Running hardware test… Hardware OK
Running disk verification… Verification failed: Fatal error
Repairing disk… Disk repair failed: Fatal error
That’s been my life for the past two days, after my filesystem has been severely damaged. I wouldn’t care about having to reformat the whole hdd, but there are a bunch of files and hundreds of emails which would be lost. For the time being, I’m running my laptop on a Ubuntu Live CD, at least, that way, I can check my e-mails. My problem, in a nutshell, is having unintentionally interrupted the updating of the system (OS X 10.4.4 to OS X 10.4.5) and now being unable to boot.
Anyone has an idea how I could recover the files? (If anybody knew how to rebuild the system would be great, but I don’t mind reinstalling it as long as I get my files.)
I’ve of course tried all the classic methods: Disk Utility could neither repair nor rebuild the system, booting from the Install DVD succeeded (but it didn’t find a harddisk to reinstall onto), booting in safe mode was unsuccessful, DiskWarrior couldn’t repair the disk and I didn’t have any chance with the single user mode either. I’ve been told that I might try to recover my files using Ubuntu, but I haven’t found out yet how I should do that.
How great are the chances that I might recover the files after having partitioned the hdd and reinstalled the system?
Damn it, the first thing I’m going to do when this shit works again is buy an external harddisk. :-(