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Feb 21, 2013 9:52 PM

I have Leopard 10.6 and a long time ago I partitioned my HD for Panther and Leopard. I erased my Panther version tonight which had 350gigs of space. The Leopard only has 150 gigs. After erasing Panther I went to partition the panther gigs to the Leopard. It won't let me.

 

ERASE and REPAIR DISK are not available to me for the Leopard disk space. Though when I tried to partition I was told the disk needs repair. It also gave instructions when "Erase & Repair Disk" are not available to try using the Install DVD.

 

I put in the INSTALL DVD and double clicked. It did nothing. It just restarted the computer and that's it.

 

What am I doing wrong? I would love to just give the gigs to Leopard without having to reinstall all my software. But, if I have to, I will. But, I can't it's not an option.

 

Thanks.

Final Cut Pro 6, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 11:14 PM (in response to snowman999)

    With the install Disc inserted, restart & hold Option key at bootup, see if it';s a boot choice.

     

    Tough without the Install disc, but some things to try...

     

     

    Does it boot to Single User Mode, CMD+s keys at bootup, if so try...

     

     

    /sbin/fsck -fy

     

     

    Repeat until it shows no errors fixed.

     

     

    (Space between fsck AND -fy important).

     

     

    Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck...

     

     

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214

     

     

    Just recently I ran into a problem when I tried to Verify my hard disk and when it tried to verify the catalog, it responded "Invalid sibling link." Repair Disk didn't work. I searched the web and Apple's site, and couldn't find anything useful except to buy DiskWarrior or reformat the drive. Knowing that OS X is built on Unix gave me a few clues on how to proceed. The solution is pretty simple:

              1.          Boot off the OS X CD (reboot, hold C while booting).

              2.          The installer will load up, go to Utilities in the menu and run Terminal.

              3.          Type df and look for the drive that has your Mac system mounted---you'll have to unmount this. On my MacBook Pro, it was /dev/disk0s2.

              4.          Type umount /dev/disk0s2, replacing disk0s2 with whatever disk your OS lives on.

              5.          Type fsck_hfs -r /dev/disk0s2. If you umounted the wrong thing, it will complain that you can't repair a mounted drive. Go back and umount the right thing and repeat this step.

    Just for fun, you might want to run another fsck_hfs on your disk (use the -f option because your drive is probably journaled). Hope this helps someone so they don't buy a program that's going to do pretty much what we did with fsck_hfs, and so they don't waste time searching for an answer to no avail. By the way, TechTool Deluxe (3.1.1) didn't find the Catalog problem for some reason (you'll have this on a CD if you have AppleCare), which is why I resorted to fsck.

     

     

    http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20070204093925888

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 2:43 PM (in response to snowman999)

    Whew, so it isn't seeing the Disc, what is the 2z691-****-A number on it?

     

    Did Single user boot not work at all?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 7:00 PM (in response to snowman999)

    We're stuck without a bootable Install Disc... unless you know somebody with a bootable clone of say 10.6 on an external drive.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 8:56 PM (in response to snowman999)

    Great toask, but you had to have some kind of Install Disc, either your Optical drive isn't working, or it was some other Install Disk... or we have some other hardware problem that's hard to diagnose. Did you ever find the 2z691-****-A number on that Disc?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 10:12 AM (in response to snowman999)

    OK, that appears to be the Retail Leopard 10.5.1 Install Disc, should work.

     

    We need to see why it isn't finding that Disk to boot from, or se if the geniuos can help better hands on.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 4:46 PM (in response to snowman999)

    If you have another Mac with Firewire & a FW cable, put the Install Disc in the other Mac,  boot the Other Mac into Target mode...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661

     

    And boot this one with the option key.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,675 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 11:27 AM (in response to snowman999)

    Great to hear it's fixed, thanks for the report!

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