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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by TheMailMan78, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. TheMailMan78

    TheMailMan78 Big Member

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    Ok I got someone here that has a dead Mac I think. She wont boot. It just stays with the Apple logo and the wheel spinning. I started it in root mode and ran "sbin/fsck -y" and got back the following error upon drive check....

    I/O Error.
    Dev/rdisk 052
    HFS: Exited
    Signal 8.

    Is it safe to assume the hard drive is DOA or am I missing something?
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    dead or disconnected, sounds like.
     
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    No it finds it but nails the error half way through. Do you think there is anyway to recover the data "in house"?
     
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    not a clue. macs arent exactly made for user repair.
     
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    Well an HD is just a HD. Its just formatted for "Mac Journal". Or Unix I should say.
     
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    i have no idea on that side of things - i have a chance with intel based macs, but my unix/old mac knowledge is lacking.
     
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    Intels are all UNIX. Anyway thanks. I hope someone can help.
     
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    Dude, the Mac OS X and its varients are all based on the BSD branch of Unix. :p
    Also NextStep fot that matter.
     
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    That generally means bad HDD. Just to be safe, run a "/sbin/fsck -fy". It's generally a lot easier to boot from an install disc, and run a Repair Disc in Disc Utility tho.

    As for file recovery, if it comes to that, I have the best success with ProSoft's Data Rescue. It's been quite a while since I've had to do anything of the sort tho, so I'm not really up to date on the best recovery software.
     
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