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Disk Warrior reports: system symbolic link files broken

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ChicagoAl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 17, 2013 1:28 PM

We have had an issue recently with the iMac my teen son uses, and it seemed to be resolved, as reported in this thread:

 

https://discussions.apple.com/message/21478407#21478407

 

Short version: I had to use an external DVD drive to get the computer to start from the install disk, and that allowed me to run Disk Utility, which (apparently) made the needed repairs.

 

However now the computer has reverted to those problems, basically it won't start up: grey screen or at best, spinning ball and Apple but no further.

 

So I went for a copy of Disk Warrior, and it found and repaired problems with the Directory (replaced it).   But then I ran a check on Files and Permissions and it came up with 'system symbolic link files' that are broken and can't be repaired.  

 

(The HD came up fine with AHT and with the Hardware check on DW.)

 

Should I try to run another repair program or just do a fresh install of the OS?  

 

If the latter, I assume from our 10.6 disks; what is on there is 10.6.8.   We have a Time Machine backup from two days ago, in case needed, but I've never restored from it.   A re-install of the system software should not affect the rest of the data on the computer, right?

 

Thanks for any advice!

MacPro, MBP, many Macs in the house, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)

    We have a Time Machine backup from two days ago, in case needed, but I've never restored from it.

    Then, you need to restore it to another parttion or ext HD. That's the only way to ensure that'll do the job and result in a viable restoration. Alternatively, use something like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to put a bootable backup/clone onto another disk.

    A re-install of the system software should not affect the rest of the data on the computer, right?

    Correct. Reinstalling Snow Leopard (or the newer OSs) only replaces OS components and basic Apple apps, leaving user data, settings, and 3rd-party apps alone.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)

    If you use TM to restore to your current boot volume, then you're assuming that it's viable. I don't use TM, preferring bootable backups/clones. So, yes I recommend restoring somewhere else to ensure it's viable.

     

    The recovery mode is only available with Lion and ML.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)

    Zap the PRAM and Reset the SMC, then try installing the OS again.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • Chris27.040 Calculating status...

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  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,430 points)

    ChicagoAl is absolutely correct. You really should start your own thread for your question rather stealling his thread.

     

    Allan

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)

    Let us know how the RAM swap turns out. If AHT didn't find any issues, Rember might.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
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