Friday, 26 August 2016

How to Recover Data from Mac that won't Startup

A Mac not booting up is one of the most infuriating problems, which is often faced by users. So, if you are one of those users who is facing this issue and want to get rid of this problem, then this is the best blog post for that.

While Macs are considered to be one of the finest reliable operating systems, nevertheless they are a machine and similar to any other device, they are continuously susceptible to a large number of errors that stop and prevent them from booting up in a correct manner.
The wrong side of a non-booting Mac is that it's hard to figure out the cause of the problem? There are things which can go wrong without users knowledge and hence cause a Mac to such kind of problem.

Apple suggests users to:
  • First, check the connection to power
  • Then, try a different power cord
  • Disconnect all the accessories
  • If you have recently installed a new memory, then make sure it fit correctly
If none of the steps mentioned above resolve this issue, then the only solution is to reset the SMC.

Fix a Mac with Disk Utility in Recovery Mode

If your Mac don’t turn on and display works correctly, but it won’t boot, then there could be certain issues. But, the one which we would like to figure out is repair, if possible. The easiest solution to solve this issue is by running Disk Utility. On all Mac versions running Mountain Lion, one can easily run Disk Utility by booting in Mac into recovery mode.

But, before that make sure that your Mac system is off.  Finally, you will end up on a screen headline Mac OS utilities. Once, you look the screen you will release the keys which you were holding down. Then, click on Disk Utility and click on your Mac inbuilt hard drive in left-column.

Create Installation USB for Mac:

With Mac OS X versions like Yosemite, El Capitan, you can create a USB flash drive or any other removable media which can be used as a startup disk.

Use the 'createinstallmedia' command in your Mac Terminal:
  1. In 1st step, you need to download the Mac OS X by going to Mac app store. Quit the installer if it opens automatically after downloading.  Within few minutes, the installer will be in your Applications folder.
  2. In 2nd step, mount your USB flash drive or any other volume. You can also use a secondary internal partition.
  3. Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utility folder of your Applications folder.
  4. Now, in final step use the createinstallmedia command in your Mac Terminal to create the bootable installer. For complete instructions, try to make sure that the appropriate Install Mac app is in your Applications folder, then enter the below paths in your Terminal:

Path for El Capitan:

/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\

Final note: If during the fixing of your Mac OS X problem, you face any data loss, then there is a possibility to recover that data either by the Time Machine or a cloned external hard drive. You may also use an advanced data recovery software with bootable media i.e. Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Software to recover your lost OS X data.