Trouble Repairing Boot Drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by the.omnibus, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. the.omnibus macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2009
    Hi Everyone,

    My computer's hard drive is on the fritz. I keep getting a gray boot screen with a status bar that never loads. This has happened a few times in the past, and I usually solve the problem by booting from the original install DVD and repairing the drive in disk utility. This time, I'm getting a "invalid sibling" message in Disk Utility.

    The last time I got this message, I was able to follow the instructions on this article from Macworld: I tried the fsck_hsf -r command on the drive to rebuild the catalog B-Tree. Like I said, this usually works really well. But this time, I am getting an error message in the terminal that says "the volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired."

    Does anyone have any suggestions? I know I need to replace the disk soon, but I'd rather not right now.
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I hope you have a good backup of your system, you're going to need it.

    And if the drive is failing, do you really want to wait until after it dies so it's an emergency replacement?

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