OH – MY – GOSH
I am in a mess.
My hard drive problem is worse than I thought. Here’s what I now think: My drive is not going bad; my directory (catalog) is hosed.
While researching more about why my presumed solutions were not working, I ran into a MacFixIt Forums post that suggests that “If an HFS+ volume is more than 85% full and is heavily fragmented, any further data added to the disk can result in irreparable damage to the disk directory.” Both conditions were true about the time I started having trouble.
And copying everything over to a new, replacement hard drive has put me in the computer equivalent of the Stone Age.
I feel like I have a Timex Sinclair and a 2 x 4 mouse.