Talk about Meltdown...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Wes, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. Wes macrumors 68020

    Wes

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    I was rendering a few nights ago and left my mac on while I slept. When I woke up my dad had turned off the mac so I turned it back on to find that seemingly random files on my hard drive would disappear when I clicked them. I had to go to school in 20 minutes so I went into single user mode and tried some fsck -y. Found maybe 50 errors and got a bus error.
    I went to school and came home to try Diskwarrior, it found 300 over written files. I clicked to repair and it crashed at the last moment when it was repairing. I left it for that night and decided to try it the next day. Found 600 files and died (This was running DW off panther, I then reinstalled 10.2 for a last test). At this point I did a hardware check which turned out fine. Finally I left it on last night and DW found 1,200 files over written. I clicked repair and it took about 4 hours to fix and it finally repaired it. I have a few corrupted programs such as safari and cinema 4d, but apart from that all is well. :D

    Get Disk warrior, it REALLY does work, and I don't work for Alsoft.
     
  2. mangoman macrumors 6502a

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    Could you give us specs for your machine and it's OS? And I assume that you're running the new version of DW that just came out? I'm still interested in hearing a few more experiences on this latest version...

    Fanks.
     
  3. Wes thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well the messed up drive was:

    80 Gig IBM drive.

    10.2.6

    Drive used to fix:

    10 Gig partition of a 120 gig.

    10.2.3

    This was the first time I had used DW, so no, I didn't have the update yet.

    EDIT: I thought you meant a DW 3.01 had come out or something, I was running DW 3.0.
     
  4. mangoman macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the update. So, do you use DW as a Horror Fix only, or does it have the functionality of something like Cocktail, where it does little daily/weekly/monthly tasks to keep the OS neat and clean?
     
  5. Wes thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I used it as a horror fix. Usually Disk Utility or Fsck -y would fix most of my problems but they couldn't handle a problem this big.

    It seems to me that DW just has two options, hardware test, and a directory rebuild.

    Hardware test took about 1/2 a second because it says my drives internal S.M.A.R.T. test said it was functioning well. The rebuild is the other option, which just rebuilds the whole catalog, and did a very good job of it.

    It had a few quirks such as safari showing up as a folder, not the usual safari icon. After two restarts all the quirks are gone.

    :confused:
     
  6. Doctor Q Administrator

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    All Mac users MUST have Disk Warrior. It's a knight in shining armor. Living without it would be like driving a car with no auto insurance. I sleep peacefully with my copy of Disk Warrior under my pillow.
     
  7. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I guess I'm alone in the african jungle with raw meat strapped to me.....no DW, cross my fingers....
     
  8. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    Safari is a Cocoa app, which means that the icon you click in the Finder is really just a glorified folder. The executable is actually a few folders deep. If you right click on it, you'll see an item that says, "Show package contents". Some Carbon apps act this way too.
     
  9. Wes thread starter macrumors 68020

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    But it was just Safari, and Safari was one of the apps that had some serious damage done to it according to DW. But when I clicked it, the folder didn't open, it launched the app. It took about 20 seconds to open, and when it finally did, it functioned normally.
     
  10. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    Wes-

    That's exactly what I'm saying. Something must have gotten messed up to change the Safari icon and make it look like a folder. A lot of icons that the Mac doesn't have a special icon for appear as folders, so the Safari icon must have been lost somewhere.

    At any rate, that's what I'm saying. The Safari icon (or the icon of any Coco app and most Carbon apps) is just that--it's a folder, albeit a special type of folder. That's why most apps can be drag-n-drop installed in OS X--every file the app needs goes in that executable "folder".
     

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