Today we could not get one of our machines running with 10.9 and RAID 0 which stripes the data on the boot volume.
After several hours of doing the 'standard' tasks like fixing permissions etc, we've hit a dead end for troubleshooting.
Here's what's going on:
Machine starts, we can see the apple logo and the spinning wheel / activity indicator animation. Nothing else happens.
Running safe boot mode ends in the same state.
So I have tried running verbose, the last line is:
Executing fsck_hfs (version hfs-226.1.1)
If I do a hard shutdown and start the verbose mode again, I can see in logs (last lines)
Executing fsck_hfs... hfs: Removed 0 orphaned / unlinked files and 4 directories
I have started the system in single user mode. I ran the fsck on it, it worked just as expected:
I've retried it twice before I got a note saying that file system is ok.
Reboot: same issue.
I can access all of the files and stuff on the raid when in single user mode, but there's no way the system will boot.
I woud love to hear some opinions, please limit the answers/comments to system tools or free tools available on the internet. Also, there's no way I'm going to remove the drives and attach to another system.