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Hi everybody,

I have a question for all of you that could answer: I built an Hackintosh to a friend of mine and installed EL CAPITAN; after an year he called me to tell his system won't boot anymore, He could reach the Clover screen but no bootable drive was detected. I connected his system drive by USB adapter cable to my macbook and it was totally empty...no file at all. I checked out the two other data drives he had installed and they were totally empty aswell...He lost everything he had on his drives!

How could it have happened? Are there viruses capable of doing that on OSX? any other hint?

thanks in advance
 
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Hi everybody,

I have a question for all of you that could answer: I built an Hackintosh to a friend of mine and installed EL CAPITAN; after an year he called me to tell his system won't boot anymore, He could reach the Clover screen but no bootable drive was detected. I connected his system drive by USB adapter cable to my macbook and it was totally empty...no file at all. I checked out the two other data drives he had installed and they were totally empty aswell...He lost everything he had on his drives!

How could it have happened? Are there viruses capable of doing that on OSX? any other hint?

thanks in advance

Maybe the Boot drive has gone bad. I've never seen or had Virus in OS X/macOS although if your going on dodgy sites then maybe there is a chance of getting one. Remember that Mac has built in Security called GateKeeper in all the years of using Mac I've never had any issues with it like with I've had with Clients Windows computers.
 
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Maybe the Boot drive has gone bad. I've never seen or had Virus in OS X/macOS although if your going on dodgy sites then maybe there is a chance of getting one. Remember that Mac has built in Security called GateKeeper in all the years of using Mac I've never had any issues with it like with I've had with Clients Windows computers.

He had an SSD as system drive and two HDs for DATA...hardware failure for 3 drives at once? To me this is hard to understand...
He told me he worked at PC as usual, than turned it off and at reboot it was as I described

oh...I forgot...all three drives work properly, even disk utility SOS found no critical problems
 
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He had an SSD as system drive and two HDs for DATA...hardware failure for 3 drives at once? To me this is hard to understand....

Remember. SSDs, HDDs can fail at any time. Even a dodgy Power Supply can cause drives to fail.
 
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Remember. SSDs, HDDs can fail at any time. Even a dodgy Power Supply can cause drives to fail.

Sorry, I edited my message too late; as I told his drives work properly, I reinstalled OSX on his SSD and the two other HDs are normally detected with same name they had before (so I suppose He didn't format them accidentally)
 
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Sorry, I edited my message too late; as I told his drives work properly, I reinstalled OSX on his SSD and the two other HDs are normally detected with same name they had before (so I supposed He didn't format them accidentally)

No idea then.
 
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