Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Moment of Silence – For My Mac

Today, my tried and true, ole reliable Macbook 2.0 GHz laptop decided it had had enough of my philandering with LINUX/VISTA on my other laptop and scrambled some of the 0’s and 1’s on my hard drive, thereby enabling the spinning gray boot of death.

Now – I give Apple high marks in a lot of what they do and what they create, but one area they do not get KUDOS in  is their filesystem maintenance.  When a Mac crashes – it CRASHES! and crashes hard.  The SMART drive function has no errors – so I am guessing that the hardware is fine – what we have here is a failure of the OS to communicate with the rest of the system.

In the old days of Mac OS 8 and 9 we were plagued with B-TREE errors and extent issues.  What a pain in the ass all that was.  Now we have similar errors again and it is like 10 years later.  Let’s get a grip here – even 2000 and XP came up with NTFS which is a great filesystem and I am not knocking HFS+, but there has to be better recoverability from the OS so we aren’t left with gaping wholes in the security of our data!

Anyway – I tried Drive Genius 2 on it and it failed miserably.

Tried my new Techtool Pro 5 boot DVD – it also failed, miserably (that was a waste of money…)

Now I am target booting my Macbook, connected to my iMac and attempting a repair on the volume with Techtool Pro 4.0.  I will let you know what comes of it.

What a sad, sad day!

Looks like I picked a bad day to stop sniffing glue!

B

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