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Question: Non-Bootable iMac

Have tried everything to boot an older 2009 iMac. Have tried Cmd-Opt-P-R, Cmd-Opt-R. Cmd-R, Cmd-T, Shift, etc. Have no bootable backup. Any way to access the hard drive to save the data files? A little late, but what would be a good storage drive? Leaning toward the Seagate Backup Plus 4TB

iMac, macOS High Sierra (10.13.3), 21.5 in, Retina 4K, 3GHz Intel Core

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Feb 26, 2018 2:00 PM in response to Larry Wasson In response to Larry Wasson

Considering the computer is 10 years old you may want to put your money towards a new machine. However if you wan to fix it, I'd recommend getting an SSD rather than a HD. If you have access to another Mac you can boot in Target Disk Mode per How to use target disk mode to move files between two Mac computers - Apple Support

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Feb 26, 2018 2:59 PM in response to Larry Wasson In response to Larry Wasson

Need a couple of suggestions for an external 1 TB SSD for under $150.

Not sure how portable of an external drive you are looking for, but I have had great success using WD My Passport drives with my Macs over the years.


Amazon is currently selling the 1 TB model for under $50.

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Feb 26, 2018 2:00 PM in response to Larry Wasson In response to Larry Wasson

Considering the computer is 10 years old you may want to put your money towards a new machine. However if you wan to fix it, I'd recommend getting an SSD rather than a HD. If you have access to another Mac you can boot in Target Disk Mode per How to use target disk mode to move files between two Mac computers - Apple Support

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Feb 26, 2018 2:24 PM in response to rkaufmann87 In response to rkaufmann87

Thanks. I ordered a new iMac earlier today along with a firewire 4p to 4p cable. Both should arrive in a couple of days. If target disk mode works to another iMac, then will migrate data to the new iMac. Was considering the AirPort Time Capsule, but the reviews were disappointing. Need a couple of suggestions for an external 1 TB SSD for under $150.

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Feb 26, 2018 2:59 PM in response to Larry Wasson In response to Larry Wasson

Need a couple of suggestions for an external 1 TB SSD for under $150.

Not sure how portable of an external drive you are looking for, but I have had great success using WD My Passport drives with my Macs over the years.


Amazon is currently selling the 1 TB model for under $50.

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Feb 26, 2018 3:03 PM in response to Larry Wasson In response to Larry Wasson

Time Capsule works well but never ever migrate via Wi-Fi. If you do have to use MA to migrate your data it's best to use a Time Machine or bootable clone back up and connect via USB. Why...... simple because it works!

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