I am not going to recommend a Mac to anyone

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Guy brought over a non-bootable iMac.

He did not care so much if I could fix it as he did about his (of  
course) not backed up data.

Popped it in my Linux machine as a 2nd drive and immediately got a SMART  

I could read the drive for a few minutes but the machine locked up  
before I could retrieve anything.

The Mac apparently just happily booted up fine until the drive failed.

Though I have little sympathy for those who do not bother to back up ...
one would think that a Mac should at least give you a failing drive warning.

Re: I am not going to recommend a Mac to anyone

philo wrote:
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There are probably third party SMART tools.


The SmartMonTools referenced there, would be the same
ones that Linux uses on occasion.


Mac users hang out in Mac web forums, where they
will learn about best practices. For example, there
is at least one third-party tool for disks which is
considered a "must-have". The tools that come with
the Mac are not enough.


You could slave the drive to your technician machine
and use "ddrescue". That's the utility that skips
over bad blocks. The utility receives honorable
mention at the end of this article. This utility is
file system agnostic, and the idea is to just
copy as many sectors as possible, using multiple
applications of the program. The log file it keeps,
keeps track of what it has captured.



Re: I am not going to recommend a Mac to anyone

On 09/05/2015 05:21 PM, Paul wrote:
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but too bad Mac does not have something equiv. to the familiar BIOS message

Anyway the guy said there was nothing important on it...mainly uses it  
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