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Help!my iMac 06 won't start!!!

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Can someone help! My 06 iMac was playing up when I hooked a seagate external drive the other day. The online registration screen for the product would appear in 3 windows and could not be deleted.

I found the files relating to the drive in plugins and deleted the file.

Photoshop then froze as i was working on it and I could not close any programs. I reboot the computer and all I got was a black screen with the following message...

/etc/master.passwd: No such file or directory
-sh-2.05b# CSRHIDTransitionDriver::stop
IOBluetoothHCIController:: start Idle Timer Stopped

What does this mean!!! Have I lost all my files!
How can I fix this, I don't want to try anything until I know what has happened.

Please help!!
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Originally Posted by Parttimer View Post

If your HD has crashed and you don't have a backup... yes.

If the hard drive itself is physically BROKEN, yes.

If the thing still works, you can recover some/most of it with software called StellarPhoenix. Look into it. Also look into buying a cheap external hard drive so that this can't happen again.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

If the hard drive itself is physically BROKEN, yes.

If the thing still works, you can recover some/most of it with software called StellarPhoenix. Look into it. Also look into buying a cheap external hard drive so that this can't happen again.

Majority of the drive is backed up but there is a few weeks of work that isn't (I back up manually, I'm not that computer savvy)
I've run the install disk ad the drive is intact, somehow I've deleted part of the oxs file so it won't startup.
Thanks for the help, I'll trans the harddrive to another computer via firewire and reinstall oxs.

Would you agree that's the best course of action?
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If you are going to reinstall the OS then can I suggest you partition the disk into 2, a system and a data partition? Doesnt help if your disk dies but if you ever just need to reinstall the OS then your data will still be on the disk so you wont need to recover it from a backup. I do this automatically on and Mac / PC I own and it can save a lot of time.
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If you are going to reinstall the OS then can I suggest you partition the disk into 2, a system and a data partition? Doesn’t help if your disk dies but if you ever just need to reinstall the OS then your data will still be on the disk so you won’t need to recover it from a backup. I do this automatically on and Mac / PC I own and it can save a lot of time.

I have hope, the drive is already partitions and I have all the operating systems and apps on one and all my files on the other. I'll wait till I get all the info backed up, just incase, before I reinstall the os, But does this mean I will have to reinstall all my apps?? I'll keep you all informed. Thanks for the help!
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