Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 5:21 PM (in response to RMcConnell)
Ok, so you have a external drive your trying to transfer files too, can it be erased?
Becuase while c booted off the 10.5/10.6 disk (you didn't mention your OS X version or hardware) you can set up the external drive (under the partition tab)
Options: GUID Format: OS X Extended (J) and click apply.
Then Erase with Security option Zero all Data to eliminate any poential bad sectors (takes a bit to complete)
Then install 10.5/10.6 onto the external drive and reboot holding the option key down, you can select the external to boot from
While booted from the external drive, you can access the internal drive and recover your files.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 8:32 PM (in response to RMcConnell)
So i can run disk utility from the startup disk. I started it in Target disc mode and connected it to another macbook pro. I can even verify the drive and nothing is ever wrong with it. but when I try to get files from the drive it gives me the pinwheel of death and finder or disk utility freezes. I think there is a problem with my HD but disc utility won't recognize any problems.
Oh and I'm running mac osX 10.6 i'm pretty sure
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 10:36 PM (in response to RMcConnell)
Run Data Rescue $99 on the second Mac in Target mode on the sick one, it will recover what you can from the 1's and 0's of the bits themselves, you'll need another external hard drive (empty) to send the files too as not to clog the second Mac HD up with stuff.
Once you've got your files off, try the c boot erase/zero from the 10.6 disk to wipe the drive.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 10:49 PM (in response to RMcConnell)
When you try a copy, open the Console utility and under the File menu try Open System Log and Open Console Log. While it is trying to copy, see if there are error messages appearing in the logs. When I had a bad disk, the logs would fill up with repeated i/o errors.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 6:35 AM (in response to ds store)
Thank you. So I loaded the operating system onto a spare hard drive and booted up my system and for some reason I can access the data this way when Target drive didn't work. my only question is why did it happen? and how do I stop it from happening again?