Boot Camp may have messed up my HD...pls help!

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  1. ckeck macrumors 6502a

    ckeck

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    I have a new iMac with a clean install of Leopard...been using it for ~2 weeks...everything works great, no issues at all.

    Today, I opened the Boot Camp assistant and tried to create the Windows partition...I got a basic error that said it could not create the partition.

    So I opened Disk Utility, repaired permissions and rebooted...now the iMac just reboots over and over and over...never making it into Mac OS...

    I booted off the Mac OS X CD...tried to repair the disk and I'm getting this error:

    Invalid node structure
    Volume check failed.
    Error: Filesystem verify or repair failed.

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    Why is this happening and any ideas how I can fix this without erasing and re-installing? I have a TON of important data on this computer :(
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    You could try FSCK.

    It is always best to have backups especially when messing around with partitions.
     
  3. Cleverboy macrumors 65816

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    EDIT: I'd have thought your data was lost, but I noticed you said that you fixed permissions on the device. That implies that the file system is still being recognized. I missed that. It sounds like you need to make a COPY of the drive, and then low-level REFORMAT it. If you need to buy an external hard drive to swing it, then that's what you need to do (or borrow one). I wouldn't perform another operation on it until I'd attempted to COPY my valuable data off. It could make things worse if its currently possible to perform a "successful" run-through of permissions fixing.
    Great tip, xUKHCx. I've gotten entirely out of touch with the boot key commands available in this Unix-era MacOS.

    ~ CB
     
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    There are things we can try before doing this which will almost certainly screw the data.
     
  5. Cleverboy macrumors 65816

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    You're right. I'd updated my post when I realized that I missed the detail that he'd performed a successful permissions fix. I thought the drive had been left unmountable and not simply unbootable. I should read things more carefully.

    ~ CB
     
  6. ckeck thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok...so I booted to the command line and ran FSCK...it spit out the same errors as the "Repair/Verify Disk" utility off the Mac OS CD...

    I can see all my data though from the command line...any other ideas??
     
  7. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    So it spat out the exact same errors (?) it didn't fix them, did you add the options –fy
     
  8. ckeck thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes
     
  9. ckeck thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ckeck

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    Well, I took my iMac to the store this evening and after they poked with it for a while they just offered to give me a brand new one.

    I didn't want to deal with the hassle of re-installing everything but that was a good enough offer. I was planning to head out there and buy an external drive for Time Machine anyhow, so I picked one up and had them dump all my data on it for the mean time.

    I believe just formatting and re-installing would have fixed it but they didn't seem to feel like messing with it (was fairly busy).

    So now all is well...and a brand new iMac (fyi, my other iMac was only about 2.5 weeks old).
    :)
     

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