Help! I killed moms iMac!

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

  1. Imski macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2010

    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

  2. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    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

    Jan 27, 2010
    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

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    What about the backup? You did run a backup before you tried to upgrade didn't you?
  5. Imski thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2010
    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?


    Oh dear....

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