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5th October 2013, 08:34 AM
Hey folks hopefully you have some suggestions:

I woke up this AM and my windows partition (which I had left running) was showing "Disk error, press Ctrl Alt Del to restart".

I restarted and got the same.

So booted holding down the option and chose windows partion and get the same error

So i booted into the osx partition and cant see the windows partition in bootcamp assistant

So i started disk utility and cant do anything with the partition - i.e. read on google that resizing the partitions can often reset the boot MBR?

I created another partition and that didnt help either.

The only other thing i have read is getting hold of a win7 disc and repairing the partition, which I will do when i get home on Sunday.

I just wanted to check if you guys had any other ideas - i really only need to get a couple of key files of the partition - i dont care if i loose it after that. I have another mac here and a firewire cable so can put the problem machine into target disk mode - however when i did this it still didnt mount the windows partition in order for me to browse and get a couple of files.

Is there an OSX app i can download that could see the HD and access the windows partition somehow?

Any other recommendations?


5th October 2013, 09:05 AM
update im following from step 7 here to try and restore

Noah Coad – Get Mac OS back onto MacBook and keep Windows 7 Boot Camp partition (http://noahcoad.com/post/126/get-mac-os-back-onto-macbook-and-keep-windows-7-boot-camp-partition)

5th October 2013, 11:25 AM
Shame I didn't catch this earlier. There's a program called Paragon NTFS that let's you read Windows drives on OSX. Might have been good enough for you to copy the vital files.

Good luck!

7th October 2013, 07:27 AM
Hey Steeley.

Not to late mate. I dl P NTFS but alas because i cant mount the drive its cant see any volume :(

I have tried windows 7 dvd repair but even it cant see the partition. Pretty depressed....

Tried chkdsk, but it couldnt fix the MBR

I have dl data rescue 3 and am doing a deep scan...hopefully it will work. I have all my files backed up on dropbox except my pst's so its only 2 pst's i need. Welcome any other thoughts

7th October 2013, 08:27 AM
Have you tried mounting it from terminal? Sometimes that works

7th October 2013, 09:20 AM
landogair:~ landogair$ diskutil mount /dev/disk1s4
Volume on disk1s4 failed to mount
landogair:~ landogair$

7th October 2013, 10:07 AM
I only have one other idea before I bow out because I have an inkling she's gone from this world. Do you know someone with a windows machine who could plug it in and try repairing it for you?

7th October 2013, 11:11 AM
yeah that was my next thought... i have another mac with bootcamp on which i might try booting in to then put the laptop into Target disk mode and see if somehow it can see the partition...