Repair disk in Disk Utility

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ISJB, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. ISJB macrumors member

    May 4, 2011
    Hi guys, I'm using a Wacom tablet on my MacBook Pro, but it has started to malfunction. A person from Wacom told me to "repair your hard disk permissions using your Disk Utility (in your Utilities folder)"

    How do I do this? Is it safe? Do I need any CDs (my MacOS CD for example..)? Will it delete everything in my Mac?

    Btw, I use Leopard version 10.6.4

    Thanks in advance! :D
  2. jackhdev macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    It's easy and safe

    Just use Spotlight and search for "Disk Utility". Its icon is a picture of a hard drive and a stethoscope. In the menu to the right, choosing your hard drive with Mac OS X on it (by default, it is called Mac HD). Once you click on it, in the main window, you should see an option to "Repair disk permissions". Click on that and let it run.

    It's completely safe. To my understanding, it repairs the permissions between applications and the OS. Therefore, applications and other things start responding better and the beach ball will be seen less often.
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    You run it by opening Disk Utility in /Applications/Utilities, selecting your hard drive and clicking Repair Disk Permissions. It's safe to do, and I've never heard of it causing issues with the computer but there's no guarantee it will actually fix anything either. You can run it while booted up into the OS, no need to do so from the install DVD. It should not affect any of your data on the computer.

    for your reading pleasure:
    About Repair Disk Permissions

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