SOS, my iMac won't boot cuz I'm an idiot!!!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by richyscot1, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. richyscot1 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2008
    Derby, UK
    I have just bought a MAcBook and was trying to get my Time machine hard drive that's connected to iMac to act as a shared drive (it now appears I can't do that), and in doing so I came across the privileges option in the 'shared' options in 'system preferences'. So, I thought Eureeka!! That's what I need....... I need some privileges....and so select my iMacs hard drive and clicked away....bad move!!

    Now, my mac won't boot. I now get a flashing folder with a ? mark in the middle. So I thought...I know I'll put in the Snow leopard installation disk and boot from that...still no, it trys to install a fresh copy of snow leopard and guess what........I can't install it onto my iMacs hard drive....pants!!! So, now what do I do??? Everything's backed up to my External hard drive so I'm not overly worried about losing my photos and music...etc etc.. But, I now have the worlds most expensive paperweight...please Help!!!!!'s added permissions to my hard drive used for time I'm quite scared!! I've connected it to my MacBook, and I can't even look at it, as I haven't got permission......How do I get read write access to my time machine hard drive without destroying a lifetimes worth of photos, videos, etc etc....????

    Update 2.......I now have my computer up and running again....heaven knows how?? However, i have 2 hard drives connected to that stores all of my media and the other that is used for my time machine...I don't have access to either. How do I get access to my hard drives again?? I need all of my media!!! Help!!
  2. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    You should be able to boot off the OSX install disk and cancel the installation. It will drop you into a cut down GUI from which you can start up Disk Utility. That will tell you whether your hard disk can be rescued.

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