Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Sep 23, 2009
    Posts
    5
    Firewire,Macs,startup
    Guys.. Im new on forums and such so hello everbody!!

    Basically I was trying to erase some space.

    (I backed everything up on an external HD.)

    I think I erased my 'user acount' by dragging my user acount into the trash can!!

    then weird things happened so I restarted her up.. She wouldnt wake up!!!

    My brother has a blackbook.. I have a macbook (white).

    He thinks there is a way to fix my mac using firewire??

    Pleeeeeeeeeeease help I'm lost without my mac!!

    Thank you so much

    Sarah

    x

  2. #2

    Collin Bl's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 07, 2009
    Location
    Napier NZ
    Posts
    3,294
    Specs:
    27 iMac i5, MBP 13 & iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S
    Welcome aboard. Some more questions first - when u did the back up how did u do it and what did u use? and when u dragged the user account to the trash was there already another user account on the computer and have you got the Install disk that came with the computer. And finally dont panic it is sortable, it is just a matter of which is the best method for your setup.

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Sep 23, 2009
    Posts
    5
    Hey Collin. So I backed it up onto an external hard drive.

    Once I had done that I tired to erase all the data on my computers inernal disk in one big go so I just dragged all the biggest files (those those things that seem to house all of the other files in finder).. Like name, app, library etc.

    It powers up but the apple logo appears and instantly starts flashing eraticaly with a no smoking signish type symbol.

    I tried to firewire link it to my brothers mac but his harddrive is massive and bigger than mine so I couldnt do the disk image swappy thingy in disk utilities .

    Is there a way to copy only a few things onto a flashdrive and start the macbook using a file copied from my brothers computer??

    He has leopard and I have Tiger still because my DVD laser doesn't read disks anymore (which totally sucks!!)

    Like whatever file I put in trash that made my computer go all funny must be on my brothers computer.. for instance a sort of 'start up' root path thingy???

    Single user mode just says there is a problem booting from whatever the path was , the name of which '/trash/' was in the sentence.

    I just tried to do single user again to see what it said and now it doesnt even come up!!! Just a symbol f a 'file' and a questionmark???

    any help is much appreciated at this point guy!

    XXX

  4. #4

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    21,711
    Specs:
    Imac 27" Retina 3.3GHz, 512GB Flash, 16GB memory, OS X.11.4.
    Again when did you backup and how did you do it?

    You do have troubles as you cannot boot from the install DVD to troubleshoot, repair disk or erase and reformat nor do a clean install which is what is required from your Tiger disk.

    Either get another optical installed or see if you can get your hands on an external optical drive. No joy using a flash drive alas.

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Sep 23, 2009
    Posts
    5
    Dude.. Is there a way I do it by holding the option key and having a flashdive with the apropriate file on it??

    thanks

  6. #6

    Collin Bl's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 07, 2009
    Location
    Napier NZ
    Posts
    3,294
    Specs:
    27 iMac i5, MBP 13 & iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S
    If u had used SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner to do your back up you could have booted off of your Ext HD [if it was a Firewire unit on an older mac] and copied it all back and then start again to remove files in the correct way. So did u use either of those Apps for your back up?

  7. #7


    Member Since
    Sep 23, 2009
    Posts
    5
    Hey Collin,

    No I didnt use either of those programs. Before I saved I formated the external harddrive (which is a toshiba 320gb steel) , I partitioned it to be 30 gb of MSDOS and the rest OS extended journal.

    Can I get the backed up stuff.. and using disk utilty on another mac and a firewire cable erase the memory on my mac in target user mode, and then copy the information BACK into my macbook through the firewire using the other mac connected to my external hd??

    There has to be a way!!

    I really appreciate the favour guys!!!

  8. #8


    Member Since
    Sep 23, 2009
    Posts
    5
    guys.. is there way way i can install leopard directly to my mac internal hd in target mode by using my brothers mac as the host?

    can anyone recommend a thread that might help me..please

    thanks

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-02-2011, 10:40 PM
  2. Good Camcorders for Macs W/O Firewire
    By ctrang95 in forum Movies and Video
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-16-2009, 08:11 PM
  3. 6pin to 6pin firewire- What can i do between two macs?
    By Mac Na'gev in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-27-2009, 09:59 PM
  4. Will a firewire 400 external HD work in a 800 firewire port?
    By lonestar in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-22-2008, 12:51 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •