Mac mini won't boot - first aid failures to repair

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by swimwolfe, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. swimwolfe macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    I have an '05 mac mini (pre-intel chip) with OS X 10.4 that while trying to transfer a file to an external hard drive gave me a blue screen (that wouldn't go away). After a hard shut down, I get to the apple and spinning wheel but nothing else happens. Things I've tried:

    1) Flashing the PRAM (no change)
    2) Booting in safe mode (no change)
    3) Booting from Startup CD (holding C on start up) - I can get to disk utility

    But when I try to verify/repair the partitioned Macintosh HD drive it says
    "Invalid sibling link
    Volume check failed

    Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit
    1 HFS volume checked:
    1 volume could not be repaired because of an error"

    My goal is to get to my files on the mini and put them on an external drive (specifically my itunes folder)

    Is there some other way to repair this? I have 17 GB left on the main hard drive. Could I partition it and create a new bootable drive without wiping out the data in the original drive?


  2. swimwolfe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    How do I know when fsck_hfs is done?

    Thanks flopticalcube!

    Man I feel silly to ask, but how do I know when fsck_hfs is done? Right now the screen says

    ** Rebuilding catalog B-tree

    I don't want to interrupt it if its still going...but I could sit here all night.

    The second thing is what do I do after running this? The article doesn't say what comes after running this.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Let it run. It may take a while. You may have to run it twice to complete the fix. Reboot after you are done. I hope it works.

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