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Fixing “Finder could not start….” Error in Mac OS

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In Mac OS X operating system, all the files, network volumes, disks, and even the process of launching of the applications is managed by the Finder application. It is a default application, which works like shell on other computer operating systems, but it has graphical user interface. For proper working of your system and accessing your valuable data, it is required for the Finder to work decently. However, if the Finder application can not start, you lose access to your system and various critical data. This behavior leads to severe data loss and calls for Mac data recovery, if there is no backup in place.

As a practical example of Finder application corruption, your Mac OS X computer may not complete the startup process. Along with this, you may encounter the below error message:

“Finder could not start because ‘DragLib-SetDragImage’ could not be loaded.”

After the above error message, Mac OS X operating system startup process halts. You can not log into your system and access the hard drive. In order to get your data back, find out the root of this issue and then perform Mac File Recovery by fixing it.

Grounds of the issue

You may come across this problem if Finder application is either damaged or has incompatible extensions. Corruption can be caused by virus infection, unexpected system shutdown, and other such reasons.


You can fix this issue using Software Install or Software Restore disk, using the below steps:

• Turn your Mac computer on and insert the Software Install disk, which comes with the system.

• Press C key from keyboard at startup to boot your system from disk.

• Open hard drive of your computer.

• Open System Folder and then Extensions folder.

• Locate the DragLib and Macintosh Drag and Drop files and drag them to Trash Bin.

• Open Startup Disk’s control panel and click hard drive icon.

• Close Startup Disk’s control panel and reboot your system.

If the above method can not fix the problem, you are required to format your Mac hard drive and reinstall operating system. It removes all the data from your Mac hard drive and causes severe data loss. In such situations, File recovery mac recovery software come to your rescue.

The Mac file recovery applications are capable of methodically scanning entire hard drive and extracting all lost data from it. They have simple graphical user interface to offer easy recovery.

Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery is a non-destructive product that safely recovers lost Mac data in all cases. The software works well with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard, 10.4 Tiger, and 10.3.9 Panther. It retrieves lost data from HFS, HFS+, HFSX, HFS Wrapper, and FAT file system volumes.

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