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A possible fix for invalid sibling links on a hard drive
Authored by: markustee on Dec 02, '07 09:56:27PM

I wish it would have worked, but I tried this at least twenty times. I get the message that "the volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired".

This occurred when I had a Seagate Free Agent external HD connected via USB, and turned off the computer to change outlets to a UPS. The turnoff went fine, but when I restarted, the dreaded question mark on a file came up instead of the good 'ol apple.

There was a spark on the plug when I plugged it in - I am fearful that the spark was something really, really bad for my hard drive. The machine was off, but the UPS sparked at the plug when I plugged in the computer.

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A possible fix for invalid sibling links on a hard drive
Authored by: markustee on Dec 07, '07 12:34:17AM

Well, $720 in repair bills later, this is another way to recover, even if you have unmounted your hard drive and this hint failed, as it did with me. Using another Mac computer, use the firewire connection to connect the two computers together. In this case, my excellent expert used his laptop running Leopard to connect to my iMac. First, he unplugged the Mac, pushed the start button for five seconds, and while holding it in, plugged in the Mac. This reset the (in PC it's "bios", I don't recall what he called it). Then he connected the two, and rebooted. The firewire symbol came up on my iMac, and he was able to access my hard drive from his laptop and recover all the data from it (we backed it up to a large external drive). Then he did his magic on the operating system, and recovered the drive. My operating system was screwed up in half a dozen places. We think it had something to do with the "hard drive update" that Apple sent out - it would not load correctly when I tried to run it, several times. We think it finally just ate the operating system. Don't know why.

In my case, $720 was cheap to be able to recover my data, and he did it in one day.

I'm typing this on my iMac. Cheers.

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