power outage during intel imac update

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by diabeticDAn, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. diabeticDAn macrumors newbie

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    the power went out this morning in the middle of the intel update and now all i can get when i start up is a black screen that tells me unsucessful shutdown 7 more ...... any help would be great

    thanks
    DAn
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

    EricNau

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    You can perform an Archive & Install. Just insert the install disks that came with your computer and hold "C" during startup. Then select "Archive & Install" from the list (after this, make sure you check the box to save your preferences and settings).
     
  3. diabeticDAn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i'm guessing that this will erase all my music and photos on my hard drive? :(
     
  4. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    no, an archive and install will make a folder that has the contents of the old install of OS X in it.

    All your stuff will be there, there will just be a new folder called "previous system", IIRC.

    It's installing the OS again, but your stuff stays put. It's a nifty little feature :)
     

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