Mac HD needs to be repaired

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Anpippin, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Anpippin macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    Hi lately my mac has been taking about 2-3 minutes to boot up and sometimes when I turn my mac on it will just stay at the white screen with the apple logo and loading circle underneath it forever and I have to to turn my mac off then back on for it to be able to boot. I have also been getting a lot of spinning beach balls of death. I have the early 2011 15" Macbook Pro with Mac OS X Lion
    I have had to use the disk utility on my OS X install DVD several times to repair the hd since I got this mac due to it not booting. Today I verified my hd again and got this.

    Disk Utility started.

    2011-08-29 04:18:17 -0500: Verifying volume “Macintosh HD”
    2011-08-29 04:18:17 -0500: Starting verification tool:
    2011-08-29 04:20:10 -0500: Checking file system2011-08-29 04:20:10 -0500: Performing live verification.
    2011-08-29 04:20:10 -0500: Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume.
    2011-08-29 04:20:10 -0500: Checking extents overflow file.
    2011-08-29 04:20:10 -0500: Checking catalog file.
    2011-08-29 04:20:10 -0500: Checking multi-linked files.
    2011-08-29 04:20:10 -0500: Checking catalog hierarchy.
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: Checking extended attributes file.
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: Checking volume bitmap.
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: Checking volume information.
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: Invalid volume file count
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: (It should be 854429 instead of 855324)
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: Invalid volume directory count
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: (It should be 210680 instead of 210972)
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: Invalid volume free block count
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: (It should be 57193413 instead of 57575818)
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: The volume Macintosh HD was found corrupt and needs to be repaired.
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: Error: This disk needs to be repaired. Start up your computer with another disk (such as your Mac OS X installation disc), and then use Disk Utility to repair this disk.2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500:
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500: Disk Utility stopped verifying “Macintosh HD”: This disk needs to be repaired. Start up your computer with another disk (such as your Mac OS X installation disc), and then use Disk Utility to repair this disk.
    2011-08-29 04:20:11 -0500:
  2. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    This certainly suggests your HDD is going. You are within the warranty period so you could let Apple replace the HDD for you IF you have backed everything up. I suggest you get yourself a USB external HDD and copy your entire home folder to the drive manually. If time allows, you can also run a Time Machine backup or crashplan backup. Whatever you do, do NOT rely on Time Machine as your only backup especially if you have been backing up to a network drive.

    Another option, other than letting Apple replace your HDD for free is to consider upgrading to a SSD drive yourself. Of course you have to decide if you want to open your MBP yourself. I would visit ifixit and review the instructions before you decide. A third party 240 Gig SSD HDD that is compatible with SATA 3.0 can be gotten for just over $400. Another option is a Seagate Momentus "hybrid" SSD for around $100. I have this and my 2008 Macbook boots much faster than it did when I had the 5400 RPM drive it came with.

    If you decide to upgrade it yourself, I suggest you get Carbon Copy Cloner and a USB to SATA cable. You can then use Disk Utility to create a Guid Partition table Macintosh HD (HFS+ Journaled) on the new drive then use CCC to clone Macintosh HD to the new drive. You can boot holding option and verify the new drive is bootable before you switch. Oops. Another thing. Since you are running Lion, I suggest you make yourself a Lion restore USB key using an 8 gig USB stick. This way even if you don't create a recovery partition on your new HDD, you can still restore Lion using the USB stick you just made. It will also come in handy for running disk utility rather than booting from an old OS X DVD.

    hope this helps...
  3. John T, Aug 29, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011

    John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    According to the last statement reported by Disc Utility, there appears to be nothing physically wrong with your HDD. As Disc Utility reports, some files may have been corrupted on the disc and you should do as it recommends.

    To repair the disc, switch off the computer, insert your installation disc and hold down the "C" key until it starts to boot up. Holding down the "C" key ensures that the computer boots up from the installation disc and not your internal HDD. Once the computer starts up, run Disc Utility (on top edge of screen). Then click on "Repair Disc". Once the repair is complete, eject the disc and then reboot.

    The reason why you have to use the Disc Utility on the installation disc and not the version on your internal disc is because the internal disc utility can't repair itself!
  4. mrheisman macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009
    I've just recently experienced the same thing on my machine (Early 2011 15" MacBook Pro). Except, I couldn't get past the spinning circle on startup, I was forced to use Disk Utility to repair it and then it would startup.

    I've tried Disk Warrior to repair the issue, however it returned during the next reboot. I just reinstalled Lion, restored from my backup and the issue is still there. I've also just reset the PRAM, so I'll see how it goes.

    My next step is just to do a clean reinstall without restoring from my backup.

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