Cant Repair Disk

Discussion in 'macOS' started by 103734, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. 103734 Guest

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    Well I tried setting up bootcamp and then I got a error when trying to partition it saying that I need to repair the drive with disk utility, so I go to disk utility and the repair button isnt even highlighted so I checked it and it still didnt let me.

    Well heres a screenshot of the Disk Utility

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    whats wrong with it?

    and what can I do?
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Boot from your Mac OS X install disk (by turning off, and holding C on startup with the disk in) and open disk utility, and then repair the disk :)
     
  3. 103734 thread starter Guest

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    that wont delete anything on my HD right?
     
  4. psychofreak Retired

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    It won't. The disk has multiple features, and one is reinstall of OSX, which you don't want. You want Utilities->Disk Utility and your HD will be safe.
     
  5. murdoc158 macrumors regular

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    Any updates?

    I've got the same problem as well, though I already have Bootcamp installed. My iMac has been freezing up lately so I repaired the disk permissions and also verified the disk. The disk showed the same error as you saying the "Volume needs repair." I booted from the install cd and ran Disk Utility to repair the disk. Disk Utility was unable to repair my OSX partition. If I do a fresh install will this "fix" my problem? Also, if I do a reinstall of OSX will I loose all my settings? I know in Windows you can do a fresh install without having any personal files and setting being changed. Is this true with OSX as well?
     
  6. Nermal Moderator

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    Reinstalling OS X will not fix an underlying filesystem problem (OS X sits on top of the filesystem). You'll need to get a dedicated repair tool such as DiskWarrior, or initialise the volume (which will erase everything).

    I don't have too much experience in this area, so if I'm wrong, someone please correct me :)
     
  7. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Disk Utility is there to fix filesystem problems. You just need to boot from the OS X install disc and then run it from there.
     
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    Your advice is most helpful.
     
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Disk Util is a GUIfied frontend of fsck. Both utils are pretty bare bones. So.. when they fail, it's onto better utils.
     
  10. murdoc158 macrumors regular

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    So a secondary program like Disk Warrior is the way to go then? Are there any other programs I could look into?
     
  11. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    There's also TechTool Pro, but it has many more tools, and isn't quite as good at Disk Warrior's job as Disk Warrior is.
     
  12. craigdawg macrumors 6502

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    Effectiveness of First Aid?

    I'm pretty sure the HD in my MacBook pooped (clicking, won't mount) and I already replaced the HD and reinstalled OS X. This is all before I thought to boot from the DVD and run First Aid. Before I go through the trouble of removing the new HD and re-installing the old HD, can I expect the utility to really fix the problem.

    Again the symptoms are click, click, clicking and folder with question mark on the old display.

    Gracias!
     

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