NEW MAC USER: SINGLE USER MODE CP -R NO SUCH FILE OR DIRECTORY

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  1. lalo_013 macrumors newbie

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  2. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    Can you describe your issue better? What kind of error occurred in the first place?
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Stop what you are doing. You should not try operations like these from single-user mode, it is extremely dangerous. You are authenticated as root and can destroy everything with a single mistyped command (you actually did mistype it, there should be no space between /Users/myname and /desktop; it is one continuous path /Users/myname/Desktop).

    First, you should boot into Recovery and try repairing the system from there. This will only repair the system, not affect your files. To do so, you press command–R after the tone and select ‘Reinstall OS X’. If you cannot boot into Recovery anymore, then you have to boot into Internet Recovery (command–option–R), clone your Macintosh HD volume to an equally sized or larger volume on your external disk, erase the Macintosh HD volume and then reinstall OS X.
     
  4. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Can you boot from the recovery mode by booting while holding down Command-R?

    If so, in the utilities menu go to Disk Utility and you can clone your drive by using the Restore Tab to restore your hard drive to an external drive. This is all done with a GUI which is much easier than using the command line.

    See: http://nyacomputing.com/how-to-create-a-bootable-clone-of-your-mac-hard-drive/
     
  5. lalo_013 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    recovery not working white screen hang
    internet repair after choosing the wifi the same hangs white screen/grey
    in single mode is the only way i see my files
     

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