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Browse Search. Ask a question. User profile for user: A1bsteg A1bsteg. Notebooks Speciality level out of ten: 0. More Less. All replies Drop Down menu. Loading page content. User profile for user: jake. Also, booted up from the good hard drive, you may have increase visibility of the "bad" hard drive Thank you for your advice! I was on the verge of biting the bullet and just buying the new drive, but decided to try to boot this computer up again using the original discs it came with. When I did it wanted to install it but did not find a hard drive to install it on.

How to Boot Your Mac in Target Disk Mode for Easy File Transfers

I was able to get into disc utility from there and it showed the hard drive -- first time I saw any sign of the hard drive in a long time, and first time I made it into disc utility. I ran a repair, and it found nothing to repair. From there I ran a repair permissions and a repair again.

Went to shut it down to try target mode again and it brought me back to the install of the OS and it had found the hard drive this time. Luckily, being my son's computer, there was nothing important on there, so I chose to wipe out the hard drive and reinstall the OS. It worked! So it is up and working It is running really hot, so I assume this will not be a long fix, but I was relieved to be able to get it going for now.

What is Target Disk Mode?

While it may be working now it won't be long before its lights out on the HD. Still happy to hear your system is working! Dan danj.


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Self employed contract worker. It's best to startup the system that will be in Target mode first and then startup your host system. You don't need to press any keys on the host system only the target system when it boots T key. If you boot the other way you'll need to connect the FireWire cable after you have booted your target system.

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Basically its acting like an external HD in this mode. Like Comment. Order by: Most Likes Oldest Newest. Do you have a firmware password or filevault enabled? Have you tried zapping the PRAM? This is a Macbook Air 6. B00 SMC: 2.

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