[svlug] Dead Hard disk

Ken Blake kblake2 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 16 07:02:00 PDT 2015


I would recommend first trying to mount it using a drive enclosure.  It's
not uncommon for the sata cables to go bad so it's possible there's nothing
wrong with the drive (did your sister also get charged for a sata cable?).
Since you want to mount an HFS+ partition it's best to use another mac.  If
you don't have one, ask a friend to use theirs.  Apple's Disk Utility app
has some repair options and don't forget it's unix underneath so you have
fsck and dd.  Of course there's risk doing anything that modifies the disk
so you should make a copy first (if you can) or defer to the pros.  But
before paying someone else it makes sense to make sure it's actually bad.
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