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Authored by: spiralscratch on Feb 16, '07 01:18:44AM
Run the following from single-user mode:
/sbin/fsck_hfs -ypr /dev/partition
A single-partition Intel-based system is typically going to use /dev/disk0s2. It doesn't always work, but I've seen it get back partitions that absolutely would not boot or mount under another system due to problems that the regular fsck command could not fix.

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Authored by: jazzmoose on Oct 23, '07 05:02:21PM

SpiralScratch - many thanks. I'm a noob on OS X and this was my first problem with my MacBook - your tip saved the day for me & after being able to archive some images with Disk Utility having fixed the disk with fsck_hfs & re-installing Tiger, I'm up and running again : )
The install option to preserve users & preferences worked like a dream.



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