Yesterday I tried to reinstall Mac OS X on my iMac which had failed to start. As I was ill I actually didn’t get back to the computer until this morning.
Alas the install process was still on the progress bar, which I knew wasn’t quite right.
Well I tried again to reinstall Mac OS X on the iMac which failed again.
I then put the iMac into disk mode and using another Mac viewed the drive, and I could see the files and documents.
I actually wasn’t too concerned about loss of data, as most of my working files are in the cloud in Dropbox and OneDrive, whilst all my images are currently backed up to Amazon Drive, as well as physical storage.
I suspected there might be a few files that I only had a single copy of, so decided not to reformat the drive and install a fresh copy of OS X.
Still feeling ill, I turned it off and went back to bed to watch Netflix.
Well it had to happen didn’t it with my luck with the hard drive on my iMac.
The computer had slept the night before and I had woken up not very well so didn’t go to the computer in the morning. Though I was off work sick, I did need to start a Zoom meeting for an external consultant, but when I went to the computer pressing the space bar didn’t wake the computer.
I pressed the power button, counted to ten and pressed the power button again.
In the meantime I started Zoom on the iPad so I could do that before focusing on the iMac.
I was slightly annoyed that the iMac was now stuck on the Apple logo and progress bar.
Quick Google search, said to start in safe mode and identify the issue.
So turned the iMac off and attempted to restart it in Safe Mode.
Well that didn’t work.
So then tried Recovery Mode to repair the disk using Disk Utility. This did launch successfully, which was slightly reassuring that maybe it wasn’t a physical problem with the disk, but a software issue with the disk.
I ran Disk Utility, that indicated a few errors, so decided to reinstall Mac OS on the drive. I started this and left it to it.