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  • 15. Re: corrupt OS?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)
    Will these restore my bookmarks, intact?


    Yes, I'd rename it & copy it over, check the Permissions on it with Get Info too.

    The one thing I'm still concerned about is my bookmarks (well, how to use Migration Assistant to bring back selected things from my FW disk, too).


    MA will only work if there is an OS install on the FW Drive, but there are other ways.

    The only option I seem to have left is to wipe the drive, run whatever disk repair options exist in Disk Utility, reload and try again (even before buying a new HD or taking it to a local shop).


    +IF you decide to go that way+, Zero the HD...

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc that came with your computer, 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. (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 Erase tab.
    4. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.
    5. Select your Mac OS X volume.
    6. Highlight the drive, select Erase Tab, then Format type... MacOS Extended Journalled, select the Security Options button, choose Zero Out Data, Erase... after completion hopefully you'll be able to install.
  • 16. Re: corrupt OS?
    Ric Lobosco Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    I had copied over the ".json" files, but even after relaunching Firefox, I still don't see my bookmarks. I'm not sure what to rename them, but checked permissions, they're "Read & Write."

    If I can't use MA (there was no successful OS installation to my FW drive), I'd love to know how else to move stuff (like Eudora settings, etc.)... before reformatting. (I'm trying to be VERY cautious & thorough, know what I'm doing ahead of time.)

    Thanks for the reformatting steps, but I'm only reformatting the named volume, not the whole HD?

    Thanks again!
  • 17. Re: corrupt OS?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)
    Quit Firefox, Rename it to...

    Bookmarks.html

    Remove or trash the present one that is there first.
  • 18. Re: corrupt OS?
    Ric Lobosco Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Quit Firefox, Rename it to...

    Bookmarks.html

    Remove or trash the present one that is there first.


    Tried taking "bookmarks-2009-06-23.json" and renaming it "bookmarks.html", and put it in the (user account)->Library->Application Support->Firefox->Profiles->xxxxxxxx.default folder.

    I restart Firefox, but still don't have my bookmarks. ;-(

    I DID experiment with dragging Eudora Settings from the backup on my FW drive into the new user account folder, and I got my settings back. I assume (I hope!) I can do the same for the rest of my Eudora files (like email, attachments, etc.), and for iTunes.

    This was WAY easy, just like in the OS9 days, not at all like when I first tried to move from OS9 to the iBook!

    Any other ideas about my old bookmarks?
  • 19. Re: corrupt OS?
    Ric Lobosco Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    PS: I checked the Permissions on the bookmark file, and "Ownership" is set to Read & Write. Owner is also set to Read & Write.

    Group and Others are set to Read only. I can't imagine that's a problem....
  • 20. Re: corrupt OS?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)
    Try dragging that bookmark.hyml to the Firefox icon, or double clicking on it... does it open?
  • 21. Re: corrupt OS?
    Ric Lobosco Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    I only get a loooong page of text, no hyperlinks.... although URLs and other bookmark data is recognizable buried in that text.
  • 22. Re: corrupt OS?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)
    Sorry, my mistake that was FF2, not FF3, rename it back to what it was & see this...

    http://kb.mozillazine.org/Lostbookmarks#Restoring_bookmarks_in_Firefox3
  • 23. Re: corrupt OS?
    Ric Lobosco Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Eureka!

    There was no "Import & Backup", but I figured out the button that got me to the "Restore" function.

    ...It doesn't look quite the same (not sure why), but it seems to have recent bookmarks, and ones going back ages. Fortunately, I have a file with most of the logins for membership sites.

    I should be able to proceed with the reformatting test, rebuilding my full system, and testing the "new" system on a "repaired" drive. If it shows bugs again, then either I take it to a shop or try the HD. (NewEgg.com has a 320GB WD Scorpio Blue for $90+tax, free shipping.)
  • 24. Re: corrupt OS?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)
    Great news Ric, good work, thanks for the report & good luck!

    HD. (NewEgg.com has a 320GB WD Scorpio Blue for $90+tax, free shipping.)


    I'd go for it, a new bigger drive is about due anyway !
  • 25. Re: corrupt OS?
    Ric Lobosco Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Thanks, BDA, for everything! I probably will get that drive, or some similar upgrade....
  • 26. Re: corrupt OS?
    Ric Lobosco Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Ran Disk Utilities erase (write zeroes), and "first aid", using the NEW OS 10.4 install disks Apple sold me. Disk Utilities (running from the install disk) reported everything OK.

    I then attempted a new install on the erased disk, it ran "check installation disk" OK. After installing "Base System", "Essentials", and "BSD Subsystem", it failed. Tried again, it failed quickly.

    Tried again, it installed Additional Essentials, Additional Speech Voices, Media Files, Migration Assistant, Mail, Address Book, Automater, iTunes, and Java, then failed.

    I then attempted an install from the original installation disks, which DID work for me one time last Wednesday, after failing on me previously. It also ran through the same stages as above, and failed during Java installation.

    I then tried "upgrade" install. It appeared to go through the same installation process, and it got further, before failing once again. (I can't boot from the HD at all now, with an incomplete installation.)

    I'm at a loss to understand why this installation failure has happened so much lately, and with the attempted Office '08 install, too.

    The optical drive hasn't shown any other indication of having problems, and passes the "check installation disk".

    No response from the local Mac repair guy.... but I might have to take it to a shop for repair at this point, and suffer whatever the costs are (diagnosis and parts!).

    Bah, humbug. ;-(
  • 27. Re: corrupt OS?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)
    Do keep us posted on the outcome, hopefully it's just the Hard Drive.
  • 28. Re: corrupt OS?
    Ric Lobosco Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Not really "answered", but after my troubleshooting, installing a new hard drive, installing everything from a new external Superdrive, leaving it in a veteran Mac repair expert's hands for weeks, I've given up trying to find & fix the weird intermittent problems....
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