Mac 10.6 Hardware/Software issue, will not Boot

Discussion in 'macOS' started by claimed4all, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. claimed4all macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2008
    So last night I am working away on my Macbook (2.4 c2d 4gb with a 500gb HD installed last month) and I have an iCal error, which I was not using, and a dock error. Then I check something on my widgets and they will not load. So it was late so I just shut it down and call it a night.

    - Where the real story starts -
    This Morning I boot it up and nothing. So I shut it off again, hold the option key and boot up again. Now when I get to where I select the OS I only see my Windows 7 partition, no mac partition. So I boot into windows, says it encountered an issue, but all was ok. So I shut down restart into windows and it works just fine.

    I then put in my snow leopard disk, boot to that use disk utility and it says my Mac partition is unmounted. So I click the Repair button and it goes through finding a ton (50+) of Missing Thread Record and Invalid Directory Item Counts. Then it says my disk is unrepairable. So I shut down, booted into windows and I can access anything, so it seems, from the mac side just fine. So I called it a morning and drove to work.


    Can I repair my drive to make is usable? (Most Preferred)
    Should I just reinstall the Mac OS in conjunction with my 2 week Time Machine backup? (I would have to copy a few files from the Windows side that are not backed up, easy enough though)
    Chances that this is a hardware issue and I will just have this issue again and again?
    What do I do?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Sounds like maybe your drive is heading south and no amount of "repairing" is going to fix this. Your best bet if you don't have a backup is try to save your data asap.
  3. claimed4all thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2008
    I have backups. Windows side seems to be fine at the moment, thats why I am wondering if something has just corrupted, but the drive itself may be ok.

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