I am running in recovery mode to save the data from disk( I cant login due to deletion of private/var folder). I opened Terminal and went to Volumes. This folder should be populated with the Macintosh HD subfolder. It isn't. It just lists the OS X Base System, the external hard drive I have connected and .Trashes. I ran First Aid on Macintosh HD Parent folder called APPLE SSD... in Disk Utility panel. Nothing changed. How can I copy the data if there is no Macintosh HD to navigate to?

This is the output from diskutil list

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  • Can you please open Terminal, run diskutil list and add a picture of the output to the question?
    – nohillside
    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:56
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    I added a screenshot
    – sanjihan
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:03

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Your main volume is encrypted with FileVault and still locked – consequently it doesn't show up in /Volumes. Before being able to mount it you'd have to unlock it:

diskutil cs unlockVolume lvUUID #replace lvUUID by the one shown in the diskutil listing

You will then be asked to enter the passphrase/password. You have to enter a passphrase or a password of a regular user eligible of unlocking FileVault. In your example the lvUUID is shown in diskutil list and starts with 573…. You may also get the lvUUID by entering diskutil cs list.

  • Thank you! Just to be sure, I replace the lvUUID with the 573.. and than get a prompt for typing in password? or just type password after 573...
    – sanjihan
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:14
  • @sanjihan You will get a pw prompt
    – klanomath
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:15
  • I am successfully copying files with cp -r command. Thank you! Is there a way to know when files had finished copying? (except for listening for hard drive spinning sound to stop)
    – sanjihan
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:41
  • @sanjihan You will get a new prompt if no error occurs! Better use rsync ...! rsync allows to add an option to show the progress.
    – klanomath
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:43

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