Skip navigation

(NEVER DO THIS:) Just typed "sudo rm -rf/*" in Terminal, what to do?

3429 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2011 3:04 AM by VNDL42 RSS
VNDL42 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Currently Being Moderated
Feb 20, 2011 7:37 AM
I'm always up for a good joke myself so I can't really complain about this one, but yeah, what the heII - I just fell for the (apparently) old joke to type the above command into terminal. Yeah, I'm an idiot, I know, but the question here is - what to do now?

The system boots up fine, although I've read it will go into an infinite reboot cycle after a certain uptime. I've got a recent Time Machine backup and a Snow Leopard Install disc at home.

Can I just install OSX over the ruined system?
Will that work at all?
Or do I have to kill the whole thing (via disk utility from the Leopard install disc), re-install OSX and get my data back with Time Machine?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks a ton,
Macbook 5,1 2.4GHz IC2D, 4GB 1067MHz, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPhone 4, 32GB ger, FW 4.01, T-Mobile


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.