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My 13 inch Mac Book Pro non retina that I got in 2012 would not log in anymore. I got some repeated warnings that were showing as a pop up. I do not remember exactly what those warnings are. I wanted to get rid of them, so I tried to restart my machine. After restart, it would not log in or boot anymore. I see a gray screen with a stop sign. I'm not sure what went wrong. I tried to recover my HDD but all in vain. I ended up getting another Mac Book Pro, the non retina model as it was running cheaper and I could expand it like I did with my old Mac by adding more RAM and an SSD drive.

Is there a way to recover the data in my HDD that is on my old Mac? I have 3 years worth of images and videos that I'm afraid of loosing. Any suggestions?
 
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Hi,

First option
1. Try by restarting you mac hold cmd + R, system should boot up in recovery mode.
2. There, in the top bar you should see Utilities, click on that.
3. From the drop down menu, click on Terminal.
4. Try to upload data on FTP server via terminal command line.

Second option
1. During machine restart hold cmd + S, system should boot up in Single User Mode.
2. Try to upload data on FTP server via terminal command line where you should be in after the system boot.
 
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What would uploading data to an FTP server bring me?
 
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Joe Harry wrote:What would uploading data to an FTP server bring me?

Joe Harry wrote:I have 3 years worth of images and videos that I'm afraid of loosing. Any suggestions?

What I'm missing here Joe?
 
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Liutauras Vilda wrote:
Joe Harry wrote:What would uploading data to an FTP server bring me?

Joe Harry wrote:I have 3 years worth of images and videos that I'm afraid of loosing. Any suggestions?

What I'm missing here Joe?


Oh you are saying that I could recover my data by uploading it to an ftp server? That sounds cool! I will perhaps set up my new Mac and host an FTP server where I could upload to! Thanks for the suggestion. I will give it a try and post the results!
 
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Two words: Time Machine. If you're not using it now, start!
 
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Joe Harry wrote:Oh you are saying that I could recover my data by uploading it to an ftp server? That sounds cool! I will perhaps set up my new Mac and host an FTP server where I could upload to!
Not sure if you're saying it ironically or not...

Anyway, this option is one of existing possibilities to move your data out of the MacBook before you do anything else with it. Apart from that what I wanted to say is, the way you store your data is not reliable, you should have thought about it earlier.

What I could advice is, consider of having NAS, that is called network attached storage device, where you could fit 2 or more hard drives. RAID controller would ensure that you'd have your data across one or more drives and there always would be a possibility to recover data from other drives in case one or more drives go down. Having said that, you should not be having any sensitive data on your work machine only, so synchronizing with NAS device become very handy. That means if you're at home where you're close to your NAS device, anything you save on your local machine, it does copy on your NAS device instantly. If you work from somewhere else, it is not an issue too, it does synchronize the changes to storage device once you come back home and connect to your network.

Personally myself I'm not having absolutely anything on my work machine what I could lose and couldn't recover.
 
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Could you recommend a reliable NAS device that I could use at home for my Mac, Windows PC? Both these machines are used at home and I might have photos and videos on both these devices. I liked the idea of NAS. So looking for some recommendations for a NAS device.

I think this is what I'm going to do. Get a NAS device, try uploading the contents of my HDD to the NAS device and see if I could recover my contents.
 
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Is there an alternative to Time Machine? I would like to backup only specific folders on my Mac using Time Machine. I can see that I can add exclusions. So let's say I have 10 folders folder1 to folder 10 and I want only folder 10 and everything inside folder 10 to be backed up, then I specify exclusion for all folders from folder 1 to folder 9?
 
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Joe Harry wrote:Is there an alternative to Time Machine? I would like to backup only specific folders on my Mac using Time Machine. I can see that I can add exclusions. So let's say I have 10 folders folder1 to folder 10 and I want only folder 10 and everything inside folder 10 to be backed up, then I specify exclusion for all folders from folder 1 to folder 9?


Yes, it's quick and easy. Time Machine has saved my butt more times than I can count!
 
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Joe Harry wrote:Could you recommend a reliable NAS device that I could use at home for my Mac, Windows PC?
Personally from myself I could recommend Synology.
 
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Cool! I ended up getting a 2 bay Synology NAS with a 2 TB HDD to start with!
 
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