Verify Disk error - is it serious?

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  1. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a

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    I got this message when trying to verify my OSX disk. It said I needed to back up and erase my disk so I installed Leopard again and ticked the option to transfer all my settings and docs and apps from time machine. I ran verify disk again (after the install) and the same message came up. Is it serious? What should I do? :confused: I am in the middle of a project which will be finished in 3 weeks. Thanks

    Performing live verification.
    Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume.
    Checking Extents Overflow file.
    Checking Catalog file.
    Incorrect block count for file _CACHE_003_
    (It should be 0 instead of 69)
    Checking multi-linked files.
    Checking Catalog hierarchy.
    Checking Extended Attributes file.
    Checking volume bitmap.
    Checking volume information.
    The volume Macintosh HDD needs to be repaired.

    Error: Filesystem verify or repair failed.
     
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  3. offwidafairies thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Errors like these can be just from normal use; it can be serious, if it this happens a lot and you are experiences other issues like kernel panics and such.

    I would start saving your documents to another volume just in case.

    As with fixing it, you can try utilities; if you have warranty, you can take it to the Apple Store and they can try to fix it for you with programs like Drive Genius or Disk Warrior, but that's not guaranteed to fix it, especially if it's hardware.
     
  5. offwidafairies thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Please excuse my ignorance - but what are kernal panics?
     
  6. offwidafairies thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    would it help to format the drive?

    im not sure if i formatted the drive with the latest install. how do you do that?
     
  8. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    A kernel panic is when the operating system crashes.

    Try repairing the disk with disk utility.
     
  9. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Since it is your startup disk, the "Repair" choice will not be available for you when started up from it. To repair that disk, put your installer disk in and restart- hold down the "C" key to boot from it. When it boots all the way, select your language then go up into the menus and select Disk Utility from there and the Repair button will be available to use on your startup disk.
     
  10. PMueller macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    I have the same problem, thanks for the tip with CD, I'll try it now.

    Why don't they just give you the message "OS X is installed on this disc. Therefore you need to run Disc Utility from your Boot CD/DVD or an external hard drive"?

    Instead they just tell you, that you have to Verify in order to Repair, and Repair in order to Verify. Nothing mentioned about why it doesn't work. You're just stuck there.

    All I did was create a partition for Bootcamp that was bigger than 32GB, didn't warn me or anything. Then I read it was too big so I deleted the partition and gave the other one (with the system) back all the space. When trying to create a new 32GB partition, it told me I couldn't because it needs to be repaired but Repair is greyed out and Verify doesn't work until repaired. Very low usability in my opinion.
     

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