ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Help! My Mac Crashed! (And how to get running again).

Updated on September 20, 2014

What to do when your Mac starts spitting chips...

Macs are hardy little machines and tend to crash far less often than your standard PC.

However occasionally they, like all computers do crash so this lens was constructed to offer a few hints and tips to newbies who may be faced with such a problem. 

Types of crashes.

Program and startup problems and what to do about them.

Program crashes occur when a program freezes or becomes unresponsive (you may get a spinning beach ball icon indicating a problem).

This usually does not crash your entire system but can be a real pain.

Best option is to bring up the "Force quit" command.

This is easily done by pressing the apple key (has an apple symbol on it) plus the "option" key right next to it and the esc (escape) key all together.

A Force quit application window will appear and from there you can scroll down and select your misbehaving program and force it to close.

Startup crashes, although much rarer are usually characterized by a blank blue screen, a sad Mac icon, or a question mark.

Hardware faults are thankfully rare, so before you get ready to bury your Mac try the following.

Shut down your Mac

Insert a bootable CD-ROM (The OSX installation CD your computer came with).

Restart your computer and while it is doing so, hold down the C key until your Mac either boots up or doesn't.

If your computer does not start up after a minute or so your mac needs to go for repair.

If it does start up, you have a hard drive issue (which you can usually easily fix unless your drive is dead).

Here's the next steps to try.

from the CD menu that shows on the screen choose installer and open the Disk Utility.

The Disk Utility window will appear.

Next click on the First Aid tab (to the left of this you'll see icons representing all your drives) select your boot drive (the one you normally start up from) and click the repair button.

Let the application run.

Once finished First aid will let you know it has repaired the problem.

Restart your computer without holding down the C key.

You should be good to go.

If this hasn't solved the problem try the following.

Run a commercial repair tool such as "Tech Tool Pro" or "Disk Warrior" (Avoid "Nortons Utilities") and use a version that is current with your operating system version.

Another alternative (though a bit drastic) is to do a complete reinstall of your operating system from the CD ROM.

If you are a Newbie I recommend the Mac OSX for Dummies book which contains a wealth of info and easy to follow instructions on how to keep your Mac running at it's best.

Use a backup drive.

Important data should be stored on a backup hard drive. An external USB or firewire hard drive will save you loss of your important documents, songs, projects, photos etc.

I you have leopard or later running on your Mac then do set up Time Machine and have it run regularly. Buy the largest hard drive you can afford as this will give you enough storage for everything.

How to save yourself heartache when your Mac crashes.

The biggest hassle with crashes is losing your work.

Back up often and you will cut the hassle by half.

Save your text documents etc to an external drive.

Backup gear for your Mac

Make sure you back up your data regularly by transferring it to an external drive.

WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

I use one of these for backing up my data. You will have to reformat for Mac but that is very easy to do using Disk Utility on your machine. Your first backup may take quite a while but after that you'll be set.

 

Mac Crash Videos.

Computer Crashes on YouTube vids

Funny Video - The Blue Screen Of Death.

Leave a comment.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Peter Oscars profile image

      Peter Oscars 3 years ago

      Your post reminded my horror story when my Mac Mini drive went corrupt due to Invalid B tree node structure error. I didn't even had proper backup of my Mac. I googled for potential software to repair my HD. In turn I got Stellar Volume Optimizer that claims to repair cryptic disk errors. I ran this tool and repaired my HD in some time. Hadn't there Stellar around I am sure my work stored in the drive would have been toasted.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)