Single user mode USB support

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wonza, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. wonza macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    My macbook HD has broken, and Im attempting to recover my files through a USB drive.

    I've only been able to boot up in single user mode and I've ran fsck and its getting alot of I/O errors.

    I've followed the instructions here: but I dont seem to be able to my attached USB drive.

    I run
    ls /dev/disk*
    by booting with usb drive attached and again without it attached and both times i get: disk0 disk0s1 disk0s2 disk0s3

    I'm pretty sure disk0s2 is my main HD as thats whats getting the errors from fsck.

    So I'm really needing to know how to mount the USB though I dont know which disk it is (by doing disk*)

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Usually, it should show up as the next disk number, which means I would expect to see disk1 and disk1s0 at least show up in there. You can try to mount disk0s1 and disk0s3 and see if they contain the files you expect to see on the flash drive, but I don't think they're going to be what you're looking for.


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