MacBook HDD problem

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by goliah, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. goliah macrumors newbie

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    MacBook, 10.4.11, six months old. This morning, hit startup, nothing but chimes and the Mac icon, unable to load system. Ran hardware check and no problems, Ran disk utility and bottom line was 'unable to repair disk' *&%@!

    So a system problem? But before reloading a new system, I was hoping to use my system disks as an emergency startup disk to take a look at the old drive, but no option to do so that I can find. Have I missed something?

    Would using something like Disk Warrior be a better bet for disk repair?


    Robert
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    DiskWarrior may be able to repair catalog damage that is keeping your hard drive from being used -- as long as the problem isn't physical damage of the drive. DW is a one trick pony, but it does that trick very well.

    This is an excellent time to get an external hard drive for backup. It will cost you between $90 and $200 depending how large a drive you choose. A Firewire drive would be a bit better than a USB drive. **Every laptop owner should have a bootable external drive and should use it religiously for backup ** given that laptops break down, are dropped, or are stolen far more frequently than desktops.

    What you want to do is to connect the external and use the OSX DVD to install a fresh system on the external. Then, boot from the external, install DiskWarrior and or DataRescue or other utilities, and see if you can recover data from the internal.

    If you absolutely cannot get an external hard drive, then get a Firewire cable and borrow a recent model Mac from a friend. With the power off on both machines, Hook your Mac to to the other Mac using the FIrewire cable, boot your Mac into FW Target Disk Mode (Hold down the "T" key throughout startup) then boot the other Mac. If your Mac shows up on the other Mac as an external hard drive, proceed with data recovery / catalog repair from utilities installed on the other Mac.

    Don't try reinstalling an OS on the MacBook until you have recovered data if you can. Installing stuff on a damaged drive just invites further damage.

    Your MacBook is still under warranty, so don't rip it apart yet. Concentrate on recovering data, then let Apple replace the drive IF it is a physical problem. Apple will not recover data for you under warranty.
     
  3. goliah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    MacBook HDD

    Thanks for that I'm on to it all.
     
  4. goliah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    MacBook HDD problem

    One more quick question. I've got a firwire external drive but have to reformat it, what format option is prefrerred?
     

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