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    OSX Lion invalid sibling link

    Morning everyone, I've just being handed a MacBook pro with Lion on it. Apparently it was working and now it hangs at boot with the spinning wheel. I booted into the recovery partition and ran disk utility which came back saying the hard drive had an invalid sibling link and that I should backup what I can and reinstall the os.

    Question, how do I backup what I can? I can't mount the drive in Windows or OSX although I have used testdisk to do a recovery on it which has copied everything with a random numerical name (not really helpful with thousands of files recovered) was wondering if any one knew of a way to repair the drive or recover the data?

    I did see disk warrior but the user is reluctant to purchase it at the moment. Any help as always is appreciated.

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    BartPE on a USB stick, set the mac to boot from USB, voila!

    (Been a while since I've done this mind, last time I did was on a 2004 Power Mac G4)

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    I'll give it a try thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechieWils View Post
    Morning everyone, I've just being handed a MacBook pro with Lion on it. Apparently it was working and now it hangs at boot with the spinning wheel. I booted into the recovery partition and ran disk utility which came back saying the hard drive had an invalid sibling link and that I should backup what I can and reinstall the os.

    Question, how do I backup what I can? I can't mount the drive in Windows or OSX although I have used testdisk to do a recovery on it which has copied everything with a random numerical name (not really helpful with thousands of files recovered) was wondering if any one knew of a way to repair the drive or recover the data?

    I did see disk warrior but the user is reluctant to purchase it at the moment. Any help as always is appreciated.

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    DriveWarrior or Data Rescue are the best bets. If the user doesn't have a backup or want to pay for DriveWarrior to possible recover their data, then I wonder how much they really care about it. The drive needs to be replaced anyway so just install a new drive put Lion on it, give the user their old disk and send them on their way. Recovering the data without the proper tools is unlikely and most likely a waste of your time.

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    Another option would be to download a Ubuntu Live DVD and see if Linux can access the data on the HDD since since it will read HFS+ file-systems. More details here.

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    It's all sorted now, just an update I tried Bart pe on a stick and the appropriate version of ubuntu for mac and still no dice. Told the user the only option I could find was disk warrior. Told them they either get it and try it or I reformat the drive.

    They bought disk warrior and it worked. Powerful little program and easy to use. Would definitely recommend it.

    Cheers everyone for your help.

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    You definitely did the right thing. It's both unfair and unethical for a staff member to ask you to possibly spend hours of your time (on the school's dollar) to try to fix a problem that is their own personal fault (no backup) while being unwilling to spend a dime on the one tool that is likely to fix it. Maybe they'll listen to you next time you tell them the solution, but don't hold your breath.

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    Its almost like you've met my staff before, I will not hold my breathe but it was nice that they actually listened to me in the end. I've lost count of the number of times I tell people to backup their laptops/USB sticks and the usual response is I did last summer or why it still works

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