View Full Version : Lost Time Machine backup

Oct 8, 2012, 12:58 PM
Last week I lost my iPhoto library and the Time Machine drive that I backed up the library. The two problems were independent from each other and the drive that I use for Time Machine died just before I recover the iPhoto library, as a result of a power failure.

Since then, I tried everything that I could think of, but the Disk Utility couldnít repair the external hard drive. It basically doesnít recognize it as formatted for Mac. After a few attempts to verify and repair the disk, it started showing it as non-active (HD name as light grey and no name for a partition), so that it doesnít even let me try to repair it any more. I canít copy it to another external HD using Disk Utility nor can I see it in Finder.

Since the problem started as a result of a power failure, I feel like it may be limited to the enclosureís chip and the actual HDD may still be okay. Itís a WD Elements desktop drive that doesnít have any screws or air intakes. It doesnít seem like there is a way to get the HD out without breaking the enclosure. Thatís why I want to keep this option as the last.

I know that the real disk repair utility fsck_hfs may actually fix the problem, but I donít know how to use it. I donít have much experience on using the terminal, so unless I find the necessary codes to copy and paste, Iíll have no luck on finding my way through it.

After reading all of these, does anyone think that I can save my Time Machine backup? What do you think I should do? Can anyone help me with fsck_hfs?

Thanks in advance for any kind of help.