power outage during intel imac update

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

  1. diabeticDAn macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2006
    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

  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    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

    Jun 28, 2006

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

    May 2, 2005
    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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