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78152 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2010 1:12 PM by Cheryl Tompkins
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2008 3:49 PM (in response to Cheryl Tompkins)Well it can't find a system to boot (?), so you need to boot from your CD. Once booted from the CD, run Disk Utilities to see what's wrong. If it sees the drive, then repair it, fix permissions, if it does not see the drive, then it might have gone south. If it can't be repaired, then you will need "DiskWarrior", to see if it can fix it. If you have a current Backup......
good luckPowerbook iMac, Mac OS X (10.4)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2008 4:13 AM (in response to Dakota)I tried to run the disk utilities on it.. It sees the drive but it says that theres an error every time I verify the operating system. I tried to reinstall the operating system but it doesn't show my hard drive. I guess its off to an authorized mac repair man to see whats up.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2008 12:59 PM (in response to Cheryl Tompkins)Try the "Repair" option before you try to verify. You already know it can't be verified because it isn't starting up properly. If the problem isn't too fundamental, then Disk Utility can repair the damaged data and the disk will be fine.bunch of macs, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2008 3:16 AM (in response to Cheryl Tompkins)You need to boot from the CD to repair the hard disk, did you do that? Another option is to erase the disk and then do the install. Do you have a backup?
Message was edited by: DakotaPowerbook iMac, Mac OS X (10.4)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 14, 2008 6:46 AM (in response to Cheryl Tompkins)I got this same message after using Disk Utilities to create a new partition formatted in FAT 32, booting from my windows XP CD, reformatting that partition to NTFS, and installing Windows XP on that partition. (So I can dual-boot without using Boot Camp Beta, which is expired)
I worked around it just fine by holding the "alt" key when booting, which (after entering my firmware password) allows me to select the boot partition. It's like I somehow selected "Neither" for my default startup disk.
It's possible that your problem goes beyond this.
By the way, in my Windows reformat, I did end up deleting several 200 MB partitions that appeared on my drive...it looked like this:
(partition) (size) (name) (file format)
Partition 1: 198 MB [unknown empty
Partition 2: 250000 MB [Windows FAT32
Partition 3: 202 MB [unknown empty
partition 4: 850000 MB [Unknown unknown
this one is formatted in the mac file system, but XP (of course) doesn't
partition 5: 201 MB [unknown empty
Anybody know what's going on here? I sucessfully merged the first three from the XP cd, but I don't know what's up with Disk Utility and why it leaves these spaces after partitioning.....2.2 ghz MBP 15.4", Mac OS X (10.4.11), Dual-Boot Windows XP
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2010 1:12 PM (in response to Cheryl Tompkins)Needed a new hard drive got it covered under the extended repair program!