My mac won't boot. I need to re-install OS.
But hard disk is too full, so I need to delete some files. I boot Opt-Cmd-R then open menu > Utilities > Terminal

but bash shell only shows boot partition files.

How can I access the main hard drive, so I can delete some files.

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NOTE: I am assuming you are in recovery already.

Commands are like this.

  1. Open Terminal from the menu bar (under Utilities)
  2. Change directory: cd /Volumes
  3. List all volumes: ls
  4. Change to the volume you want to access. For example, usually the Mac disk is called "Macintosh HD". So, you would do, cd "Macintosh HD". Replace "Macintosh HD" with the name of your drive
  5. At this point, you can see all files like you would normally.
  • I then went into my Downloads folder and deleted 6GB worth of unused files.
    – Doug Null
    Jul 26, 2016 at 16:16
  • Was your Mac able to boot after this? Jul 26, 2016 at 16:50

My hard disk is at /Volumes/.

I just saw elsewhere on apple.stackexchange.net solution How to copy files from an unbootable Mac?


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