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How to use the built-in Recovery Mode for macOS

There are lots of reasons why you might want to boot into Apple’s Recovery Mode. Maybe you’re seeing the dreaded flashing question mark when you booted your Mac. Maybe you’re preparing to sell your old MacBook (say, to a certain company that will give you a good price for it. Wink, wink) and you want to wipe your drive. Maybe you need a fresh start after upgrading your SSD. Whatever your reason, we’ll show you the steps to to start the built-in Recovery Mode and explain all that it’s capable of.

The Ultimate Guide to Apple’s Proprietary SSDs

Remember the good ol’ days of carrying a spare battery, upgrading your own RAM, maybe even adding a second hard drive? If you’re an Apple user, those luxuries may be behind us, but upgrading your own solid state drive is still a privilege the Apple overlords allow us to have, for now that is.

Despite retaining the ability to upgrade your own SSD, ever since Apple introduced their proprietary “blade” SSDs in 2010, the task hasn’t been as simple as it once was. Apple talks up read and write speeds, but they rarely dive into the nitty gritty details of the technology behind the SSDs they use — drives specially designed only for Apple computers.

After countless questions, both from customers and our own staff, we decided to start our own investigation into the hardware involved. You have to be a bit of a private eye to uncover the secrets behind these drives, and the deeper we looked, the more surprises we found.