Can't do anything with disk utility - everything is grayed out

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Manic Harmonic, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Manic Harmonic macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure what caused this, but I'm on OSX Lion on a 2011 MBP and all of a sudden I can't do anything with disk utility. I mean ANYTHING. I can't repair disk permissions, repair disk, partition, format, or erase any disk, including external drives. I have another Lion partition on my second hard drive that does not have this issue. Both Recovery partitions do not have this issue. Obviously I can still use this as a workaround, but it's definitely less than ideal. What should I do?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  3. Manic Harmonic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes, I only have one account on this hard drive.
     
  4. eatrocks macrumors newbie

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    Can't Erase, Partition nor Restore

    Same here, disk utility is almost totally non-functional. The only thing I can do is view disks and partitions, I can't even eject a removable disk (eject still works from Finder though).
    I booted from my home-made Lion install thumb drive and Disk Utility appears to be functional from there.
     
  5. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    Some functionality is removed when booted into the main drive partition you are trying to access as a safety feature and to gain the full functionality, one must boot from a recovery partition or external drive (this happened with things such as reformats and such).
     
  6. nova62400 macrumors newbie

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    Fixed (mine)

    I came here having this issue. The problem was that disk util had 2 windows open, so check the window menu.
    Closed both windows and relaunched it and all was well.
     
  7. Luci3n macrumors newbie

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    I just had this problem. All options on Disk Utility were greyed out. This was the answer. Very odd that two windows were option.
     

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