Meet Yanira Chavez - Bloom and Knots Proprietor

Meet Yanira Chavez - Bloom and Knots Proprietor

Bloom & Knots grand opening and ribbon cutting events

Hello everyone I wanted to introduce you to Yanira Chavez. Some of you know she is great at fixing phones and helping everyone that walks in our doors for apple support. She is extremely talented and hard working and i’m lucky to call her my wife and mother of our 2 boys Liam and Landon. If you want to make your life more beautiful, Yanira can help you. Our store is called Bloom & Knots and is apart of San Diego Mac Repair on Herschel Avenue. Bloom & Knots specializes in unique arrangements, bouquets, custom trees, balloons and events. You will find flowers and plants you can’t find anywhere else. Yanira has a great eye for beauty. Check out the photos below and see what Bloom & Knots can make for you.

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How to fix a Mac Stuck on Apple Logo Progress Bar

How to fix a Mac Stuck on Apple Logo Progress Bar

Is your Mac stuck on the Apple Logo with the Progress Bar?

You may have just done an update or turned it on and are presented with the Apple logo with progress bar and can't do anything. Don't stress this can be something you can fix on your own. Continue reading and follow the steps I outline.

DIY Steps

1. Let it sit for awhile - Apple has been releasing many updates and patches with Mac OS High Sierra over the last few months. Sometimes it will update in the middle of the night or in the morning when the computer is asleep. I recommend giving it at least a few hours to see if it goes through.

2. Turn it off and on while holding Shift key. By holding the key when powering on you are getting into the safe boot option. Safe boot option attempts to repair any file system errors in the operating system. You may have a bad file system which will require an erase and reinstall. If you are able to get into safe boot make sure to do a time machine backup. Follow this guide to do it.

3. Turn it off and on while holding Option key. The option key will give you a cursor and options that look like hard drives on the screen. Option boot into Macintosh HD if you are able to if you are stuck on a screen that says Macintosh could not find the packages. See the photo below. 

 

when you option boot into the Macintosh HD go to apple logo > system preferences > startup disk > click the lock to unlock the disk and select the Macintosh HD and do a system restart.

4. Go to the recovery partition. Restart the computer and hold the Command + R key until you reach the recovery partition. This partition will allow you to reinstall the operating system if you are having issues. There are tools like disk utility to attempt to fix system errors. This is good if you are tech savvy. 

Bring in your Mac to San Diego Mac Repair for service

San Diego Mac Repair can save your files on occasion and do diagnostics of the hardware. Many times the Apple logo with progress bar can mean you have a hardware failure such as the hard drive, hard drive cable or logic board. We run full diagnostics on your Apple Mac computer in our shop in La Jolla. We also offer a mobile Mac repair service that can come to your home or business.

Data recovery, backup files, and reinstall to fix your Mac. San Diego Mac Repair does offer data recovery and has had success backing up files from failing hard drive. If Apple diagnoses your Mac with a failing hard drive we may be able to help. If we can't recover data we don't charge. Bring in your Mac to an Apple Certified repair shop with over 9 years of apple repair experience.

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How to save money on Mac repairs

How to save money on Mac repairs

This post is aimed for you to save money on your Mac repair. This is from the perspective of the Mac repair shop based on our experiences and what we see daily. We hope we can help you make an informed decision and have a great repair experience. If you like repair please visit this site to support Right to Repair legislation.

Use Genuine (Pre-Owned Parts) when possible. San Diego Mac Repairs offers our clients pre-owned genuine used parts to repair their computer. You can generally save between 30-50 percent of the cost versus a new unused part. A used genuine part is better than an aftermarket new part. 

Backup your data. You can save hundreds of dollars by simply backing up your data through time machine. Average data transfer and recovery costs between $100-500 and sometimes more if it needs to go a clean room. Drive savers is a recommended company for a data recovery option. Backing up data can be a chore but can save you in the long run. Visit Apples page on how to backup your Mac through time machine.

Choose an Apple Certified technician. Whoever you choose to repair your Mac, make sure they are Apple Certified. Apple Certified techs will give you a proper diagnosis and has experience repairing every Mac. You wouldn't take your Mercedes car for service to a BMW specialist. Apple Certified techs are knowledgable about REP (repair extension programs) or recalls from Apple that are common. You may end up spending more money on something another tech didn't check or wasn't knowledgeable of. We have seen customers replace every component in a Mac only to find out it was a $60 cable for the hard drive. 

Ask for specials or promotions. Some repair shops will offer some type of promotion or discount through Yelp or their website. San Diego Mac Repair offers $10 off for any student or member of the military. Its okay to ask for a discount but don't be too pushy or excessive. 

Keep your Mac away from liquids and transport it in a case. A lot of damages occur to Macs when transporting the Mac from one location to another. We recommend transporting the Mac in a sleeve and not a hard plastic case you can find on Amazon. Cases such as these can actually damage the hinges on your Mac and make the screen flap open or closed. The Mac wasn't designed for any cases or weight on the display. Keep your Mac away from liquids or food.

Repair the logic board instead of replacing it. Repairing the logic board can save you hundreds of dollars versus purchasing a new logic board for the Mac. San Diego Mac Repair offers flat rate logic board repair costs for liquid damage Macs. We recommend this option because the average cost for a replacement logic board varies from $600-1200. Make sure to investigate this while looking at Mac repair options. Visit our logic board repair page for more details.

Visit San Diego Mac Repair for an honest repair. Think of San Diego Mac Repair as your local honest Mac mechanic. We are a family run business repairing iPhones iPads and Macs here in San Diego since 2009. You will find myself or wife at our La Jolla location or in our new Sprinter. We started this business with a passion for helping people. We hope you don't need our service but if you do we will be here for you. Keep visiting our blog for new posts about Apple devices and support.

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How to fix question mark folder on a Mac

How to fix question mark folder on a Mac

How to fix question mark folder on a Mac

What is a question mark folder on my Mac?

The question mark folder on a Mac is your machine telling you it can not find the hard drive or operating system. This is very common on the MacBook Pro mid 2012 because the cable that connects the hard drive to the logic board tends to fail after a few years. The flashing question mark folder can also mean that your hard drive has failed. It can also mean the operating system is so badly corrupted you can not boot from it.

What do I do now?

You will first want to turn off your computer and turn it back on while holding the OPTION key on your keyboard. Wait until you see the cursor appear. If you see 2 hard drive icons and one says recovery select this option. If you see nothing this can indicate a hard drive failure. Newer Macs have the ability to boot into internet recovery. This internet recovery option gives you more options to recover your system.

Internet recovery and recovery partition

Once you get into recovery, choose utilities at the top and then select Disk Utility. Disk Utility is one of the most useful programs in Mac OS. If you see a hard drive in the left side it indicated your drive is there but still may be failing. If you try to repair the disk and still is unsuccessful you may need a hard drive replacement or need to erase the computer and reinstall the operating system. If you have a time machine backup you can select erase and then quit out of Disk Utility to reinstall the operating system. If you do not see a hard drive in the left menu, this usually means physical failure. Bring it in to San Diego Mac Repair in La Jolla or Del Mar for a hard drive diagnostic of your Mac

I have a failed hard drive and want to upgrade to an SSD

San Diego Mac Repair specializes in the upgrade of SSD (solid state drive) drives in San Diego. We offer same day installations and data migration for your existing hard drive. We can install a new hard drive. If your hard drive is failing, there is still a chance to recover data. Check it in to San Diego Mac Repair in La Jolla. La Jolla location is available by appointment only.

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