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  • ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3

    Since the OS is unable to move the files, and thus is unable to be holding on to any particular piece of data, I would just force quit the application.  That fact that it has been saying "about a minut" for several HOURS tell me that the window you see is nothing more than fake anyway...  It thinks it is trying to do something crutial and cant, but hasnt yet completed the task, so it is just telling you that it will only take a minut or two more, not realizing that it isnt working....  If it were me, I would Force Quit.

  • T1nk3r Level 1 Level 1

    Okay. Trying to force quit with command / option / esc but there is no response.

     

    Is there another way to force quit?

  • ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3

    hold the power button for 8 seconds.  That will force-stop the entire machine

  • T1nk3r Level 1 Level 1

    Okay. Did that. Rebooting now.

  • T1nk3r Level 1 Level 1

    When I quit the installer and try to restart, it only gives me a choice of the softwate DVD or Network Startup to choose from.

     

    It appears that I can no longer start up from my hard drive.

     

    My hard drive no longer exists?

     

    What do i do now?

  • ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3

    I wonder if your hard disk isn't rappidly failing...   Its never a good sign when disks fall off the map...  Force quitting the restoration wouldn't kill the disk...   the disk would sitll be there...   this has become a question of hardware,  not software.   before you do anything else, I would go to genius bar and have them do an in-depth diagnostic.

  • T1nk3r Level 1 Level 1

    Let's just say that this has been a discouraging week.

     

    My work Mac's screen crapped out on me.

     

    Then I managed to save data to my own personal Mac, which had never shown signs of trouble.

     

    Now this Mac has crapped out on me, too. What are the odds of that happening.

     

    If I wanted crap, I could have spent a lot less money on a PC.

     

    There, I said it.

     

    Very, very disappointed in MacIntosh tonight.

  • ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3

    While I agree that that is rather unfortunate,  all of your problems are still completely fixable.  While the screen costs a bit of money, and this drive will probably cost you around 80 to 120 bucks,  you're mac is still a very capable machine.  Dont give up hope yet!

  • Lexiepex Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    You said that the reinstall took a long time when it was alomst finished; the reason must be that the internet was slow or gone.

    There are a lot of simple apps that do backups, and you can choose what to backup or not. Dragging is not necessary. But you can only use the computer to backup when the OS runs of course.

    Has the reinstall OS finished and do you still have the dragging problem? If yes, start the Recovery partition again and click DiskUtility, choose the HDD and do a "Repair Disk". Post the result here.

  • ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3

    OS X 10.5 does not have a recovery partition. Its all on the disk.  The fact that it is all on the disk throws out network lag as a possibility.  Basically, apps do the same thing as draging files...   Draging files is just a GUI representation of moving data on a disk.  The problem here is that OS X will not attempt to read the data from one locaton while simultaniously writing the data to another location... 

     

    Even assuming all of that is incorrect, the disk should never dissapear... Once you have verified the disk and repaired the disk and got the OK on all, and then the disk dissapears off the map, the diagnosis looks grim for the hard disk.  As i said before, take it to a genius bar or other Apple Certified Technician and have them do what is best.

  • Lexiepex Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Yes ofcourse, I was out a bit. Use AHT when you don't have a clone.

    I already suspected the disk.

  • T1nk3r Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, everyone. Figured I'd gone way past my abilities to handle this one.

     

    Took it in for repair. They're going to reinstall. Tech said that sometimes an archive & reinstall will just hang there on that final minute for hours and hours and hours. They said to just be patient and let it run, that it's not frozen when it does that. They also suggested to avoid shutting it down, since that might create more problems.

     

    Lesson learned.

     

    If they can figure it out, they'll tell what they can about reasons to have lost drag and drop and cut and paste. But they said that they might not be able to. We'll see.

     

    I'll post whatever I learn on this thread.

     

    Thanks again for all the help with this.

  • Lexiepex Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    ...I'll post whatever I learn on this thread...

    Yes plse, so we can learn also! Good.

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