PLEASE HELP! Booted up and got this!

sgrutt22

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Oct 17, 2018
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Rochester NY
Booted up my macpro today and didn't make it to the desktop before I got a mac os installation log. It means nothing to me so if someone could please help me out that would be great. Current college student with some valuable stuff on the system:(
 

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bookemdano

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Need more details.

What version of macOS are you running?

Have you made any hardware or software changes recently?

Did you experience any odd symptoms prior to today's boot?

What GPU do you have installed?

Is your recovery partition bootable? Boot the Mac, hold down Command-R as soon as you hear the chime and keep both keys held down until you see it booting. From there you can try running Disk Utility and try the First Aid process.

If your drive checks out as OK you may need to re-install macOS on your drive. Doing so should preserve all of your files but if your data is super important and not backed up anywhere then your first order of business may be getting the important data backed up in case the drive is in the process of failing or something goes really wrong with the reinstall.

As an aside:

If your valuable stuff is not backed up, then I would argue it's not that valuable to you. You can probably recover it in this case but you should never put yourself in that position. External USB hard drives (even large ones) are cheap these days. There's no excuse not to be doing regular Time Machine backups on your Mac.
 
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sgrutt22

macrumors newbie
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Oct 17, 2018
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Rochester NY
Need more details.

What version of macOS are you running?

Have you made any hardware or software changes recently?

Did you experience any odd symptoms prior to today's boot?

What GPU do you have installed?

Is your recovery partition bootable? Boot the Mac, hold down Command-R as soon as you hear the chime and keep both keys held down until you see it booting. From there you can try running Disk Utility and try the First Aid process.

If your drive checks out as OK you may need to re-install macOS on your drive. Doing so should preserve all of your files but if your data is super important and not backed up anywhere then your first order of business may be getting the important data backed up in case the drive is in the process of failing or something goes really wrong with the reinstall.

As an aside:

If your valuable stuff is not backed up, then I would argue it's not that valuable to you. You can probably recover it in this case but you should never put yourself in that position. External USB hard drives (even large ones) are cheap these days. There's no excuse not to be doing regular Time Machine backups on your Mac.
Update! I got to my desktop by double checking that the startup disk was correct and restarting from that menu. Running 10.13.6 and yes a couple days ago I had a security update from the app store and it went smoothly. I have the gt120 (mac version) installed and was on it all day yesterday and had no symptoms. Just very odd but I'm back in now.
 

bsbeamer

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Download & purchase Carbon Copy Cloner. Clone all of your data to backup drive(s) so you have at least one backup copy of your data that is accessible in case of an issue. (Ideally you'll put in multiple places with additional methods, but that's a different topic...)
 
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