I studied several questions about this issue, but as I don't want to mess anything, I am setting my question as specific as possible,

I have a problematic MBP running macOS. I can boot it, but when the system starts, the screen only shows the cursor. This may be caused by a lack of disk space (I think only 40GB free out of 500).

I can however see my disk from another computer. It's easy to copy my own files, but there are other user accounts on the machine.

Is there a way I can copy (save) these user files as well?

Many thanks.)

  • Do you have admin access? Can you start the MBP in Target Disk Mode? If you can do both, you should be able to copy all files. – pheon Dec 30 '16 at 3:33
  • I'm now connecting through the Finder on my working machine. Wouldn't I need a special cable to connect these systems.. The MBP is post Firewire.. – David DelMonte Dec 30 '16 at 3:38
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    You'd need a thunderbolt or FireWire cable to use target disk mode. I think (check before you do this) that you should be able to copy the entire user's home folder (house icon w/ username). – NoahL Dec 30 '16 at 6:18
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    See my answer here how to do Target Disk Mode: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/265175/… – LH16 Dec 30 '16 at 10:18
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    Not an answer to your question, but maybe related & with a potential 'fix' - apple.stackexchange.com/questions/264863/… – Tetsujin Dec 30 '16 at 15:44

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