Trying to boot into iMac to retrieve personal files

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jamesba1968, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. jamesba1968 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    I cannot boot into my iMac. It hangs when I boot.

    I was trying to upgrade from 10.4 to 10.6, which failed during the upgrade. At that point I could no longer access my Macintosh HD. I can boot into "target" mode, but my MacBook is not recognizing the iMac HD when I plug in my firewire cable.

    My goal is to pull all of my personal files, wipe the HD, and then install 10.6.

    Any recommendations?

  2. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Have you tried booting in Safe Mode (hold either shift key right after the startup tone)?
  3. jamesba1968 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    Just tried that. After 40 seconds I get a message "you need to restart blah, blah, blah..." that is the message I get in any mode except 'target"

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