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I have been tasked with trying to restore a damaged HDD in a Macbook pro.  I have rebuilt the volume successfully using Disk Warrior, verified the disk and fixed permissions with Disk Utility, and it still won't boot.  So, I tried booting to 'Safe Mode' but couldn't, just get the Apple symbol and a spinner.  Then I tried to boot to an install CD from my personal Macbook and I get a 'No Symbol' and a spinner...no boot.  Now after researching some more here on EE, I found an article that said to boot to single-user-mode and try the 'fsck' command.  It booted to single-user-mode and the screen continually rolls with messages stating 'dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/lib/libiconv.2.dylib  Referenced from: /bin/sh  Reason: image not found'.  I tried to type in the /sbin/fsck -fy but the screen cycles too fast.

More info:  I have verified that it is not a failure or other hardware by using a known good HDD and OS and the Macbook booted and ran properly.

Any ideas?
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by:tomago
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Just reinstall the OS using the good HDD and import everything from the questionable HDD using "Migration Assistant".
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by:strung
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Note that Macs generally speaking will not boot from an OEM install DVD intended for a different model Mac. You need to find the DVD's that came with that particular Mac, or use a commercial boot DVD that is newer than the version that shipped with your Mac.

The alternative, as Tomago, suggested is to clone the good HDD back to the bad one using Carbon Copy Cloner:  http://bombich.com
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by:nationaltravel
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Tried Migration Assistant and it moved all applications but now some of the apps crash on launch and the Applications folder says it can't open because it does not have the correct permissions.  So I ran the Repair Permissions and it fixed a bunch or problems but still no go on the apps.  Any ideas?
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by:coredatarecovery
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Reinstall the apps that don't work
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by:tomago
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Are the OS versions the same and the user accounts the same?  If so, you should have very few apps that don't run properly.  If they don't, as coredatarecovery stated, just reinstall those apps.
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by:nationaltravel
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If reinstalling the apps was an option I would not have posted for help.  I would have just made a new drive and reinstalled the apps.  Not that simple!  Some software the user either does not have the install cds or can not locate the serial.  I need to get the OS fixed on the drive, this is my only option, however the client can not tell me what version of the mac os they have on the drive.  So, if any has any useful suggestions, besides reinstall the apps, it would be appreciated.
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FIXED IT!!!  For those that have similar issues.....To fix the boot issue I copied the /usr folder from the non-booting HDD to a thumb drive via another mac book.  Then deleted that /usr folder from the drive and copied /usr folder from working mac book to the HDD.  This corrected all boot issues and ALL apps originally installed function correctly.
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Fixed it my self.
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