I have a 120 GB Seagate SATA hard drive formatted as the default "Mac OS Extended Journaled" in a 2006 MacBook with Snow Leopard. It also has Windows XP installed with BootCamp. Everything worked fine until I was forced to hard-boot the Mac when the operation system froze. Now when I boot the computer, I get a flashing question mark over a gray folder (This means that no bootable OS was found).
What I have tried:
- Boot from Snow Leopard update CD and use Disk Utility's repair tool.
- Boot from Tiger OSX install CD and use Disk Utility's repair tool.
- Boot the mac into FireWire Target Disk Mode to access the hard drive from another mac over FireWire.
- Connect the hard drive to another computer as an external hard drive with USB.
- Put the hard drive in a freezer overnight and then retry the above.
For all of the above, the result was the same. The hard drive would never show up on the desktop, in Finder, or in DiskUtility on the appropriate computer. Therefore, any disk repair/recovery utility I try can't find the hard drive to repair it.
I need to recover some files from the hard drive.
Any hints, suggestions, and/or answers would be greatly appreciated. I can post additional information if it would be helpful.
- I ran the Apple Hardware Test on the MacBook with no errors.
- When the hard drive powers on, I hear the read head move and the disc spin for about 25 seconds then both stop.
- When using FireWire Target Disk Mode with the hard drive in place, it takes over a minute of booting until the FireWire symbol shows on the screen. While, with no internal hard drive installed, it only takes a moment.