The problem started after forcing the mac to shutdown. Since then, when trying to boot, it stays stuck at the grey apple with spinning wheel. I've tried a few generic things to be able to access my data on my internal drive without success. I first tried booting on the restore partition from mountain lion, but the same apple with spinning wheel issue happens, which makes me think that it's the partition that's corrupted and not the Volume.
I've tried booting the iMac in Target mode and do the following:
1) I've tried using Disk Utility to repair the disk, but when trying to "Repair Disk" on the hardware item (not the volume one), the output gives:
Verifying and repairing partition map for “AAPL FireWire Target Media” Checking prerequisites Problems were encountered during repair of the partition map Error: Some information was unavailable during an internal lookup
2) Data Rescue and Disk Warrior hang when I open them and when the Target disk is connected, but don't when I disconnect it.
What make me thing that some data can be saved is the following
3) Using single user mode, I can navigate through the different users’ folders, I can even open their text files.
fsck -fy command outputs:
The Volume Macintosh HD appears to be OK.
When doing the
/sbin/mount -uw / command, it outputs
SATA WARNING: Enable auto-activate failed disk0s2: I/0 error.
followed by a few lines of gibberish followed by:
hfs: cat_delete() failed to delete thread record on volume Macintosh HD hfs: Runtime corruption detected on Macintosh HD, fsck will be forced on next mount hfs_remove_orphans: failed to start transaction hfs: hfc_btree_open: hfs_getnewvnode error 2
So I can’t mount the internal drive and I can’t seem to be able to mount an external drive to copy my files to it. It seems that there’s no network connection in single user mode (unless I’m missing something), so I don’t believe I can send the data through networking and my laptop refuses to mount the Target disk.
There are some important documents I would like to save and I was wondering if there was some way to access the files on the hard drive the same way single user mode does it?
Thanks a lot for any answers!