My world came crashing down.
I arrived home to finish my day on my iMac only to find that it wouldn’t boot up.
I started to freak out.
850gb of data was sitting on my HD.
I frantically researched what the issue could be, but in the back of my mind I knew what it was…
A HD failing.
I tired to boot up into safe mode. 👎
Reset the NVRAM. 👎
Tried recovery mode to attempt a first aid fix on the HD. 👎
Spoke to Apple Support. 👎 They don’t help one bit if your computer is more than 2 years old.
My last ditch effort was booting up in single user mode to use terminal to try to repair the disc. 👎
Luckily for me there is a silver lining.
I keep meticulous backups of all my data on 2 external drives.
Only problem, the backups covered ~95% of the data. I was about to lose ~5% of my data.
At this point I needed to clear my head. How could I have been so dumb to let this happen. I know better.
Thankfully I remembered. It’s possible to connect a Mac to a Mac with a Firewire cable and use target disc mode to access the drive.
After a few prayers and what was the longest few minutes of my life, my iMac HD booted up on my macbook.
Moral of the story. Be better than Jake. Don’t slip on your data backups or be prepared to go through the 5 stages of denial.
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