No Disk Utility - how can I get it?

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  1. pjk macrumors member

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    I bought this Macbook on eBay used awhile back, and it has worked great. I noticed it doesn't have iMovie and iDVD like it should, but that isn't a big deal. It has 10.5.8 OSX on it. I just noticed it also doesn't have Disk Utility as well. I know that I could buy Snow Leopard and give it a fresh install, but is there anyway I can download just the Disk Utility? At the moment, that is the only program I need. I was looking for alternatives, but I couldn't find any.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    Disk utility is an integral part of OSX. If you didn't get the disks with the Mac you will need to buy Snow Leopard or Leopard Retail.
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    As another note, iMovie and iDVD are part of the iLife suite and don't come with OS discs. It's a separate package.
     
  4. pjk thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm wondering why Disk Utility isn't on here. How does that happen? Everything else works fine and looks fine, but Disk Utility is missing.
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Since there was a previous owner it's hard to say for certain. As a sanity check though, are you sure you're looking for it in the right location? Some people miss that it's inside another folder inside the applications folder.

    /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
     
  6. pjk thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep, I was looking in the right location. I looked everywhere, and searched for it. I'm quite certain it isn't on the computer.

    Can you give me one reason as to why it would be missing, when everything else is on the computer? It seems a little suspicious come to think of it. I really want/need to repair the disks, and could use the Disk Utility for some other stuff to.

    I'll go buy a fresh install soon. Cheers.
     
  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    The original owner may have needed/wanted extra space and started deleting applications they felt they didn't need anymore.
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I don't know if this will work if Disk Utility isn't on the Mac, but you could try the diskutil command in Terminal.
     
  9. pjk thread starter macrumors member

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    Brilliant! It does indeed work. Thanks.
     

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