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Original poster
May 20, 2010
Ypsilanti, MI
My teacher's early 2007 MacBook kernel panics immediately upon boot, so I decided to pull the drive and connect it via USB to my MBP. It did not mount, so I opened disk utility. I clicked on the (greyed out) Macintosh HD partition and clicked repair disk. It returned the following message to me:

Verify and Repair volume “Macintosh HD”
Checking file systemVolume repair complete.
Updating boot support partitions for the volume as required.
Error: Disk Utility can’t repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files.

But I can't access the files if it won't mount, correct? If worse comes to worse, I can just tell her she's SOL and she won't be getting her data back.


macrumors member
Apr 15, 2012
Try DiskWarrior

I also tried booting off of a Leopard disc... No dice.

DiskWarrior has a better chance of repairing the disc or mounting it (to get info off). I believe if it cannot do either it has the ability to salvage information.


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