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    Trashed hard drive
    I had a hard drive crap out on me tonight. My wife ran a Roomba in the office where I was working on a Mac Mini. The unit was on and the Roomba apparently bumped into it at least once. A Roomba being a vacuum, that should have been damaging enough, but it also changed the name of main hard disc by running over the keyboard. It ran fine for another week until tonight when it finally froze and wouldn't restart. I popped in my install disc and let Disc Utility go to work. Unfortunately I can't get it to do anything. Everything I try stops (including just erasing the drive) because, "the drive cannot be unmounted." I'm not in much of a position right now to replace the hard drive. Does anyone have any suggestions on other courses of action?

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    Do you have Apple Care on it ??
    If so it might be worth a try to see if  can replace it for you...
    Have you a bootable copy on a Ext HD for it. You can use that to continue your work until your in a position to get another HD

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    Strangely about 2 minutes after I posted this the system managed to unmount the drive. I've been able to erase and start reinstalling the OS since then. Sorry for the post. I was working on this for a while before I turned to the community. I guess I just needed to give the Mac a little more time. I'll be interested to see how well it recovers with a fresh install though.

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    So I started reinstalling Tiger on the drive last night before going to bed. When I got up this morning I had a message on my screen stating installation had had some errors and I needed to retry. I checked disc utility again and found that the disc could not unmount again.

    Just to clarify, I found the disc trashed last night, tried to use Disc Utility (off the OS X install DVD) to verify and repair the disc (unsuccessfully), moved to the installation program which stalled for a few minutes before not showing the disc at all, returned to disc utility, was able to erase the disc (which was unmounted following trying to start an installation), and erased and created a new drive. Everything seemed okay after erasing, but now it's not working again.

    The computer is pretty old and is beyond Apple Care and I don't really have the time/money to pop another drive in right now. Thoughts on what this could be and what to do?

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    If you do not have the cash for that new hard drive, cannot suggest purchasing DiskWarrior at $99.00 then. Not much you can do is there other than look at eBay and such for a second hand drive?

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    The computer is pretty old and is beyond Apple Care and I don't really have the time/money to pop another drive in right now. Thoughts on what this could be and what to do?
    The hard drive is more than likely defective. Unless you have critical data on it that you need badly, I wouldn't spend money trying to repair it or recover anything on it.

    If you don't have the $$$ to purchase another HDD, there's not much you can do except wait until you do have the $$$. By the way, replacing a hard drive in a Mac mini is not an easy job. Apple didn't exactly make the mini so it could be easily serviced.

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