powerbook issue

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by EK03, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. EK03 macrumors member

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    Hey, i got my new isight today. I put it on and then i take a look at the other stands which happen to be magnetic. Im holding it in my left hand and it grabs my hard drive for a split second, and i hear a bad hard drive noise coming from my powerbook :(. I have 1 software restore DVD and i was wondering if i could possibly do a repair to salvage any data. Also, how do i use the software restore DVD?
     
  2. EK03 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok, i went into system restore, it came to the welcome screen but i couldnt hit continue so im assuming this hard drive is dead :( unless anyone else has an idea? Is there a disk repair utility i could run off a CD to analyze the hard drive like bootmagic for windows?
     
  3. Jaz macrumors regular

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    If you can get a copy of Mac OS X then you can boot off the CD by holding C when turning the machine on. From there you can run the Disk Utility and Repair Permissions.

    Try www.macosxhints.com for some other tips that you may be able to run in the terminal if you can get to Single User Mode.

    Sorry I can't be more help, good luck!
     
  4. EK03 thread starter macrumors member

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    i got in the disk utility, but it cant gather the information on the drive, anything else i can do? if its physcially damaged is there a way to repair it? Would there be a way to recover any data from the disk?
     
  5. EK03 thread starter macrumors member

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    update, after hitting repair disk a few times it fixed 1 error and the 2nd time it said its "rebuilding B-tree" and the hard drive is making odd noises. Im planning on letting it go for as long as i can but anyone have an idea if i can recover the data on it?
     
  6. Jaz macrumors regular

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    Most hard drives are not worth repairing as the cost of a replacement is so low.

    However if the drive only has a mechanical failure and the data is still in intact but say the read/write head is damaged then look around for data recovery service and they can usually rescue what is on the physical platter. They are not cheap and it all depends on how valuable the info is to you.
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Did you unplug the iSight? First rule of hard drive repair is to unplug all non-essential peripherals.

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  8. EK03 thread starter macrumors member

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    isight was removed, anyone have any luck with Diskwarrior?
     
  9. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a

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    Diskwarrior has been great for me...but for non-physical issues.
     
  10. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    If you want to recover you data connect the computer to a another computer using firewire mode or boot from an external drive.
     
  11. EK03 thread starter macrumors member

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    Clutz the only other machine i have is a windows desktop. Would that still be possible? I do have an ipod to use for external backup, can DiskWarrior recover data and back it up?
     
  12. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    You can install OSX on your ipod and boot from it!
    Start from your OSX cd/dvd and install osx on the ipod. boot the machine from the ipod and use filesharing between the mac and the pc.

    I would take some time, but it might be your best solution.
     
  13. EK03 thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried, i blanked the ipod, repartitioned it in Disk Utility, but when i try installing onto it it says "you cannot install mac os x on this volume."

    is there a workaround?
     

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