

If you’re strug­gling to start your Mac, don’t panic – OS X Yosemite of­fers a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways to boot. A full list can be found at sup­port.ap­ple.com, but here are some crit­i­cal key­board short­cuts to re­mem­ber.

First, if your Mac falls over when try­ing to log in, hold down ß as you click your user­name to by­pass lo­gin items and Finder win­dows, which may be the cause of the prob­lem. Hold the left ß key when the progress in­di­ca­tor ap­pears at boot to pre­vent au­to­matic lo­gin.

If things are more prob­lem­atic, try Safe Mode – hold ß as soon as you hear the startup tone, then re­lease it when the progress in­di­ca­tor ap­pears. You can open re­cov­ery tools by hold­ing ç+r on startup, or press d for Ap­ple Di­ag­nos­tics or Ap­ple Hard­ware Test.

If you’re forced into re­cov­ery mode, try re­pair­ing your disks us­ing Disk Util­ity, or ac­cess Ter­mi­nal via the Util­i­ties menu for a spot of ad­vanced trou­bleshoot­ing. If all else fails, con­sider restor­ing your most re­cent Time Ma­chine backup.

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