2008 iMac with spinning wheel problem, HELP!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SamTheMan65, May 17, 2014.

  1. SamTheMan65 macrumors newbie

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    I've been searching all day trying to figure out this problem. I have 2008 24" iMac 3.06 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo (snow leopard). This morning I was doing something and the iMac froze and I saw the infamous spinning wheel. After a while I had no choice but to hold down the power button and try a restart. Now all that I get is the spinning wheel of death at the beginning of start-up. I tried restarting holding the "Shift" key (no good). I tried restarting holding Alt, Command, P, R (no good). I'm a complete novice at trying to fix anything on a mac so some of the other suggestions I read about don't make a lot of sense. I have about 85% of the iMac backed up the an airport extreme and was about to do another backup and this happened. I really need the missing files. Any advice for someone who doesn't know a lot about these type of things? Many thanks!

    ps - I have access to another mac for a while.
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Connect your iMac to another working Mac via Target Disk Mode (by FireWire 800), and boot it up via TDM. Google up instructions for booting up a Mac via TDM.
     
  3. SamTheMan65 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yjchua95,

    Thanks for your quick reply. I'm going to google your answer. Honestly I have no idea what any of it means.
     

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