‘Invalid Sibling Link’ Error After Upgrading to Leopard

Mac OS X includes Disk Utility that allows performing disk tasks, such as formatting, repairing, partitioning, changing partition scheme and more. On occasion, the tool might fail to repair the disk, generally when you are using it from within Mac OS X system. It requires you to execute administrative tools without starting any system service or mounting any disk partition. If this also fails, you need to erase the disk and restore from backup. However, in case of any backup-related concerns, you should use a Mac File Recovery software that could safely restore all lost files and folders while the process.

Consider that you use a Tiger based system dual-booted with Windows. You upgrade your Mac partition to Leopard. After this, when you try to access Mac partition from Windows, you fail to do so. Also, attempting to repair the partition using Disk Utility doesn’t help as it finds the partition unable to mount and giving the below error:

“Invalid Sibling Link”

You cannot access the Mac partition and its data.


Partition table or file system of the disk is corrupted.


Since Disk Utility fails to repair the disk, you need to try these steps to repair it:

Boot the computer using Mac OS X CD to load the installer

Select ‘Utilities’ from the menu option and run the Terminal

Execute fsck_hfs -r /dev/ partition_name, while making sure that the target partition is not mounted

Try to duplicate the behavior

If you still cannot access the partition and system is unstable, you need to erase and repartition the disk:

Boot the computer using Mac OS X install CD

Select Disk Utility from the ‘Utilities’

Erase and repartition the disk

Reinstall Mac OS X

Restore data from recent backup available

If this helps but you find issues restoring from backup, use an effective Mac Recovery product. Designed with suitable and safe algorithms to recover data, these Mac File Recovery applications serve as powerful data recovery applications to extract lost data from a logically crashed Mac drive.

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