Bootable backup software?

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

  1. mikefromearth macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2011
    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.


    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


    Jan 25, 2009
    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

    Aug 6, 2011
    I'm running Snow Leopard right now, or would be, if it worked. The upgrade to Lion failed.
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    Maybe the Lion install got far enough along that the recovery partition was created. Maybe Command + R would work.

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