My old iMac (2009) won't boot and can't be repaired in single user mode. I want to back up a few files before rebooting, but can't remember the exact name of the files. Is there a command that copies all files, or is there a way of seeing what is on the harddrive?
First open a terminal. There you can do all things you would do with Finder.
The Terminal offers a range of commands you can use:
- To see, what is in the current directory, run
- To copy a file, use
cp <from> <to>(and replace and with the correct filenames or paths)
- To see where disks are mounted, you can use
- To change folders use
You don't need to fully type out all filenames. You can use autocomplete using the Tab key.