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4930 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2009 6:02 AM by patty_in_miami
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2009 2:27 AM (in response to GlennKen)Do you have access to another Mac (with firewire)? If so, you could connect the two computers using a 6pin to 6pin firewire cable... boot the eMac in firewire mode... then try problem solve it from the other Mac.
Alternatively... buy Disk Warrior and use its startup disk to try correct the hard drive's problem/s...eMac 1.25Ghz 1GB/160GB, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Repaired "bad cap" eMac
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2009 11:06 AM (in response to cosmichobo)I called a friend to borrow his Mac laptop and he will loan it to me Monday. I did purchase Diskwarrior yesterday, but my Mac won't boot up from the Diskwarrior DVD. It keeps ejecting the disk. I am now planning on connecting my Emac to my friend's Mac laptop with a firewire cable, starting my Emac in target mode, running Diskwarrior on the laptop, and see if I can repair my Emac's hard drive this way. Is there a way of doing this without using Diskwarrior?EMac, Mac OS X (10.3.x), USB 2.0
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2009 12:02 PM (in response to GlennKen)What version of OS 10.3 are you running? The DiskWarrior DVD apparently requires 10.3.9.
Alsoft does have a workaround that might be useful. HERE.
A post at the macosxhints Forum has a DiskWarrior directory repair followed by a Disk Utility repair.
http://forums.macosxhints.com/showpost.php?p=248808&postcount=15 and the two following posts.eMac Combo 1GHz/1GB/60GB MacBook (white in colour), Mac OS X (10.4.11), iPS, CanoScan D646U, Canon iP1600, DSL, D-Link DI-624: iMac 333MHz
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2009 11:56 AM (in response to K.S.)I have been running 10.3.9 on my Emac, but I don't see how that would affect booting up from the Diskwarrior DVD. My Emac never gets to use my operating system on my hard drive.
I plan to use the Alsoft workaround when I borrow my friend's mac laptop on Monday.EMac, Mac OS X (10.3.x), USB 2.0
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2009 9:21 PM (in response to GlennKen)You really should get your data backed up ASAP - and before trying any disk repair utilities on it.
Get a firewire hard drive. Boot up from your OS X install disc. Choose Disk Utility from the Utilities menu. Use Disk Utility's Restore tab to copy your main hard drive to your external. Your external hard drive probably will not be bootable either because the directory corruption will have been copied to it as well. But at least then if Disk Warrior cannot help, you can reformat your internal hard drive and reinstall, and then grab your data from the backup drive.eMac (PowerPC G4, 1.25GHz, 1.5GB RAM, USB 2.0), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2009 8:26 PM (in response to Király)This was very helpful. Thank you. I did not realize I could use Disk Utility this way. I backed up my data as described and it appeared to be fine on my external drive. I then reformatted my hard disk and I am in the processing of reinstalling all the software. I did not need Diskwarrior.EMac, Mac OS X (10.3.x), USB 2.0
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2009 6:02 AM (in response to Király)Hi Király
I am having the same trouble you helped respond to here. I am freaking out about loosing my photos and music. That's all I really care about. I have an external drive that's USB, not Firewire. Can I do the same thing you suggested?
I really hope you can help.
Thanks in advance.
PattyeMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)