DiskManagement Tool is asking for password to Repair my disk

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 180degrees, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. 180degrees macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2008
    Hi Guys,
    I hope you're enjoying the weekend!

    My cousin used the internet all day long yesterday visiting You Tube. Now, I went ahead and decided to run the DiskUtility tool and the following happened.

    The DiskManagement Tool is asking for the password to Repair my disk after I ran the DiskUtility tool. The report says

    "Volume Header needs minor repair
    The volume OSX needs to be repaired."

    Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit

    1 HFS volume checked
    Volume needs repair

    Since when do I need to input my password to repair the disk? Is this safe or is this a trojan virus? :eek:

    Thanks! :rolleyes:
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Since ever (unless maybe you hack your system to enable login as root). Repairing permissions requires changing system level files (if they have incorrect permissions), making it an administrative action. Administrative actions require escalation of privileges, and escalation of privileges requires providing an administrator's username (if the login user is not an admin) and password (whether or not the login user is an admin).

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