This totally saved my day— kudos to the author. I was incredulous all the way through buying DiskWarrior, but everything worked great. I stupidly had migrated my entire family photo collection into iPhoto and was storing the iPhoto Library on the TC when it crashed…
Some other minor observations for future folks: my Desktop looked just like the authors when I turned on the new external HardDrive (with the old TC HD in it). I had the APswap and APconfig. The third one, the one that did not mount, was entitled APdata. This is the one that I assigned DiskWarrior to fix, and it worked within 5 minutes and renamed the drive to my original TC named drive.
Some other worthless comments/observations:
My family’s first experience with Apple Support (iMac, 2 iPads, 3 iPhones, Apple TV, TC)— was very disappointed. Several long phone calls where they repeatedly asked for either $49 or $169 to continue on to support personnel. The nice fella at the Apple Store genius bar basically said to make contact with one of the Apple Service Providers since Apple does not deal with data recovery. Over email with one of the recommended providers, they even suggested that I would likely loose the Warranty when they cracked open the TC. This email was the final straw for me to use the above technique.
My TC was only 6 months old— definitely did not expect the flashing Amber light and “Internal Disc needs Repair” so soon. But it ended up being the right decision to take the authors technique— open it up and void the warranty in the process, but likely recover the files.
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