My macbook is unable to startup normally. Help would be appreciated.

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  1. xinweittm, Sep 25, 2011
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    xinweittm macrumors newbie

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    So this is how it started. I tried to partition my disk to install another os using disk utility, and halfway through my macbook was forced-shutdown by my mum. After I turned on my macbook again the next day, a loading bar appeared below the normal grey apple logo startup screen. After a few minutes the bar disappears, but the spinning icon keeps spinning and it does not startup normally. I left it there for an hour but it still remained at the grey startup screen with the spinning icon. I decided to force shutdown my macbook and go into the recovery hd. I opened disk utility, and found out that there was no partitioned part, and the 40gb that I partitioned off ended up as being "used" by Macintosh HD. I used "repair disk" on Macintosh HD, and this is the log:

    Verify and Repair volume “Macintosh HD”
    Checking file systemChecking Journaled HFS Plus volume.
    Checking extents overflow file.
    Checking catalog file.
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    Rebuilding catalog B-tree.
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    The volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired.
    Volume repair complete.Updating boot support partitions for the volume as required.Error: Disk Utility can’t repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files.


    I used terminal and tried unmounting Macintosh HD and then fsck_hfs -r /dev/disk0s2, but it also ended up stating that Macintosh HD could not be repaired. Some time later, the 40gb that I partitioned off is no longer stated as "used" by Macintosh HD, and is now in the free disk space, but I still cannot start up into Macintosh HD. I have tried repairing the disk using disk utility everyday. Sometimes Macintosh HD appears as mounted, but sometimes it appears as unmounted.

    My macbook is an intel mac, running on mac os x 10.7 lion.

    I would like to know, is there any way to solve this other than wiping my drive and reinstalling the os or using disk warrior?
     
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    I don't think there is any other way than a clean install, but if you want your data back try to get it back from some data recovery softwares!
     
  3. xinweittm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well that's gonna suck :/ Anw what kind of software do you recommend? Coz I can't even get into Macintosh HD and access my apps.
     
  4. session101 macrumors regular

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    best case scenario your apps you can always get back, you can buy an external HD housing case and pull your HD out of your mac and plug it into another computer and rescue what files you need then format the drive and do a clean install.

    http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=92&name=External-Enclosures
     
  5. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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  6. xinweittm thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Only solution there! Next time just timemachine just in case if you know what I mean.
     
  8. xinweittm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok thx! I did backup using time machine, but I lost the external hard drive... Oh well.
     

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