Unable to boot

Discussion in 'macOS' started by beerglass007, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. beerglass007 macrumors 6502

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    I wanted to remove Itunes 8.2 and ran the following command

    sudo rm -rf
    /Applications/iTunes.app

    I don't know whats happened but alot of my apps started to fail.
    So I rebooted my Mac and now only get a flashing folder and no boot.

    Whats the process to rebuild/fix the machine and keep my iphoto libary?

    Many Thanks
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    First of all, why were you using rm to remove an application? I bet you typed

    sudo rm -rf / Applications/iTunes.app

    which means you actually deleted your home folder. If your machine won't boot, the process of restoring your computer is to re-install Leopard and never use sudo rm ever again.
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    That command would have wiped the entire hard drive.

    Possibly some kind of typo, though.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yeah, but it also takes a while for all those files to delete. I'm thinking he typo'd and then quit out of Terminal before everything got wiped.
     
  5. beerglass007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    help

    Ok I see the errors of my way

    But how can I get my photos off the HDD which were in Iphoto ?

    Any good ideas please ?

    Thanks
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You need a disk recovery program like Data Rescue II, as well as an external enclosure to put your hard drive in and another computer to do the recovery from. DRII is not free.
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Also I would advise you stop using the computer because the more you use it, the more likely those deleted files will get overwritten.
     
  8. beerglass007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks

    Thanks for all the help.

    I've managed to get the drive working and got all my Itunes and Iphoto data off.

    Over 20 years working in the IT industry and I do a school boy error like that.

    Will teach me I guess hahahhahah

    Thanks all
     

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