HELP!!! HD is dead???

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  1. evoluzione macrumors 68010

    evoluzione

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    i'm hoping someone can help me, someone at work has an ibook and it won't startup, folder with question mark. so i tried holding the option key at startup, nada. i tried a few things, the disk utility on the jag install disk for example, didn't even see the HD. the only way i've even been able to see it, was booting from an external firewire drive. and then i'm told that the disk is having trouble mounting, use disk utility and run first aid. which i do. and all i get is this....


    Repairing disk "Macintosh HD"
    Checking HFS Plus volume
    Invalid extent file PEOF
    Repair completed.


    and this takes all of half a second to complete.

    anyone have any ideas????

    thanks guys!
     
  2. morlium macrumors regular

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    Try holding down Apple-S at start-up. Once the code passes, type "fsck -y" (without the quotes) and continue to run this until it says "Disk appears to be OK". Then type "reboot".

    Good luck.
     
  3. Gus macrumors 65816

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    Have you used the Apple Hardware Test CD? That would tell you right away where exactly the problem lies.

    You say that you've connected it to an external FireWire drive, but have you tried connecting it to another Mac via FireWire Target Disk mode? If you have access to another FireWire equipped Mac, I would suggest trying that and seeing if you can access data on the trouble HD from the connected computer.

    FYI: You probably already know this, but target disk is activated by holding Apple-T at startup.

    Regards,
    Gus
     
  4. evoluzione thread starter macrumors 68010

    evoluzione

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    one problem with that, the ibook only has (had) OS 9 on it, can i boot off the ext. firewire and do that?
     
  5. morlium macrumors regular

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    well, sure, but it'll only check the Firewire HD.

    do you have a disk recovery program?
     
  6. evoluzione thread starter macrumors 68010

    evoluzione

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    hmm, ok, i wasn't sure if i could get it to check the int ibook drive with that. and i can't find any disk recovery software (i'm only freelancing here). the only thing i can find is norton 3.5)

    any recommendations?


    thanks for your help btw :)
     
  7. iJon macrumors 604

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    get diskwarrior. i dont think your hard drive is dead or else it wouldnt see it to fix. go pick up yourself a copy of diskwarrior. great software.

    iJon
     
  8. ibookin' macrumors 65816

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    Or you can just hold down T...
     
  9. evoluzione thread starter macrumors 68010

    evoluzione

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    ok, result, at last.

    i managed to get diskwarrior, and finally got it running after finding a disc to install os9 onto the external firewire drive.

    everything else i tried didn't do a thing, target disk mode, nothing.

    but yeah, diskwarrior is awesome, gotta get v3 when i can too.

    thanks everyone :D
     

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