May 10, 2005 Flattr this

Tiger Install Hell


Here's a little help for all of you who fail to install tiger due to a corrupted disk - aka when diskutility reports it can't fix a broken disk.

Boot into singleuser mode by pressing APPLE-S when you turn your machine on.
When the System comes up with a textprompt, type:
fsck -fy
and hit enter.

You'll now get some output about errors fsck will find and apperantly try to repair (which it proved it can't in diskutility run by the Tiger installer already).
In the output, you'll notice it will print some numbers to identify bad files - something like:
Fixing bad file (1234567D)...

Write down all of these numbers (excluding any trailing LETTER - we only need the plain number - no A-Z).

Now type:
reboot (and hit enter)
to reboot into the OS already installe don your Harddisk.

By knowing these secret numbers reported by fsck, we can now find the actual files which cause the problems. After finding the files, i recommend to copy them to some external disk or a server as we are going to delete all of them!

To find those files, open Terminal.app again and type:
sudo find / -inum NNNNNN
where NNNNNN needs to be replaced by one of the secret numbers you wrote down previously.
The find comand will search for a while and finally output the real path and filename of the bad file. With this information, you can easily locate and delete the file from the finder.
Repeat the above "find / -inum NNNNNN" thing for as many of the secret numbers you had written down and delete all of the files "find" will find.

Now, you can boot into singleuser mode again (APPLE-S) run fsck -fy and it will fix your drive. Run fsck twice and when it is done type:
sync
type:
reboot
hold the "C" key to boot into your Tiger install DVD (in case it is still inserted) and you should be on your way to tiger.

Now if you mess up your machine, don't blame me!

[The above steps are not written for Geeks so i didn't combine the find and delete steps like a geek would have done ;-)]

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