hi gals & guise,
Hi all - great first post here, "guy with a problem," but hope some of you will be able to come to the fore for us.
We have a late 2007 MacBook 2 GHz running OS 10.4.11, with Apple-branded 80GB Hitachi OEM drive, model HTS541680J9SA00 .
Computer hung while updating Skype. On restart displayed the dreaded system-folder-question-mark icon.
Booted from system DVD, ran Disk Utility, got the Underlying Task nonsense
Disk Utility reports "Underlying task reported failure" when repairing a volume
Disk Utility-underlying task reported failure on exit (-9772)
Booted from external FireWire drive running Tiger: same deal.
Tried to run TechTool Pro while booted from External HD, but TTP doesn't seem to work at all unless a disk is mounted (d'oh).
Removed HD, put in external FW case, wanted to Disk Utility on that drive from a MacBook Pro, but drive not recognised at all.
I put the drive in an external Vantec NexStar "Toaster-style" dual eSATA case plugged into Sonnet Tempo SATA Express 34 card on MacBook Pro, this time booted in Leopard.
For the first time, drive mounted, albeit with dire warning that the drive could not be repaired and mounting it was a temporary measure to facilitate copying off of files.
No luck with Disk Utility under Leopard.
Purchased Disk Warrior 4.2 (prior was 3.03 PPC only!), which ran for a while and produced the error:
"Disk Warrior speed reduced by disk malfunction"
during which time the drive was clicking away as, I presume, DW made multiple attempts to "get past" the error.
… ran DW a few times with the same result, at the same spot in the progress bar. Left it overnight with no change but vastly increased number of errors reported, ie. AFAIK a physical problem with the disk mechanism.
So, gentlepersons, advice: as crazy money to an HD recovery service is not in the budget, and having already spent $114 at CSC for Disk Warrior, have I a craniorectal insertion in thinking that swapping the platter(s) to a similar mechanism is our last chance for recovering data?
That said, has anyone upgraded their Hitachi HTS541680J9SA00 drive to a more modern and faster unit, and willing to part with it for less than the $67 we'd pay for a new one, just to cannibalize it?
< phew >
Thanks all for any help.