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Hi first of I apologize for any errors I may of made I am posting this from a iPhone. So I rush into things I saw on the net that some guy said that typing sudo rm -rf in terminal will give u awesome features so I typed it in without reading the rest only to find out when I thought nothing was happening I checked the site again and found out what I did.

My IMac is now stuck at the grey screen with the apple and scrolly rotating thing. I tried and it won't go into safe mode and there is a disc in the drive which won't come out so I couldn't try putting my snow leopard disc in. I back up my Mac every day so I don't mind restarting how can I get my computer working?

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So I rush into things I saw on the net that some guy said that typing sudo rm -rf in terminal will give u awesome features...
What the "awesome" features did you expect from simply typing in a terminal command?

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Congratulations! You’ve just erased EVERYTHING off of ALL the hard drives connected to your iMac! How to fix this, someone else may know.

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You will have to do a fresh install of your OS. Reboot your system while pressing the mouse down, should eject the disk. Once ejected, you can insert your install media and reboot holding the C key. Then proceed with your fresh install.

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Here are a list of ways to force eject the CD.
Force Eject a Stuck CD or DVD - Mac Guides

Once you get that out then you can boot from your OS disk and reinstall.

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Yay got disk out thanks for the help. I put in my Mac os x snow leopard cd in rebooted and tried pressing c key aswell i rebooted again and tried command key just in case thats what was ment and nothing is happening do I have to put origanal Mac cd in? When trying I heard my disc move but yer nothing happened. I'm only a teenager and don't know computers well sorry
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Yay got disk out thanks for the help. I put in my Mac os x snow leopard cd in rebooted and tried pressing c key aswell i rebooted again and tried command key just in case thats what was ment and nothing is happening do I have to put origanal Mac cd in? When trying I heard my disc move but yer nothing happened. I'm only a teenager and don't know computers well sorry
Have to hold down the "c" key while it is rebooting.

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Kid, don't do stuff to your computer unless you already know what the result is going to be! Read, research, ask first...

How did that reboot go this time?
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And keep well away from Terminal unless you know exactly what you are doing. It is a mighty powerful tool!

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Wow, um... This reminds me of the time I tried to install Ubuntu and somehow wiped my harddrive. Its insane that that kind of terminal command doesn't have some kind of warning, like sudo commands.

EDIT: I see it IS a sudo.

Why didn't you read the warning that popped up? Better safe than sorry, a prime example.

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