Mac Boot Problems

Steps to Resolution

Backup important files

  1. boot into single user mode (<apple> + s)
  2. run /sbin/fsck -fy
  3. run /sbin/mount -uw /
  4. make a directory in /Volumes (mkdir /Volumes/DirName)
  5. mount usb drive /sbin/mount_msdos /dev/disk1s1 /Volumes/DirName (disk1s1 is my external drive and the specific partition I want to mount
  6. use rsync to backup files (rsync -av /folder/to/copy /Volumes/DirName (will make a “copy” folder in the DirName directory)

make sure to unmount your external drive, and then remove the DirName directory (it should be empty after unmounting) - use rmdir /Volumes/DirName (it will complain if the directory is not empty)

mac/boot_problems.txt · Last modified: 2006/12/29 20:24 by john
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