Help Needed Error in Disk Utillity :(

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 10-Dee-Q, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. 10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2006
    Bandung, West Java, Indonesia & Singapore
    Hi, i just performed "verify disk" in disk utility and it says i got some error,:

    Verifying volume “Macintosh HD”
    Checking HFS Plus volume.
    Checking Extents Overflow file.
    Checking Catalog file.
    Checking multi-linked files.
    Checking Catalog hierarchy.
    Checking Extended Attributes file.
    Checking volume bitmap.
    Checking volume information.
    Volume Header needs minor repair
    The volume Macintosh HD needs to be repaired.

    Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit

    1 HFS volume checked
    Volume needs repair

    What should i do ?
    Should i repair using Disk Utility CD ?
    is it save for my data ?

    help needed, thx.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Yes, boot from your original OS CD/DVD, and run Disk Utility from that.

    If THAT persists in displaying an error, back up your data pronto.
    Consider getting a big-gun disk repair program like DiskWarror or TechTool Pro, or taking the machine for service.
  3. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I got the same error a few days ago. Had to run an archive install.
  4. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    I would say boot into single user mode and run fsck.

    reboot - hold cmd-S, when the black and white unix prompt appears type (assuming 10.4) "/sbin/fsck -fy" without the quotes, and hit enter. That should fix the problem. Then just type "reboot" and hit enter again to restart.

    I'm fairly certain that Disk Utility is just a frontend for fsck, but with the above method you don't need to go digging for a CD/DVD to boot from.

    As an aside, Diskwarrior is totally worth getting ... it'll fix all kinds of drive funnyness that DiskUtility won't touch.

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