Why is my Mac constantly rebooting into Internet Recovery Mode?

NJRonbo

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Have the newest MacBook Pro with touch bar.

Running the latest version of Mojave 10.14.2

Everything is working fine. However, when I do a simple RESTART, the MacBook constantly reboots into Internet Recovery Mode.

No, I hit no special keys. I just go to the Apple Men in the upper taskbar and select "Restart"

The MacBook then shuts down and restarts into recovery mode and I have to sit for a good 8 minutes until the process completes myself and my computer finally boots up as it should.

Any suggestions on what might be the reason -and- what I can do to fix it?

Thanks in advance
 

keysofanxiety

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Try hold Alt on startup. When it shows the disks, navigate to "Macintosh HD" using the arrow keys. Hold CTRL so the icon of the arrow changes, then press Enter to boot into it.

Following this, restart your machine when it's booted into the OS. Does this work?
 

NJRonbo

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Try hold Alt on startup. When it shows the disks, navigate to "Macintosh HD" using the arrow keys. Hold CTRL so the icon of the arrow changes, then press Enter to boot into it.

Following this, restart your machine when it's booted into the OS. Does this work?

Yup. That seemed to fix it.

Let me ask if you think this makes sense...

There were two drives listed when I booted up using the OPTION/ALT key. One was the Macintosh HD and the other was my TIME MACHINE drive.

Now, the default selected was MACINTOSH HD.

However, is it highly plausible that when I was previously booting up the MacBook that it was going to the TIME MACHINE drive by default and therefore going into INTERNET RECOVERY?

If that is the case, is there a way I can permanently fix the bootup so it goes to the correct drive?

Thanks to both of you for your help and suggestions.
 

jbarley

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Try hold Alt on startup. When it shows the disks, navigate to "Macintosh HD" using the arrow keys. Hold CTRL so the icon of the arrow changes, then press Enter to boot into it.

Following this, restart your machine when it's booted into the OS. Does this work?
Learn something new every day.:)
Any idea just what takes place when one reboots using that cute little recycle icon?
 

NJRonbo

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Learn something new every day.:)
Any idea just what takes place when one reboots using that cute little recycle icon?

I know what it does. Have always known. I have restored my Mac many times.

My question is WHY does it *seem* the MacBook is automatically selecting the Time Machine drive (if that is the case) every time I boot up and how do I permanently fix that issue?
 

NJRonbo

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It changes the default boot disk.
Keys,

Any reason why my MacBook, which I was restarting normally without pressing any keys, initially chose to reboot from the Time Machine drive?

I am assuming this is the reason why my MacBook went into Internet Recovery.
 

keysofanxiety

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Keys,

Any reason why my MacBook, which I was restarting normally without pressing any keys, initially chose to reboot from the Time Machine drive?

I am assuming this is the reason why my MacBook went into Internet Recovery.
Ermm possibly when it was set up, if you restored from a previous TM backup it was the default as that was the first option selected.

Not 100% sure, there are a few times it occurs. Luckily it’s a quick fix.
 

NJRonbo

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Ermm possibly when it was set up, if you restored from a previous TM backup it was the default as that was the first option selected.

Not 100% sure, there are a few times it occurs. Luckily it’s a quick fix.
There was a restoration made from a SuperDuper backup.

Perhaps during the restoration (which went perfectly) the backup/restore drive was made the default one.