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My hard drive dosent clone

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Nov 25, 2012 9:52 PM

I tried to download superduper but my computer wont run the program. I just get to many error messages. Is there something wrong with my hard drive? Also I cant seem to install my updates. It keeps telling me that a file is currupt. How do I fix these problems?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 10:57 AM (in response to monster matt)

    You may have corruption of your hard drive's directory. Follow these steps to attempt to repair:


    1. Insert your Snow Leopard install DVD into the MacBook (I assume that is what you have since you have listed it in your products.)
    2. Restart the computer holding down the C key on your keyboard immediately after pushing the power button.
    3. When the circling fan appears you can release the C key. Wait until a screen appears asking you to select a language.
    4. Select your primary language and continue.
    5. Look for the Utilities menu and from it select Disk Utility.
    6. In Disk Utility on the left side, select the name of your main hard drive partition, usually "Macintosh HD."
    7. In the lower right select Repair Disk (do NOT select Repair Disk Permissions.)
    8. If Disk Utility is able to make any repairs, restart the computer by quitting Disk Utility and quitting the Mac OS X install program. Once restarted, test for your issue again.
    9. If Disk Utility does not find anything else to repair, post back and we'll keep working on it.
    10. If Disk Utility finds a problem but is unable to repair it, post back and again we'll work on it.


    Best of luck.

  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 2:03 PM (in response to monster matt)

    You can try. No idea if it will work or not but it won't cause any damage.

  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Nov 27, 2012 7:19 AM (in response to monster matt)

    If you reformat the old hard drive, cloning it will be useless, as the reformatting process erases the drive.


    Install the new drive, use disk utility to format it (using the Erase tab - that is how you reformat) if needed (you want the format to be Mac OS Extended (journaled)) then quit Disk Utility and go ahead and run through the installer. It's pretty simple.


    Be aware that after you start up the MacBook will be as if it is a new machine. None of your data will be on there. You may be able to put your original hard drive in an enclosure and connect it to the MacBook and transfer the data over.


    Do not reformat the old drive until you either have all the data you need brought off of it to the new drive, or you give up trying to extract it.


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