dead hard drive - need restore help

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  1. posnera macrumors regular

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    My 2008 MBP was dropped and I now have disastrous errors. I was getting 3-4 minute long beach balls to even click on an item in the finder, not to mention a 10-15 minute bootup time. I booted from the Snow Leopard disk and am now running disk utility to repair. The name of my OSX partition is no longer the same, and when I try to use the reboot function, that partition is no longer available to choose.

    Disk Utility is reporting a ton of errors and hasn't repaired any of them as far as I can tell. First, there is an Invalid node structure error and then an attempt to rebuild catalog b tree. This is being followed up by a neverending string of invalid record count, invalid key length and invalid node structure errors. I will let this run for several hours, just incase something good will happen. I'm assuming not.

    So, here are my questions:
    I've got most of the OSX partition backed up with Time Machine. I will try to put the computer into Target Disk Mode to see if I can recover any other stray files (not critical). I know I can reinstall Snow Leopard and restore from Time Machine for my OSX partition.

    How can I go about doing the same for my Win7 Bootcamp partition? I haven't tried booting into Windows yet. Is there a program which can clone the partition while in target disk mode? My Windows partition is not particularly important, and I can always just reinstall from scratch if necessary.

    Any advice?
     
  2. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    It probably won't boot into Windows in the first place, since your hard drive has crashed (or is about to crash).
    If you have important data on there, try booting into a Linux live USB (e.g. Ubuntu, DSL, Fedora) and salvage data from there.
     
  3. posnera thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, disk utility officially can't repair the disk. I was able to boot into Windows, so I guess the whole drive isn't completely shot.
     
  4. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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  5. posnera thread starter macrumors regular

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    So using that program I can clone to an external drive, then when my disk is back in working order I can clone it back to a BootCamp partition?

    Oddly enough, I can access my OSX partition while booted into windows. I think my best first step is to recover what I need from the OSX partition, then reinstall Snow Leopard, recover from Time Machine and see what happens next.

    I will also clone the BootCamp partition just in case.

    The drive isn't making any scary noises, so I don't know if there is any physical damage. Maybe a reinstall will resolve my issues.
     

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