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Right I"m really in trouble

 

I have a 24" iMac and i use a external 500GB drive to store all my movies, music & photos...etc

 

It's borked!

 

I switched on my mac to get a error saying "Disk Insertion, The disk you inserted is not readable by this computer." Initialize, ignore or eject."

 

What do i need to do get it working again? I'm a struggling student so i can't afford expensive data recovery companies.

 

I know it's probably dead but if there is ANY chance i can get my stuff back,

 

I'm so upset i had family photos on there and personal music collections (i.e master copies of music i created)

 

Please tell me what i need to tell you to fix it. I really need those photos back. There are people what are no longer with me anymore on those photos. I'm an idiot for not backing up.

 

I'll give the site a donation or £20 to your charity of choice if i get this fixed.

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I know it's unlikely, but if it is formatted as FAT32, try plugging it to a PC.

You may also try to connect it to a Macdrive installed PC.

Sometimes it works. (A friend of mine has an 80 GB external HD and sometimes he goes through the same problem as yours with his mac mini.)

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You may want to read this thread to fix your mbr:

 

http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...80&hl=fdisk

 

Make sure not to miss Rammjet's post there.

 

:thumbsdown_anim:

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Try using any Live CD Linux distro, something like Knoppix on a PC, and mount your drive. Create folder in root when it boots up using terminal app, and mount HDD to that folder.

mount -t hfsplus /dev/deviceid /diryoucreated

where deviceid is id of your device in /dev directory. Once you find it ( using mount command, just type mount as root), mount it to your created directory, and copy over everything onto DVD (Knoppix has DVDRW support ) ad ther you go. If HDD is detectable in OS X should be no problem.

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Not so sure that GParted or Knoppix are going to work on his real Apple iMac. Perhaps if the external hard drive was to be plugged into a PC.

 

Since Disk Utility can see the drive, probably not a problem with the MBR. Looks to be problems with corruption with the data catalogs on the drive/partition itself. This occurs when the hard drive loses power during its write operations or wasn't properly unmounted prior to disconnection. It is a little unusual to see an iMac running a hard drive with a PC-style MBR and HFS+ formatted partition that is more common to a Hackintosh.

 

Typically, DiskWarrior would be used to repair this kind of problem, but Alsoft has not released a version for Intel Macs: http://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior

 

Otherwise, the following on Demonoid might help:

 

File Salvage for MAC

Data Rescue 1.1 for Mac

[NEW] Drive Genius 1.2 and [NEW] Data Rescue II 1.0.1 [Must Have BOOT CDs]

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I have a 24" iMac

 

I'm a struggling student so i can't afford expensive data recovery companies.

 

I'll give the site a donation or £20 to your charity of choice if i get this fixed.

 

and a Macbook in 2 weeks?? something isn't right, here. No, you can't be acting like a cheapskate (c'mon, £20) when you have all those. Perhaps Daddy can help? struggling student, what a joke... ;)

 

If your disk stopped spinning you can still try a PCB swap. I went through all of this, I too lost a drive lately and paid for the recovery on my own dime. Now, lesson learnt, I never leave vital stuff only in 1 place. Backup backup backup.

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hi there

 

spinright at grc may help you here as it is spoken very highly about by the security teams on the twit network. sorry have not used it myself but i believe that this may fix your issue.

 

also have you ran fdisk in windows fdisk x: -f as a command if the file strucyure has been screwed over

 

goodluck :D

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