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I realised this morning that I hadn't backed up my home Mac Mini for a few weeks, so I kicked off a fresh clone to the external Firewire drive. The backup disk ran out of space part way through (it shouldn't really do this because the backup partition is bigger than the internal disk), so I wiped it and tried again. Naturally the machine chose this moment to totally crap out. Rebooting in single user mode revealed that the internal disk has corrupted itself in a new and entertaining fashion that fsck doesn't know how to fix[1]. I've persuaded it to boot into graphical mode again but it's acting very flaky (applications not starting or running for a bit then crashing, the whole machine randomly freezing for thirty seconds at a time...). I'm trying to back up as much data as I can to the Firewire disk before I attempt to reinstall it tomorrow. Annoyingly this is the third time this particular machine has corrupted its internal disk - I suspect it must have a hardware fault. Luckily there is very little on it that isn't also stored elsewhere.

ETA: Google suggests the disk error code I'm getting basically means "the disk is about to die." I'd better order a replacement in the morning...

localhost:/ root# /sbin/fsck -fy
** /dev/rdisk0s2
** Root file system
** Checking HFS Plus volume.
** Checking Extents Overflow file.
** Checking Catalog file.
disk 0s2: 0xe0030005 (UNDEFINED).
Invalid node structure
(4, 898)
** Rebuilding Catalog B-tree.
** The volume Dors could not be repaired.


Oh, globbits. You've reminded me that I had a similar problem last time I backed up this laptop (though I can't recall whether that was because the external disk was full...)
What the fsck? Quick, close the Volume Dors before the Invalid Nodes all fall out.

You may have guessed that i have no idea what I'm talking about.
Translation: my computer's bust.

Currently waiting for a replacement part that I ordered yesterday morning, paying extra for next day delivery. The supplier sent me an email tonight saying they had just sent it and they expect it to arrive between 8AM and 5PM today... Hmm.
Sounds a little implausible. i am currently waiting for the good people at Bullmotif to send a box of big end bearings.. for disagreeably obvious reasons.