Frequent need to repair disk

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ppc_michael, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    My MacBook Pro (17" 2.33 Core 2 Duo) frequently requires disk repairs (booting using the install CD and using Disk Utility to repair it).

    Frequently as in once every month or two. I don't understand why. I've been a Mac user since way before OS X, and on no computer with X have I ever had to repair my disk, much less once every month. My usage habits are no different on this machine than any other. I do lots of video, film, and graphics work.

    Here's a console dump of the disk utility's diagnostic today. They are usually similar to this, mentioning bit mapped errors.

    Disk Utility started.
    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.
    Volume Bit Map needs minor repair
    Checking volume information.
    Invalid volume free block count
    Invalid volume free block count
    (It should be 6266676 instead of 6245785)",2)
    The volume Macintosh HD needs to be repaired.
    Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit
    Disk Utility stopped verifying “Macintosh HD” because the following error was encountered:
    The underlying task reported failure on exit
    1 HFS volume checked
    	Volume needs repair
    What does this even mean?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    It could be the drive on the way out. Keep everything well backed up.
  3. ppc_michael thread starter Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Really? Aaargh. I've had this computer maybe six months.
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    I gotta ask the dumb question -- have you booted from the OSX DVD, and Repaired these problems? (they cannot be repaired when you are booted from the disk that needs repair)

    Just gotta establish that its not the same problem, being reported over and over.
  5. ppc_michael thread starter Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yes, whenever I periodically verify the disk and see that there are errors, I boot from the DVD and repair it from there. Then all is good for a while until it shows up again.
  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I love all the things Disk Utility and the underlying utilities can never repair. :(

    It's good for third party developers but it's bad on the wallet.
  7. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007

    ive had my computer six WEEKS and my drive is dieing

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