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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: the1truestripes on May 23, '05 09:06:07PM
I had to perform a clean install and lost my data!!! For future references, let me know how you saved your data with Terminal?

If you have more then one Mac there are easier ways to save your data. Hook the "dead" Mac up to one of the live ones with a firewire cable, reboot the "dead" one while holding down the T key (or maybe Option-T, I forget exactly which). After not too long the "dead" one will display the firewire symbol on it's screen, and the not-dead Mac will mount it's disks so you can get at them in the Finder.

Then you can just drag the stuff you want out. Or maybe even poke around and find some way to fix the dead one.

If you don't have other Macs you can do something kind of like it from the terminal. Boot the install disk and start terminal, if you have an external firewire disk you can plug it in and mount it (you may have to use hdid or hidutil to do that). If you don't have an external disk, you could try using drutil do burn CDs or DVDs. Or you can try to mess around with ifconfig to get it onto the network and then scp things off to safety.

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