Can't boot into iMac... can I access main drive?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by majordude, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. macrumors 68020

    majordude

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    I cannot boot into my iMac. It hangs when I boot.

    I can boot into repair mode.

    I want to take it to the Apple store but I want to delete some personal files before I do. How can access the main drive and delete files?
     
  2. macrumors P6

    Intell

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    You'll need another Mac and a FireWire cable. Right after you press the power button, press the T key on the keyboard. You'll then see a FireWire logo bounce around the screen. At this point, connect the two Macs with a FireWire cable and the iMac will appear on the other's desktop as an external hard drive. You may need to use a wired keyboard for this. Also, if both Macs have Thunderbolt, a Thunderbolt cable will work with the same procedure.
     
  3. majordude, Dec 12, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2011

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    majordude

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    Awesome! I'll try this within 24 hours!

    edit: IT WORKED! Awesome! Thanks Intell!
     

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