09-30-2010, 11:09 AM
this is my first time posting here. I am hoping that someone has some insight to the problems I am having with my late 2007 iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 17" iMac running Mac OS X (10.5.6). And also my external hard drive - WD My Book - Home Edition 500gb.
Recently my external hard drive that I was using with Time Machine stopping mounting to my desktop. I ran a disk verify/repair. I think the error came back that it was unrepairable because of disconnecting incorrectly. I've had this external hard drive for a little over 2 years. It has consistently ran every hour with a backup when the computer was on. It was spotty but sometimes it would mount. But now it won't show up at all. I have it partitioned for my PC and for my Mac. The PC part shows up on my PC when I plug it in. But when I brought the ext hd to my work (i have a g5 mac at work) the mac partition side did not show up on the desktop.
Now my iMac has been freezing up and now refuses to boot up. Will not go past the gray screen with the apple logo. And if I do finally get the desktop to show up, it just freezes up again.
Since my ext hard drive hasn't back up for over 2 months. I have some new data on my comptuer that I need to get off. I want to try one last thing to my iMac before bringing it to the geniuses. (since I am well past my Apple Care plan) I have to find my startup disk and try and reboot from that. That is, if I can get it to boot up long enough to get the disk in.
Since I've gotten the computer, i've upgraded to Leopard. Should I try and reboot from the Leopard disk, or my orginal startup disk from when I first purchases my iMac?
Also I can't tell if my external hard drive is to blame, or if my internal hard drive on iMac is dying/dead. Or both?
Any help with any of these problems will be MUCH appreciated.
Thank you for your time!