iMac won't boot.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by i4Collin, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. i4Collin macrumors regular

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    #1
    I was using my iMac, and accidentally unplugged it. When I plugged it back in and tried to reboot it, it got stuck at the gray screen with the Apple logo and the spinning wheel. I rebooted it, but it still wouldn't go past that screen.

    I've tried:
    Unplugging it for more than 30 seconds
    It wouldn't boot into recovery mode
    Repairing the disk

    I erased the disk, and tried re-installing Lion. The installation quit itself the first time, and the second time the progress bar wouldn't budge. Now I'm trying for a third time to get the installation to work, and this time the progress bar is moving very slowly and the predicted time keeps getting longer. I have AppleCare. Is there anything else I can try before taking it in to the store? It is a mid 2010 3.06 with Lion 10.7.3.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Fishrrman

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    "I was using my iMac, and accidentally unplugged it. When I plugged it back in and tried to reboot it, it got stuck at the gray screen with the Apple logo and the spinning wheel. I rebooted it, but it still wouldn't go past that screen."

    This is why you maintain a -second- bootable, external drive as an "emergency drive".

    You can get a USB/SATA "dock" for about $25, and get a "bare" 3.5" (or even 2.5") drive to go into it. You use the free "CarbonCopyCloner" app to create a "bootable clone" of your internal onto the docked drive (note: Apple's Time Machine backup utility CANNOT create a bootable backup drive). Once done, you have a fully bootable drive that can boot your disabled Mac in a matter of a minute or two. Then you can "to to work" on the damaged internal drive.

    I realize you probably don't have that now.

    But as they say, "once burned, twice shy"....
     

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