5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 8, 2007 9:08 PM by a brody
BrodyT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm using an iMac with Tiger, and about an hour ago my Safari shut down and wouldn't reopen, nor would any of my other programs. So I shut it dwn, and when I try to turn it back on, it gets to the screen where it says Mac OS X and would normally load and go to profile select, but doesn't load. What's wrong with it?

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • 1. Re: Operating system won't load
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,295 points)
    Sounds like the directory or permissions are damaged. Have you backed up your data prior this happened?
  • 2. Re: Operating system won't load
    BrodyT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No, I haven't backed up my data. But the only thing I would be worried about losing is my iTunes library. And is it possible to redownload that stuff without paying as long as you have the account information?
  • 3. Re: Operating system won't load
    Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
    Hi BrodyT, Welcome to Apple's Users Help Users Forums.

    Time to but a FWHD. OWC is often recommended. I use Superduper which when purchased, $27.95, allows smart, quick, backups.

    a brody may come back w his own list of recommendations. I find Dantz Retro' a bit much.
  • 4. Re: Operating system won't load
    Snoopy01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Try to see if you can boot from the Installation disc by holding C key, when you start the computer?
    if that works, try and run disk utility and repair disk permissions on the hdd.
  • 5. Re: Operating system won't load
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,295 points)
    is it possible to redownload that stuff without paying as long as you have the account information?


    Nope. When you signed the agreement, it was pointed out that it is your responsibility to backup everything.

    You might be able to recover it with Prosoft Data Rescue and a Firewire external hard drive of at least the same size as your existing hard drive, or if you have another Mac, to use Target Disk Mode to see if the drive is visible from that other Mac.

    http://www.prosofteng.com/ makes Data Rescue

    Target Disk Mode is explained here:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58583

    If your Mac is invisible using Target Disk Mode, then you have to use a data recovery software.

    My backup FAQ* explains various backup options:

    http://www.macmaps.com/backup.html

    * Links to my pages may give me compensation.