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Old Oct 31, 2009, 01:00 PM   #1
Jeff-H
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Mac Mini won't boot! Disk0s2: I/O error

My little (out of warranty) Mac Mini has been a champ, and I love it. Last night it locked up, and now when I try to restart it, I get stuck at the grey screen with Apple logo and a spinning doo-dad. This goes on for a while until it shuts itself down.

I have boot camp installed, and when I hold the Option key down at startup, I see the Windows Vista drive (but can't select it). After about a minute, the Mac OSX drive shows up. I can select the Mac drive, but then I get stuck at the grey screen again.

I tried starting up in Single User mode and at the command prompt, ran /sbin/fsck -fy but got a couple "disk0s2: I/O errors" followed by "Invalid node structure" and "The volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired." (see attached photo of exact message).

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I'm running Leopard (not Snow Leopard), and the installation disc is three hours away at my daughter's place (ugh).

Any brilliant suggestions?

On the bright side, I have been running Time Capsule to a 1TB external drive, so in theory, I'm good, right?
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Old Oct 31, 2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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New HDD, reinstall using Recover mode using your Time Machine backup. You should be back and running in an hour.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 02:05 PM   #3
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Installed a new 320 GB 7200 rpm WD HD this past weekend, and everything restored via Time Machine perfectly! Worked like a charm.

Thanks for the reassurance!
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