Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 1:19 AM (in response to yellowjello)
Will somebody please help??
Still not getting pass the prohibitory sign, lion recovery not working either cause it cannot detect the hard disk, can't get into safe mode either.
I'm going to try to insert the snow leopard installer disc again and use terminal to load the safe mode.
Any other ideas are welcomed.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 4:39 AM (in response to yellowjello)
I'm going to guess that your hard drive has failed. At this point you need to know that every attempt to repair the drive is putting whatever data you may be able to recover at risk. I would recommend you take it somewhere for a professional evaluation. Hopefully you had a backup.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 5:07 AM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
i think i have to accept the fate of the hard disk now. but isn't there a way to restore/recover some data at all? i'm banking my hope on diskwarrior, i've just put diskwarrior into a freshly reformatted external hdd.
anybody knows how does the 'don't erase data' option works under the disk utility by using a snow leopard osx installer dvd? i read from apple's support that data is potentially recoverable.
but is there a way at all for me to just copy the **** data out before i smash the macbook, i mean a total wipe out and reformatting.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 5:15 AM (in response to yellowjello)
I use Disk Warrior for repairs that Disk Utility can't handle. For data recovery I would use Data Rescue from Prosoft.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 6:07 AM (in response to yellowjello)
If you use DataRescue then yes it should work. Prosoft offers a free download that will allow you to scan your drive to see if the is data that can be recovered, if you choose to try to recover it then you have to purchase.
I would boot up off of the external download the free version and give it a try. You should probably prepare for the worst and hope for the best. You can also try a professional data recovery service but they're expensive.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 6:42 AM (in response to yellowjello)
You need to make the external a bootable drive and get OS X onto it in order to start your computer from there. Have you done that? You can copy the dmg to the external and mount and run it once you have the computer running off of the external.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 6:59 AM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
okay, i'm installing the os x lion onto the GUID partitioned external hard disk now. which is bootable right? so it means that, i'll be able to start up the macbook as per normal after this right (which is right about done now)? and its gonna look like a fresh new macbook again?
it also means i should never unplug it as of now if i need to restart and do all the things i need to be doing right?
is it okay if i were to copy the dmg file onto a thumb drive? would it be doing the same?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 7:38 AM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
okay, ermm i'm running macbook with the external hard disk right now. is it possible to just copy everything from the existing internal hard disk onto the external one? i didn't make another partition. it prompted me with, 'erasing a partition deletes all the data on that partition, but does not affect other partitions on the same disk'.
so i only have one partition on that external hard drive. where do i go from here now?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 10:29 AM (in response to yellowjello)
If you're using Data Rescue it shoud ask you to scan available drives and then when you select the drive you want to scan it'll ask you to designate another drive to use as workspace to recover files onto. Unless you have anther available drive you'll need to use the external, hopefully it's got enough available space for DR to do it's thing.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 3:25 PM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
Hey mike, I ended up using disk warrior anyways because I had previously burnt a dmg file of the image into a disk and left it inside my MacBook. Hope you can still guide me through this.
I've been follow this:
Now, I'm at the preview, and it seems like they've fixed many many things that are coded red but they're asking me to copy specific files out to the external hard drive that which co-running the computer now. That's a bad sign right? I wasn't given any choice to select 'replace' that is shown on the guide (above link).
I'm gonna go with copying my data out to the external hdd.