Hey guys i am in real deep ****

farqueue

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I have a 160gb Hitachi on my macbook
20gb is to windows and the rest is on Macintosh HD

Windows and Mac both crashed at the same time.
So i had to load the CD.

I've managed to get it in to 1 partition now. It is called "disk0s2" but it is not mounted.

I've tried installing Mac OS X but installer does not recognise it.

Tried erasing, repairing disk permissions etc.

Please help
 

Killyp

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Jun 14, 2006
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Complete drive failure. There's nothing you can do other than replace the drive, sorry :(
 

farqueue

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I can see the drive. So i dont think its total failure.

I dont know what i did and now i have disk4s2 as unmounted.

Please help!!
 

yellow

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Soo.. when you're booted from the installer DVD, and you run Disk Utility, you cannot select the drive and erase & reformat it?
 

weckart

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I have a 160gb Hitachi on my macbook
20gb is to windows and the rest is on Macintosh HD

Windows and Mac both crashed at the same time.
So i had to load the CD.

I've managed to get it in to 1 partition now. It is called "disk0s2" but it is not mounted.

Please help
Not sure what you mean by 'get it in to 1 partition now'

Have you repartitioned your drive? You will lose all your data by doing so and nothing will be left to boot.

If you have, check that you have the partition type as GUID, as otherwise it will not boot either.

Disk Warrior is your best bet, if your install CD cannot repair the volume.
 

jackiecanev2

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try gparted (its a linux-based partition editor) and see if you can format or even mount your drive for formatting at all. use the liveCD or the liveUSB.

good luck.
 

farqueue

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Jun 18, 2006
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I hope you've recently backed up. If not, do you have another mac so you can boot up in target disk mode? (if it works. it's always worth a shot. you can get data back that way)
I dont have another mac.

Soo.. when you're booted from the installer DVD, and you run Disk Utility, you cannot select the drive and erase & reformat it?
Nope i cannot.

Did you install the drive yourself? Is it possible it's just not properly seated in the computer?
Nope, this was installed by apple technicians

try gparted (its a linux-based partition editor) and see if you can format or even mount your drive for formatting at all. use the liveCD or the liveUSB.

good luck.
Im kinda noob. I only have a windows PC at the moment.
Will this linux software work?

Ok heres what i have to work with:
1. Broken Macbook with 160gb Hard disk
2. Windows Computer
3. A 2.5 Sata enclosure