Recover the files from Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kimovski, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. kimovski macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2011
    I need your help guys!
    Here is the situation:
    A friend of mine have her mac running snow leopard, but today the disk won't boot up, so Ill try to help her.

    What i tried:
    1) Boot to safe mode - fail
    2) Boot to single user mode - it shows a looping messages: disk0s2 no media present blablabla....
    3) Boot from DVD to disk utility, it doesnt verify or repair.

    Now i just swapped another harddisk installed the OS, so she can use it urgently for classes.

    Is there anyway i can recover those files (photos, documents etc..) on the apparently "death" hard disk? The harddisk is spinning like a normal state, nothing weird noises.

  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You can try something like DiskWarrior to see if it can recover anything. Can you pop the drive in external USB enclosure to determine if Disk Utility can even see the drive?
  3. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Sigh. Six years since Apple introduced Time Machine, and people still aren't backing up their files.

    If Disk Warrior won't fix it, then she needs to decide if she's willing to pay large sums for professional disk recovery.
  4. kimovski thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2011
    Instead of Disk warrior, i used another and it really helped. Harddisk is really dying. I found out that when it reach a high temperature, the disk stop working, so i was able to recover those precious files, while needed to wait to cooldown. At the end she felt so down, but now everything is okay! Thank you for response.

    Cheers! :D

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