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Failure to install lion.  Hard drive irreparably damaged

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bfmcmillen Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Jul 20, 2011 1:14 PM

Have 10.6.8, 4 gigs ram. Dl'd and ran Lion  install rebooted to message that hard drive was damaged and could not be repaired.  Now cannot reboot my machine without that message. Put my original snow leopard in drive but can't get anywhere. Also, I cannot hit the continue or any button with my trackpad.

imac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), IMAC, 4 gigs memory
  • Graham Perrin Calculating status...

    Depending on whether/when an installation was interrupted, what you describe could be normal for an interrupted state. Please try the following:


    1. reset PRAM and NVRAM
    2. immediately after the chime that signals a successful reset, key command-r until the Recovery OS presents Mac OS X Utilities
    3. use Disk Utility to verify the volume to which you will install Lion.


    If Recovery OS Disk Utility continues to report an issue, copy the text of the issue then use Recovery OS Safari to paste to this topic.

  • Charles C n Miami Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Unused node is not erased (node=924)

    Checking catalog file

    Invalid node structure

    The volume Macintosh HD could not be verified completely

    Error: This disk needs to be repaired. ClickRepair Disk


    Repair Disk is greyed out.

  • Graham Perrin Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
  • Charles C n Miami Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    The startup disk showed but when selected it saya "You can't change the startup disk to the selected disk" Startup disk could not gather enough information on the selected disk. OK


    Now what??

  • Graham Perrin Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)

    Avoiding cross-posts, let's continue in the other topic.

  • rmunde Calculating status...

    And if you use SoftRaid, upgrade to the current version, 4.07.  That is also a show-stopper.

  • ivan54 Level 3 Level 3 (860 points)

    If you were to run Disk Utility on the drive, what does Disk Utility say about the S.M.A.R.T. status?


    When you select the physical drive on the left in Disk Utility (the left justified one above the volume names), does it give the S.M.A.R.T. status at the bottom?


    That's the hard drive itself is reporting its status and if it is failing it needs to be serviced.  "Direct from the horses mouth" as it were.

  • ssfelts Calculating status...

    I have exactly the same issue. Did you figure anything out to get back to Snow Leopard? I am just hoping I have not lost everything on my hard driev and want to get back to SL and forget about Lion until Apple fixes their many issues...

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)

    Have you verified and repaired your disk in disk utility?


    if you have lion installed hold cmd+R while booting up and it'll take you to the lion partition that then lets you reinstall or go into disk utility and repair your disks.

  • Graham Perrin Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)

    Seeking clarification


    bfmcmillen wrote:

    I ran Lion and there it was again, disk damaged, node something. Backed out

    Was that damage reported by Mac OS X Installer whilst the grey linen background was present?



    Was that damage reported by Disk Utility in Recovery OS Mac OS X Utilities whilst the grey linen background was presented?



    Did you key command-r at any point?


    What was the name of the thing that you backed out from?

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 8 GB MacBookPro5,2 GeForce 9600M GT
  • mariness Calculating status...

    Hey Everyone!!!!! I am really new to this chats but I am really scared...  I own a MacBook Pro 13" and upgraded it to a 1TB Hard Drive by Toshiba.  It was great having all the extra space after always having to buy an extra memory hard drive.  The thiing is that I downloaded Lion because I was exited to have it.  When suddenly got a strange thing that said that My Hard Drive was in Failure and to back up al my info... or loose it !!!! So I ran Bought the first hard drive I could find and made it my time machine.  I took it to an apple Distributer ( I live In Guatemala and we do not have Apple Store) and they told me there was nothing I could do that I was going to have to buy a new hard drive so I got in Ebay and bought the Western Digital Blue Scorpio 1 TB too... But now I am just really scared to try and install LIon again... I don't really want to buy another hard drive... can someone help?????  Thank You!!!!!

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