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All the ways you can start up your Mac

We’ve talked quite a lot about Recovery OS, an underestimated feature of OS X that makes it easier to troubleshoot your Mac even if it refuses to start up properly.

But as you’ll see for yourself in this post, Recovery OS is but one of the more than dozen different ways to start up your computer, aside from OS X’s regular startup mode. In this tutorial, we’ll list all the ways you can start up your Mac and detail each one.

Installing or reinstalling macOS in Recovery Mode

Invoked at boot time, Recovery Mode helps you check your connected disks for errors, get help online and reinstall macOS. This tutorial covers entering Recovery Mode and taking advantage of it to erase, install or reinstall the latest version of macOS that was previously found on your Mac.

How to repair Mac disk errors in macOS Recovery Mode

The built-in recovery partition on your Mac’s startup disk contains recovery tools, like Disk Utility. Recovery Mode makes it easy to repair your Mac’s disk in situations when the machine won’t boot properly and load the desktop in the first place. We show you how to repair disk error using Recovery Mode.

How to start up your Mac in Recovery Mode

macOS’ startup modes can be quite helpful for troubleshooting complex issues that might require more than fixing disk permissions. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to enter Recovery Mode at boot time and use the built-in recovery tools to bring your Mac to perfect working condition.