[Doggiebox] Disaster!

Adrian Delso adrian.delso at btopenworld.com
Fri Apr 8 03:27:33 EDT 2005

Thanks for the info. I'm a Mac novice and no expert on any platform! I went 
into Disk Utility and Verify Disk/Disk Repair were both greyed out.

I've copied all my essential data onto two CDs, but am now at a bit of a 
If the drive is physically failing, will a repair shop suggest a repair or a 
replacement/upgrade? If so, I'll need to decide whether to go for a Mac Mini 
+ extra RAM, instead.
If it isn't a physical/mechanical issue, is it possible that there might be 
things that can be done in software/firmware? Julian Mayer's site seems to 
be out of action at the moment.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Francis Vaughan" <francis at cs.adelaide.edu.au>
To: "Adrian Delso" <adrian.delso at btopenworld.com>
Cc: <doggiebox at lists.zygoat.ca>
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 9:02 AM
Subject: Re: [Doggiebox] Disaster!

> On 07/04/2005, at 5:09 PM, Adrian Delso wrote:
>> The kernel panics, spontaneous resets and the bloodt beachball are not 
>> good signs.
> You are not wrong.  The bottom line is that these have all the symptoms
> of a failing disk.  I'm not kidding, the syndrome is something I have seen
> before, as have others.  Applications vanishing, random crashes, and
> the beachball.  The first of these is directory structure corruption.  The
> second swap space corruption, the last is page fault IO  taking forever 
> due
> to disk retries.
> Download the SMART disk monitor:   http://homepage.mac.com/julianmayer
> It should tell you if it is.
> However I would be looking to get your valuable data off the disk ASAP.
> As the disk degrades it will get worse and worse.  Slowly, and then
> more quickly more and more data will fall off, and eventually the kernel
> will not boot, then the disk will also fail to boot (i.e. on power up the
> disk's internal controller will be unable to locate config information
> on the disk) at which point the disk will fail to be visible to even a
> low level recovery program.  Then your data is really gone.
> Try to avoid reboots and power cycles if you can, as eventually
> one of these will be the last the disk can support.
> Francis.
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