Repair Disk Without Original Recovery Discs

livelikeriley

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 17, 2006
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Hello, I am trying to repair the main HD on my iMac but can't seem to find the original discs that came with the computer...I've tried the discs for my other computer (an iBook) and it does not work. Is there a way to do this?

Thanks,
Mark.
 

Eluzion

macrumors 6502
Aug 7, 2007
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Hello, I am trying to repair the main HD on my iMac but can't seem to find the original discs that came with the computer...I've tried the discs for my other computer (an iBook) and it does not work. Is there a way to do this?

Thanks,
Mark.
Have you tried booting up in single-user mode and running fsck –y?

-Restart your Mac
-Push and hold Command-S while it's booting up
-Once you're in single-user mode (black screen with text), type in "fsck -y"
-Let it do it's thing.

If it found/repaired any errors, it will say ***SYSTEM FILE HAS BEEN MODIFIED***, or something along those lines. Run "fsck -y" again until it says "The volume _____ appears to be OK"

Type "reboot" to restart the computer.
 

livelikeriley

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 17, 2006
15
0
Yeah, I'd actually already done that...no good (I'm trying to partition the harddrive for boot camp and it's giving me an error - and before I go through the process of backing up everything and re-installing, I'd wanted to try and just repair the disk...only to find out I don't have my orig. disks :( )


poo.


Mark.
 

slb

macrumors 6502
Apr 15, 2005
395
51
New Mexico
Have you tried booting up in single-user mode and running fsck –y?

-Restart your Mac
-Push and hold Command-S while it's booting up
-Once you're in single-user mode (black screen with text), type in "fsck -y"
-Let it do it's thing.

If it found/repaired any errors, it will say ***SYSTEM FILE HAS BEEN MODIFIED***, or something along those lines. Run "fsck -y" again until it says "The volume _____ appears to be OK"

Type "reboot" to restart the computer.
This is exactly what you do.

Yeah, I'd actually already done that...no good (I'm trying to partition the harddrive for boot camp and it's giving me an error - and before I go through the process of backing up everything and re-installing, I'd wanted to try and just repair the disk...only to find out I don't have my orig. disks :( )


poo.


Mark.
This is a common error that's due to not having enough hard drive space to reorganize data on the disk to make room for the new partition. Unfortunately, you just have to keep freeing up space and trying Boot Camp until it works.
 

yellow

Moderator emeritus
Oct 21, 2003
16,033
1
Portland, OR
Get yourself an external hard drive. Use SuperDuper to clone your boot drive to the external. Clone the clone back to your Mac. Now you will have enough contiguous space to redo bootcamp.
 
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