kernal panic-no safe mode-no target disk mode

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nissin, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. nissin macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2008
    I have a 15" mbp with 10.6 Intel core duo, 4gb ram with a boot camp and ubuntu partition through parallels.
    The other day I was installing xcode from apple's website, which failed 3 times after downloading saying the package couldn't be expanded. I left my computer for a while and came back where i then had to log in again. it rejected my password numerous time (i'm positive it was correct). when i restarted my computer i got a kernal panic screen when the apple logo came up. it told me to restart the computer which i did... didn't work. i restarted with the osx cd to use the disk utility. when it checked the drive it found a bunch of errors, which i then tried to correct. it went for a couple minutes then told me they couldn't be fixed and i should try to back up my data and reinstall osx. i don't know how to back up my hard drive when i can't log into my account.
    i've tried to boot in target disk mode and copy some files that way, but the only disk the other computer sees is my windows partition- no mac partition.
    i've also tried these, none of these have worked:
    restarting in safe mode
    resetting the ram and pram
    booting with different sticks of ram
    all result in a kernal panic.

    my windows partition still works fine though (as much as i hate to say it)

    the only things I really care about on my computer are my files from school and my itunes library. is there any way i can get these files off my computer?
    does anyone have any other ideas i could try?

    thank you for the help in advance
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    When you booted into Target Disk Mode, did you connect your MacBook Pro into a Mac or a PC? If a PC, they cannot read or write to HFS formatted hard drives, so you wouldn't be able to see your Mac partition on there.
  3. nissin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2008
    right, it was into a slightly older mbp.
    i just got off the line with a really helpful apple tech with another problem, and he said my best bet was to back up my disk with the disk utility by pushing c when i boot. i've tried this before but it says my mac hd isn't mounted and it wont mount. hello genius bar appointment.

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