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A possible fix for invalid sibling links on a hard drive
Authored by: Buck Flashroy on Jan 21, '08 02:10:34PM
I was got the infamous 'Invalid Sibling Link' error, so decided to try this command. I unmounted the drive (in my case umount /dev/disk0s3), then I ran fsck_hfs -r /dev/disk0s3 but it said it couldn't repair it. I ran it again and again but everytime it said it couldn't repair it. I tried -f aswell, but still with no luck. I couldn't seem to mount the drive again either. I panicked.

BUT

Just on the off chance though, I quit terminal and restarted the computer. I ejected the CD as soon as I could (by holding down the mouse button as the computer started up until the CD ejected). Weirdly enough, the computer loaded up and was fine!!! I have no idea how long it will last, but the main thing is that I am now able to back everything up. Once everything is backed up, I'm going to carry on as normal and hope for the best. However, if it crashes again, I think I'll erase it all and start again (reinstall) safe in the knowledge that I'll have everything backed up.

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