Help! I killed moms iMac!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Imski, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Imski macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi,

    i downloaded and installed Lion and afterwards an error like this appeared:

    Installation not complete.

    Harddisk failure.

    Couldnt repair the harddisk.


    Thats it!

    The iMac ist approx 2 years old and not in steady use.

    I am planning to give Techtool Pro a try but i have to buy a firewire cable first.

    Any other advice???

    Greets and Merry X-Mas

    Imski
     
  2. elpmas macrumors 68000

    elpmas

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    #2
    Did you try just to start it up?

    Format and try to install SL. If all else fails, get a new HDD.
     
  3. Imski thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You mean to do a fresh install?

    No i havent tried this yet. I´d like to keep her data alive. But if there is no such option i will try to do a reinstall.

    At the moment i am running the "Hardware Test", maybe it says something useful.
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    What about the backup? You did run a backup before you tried to upgrade didn't you?
     
  5. Imski thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Its alive again!!

    I have no clue what went wrong there.

    I just repaired the rights on the harddisk with the drive utilities and that seemed to help!

    Minutes ago the apple ago was flickering and switching with an error symbol and a questionmark and nothing worked but now it runs smoothly again. What the heck?

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    Oh dear....
     

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