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A possible fix for invalid sibling links on a hard drive
Authored by: jeichorst on Feb 17, '07 06:11:17PM

The fix pretty much worked for me as originally posted.

My difference was that the machine would not mount the HD at all. So, using the unmount command in terminal responded with a "could not be found".

Do not let that prevent you from running fsck_hfs -r command as it still worked for me. I seem to have lost nothing.

Also I didn't need to run terminal from install disk. You can log into either verbose mode or single user mode - restart and immediately hold down either command s or command v - to get to a command line.

Not being able to mount the drive, I could not copy my files b4 trying the fix by any traditional means. HOWEVER what I did do was load data rescue from CD and used the clone function to clone the broken hd to a fw external - for some reason it could see the drive and execute the clone. I then tried the fix on the clone first.

If you are trying this - I HIGHLY recommend doing the same just for safety sake. That way if it doesn't work, at least you're no worse off than when you started.

AND, back-up people. I was a bit lax with this for the first time in about a year and look what happened. Backing-up only counts if you are regular about it - better yet create a clone of your HD on a regular basis!

Anyway. Saved me a LOT of time. Great fix. I am indebted to the original poster!

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A possible fix for invalid sibling links on a hard drive
Authored by: wakey on Nov 27, '07 11:54:36AM

Yes! Absolutely great hint. I had a disk that I could start up in target mode, but it would not mount even using disk utililty. Trying fsck did not solve the problem, but two doses of fsck_hfs -r completely fixed the invalid sibling link problem.

Thanks so much for this marvelous hint.

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