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A possible fix for invalid sibling links on a hard drive
Authored by: rhinophant on Dec 23, '08 09:57:21AM

This hint was great. I see some of the criticism. I would just ask that people use their imagination and instincts. Coupled with this hint, you should find a solution to the sibling link error.

My unique circumstances:

We have a Tiger Server that went down after a restart. It wouldn't boot into single-user or target mode: only to optimal drive. Got to Terminal with an install DVD and followed this hint, though it did not work. Ended up installing a new instance of Server on a Spare partition (not an option for all, but almost never a bad idea). Restored minimal functionality and then ran the fsck_hfs on the original boot volume. From the new server volume, it worked fine, and I was able to reboot to it and fully restore services.

For me, reinstalling the OS onto the original volume was a bad option because of all the customization we've done to the server. The back-up image we have (for some reason) wasn't working with a Disk Utility restore. Before starting new and using that image's data as a rebuild reference, I followed-up on my suspicion that the install DVD's file system had fsck_hfs a bit perplex. I don't know if that's right or not, but when I reinstalled an booted to another volume, I was able to restore the original with fsck_hfs.

Sum up: This hint is great, five stars with a recommendation that you use some savvy and realize all systems are unique and this information needs to be generalized.



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