Restoring a hanging osx system with all your data

Hi I had a problem recently with the osx system of my daughter. The SSD disk I built in 1 year ago started to get corrupted file systems. Long boot times (gray progress indicator), failing fck calls have been the result plus at last a system which won’t boot any more. I had no current backup of the system so there was also the problem of the data.

Luckily I had a ccc (carbon copy clone) of my own system. So all you need is the following:

  • usb disk/stick with a ccc clone of a working osx
  • usb disk/stick for the clone of the broken system
  • a little time at your hand
  1. Boot up the system holding the „shift“ key on startup. Afterwards you will get a list of volumes to boot from, select the ccc clone of your working system.
  2. When the system is booted open up ccc and create a recovery partition on the destination usb disk you will use for the clone of the broken system, remind to select the matching osx version.
  3. Clone the entire disk content using ccc from the broken system to your prepared destination usb disk, this may take a while regarding the amount of data you have on your broken system.
  4. After cloning succeeded, open up disk utility and reformat the disk of the broken system. Remind to check the GUID partition table option and use the journaled HFS filesystem type.
  5. Now open up ccc again and clone the content from the prior cloned broken system back to the new formatted harddisk of the system. After finishing this, reboot the system.
  6. Hold down „CMD“ + „R“ to boot into recovery mode. Once there select „Reinstall OSX“, this will again take a little time but afterwards you will be rewarded by a system working the same way as it has before stopping booting. No user data lost, no settings lost, everything is fine.
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