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Pwr Mac G5 w/OSX 10.3.9 - Failing HD

by TwoPynts / August 5, 2009 4:22 AM PDT

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In a nutshell, my main HD is failing. I can still mount it when booting from the secondary HD, but accessing anything on it has met with no luck. There is some vital work files that I would like to retrieve. Has anyone experienced anything similar and have some advice? Know of a place where I can get my data retrieved if all else fails?

Here is some info from when I tried to run Disk Utility and Repair Disk:
Keys out of order
Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit (-9972).
Volume could not be repaired.
....and when using fsck in single user mode:
disk1s9: I/O error
Invalid Key length
(4, 7)
**Volume check failed.

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Drive Savers,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 5, 2009 10:07 PM PDT

expensive but if these files are as important as you say, it would be worth it


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by TwoPynts / August 5, 2009 11:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Drive Savers,

So you suggest DriveSavers?

I ran DiskWarrior overnight and had no luck.
The HD is not a complete loss, but the main files I need are just not showing up and attempts to access them bring up the spinning beach ball and lock up the computer.

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That is one suggestion
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 6, 2009 3:34 AM PDT
In reply to: So...

they are expensive, but very good.
There are others like them whose names escape me right now. It's usually about the time the quote arrives that you find that these files are not that important after all.

This program is reputed to be good. It has a free trial.

Good Luck


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Stellar Phoenix
by nutotech / August 16, 2009 6:16 AM PDT

Had the same problem. Stellar Phoenix was able to retrieve about 80-85% of my files--mostly desktop stuff. fyi: took a LONG time! I'm on OS X 10.4.11 if that maters.

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