Non-Booting MBA - how to take TM backup?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by komatsu, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. komatsu macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    I have an non-booting MBA here.

    I think it's not booting because of a full SSD.

    How do I get it to a state where I can get some data off? Time machine backup? If so, how?
  2. 0d085d macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    If the laptop's still alive but just isn't booting all the way successfully then you can follow these instructions to boot the MBA in to "Target Disk Mode", which will let you connect another Mac and get data off the disk. You'll need a Thunderbolt cable.

    If there are no signs of life at all then you'll need to unscrew the base, take out the SSD and use one of these to connect it to another Mac like any other USB drive.

    Alternatively, you could take it to an Apple Store (or authorised reseller) and ask nicely if they'll help you get the data off before they try to fix it. Take a big enough external hard drive with you if you try that.
  3. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    The other option is to find a working copy of OS X and use something like SuperDuper! to copy it to an external drive.

    You can then boot from the external drive and remove some files (This is assuming your hypothesis is correct, which I am not sure it is.)

    To boot from an external drive hold the option key right after the chime and then arrow over to the other volume.
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Or, if it can boot to Recovery Mode, you can use Disk Utility from there to clone the internal drive to an external.
  5. kiwipeso1 Suspended


    Sep 17, 2001
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Get an USB installer disk and select that disk (hold option) while booting.
    Then sort it out from the utilities.

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