My staging server has Mac OS X 10.6.4 (not the server OS version) and has copies of my last build I cannot afford to lose (human error late last night).
Bad luck always comes on a tandem and rebooting the server this morning led to a screen with nothing on it and a blue-ish background (the hue one sees for a split second just before the background picture is loaded to accompany the Mac OS X login screen). After trial an error I got it to a point in which I can SSH into it and I don't really want to try my luck and use the disk unnecessarily or reboot the system too many times. I can browse the filesystem using bash.
What are ALL the places I should look for potential impending HDD failure? Clues as to where to look for general boot-time troubleshooting are appreciated as well.
I am hesitant to start a down-rsync to recover the build (lots of data) but I would do so immediately and just rebuild the machine if I had a way to make sure the HDD is actually fine and it was just a configuration problem that impaired the usual loading of the login screen.
Thanks a lot in advance! Come save the day! :)