update gone wrong? missing my dock/applications folder + finder crashes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by angelanguyenx3, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. angelanguyenx3 macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2011

    I have a late 08 aluminum macbook and I recently took it to the genius bar because it wasn't loading past the grey apple screen.

    The guy reinstalled mac os x and it worked just fine, however I was missing applications like iPhoto and GarageBand so I downloaded them using the cd that came with my computer.

    I did an update and after restarting, my dock is gone and I can't open the applications folder and finder doesn't respond at all. I get the spinning wheel of death.

    I did command+s while restarting and used the fsck -fy command but it said it couldn't repair my harddrive after 3 attempts. What's going on?

  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Of what? Or is that a reference to the statement above?
  3. angelanguyenx3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2011
    ^Yes, i did an update for Itunes, Iphoto, etc, just a standard update.
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    This looks a lot like a post on another forum. ?

    You don't mention your OS version. Whatever it is, maybe you should download the Combo updater from the Apple site for your version. Reinstall and see if that fixes it.
  5. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    Do you have a backup of your data?

    If yes then wipe the drive and start over. Your OS install is bad.

    If no backup do you have an external hard drive that you can clone your internal drive onto so that you can retrieve the data later?

    You can also try a Linux Live CD to grab your data onto an external drive.

    Either way I would start over by wiping the drive.


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