Mountain Lion will not boot to desktop, hard drive is locked

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Bloomsday1, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. Bloomsday1 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    My issue begins in this order:


    • I first boot computer
    • It goes to gray screen and apple logo and spins to boot
    • It prompts me to "Use English for the main language
    • I choose English and it goes to OS X Utilities, from here I have tried the following:
      Reinstall OS X [I can't because "The disk is locked"]
      Disk Utility [the "Repair" scan tells me that there are no problems]
      Disk Erase [failed: Disk Erase failed with the error: Couldn't unmounts disk.]
      Get Help Online [I am able to go online, but cannot isolate this issue sufficiently to find any meaningful solution]
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    #2
    It sounds like you may have a failing drive.

    Try a command-option-r boot to Internet recovery and see what Disk Utility tells you about your disk from there.
     
  3. Bloomsday1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Bloomsday1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    as an update, I was able to follow the above advice, I am currently reinstalling OS X remotely. I wil let you know if al is well once it finishes installing.
     
  5. dejo Moderator

    dejo

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    #5
    You didn't try to confirm or rule out that your drive was failing?
     

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