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    Imac wont boot
    Hi at macforums!

    I have an imac that doesnt boot. It was going a bit slow so i threw away alot of widgets in the dashboard then I uninstalled logmein which was taking along time to startup.

    Right after that i turned the imac off and restarted. i see a white screen and grey mac logo and the circle turning for ever.

    So i started googling on my ipad. I tried fsck -fy in unix. It says block count 64 should be 62 and there are 2 more errors which i cant remember. It also say errors cant be fixed.

    i tried the orginal dvd to archieve and reinstall. After blue progress bar goes through the first dvd it says error in install. Try again. i then tried my snow leopard dvd. Says can install already from start.

    I tried pram and other stuff ive read on forums. Nada works.

    Because it happened right after i uninstalled applications and after removing widgets from dashboard and after I change seetings to not run applications on start up ( third party appplication) I am a firm beleiver that its not a harddrive failure. Im still hoping its software but what can i do? Most important on the drive are digital photos ive been taking for a coule of years of familly. These i really want back.

    And suggestions?

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    Before reinstalling did you try to run disk repair using the disk utility from the install disk ?
    Can it repair the disk or not ?
    And what if you try to reinstall after disk repair .

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    Actually i tried archieve install first, didnt work so then i tried disk utility. Im trying it again and tried verify disk permissions. A whole list of stuff wrong but it hangs at 80 procent through so i stop the process then do repair disk permissions and i corrects about 80 procent through then that hangs and i stop that. Then i do verify disk says incorrect block count, it should be 62 instead of 64. Then its say the underlying task reported failure on exit. So then i click on repair disk. Says the same things plus 1 hfs volume checked
    1 volume could not be repair because of error

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    I now tried archieve install again and it says there are errors installing software. Please try installing again.

    By the way dobby, thanks for trying to help me.

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    If it can not repair the disk than it seems logical you're drive is failing .
    I know it is to late now .
    But making a backup can spare you a lot of trouble .
    Do you have a external disk laying around ?
    If so install OSX on the external drive .
    Boot while you hold down the option key and try to save you're data after booting

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    Ok, when i reboot holding the option key I get an icon with dvd and one with the hdd, i then choose the hhd icon(?) and i see the apple and a progress bar. the progress goes a few procent, then the progress bar disapears and now i have only the circle turning forever again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macalover69 View Post
    Ok, when i reboot holding the option key I get an icon with dvd and one with the hdd, i then choose the hhd icon(?) and i see the apple and a progress bar. the progress goes a few procent, then the progress bar disapears and now i have only the circle turning forever again.
    But you're still trying to install on the internal hdd
    And what I mean is try to install on a External HD .Meaning USB or Firewire HD
    After the install process to the USB or Firewire HD hold down the option key to boot from the USB or Firewire HD

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    When i try installing on external drive the install process says, you cant install on that drive. I have the external drive connected by usb, then i boot with the original install dvd. In the install process it asks to select a destination. i have to options, the Macintosh HD and my external. The external has a red exclamation. When i click the external it says, you cannot install Mac OS X on this volume. mac OS X cannot start up from this volume.

    So now what?

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    I see now that i can install to a external, i used the old dvd install, this dvd said i cannot installl mac os x to the external. I then switched dvd to the snow leopard, this time it say i can install to external but it say all info on the external will be lost. So i will buy a new external drive tomorrow. Im in time zone +1 GMT.

    Question is now after i succesfully install Mac os x oon an external, how to i get in to my crashed internal HD?

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    Finder option Preference option General check the HD
    Than it shows all you're HD .
    To copy the file that still can be read just drag and drop it from one HD to a other

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    Great dobby, ill see if i can salvage anything.

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    Everything is still intact on the internal hd! I have salvaged the most important stuff! Thanks a million dobby!! You saved my week and most of all u helped me save my familly photos. Thanks!

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