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Lost contents of my Harddisc

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Stephen Hill2 Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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Apr 5, 2013 10:22 AM

I had a Beachball that turned forever and did not resolve itself so I turned off the power - this happened a number of times

 

When I restarted my eMac, OS10.5.8, I had lost the contents of an external disc and my Appleworks document icons were blank.

 

I changed my OS to 10.3.9 and my external harddisc had all its contents and Appleworks was OK.

 

I rebooted in 10.5.8 and the harddsic icons were not there but the Appleworks icons were there but still blank. ?????

 

Cheers Steve

 

 

I have three external harddiscs and the other two are OK

Now have OS10X 10.5.8
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Apr 5, 2013 11:46 AM (in response to Stephen Hill2)

    Hi Stephen,

     

    Could be many things, we should start with this...

     

    "Try Disk Utility

     

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

    *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*

    3. Click the First Aid tab.

    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.

    5. Click Repair Disk, (not Repair Permissions). Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."

     

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

     

    Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.

     

    (Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)

     

    If perchance you can't find your install Disc, at least try it from the Safe Boot part onward.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Apr 5, 2013 3:15 PM (in response to Stephen Hill2)

    Does the offending external get power only from the computer's USB port or does it have a separate power supply that powers it? The first, called "bus-powered" drives, can become troublesome as they get older and need more power to turn the motor.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 1:27 PM (in response to Stephen Hill2)

    It does sound like the drive is shot, might be some recovery SW that'll work, not sure.

     

    As far as stopping when it Beachballs, not much you can do other than killing the power. And I think the damage was before killing the power, as well as the cause of the BB.

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  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 11:30 AM (in response to Stephen Hill2)

    Also, do you know anybody with AW6 that could convert it for you?

     

    I'd be willing, but you don't really know anything about me, so you rightly might be wary.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,765 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 3:25 PM (in response to Stephen Hill2)

    OK, great, thanks, looking forward to it.

     

    The conversion was that some of the filetypes can be exported/saved as other types of files, that could possibly use other AQpps on.

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