Corrupted my OS X Boot drive - (MacDrive is culprit)

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  1. PPFee, Apr 12, 2012
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    PPFee macrumors 6502

    PPFee

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    My aluminum unibody macbook (mid or late '09 i think) wont boot to Lion anymore, just freezes at the loading screen. My bootcamp partition still boots fine. I attempted to use disk wfrom both the DVD and the "rescue" partition that you can boot to from the laptop but it wont let me even try to attempt to Repair or verify permissions. If i do "repair disk" then it fails after a couple minutes and suggests backing up as much as possible and formatting the drive. Im fairly sure i know what i did that caused this ( yes im full aware that its my fault). I was attempting to explain the installation process for MacDrive ( a program that allows windows users to access HFS+ disks and partitions) to a friend and they needed literally every step outlined so i did the installation in bootcamp as i was explaining it to them, not even thinking about the fact that i was screwing with the same drive I OS X on and God only knows what type of havoc ensued from all the permissions and modications it made. Also it doesnt appear that the OS X partition is mounted when i open disk utility. Any suggestions? Any way to repair or attempt to repair things or any other methods or approaches within disk utility i should try. I can do a clean install here im just trying to decide on the best approach. Ive got a terrible migraine so my mind is pretty fuzzy, but could i do a "upgrade" of lion on top of the existing installation withotu deleting all the files or the Home folder and if so would i want to do that or are some of the changes caused by the installation of MacDrive to "deep" for that? Thanks guys for any tips.

    ----To clarify the last statement/question. Am i right in thinking that i could use the Install DVD and do a "upggrade" of sorts, of the same version of OS X Lion, that would re install the OS and still keep the file and the home folder and all that or am i way off?
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    Yes, you should be able to do that. Although if you have a Time Machine backup it might be better to just do a restore from just before you messed up the disk.

    If you do it as an OS install, you might want to consider reinstalling any applications you use to make sure that there aren't issues in hiding there.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I've read a number of stories on the net where MacDrive had corrupted their drive and reformat/reinstall was the only option.

    Sorry for the problems
     
  4. PPFee thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys, thank for the replies. @Maflynn I've heard a few whispers of horror stories and such as well just in the time i was searching for a k'ed copy or a keygen for the program. Im curious though i mean why would anyone even install this software on a Bootcamp partition? The only purpose is to be able to access a HFS+ disk/File system and thats already taken care of for anyone who is running a boot camp partition anyway. Unless you have a freak accident like i did I'm just having trouble wrapping my head around how/why ppl would have this issue or moreover, why they would install the software in the first place unless I'm just overlooking a usage situation maybe?
    @Bear- Thanks for clarifying. Im toying with trying DiskWarrior (the bootable Disck version of the program) to attempt some re-working of the compromised partition at this very moment. If that doesn't work out Ill fall back to just doing a "upgrade" install to Lion from the existing bad Lion install.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    I guess the answer is that some people need access to their HFS+ volumes when running bootcamp. Perhaps they'd prefer keeping the itunes music in one place, or perhaps needing to edit a document while in windows.

    There's other safer solutions (using a NAS or dropbox) but it seems macdrive has a product that some people do buy
     

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