Need Imac help - Cannot load start up screen

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mackaveli, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. mackaveli macrumors regular

    May 1, 2005
    Hi guys,

    Something is wrong with my HDD.

    I don't think it's dead but something to do with the indexing of the HDD.

    I can go into target firewire mode and i am backing up my data as we speak. However I do not have a big external HDD that i can back up everything so I have to pick and choose.

    I have diskwarrior but it does not boot up. It says cannot find boot hdd or something and shows a No entry sign on the grey loading screen with the spinning gear.

    I tried disk utility to repair the HDD but it says it tries three times and fails. Cannot locate the index file. I think this is my main problem here.

    If i try and boot in verbose mode it shows this something message and repeats that it cannot locate the file. I dont even know what this is as i've never been to this website.

    Anyway I can repair the index file and see if mac os x will boot up? Or you recommend a fresh install?

    I just want to boot the mac once so i can look for some files because spotlight wont work since it says its trying to index the macintosh HD from firewire.

    any help or tips?


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