PowerBook boot problem revisited

I connected my laptop to another system with FireWire and booted my laptop into “Target mode” — hold down the T key while powering on the laptop. This effectively turns the laptop into a very expensive external FW enclosure. I ran DiskWarrior from the other system, and it recognized the “external” FW drive. I started a DW recovery on this drive at about 16:30 PDT. If it’s anything like the previous run, it should be done with “Step 5” by about 07:15 tomorrow morning. (crosses fingers)

Update: Well, I let that run all night (about 16 hours), and DW looks like it hung soon after I got it started. Alsoft’s support phone still says something about hurricane Rita, even though it’s now Monday morning (when they indicate that they’ll be back) — terrible timing on my part, having a drive fail right as a hurricane strikes Alsoft. 🙁 I’ve booted the laptop with the DiskWarrior CD, with an external FW drive. DW can “see” both the internal (failing) drive as well as the external FW drive. Let’s see how it goes…

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I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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3 Responses to PowerBook boot problem revisited

  1. jim says:

    It’s now been 24 hours since I started the DW rebuild. Still on “Step 5: Locating directory data…” with the dreaded “(Speed inhibited by disk malfunction)” message. On the plus side, I received an email from Marc at Alsoft Tech Support this morning, so it seems that they’ve bested hurricane Rita.

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