2397 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 1, 2010 8:39 PM by KJK555
If you've already erased the partition, you cannot get your data back. That is a sad fact of life, especially since you've already tried writing data to the drive.
Insert your Snow Leopard install disc. Start up from the disc. When it gets to the install prompt, click on Utilities in the menu bar and select Disk Utility. Select Macintosh HD. Press Repair Disk. Wait for that to finish
Go to the erase tab. With Macintosh HD still selected, choose the option Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the pop-up menu. Name the partition Macintosh HD if it isn't already, and click Erase. Wait for that to finish.
Then install Snow Leopard to Macintosh HD.
Start making more use of backups and keep a working boot copy on another hard drive for one thing.
Then boot from there, or even a small "eDrive" type partition that is used only for disk repairs and maintenance.
I've killed a drive by mishandling, crashes, etc where I couldn't revive or reformat it.
Consider the drive's file system fragile and that they don't respond to repeated failed attempts to boot.
If you can, invest in a couple utilities and disk drives to prevent and avoid any "next time."
I believe your hard drive is in a great deal of trouble:
If you have a PC, download the drive manufactures' diagnostic tools and run them on the drive (you
will have to remove the drive and connect it to the PC.