Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2012 11:59 PM (in response to albrad)
I am thinking if it was me, I would telephone the apple store and set up an appointment with a Genius Bar worker...and be ready to pay for a new install.... But diagnose what went wrong.
I would also be careful about that vault. Are you SURE you entered the right password? maybe all this is from entering the wrong password?
Good Luck. Sorry I am no help at all. But hey- commiseration has helped me before....
Currently Being ModeratedJun 16, 2012 12:04 AM (in response to albrad)
Your assumptions were right about Recovery being a separate partition. How did you erase the disk, from withing the recovery partition? If so, the recovery partition must still be there.
Can you still boot into Recovery HD? Try restarting while holding down the 'Option' key rather than 'command-r'.
Do you get any bootable disks? You should get the recovery partition.
If so, boot into it. Go to Disk Utility and do 'Repair Disk'. Do it more than once if necessary, or until no more errors show. Once the disk is repaired, choose 'Reinstall OS X Lion' from within recovery. You need to have an active internet connection in order for this to work.
In the event that you can't get any joy, an Apple store will reinstall it for you. If your machine is less than 12 months old, they should do this for free.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 16, 2012 12:18 AM (in response to softwater)
The computer does not boot *at all* now. It goes to a white screen for a about 10 seconds, then goes to the question mark folder. Holding command+r, command+s, whatever, does nothing.
If my original assumption was right, that the recovery utility is on a seperate partition, then why won't it allow me to boot to that partition? You're right that I erased the Macbook HD partition from the recovery utility. Did the boot table somehow get erased? I don't understand how erasing the OS partition should erase the boot table, but that would explain why it won't boot even in to recovery mode.
All of the other stuff you mention I tried before formatting. None of it worked, even Reinstall OS X Lion option failed -- it would fail, tell me try again, then fail again, ad infinitum.
Luckily, my machine is less than 12 months old, and I have a pretty convincing tale of woe to tell them as well.
Thanks for the commiseration.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 16, 2012 12:23 AM (in response to albrad)
I can't explain that either but if you can't even boot into single user mode something is very wrong and you're going to need another computer to sort it out. Hence, best thing I can suggest is take it to the shop and save yourself further ado.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 16, 2012 1:31 PM (in response to softwater)
After doing some more research, I found out that actually even though Recovery HD is a different partition, it's a hidden partition which goes along with the OS partition. So in deleting the OS partition, you also delete the recovery partition.This of course defeats the entire purpose of making a seperate partition, or even having seperate partitions on the drive, and so I cannot understand why the engineers at Apple would do things this way, but this is the case. In deleting the OS partition, you also delete the recovery partition, hence my inability to boot at all. I just cannot understand why the Recovery partition would not show up on the disk utility. I could tell it was there because of the difference between the hard drive's reported size and the Macintosh HD partition's size. But it didn't show up on the list.