Disk Utility can't repair

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jynx21, May 9, 2006.

  1. jynx21 macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    My ibook g4 has been really slow of late, with lots of chatter from the HD. I have just run disk utility and come up with the following message:

    Verify and repair disk "Macintosh HD"
    Checking HFS Plus volume
    Checking extreme overflow file
    Checking catalog file
    Keys out of order (in green font)
    Rebuilding Catalog files (in red font)
    The volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired


    2 HFS volumes checked
    1 volume repaired
    1 volume could not be repaired because of an error
    Repair attempted on 2 volumes

    Has anyone got any ideas how i might repair my volume. I can't really afford disk warrior at the moment so if anyone can help that would be great.
     
  2. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

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    Hi.
    Have you tried booting up from your install disk and running, in order, the Hardware Test and then, from the same disk, Disk Utility?
     
  3. jynx21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    No i haven't yet - i'll give that a go now and let you know how it goes. Thanks
     
  4. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

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    One thing to note if you have a succesful repair with that route is that, if you have got up-dates to your OS installed, the system disk repair will look at all files as though they were the originals.

    Also, when you are sorted, consider down-loading and installing Applejack, a free 'keep your computer running tickety-boo' suite of routines. :)

    Good luck!
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Excellent point. That's why fsck may be a better option in some cases. :)
     
  6. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

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    Da da daaaahhhh!!! And right on cue, the real expert, fsck or otherwise, appears! :) fsck r°°ls, yes? Over to you, m°n brave.
     
  7. jynx21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all your help. Have ran fsck and downloaded applejacks and run through that too. Will just have to see how it goes now. Thanks again.
     
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  9. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Disk Utility and fsck are the same disk repair routine. If one fails to repair the disk, the other is unlikely to do any better. Given my experience with this, I highly recommend keeping a commercial disk repair utility on hand, preferably before you need it. I like Disk Warrior. It goes where fsck does not, and repairs disk damage that fsck cannot.
     
  10. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Seconded.
     
  11. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    True they're the same routine, but they're not using the same information because fsck is kept up to date with the system whereas Disk Utility on a CD or DVD is not, to the best of my limited knowledge.

    Irrespective, I agree with the Disk Warrior commendation if fsck doesn't help. :)
     
  12. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Disk Warrior is the best for the price. NEVER use Norton in OSX for repairs. NEVER. NEVER. I can't say that enough.

    DW will repair heirarchies and catalog trees like they're going out of style. Thirderd (or fourthed, or whatever).
     
  13. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    my /sbin/fsck is less then 1 month older than my Tiger install. So the DU on the Installer DVD is virtually the same.

    Now, my /Applications/Utilites/Disk Utility.app and /usr/sbin/diskutil are recently updated at the end of March 06.
     
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I generally use fsck in single user mode, so the issue never occurred to me. Interesting. Of course if you ran Disk Utility on a drive on another up-to-date Mac in target disk mode, you'd get the same fsck routine I suppose. In any event, the one time I needed to try it both ways, the disk could not be repaired, so it was Disk Warrior to the rescue.
     
  15. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    It's funny.. I've not used any DU in a long time. I've not had to..

    <knock on pressed wood material with a cheap fake wood vaneer>
     
  16. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Hmm... I thought there was a bit of an overhaul in 10.4.2, whenever that was. I guess it doesn't really matter in the long run. I usually recommend fsck simply because it's easier too.

    Let me knock on that veneer too. I haven't needed it for a while. :cool:
     
  17. dilutett72 macrumors newbie

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    Hello people,

    My Macbook is having a similar problem. It keeps restarting every 5 minutes and it says "Keys out of order" in red when running disk utility.

    "The volume Macintosh HD needs to be repaired.
    Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit"

    I don't understand. My Macbook just came back from another repair and everything should be working fine. I'm gonna run hardware test from the CD but if anyone has any clues it'll be greatly appreciated!!!
     
  18. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Have you repaired it using one of the techniques listed above? :)
     
  19. dilutett72 macrumors newbie

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    I haven't. I'm sorta new in MAC...... How do I use fsck???
     

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