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 Post subject: bad HD reading, HD vanishing, CD chattering
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2004 8:32 pm 
My brother brought his clamshell iBook (lime, 3GB Toshiba disc, speed unknown) on a visit. As far as I know he has been using it without problems, except for having to press the CD door fully shut for it to read smoothly.

Now it can't get to the System folder on the HD, and tends to wind up
dismounting the HD altogether. Norton Disk Doctor 8 (from its own OSX
boot CD) seems to see it pretty consistently, though it reports a sequence of major errors.
But when I boot to OS 9 or 8.5 from their respective CD's, the CD drive
chatters severely, and often sounds as if the head were hitting its stop.
Yet if I leave it long enough (with teeth gritted at the sound) it does get
booted.

Since it seems as if the 2 IDE devices have gone very flaky but are
still alive, I'm wondering about dislodged cable connections.

Has anybody encountered this before?

There is a suggestion that cabling could have come loose: when we
opened the keyboard to check quickly inside, the keyboard cable
was sitting at an angle on the connector.

I regret to say I allowed Norton to do some fixes to the HD before we
got to this stage. Indeed, I only stopped when it started seeing the
drive as being locked. (shown in the Norton "info" box). I would very
much have preferred to try to recover all its data to back up storage
before doing anything to the disc, but no such storage was available.

On the brighter side, Norton reports the disc media intact, and the
partition map too, though it also counts 5 or 6 partitions, which I can't
understand: the whole drive should be in one volume.


Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Alastair Milne


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