Command-R Disk Repair Failed

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by John Greer, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. John Greer macrumors member

    John Greer

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    My son's MacBook Pro hung and would not reboot. White screen, then turned off.

    Command-R repair got many, many errors - then finally said:
    Error: Disk Utility can't repair this disk. Back up as many files as possible, reformat the drive and restore your backed-up files.
    Wouldn't you know it, my son has no backups other than the ones on this damaged disk. Before I format the drive and reinstall Mavericks, how do I get his backup zip file (and as many other data files as I can) off of the damaged HDD and onto my USB flash drive? I do not see any way to mount the drive and copy stuff off...???
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    If you can't even mount the drive, you are not going to get anything off it.

    You might take a shot at something like Disk Warrior.

    It sounds like the drive is bad and a format and reinstall is very unlikely to help.
     
  3. John Greer thread starter macrumors member

    John Greer

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  4. simonsi macrumors 601

    simonsi

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    You've formatted and restored back to the same HDD??? Thats like dodging a bullet, reloading and having another go....for the sake of the $100 involved I'd never trust the same HDD again, and Son needs a better backup strategy, he might not be so lucky next time.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    I also highly recommend that your son embraces a better backup strategy, drives not that expensive but data is ill-replaceable.
     

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