|January 6, 2017|
This week my iMac internal hard drive crashed.
I believe that this happens because my computer was doing some read/write activity and the power went out. As a result, I couldn't boot up my internal hard drive.
When I first attempted to boot the computer the startup process appeared to be normal but then would just shut down right when the startup progress bar was about 2/3 completed.
Lucky for me that I got a couple of flash drives for Christmas. I took one of them and installed the latest Mac OS on it.
The key thing to remember about creating a bootable drive its that it has to be formatted correctly:
I was able to boot up the computer using the flash drive by using the keyboard shortcut 'C' when the computer booted up.
I wasn't getting this to work with my Bluetooth keyboard and had to connect a USB keyboard to get it to work.
After the computer booted up, I saw the following message on my screen:
"You can still open or copy files on the disk, but you can't save changes to files on the disk. Back up the disk and reformat it as soon as you can."
Lucky for me that the drive is accessible and that I have an opportunity to recover my files.
If your manually backing up a computer, you should back up the following Directories:
Apple has a Disk First Aid which tries to fix hardware issues. I ran the program several times to see if it would fix it. However, it keeps failing
This isn't my first computer crash, but it's been a long time since I have had to deal with one.
A quick chart that I put together showing how fast the four most common ways to transfer data off of an iMac.
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