Drive Problems & Bootcamp & Drive Genius Etc

Dear all,

Basically yesterday, i went to install Windows Vista Ultimate via Bootcamp on my Macbook Pro but when i tried to partition the drive it just failed everytime and told me to use Disc Utility to fix the drive so i did but when i tried to repair the drive it came up with different error each time i tried to repair,

So i then tried drive Disc Warrior to repair the drive VIA Firewire to my iMac but the application kept locking up with every option i tried, so then i tried to use Drive Warrior and the same issues were happening with that.

What can i do to sort this issue out?

There seems to be no physically problem as i didnt even know there was a issue till i ran disk utility?

Regards

Lyon J T
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mrsteve-itCommented:
Perhaps a failing HDD?
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jhyieslaCommented:
Let me ask a couple of questions.  First, can you boot into your Mac OS X?  If so, log in and run the BC assistant and delete the partition that you created.

At any time during the process did you try and create or mess with the partition using Vista's installer?  If so, that's probably the source of your problem.  BC creates the partition it wants and if you screw with it using the Windows installer it just messes up the partition.  

Running BC itself will not cause a physical problem with the disk, but there may have been something there before.  If you can get the BC partition deleted through the BC assistant, dun the disk repair again and see what you get. If you are still getting errors post them here for us to look at, but it could be that the disk just has a problem.
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LyonJayAuthor Commented:
Firstly to mrsteve-it,

The drive is not failing because i can boot to it and use it perfectly.

Secondly to jhyiesla

I can boot to the drive perfectly and infact writing this message of that drive.
There is no partition because it failed before i could make that partition
I couldn't even finish the BC assistant it didnt even start partitioning it just failed.


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LyonJayAuthor Commented:
The Issue I Have
Boot-Camp-Failure.jpg
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jhyieslaCommented:
The drive might have physical issues in an area that's nor used or not used much and it raised it's head when you tried to do the partition.  

Did you do the verify Disk or just start the repair?

Can you list some of the errors that are being reported?
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strungCommented:
When you run Disk Utility, what does it show as the S.M.A.R.T. status of your drive?
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LyonJayAuthor Commented:
mrsteve-it

I have just tried that i have got the following errors

Invalid Node Structure

Invalid Key Length

Regards

Lyon J T
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jhyieslaCommented:
I would say from the error messages that one of two things needs to be done.  Either the drive needs to be wiped, reformatted and OS X reloaded or you need a new disk.

If it's just a file structure things, Disk Warrior would have been my first suggestion, but since that seems to not be working for you as well, I'd back up everything and do a complete wipe, format and reload.

Checking the SMART status as Strung has suggested might give you a better clue as to whether it's the logical structure or the physical disk.
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LyonJayAuthor Commented:
SMART Status - Verified

Regards

Lyon
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LyonJayAuthor Commented:
Just spoke to Apple care and they said a wipe and install will be needed!

Please don't tell me this is the one way out there must be another! Without a reinstall!

Lyon
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strungCommented:
Use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the OS X partition to an external drive and then clone it back  after reformatting.

http://www.bombich.com
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jhyieslaCommented:
I've done some digging and the only other option was to run something like Disk Warrior... but as you've noted, that didn't seem to work.  Since the SMART status seems OK, it's most likely logical structure that I really don't think can be fixed any other way than to wipe, format and reinstall.  

I've also seen some chatter that some folks want to blame Onyx for this problem... I've heard a lot of good things about that product and so I take this with a grain of salt, but in case you've just done something with that product on your box before this happened, that might be something to consider going forward.
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LyonJayAuthor Commented:
Hmm i don't believe i have used Onyx but i do recalling looking at it.

There must be a boot disc i can use to rebuild the directories or something liike that?

Lyon
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jhyieslaCommented:
You can do an Archive and install, but that only removes and reinstalls the OS X system files.  I'm not aware of any way to fix the logical disk structure, especially since Disk Warrior seems to not work on your system, other than to completely wipe and reinstall.  But you may want to wait awhile to see if someone else comments ... I'm not 100% familiar with every single aspect of this.
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jhyieslaCommented:
Strung is right in that you could try something like CC Cloner.  If it works without error, you would probably have a reasonable expectation of data integrity.
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LyonJayAuthor Commented:
In the end, i had to wipe the drive and now its all back up and working!

Thank you all for your help!

One last question, i have Bootcamp running is there a possibility of using a partition on a external HD as the Macbook Pro drive isn't particularly big.

Regards

Lyon J T
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jhyieslaCommented:
According to the link I am enclosing the answer is Yes.   Please note that I have not tried this so can't say for sure.

http://www.dualbootguru.com/bc%20-%20booting%20external%20hdd.shtml
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