On Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at 10:46 PM, Jay Reeve wrote: > Just curious. What happens if you use Sherlock to search filenames for > ":"? I suppose it could blow the whole thing through the wall, but > there might be just a tiny chance. No holes in the wall, and no improvement in the situation!?!? And no strange files seen. > > Another idea.... since you can select and drag files, what happens if > you select-all at the desktop, shift-click the trash (or another > folder) to deselect it, then drag the whole lot into it? If it > succeeds in moving the corrupted file, then you might be able to see > your desktop again, drag valid files back from the trash, and maybe > even empty the trash with the beast in it! No luck there either although that's a rather clever idea. It would suggest that there is no such file, wouldn't it? And in a Private communication with RC, he offered: > Data Rescue should work to get your files off the troubled disk...I > could mail you my older copy if you don't tell anybody and deleted it > later. It's the old beta 3 version, not for OS X though... ... and the only reason why I'm not as upset about this as I might otherwise be is as follows: Strangely, getting the files off is not a problem: although nothing can wire (Ethernet) to the old girl, it can wire to the other 3 Macs here without a problem (provided they're booted into 9), and I'm sending the project off to the G4 (the problem child is an old G3 with OS9 only, used only for this sort of work) at every iteration. Thanks for all the suggestions from Messrs. Covington, Leijenhorst, Reeve, Schmidheiser et al. but the new $90 CAD 80GB HD will be here in the UPS truck today, so things are bound to improve. I can live with myself if I utterly fail to resolve this one small problem (having successfully resolved ALL of the others!). -- Ted Spencer -- Ambition is never satisfied, so the ambitious are never content.