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Help backing up crashed drive

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Nathan Gogol Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)
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Nov 12, 2012 7:45 PM

     Hi, I was wondering if anyone has a sorta solution for this mess I'm in. I went to my brothers, was updating his computer to the latest Mountain lion and restarted the computer when was asked and it won't boot. Goes to grey screen with apple logo, progress bar on the bottom that goes about 1/8 th the way and ***** down. Booted into disk utility and tried repairing the disk and say that the disk needs to be formatted and to get as much data off as possible. So thats where Im at. I was able to put his computer into target mode and it did mount on my laptop and I was able to see his files so I am going to try pull off as much as I can. So my question is what is the best way to do this. Should I use time machine and in prefrences exclude my drie and inlcude his instead. Will that work that way. If not what would be the best way to copy his data off his drive. I got multiple exernal drives for room so that Im not worried but just need to pull as much as I can off his. Thanks for any help.

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iMac 2.4 intel, 4 gig RAM
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,940 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:34 PM (in response to Nathan Gogol)

    Launch Disk Utility and follow the instructions in the support article linked below, under “Instructions for backing up to an external hard disk via Disk Utility.”

    How to back up and restore your files

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,940 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 6:03 PM (in response to Nathan Gogol)

    Back up "Macintosh HD." Use the default choice for the image format.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,940 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 8:15 PM (in response to Nathan Gogol)

    Back up whatever you can, any way you can. If all else fails, there is software that can sometimes recover data from a damaged drive, but I have no experience with it.

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