invisible disks, time machine restore failed... and snow everywhere


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First I'd like to say hello to everyone here. And wish a happy good year, too.

Second, let me introduce briefly myself: I am french (nobody's perfect :biggrin: )
I love macs and I've been a newbie for about 15 years. The problem is I think Macs don't love me.
Third : why post on a non french forum? Just because i've been doing that for a while and it led me nowhere. Plus, more and more people on these sites tend to despise newbies and be rude. I don't feel welcome anymore.
I'm a little bit fed up with answers like "read the FAQ, search the forum, and so on.
Obviously I did, but it failed. And it takes hours to browse a forum. There aren't two similar issues from our naive point of view. Being a MD, I believe there aren't two identical diseases nor two identical patients.

That is why I rather take a chance elsewhere, hoping someone could help me, maybe just by advising me on where to find what i need to fix my problem.

Well, to cut a long story short, and for the brave ones that have read this post so far, here goes my problem:

Machine : Powermac G5 dual processor with 4 GB RAM. Two internal hard drives (160 GB primary supposed boot disc (A) and 1TB with 2 partitions (B &C). 1TB time capsule managing the backup of the first disk and the smaller partition of the other.
Connected via dsl ethernet. Mac OS 10.5.8

Problem : after my girlfriend try to download a brutal amount of data (16 GB) while there was not enough space on the disk (A), a crash occurred. Then I tried rebooting from a (old version) of disk warrior disk image and perform a repair. The result was catasrophic as the whole system then kernelpanicked on me each time i tried to boot. Until I found the installer DVD.
Thanx to it, i've been able to boot.
Then I erased A, reinstalled OS X from the DVD on A and on B.
Performed a "restore from backup" on A.

Since then :"A" won't boot (little grey wheel spinning and computer very noisy)
B works for booting, but won't show in finder, neither does C.
I tried disk utility, told me every drives appeared to work OK.
I tried fsck in single mode : same answer.

Where did I go wrong :confused:
If anyone has an idea, welcome he (or she) is.
Thanks really.:cool:
 
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Hello,
Exactly, what was restored from backup to disc A?
If after an erase & install of the operating system disc A boots up, I would merely boot up, update, repair permissions, and manually transfer my Pictures, Documents, Music and Movie folders to the new Home folder, then reinstall my apps from scratch.
 
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Thanx for your anwer.
What I did on disk A was a "restore from backup" in the utilities menu of the installer disk.
Then a window prompted me to select which disk i would like to backup from. I chose Lenin (that was the name of my computer) on "Data" volume in time capsule backup to disk A.
Then it worked for quite a long time.
After that was done, I had almost everything I expected on disk, including applications, documents, etc..
Good ! , i thought, before I realized only my admin account was present (my girlfriend's, son's, guest, cousin's, limo chauffeur's and others (joking ;) ) disappeared).
Plus no way to boot from it.
I have to boot from B which won't show in finder, along with C).

So I believe i'd better do as you suggest.
By the way, what does "reinstall applications from scratch" mean ?:eek:
 
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"By the way, what does "reinstall applications from scratch" mean ?"
"From scratch" is a phrase that means "without utilizing or relying on any previous work for assistance."
 
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OK, merci. Sorry for asking silly questions.
My english is not so good, i'm afraid.
 
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On the contrary, not only was your question not silly, but your English is quite good. :)
Is disc A functioning as it should?
 
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Merci again, Walrus !
I was just feeling a little bit concerned about the matter, as it happens sometimes.

I didn't have time yet to fix disc A according to your advice, because I had to rush to northern Brittany for work reasons, but i'll be back in Nantes on next week-end and try to tame the beast.
I'll keep you informed, then.
 
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OK, another clumsily half-fixed problem.

I erased A and reistalled the OS from the DVD.
I found B & C by showing hidden files and folders. The problem seemed to be there are not mounted in right place. A is at /. while the others are at /Volumes/xxxx

What I did was make aliases and place them on my desktop.

Does it sound any good for you, experts ?

In the meanwhile, time capsule has insidiously erased almost all my previous backups. :eek:
Thus sending most of my favorite files to who knows where.
It seems to me that either Time Machine is a cursed piece of filth (or is possessed by Micro$oft demons), or it misbehaves with PPC based Macs. :mad:

Thanks again anyway. ;)
 

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