Bootable backup software?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mikefromearth, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. mikefromearth macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm in a bit of a pickle.

    I tried to upgrade to 10.7 and somehow corrupted my HD so it wont boot, cant be repaired, wont mount and wont backup. At the same time, in Disk Utility, I can go in and view the entire contents of the HD so I know the whole thing is not corrupt.

    I need to copy my user file to an external HD so I can wipe my drive and reinstall OS X. Is there any software I can boot into that will allow me to copy specific files to an external HD? The only other route I can think of would be to remove the HD, install a new one, install OS X, buy a SATA-USB converter, plug in the old HD and copy over the files. Unfortunately I cant afford to buy a new HD at the moment.

    So there I am.

    Any useful responses will be met with joy!

    Thanks again.

    Mike

    PS I know this question may have been answered previously but I am in a time bind (aka work in 15 minutes) and I need to get this fixed ASAP. I apologize!
     
  2. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

    DewGuy1999

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    Have you tried this:

    Recovery HD

    OS X Lion includes a built in set of utilities in the Recovery HD. Restart your Mac and hold down the Command key and the R key (Command-R), and keep holding them until the Apple icon appears, indicating that your Mac is starting up. After the Recovery HD is finished starting up, you should see a desktop with a Mac OS X menu bar and a "Mac OS X Utilities" application window. Note: If you see a login window or your own desktop and icons, it is possible that you didn't hold Command-R early enough. Restart and try again.

    In order to reinstall OS X Lion, you will need to be connected to an Ethernet or Wi-Fi network. The Wi-Fi menu item is in the upper-right corner of the screen. Click the icon to display all available Wi-Fi networks. Click your preferred network name and, if needed, enter a username and/or password.
     
  3. mikefromearth thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm running Snow Leopard right now, or would be, if it worked. The upgrade to Lion failed.
     
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

    DewGuy1999

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    Maybe the Lion install got far enough along that the recovery partition was created. Maybe Command + R would work.
     

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