Disk Utility for Mac: Repair a disk using Disk Utility

Repair a disk using Disk Utility

Disk Utility can fix certain disk problems—for example, multiple apps quit unexpectedly, a file is corrupted, an external device doesn’t work properly, or your computer won’t start up.

This topic describes how to repair the disk that started up your Mac. If you’re having trouble with another disk, you can repair it with fewer steps. For more information, see Check a disk or volume for problems.

WARNING: To prevent the loss of data on your Fusion Drive, don’t connect it to a Mac that’s using a version of OS X earlier than v10.8.5. For more information, see Only connect OS X Mavericks Fusion drives to OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 or later.

  1. Print this help page so you can refer to it later. (You don’t have access to Disk Utility Help when you restart your computer in the next step.)

    In the Disk Utility Help window, click the Share button , then choose Print.

  2. Choose Apple menu > Restart. Once your Mac restarts and you hear the startup chime, hold down the Command and R keys.

    When the Apple logo appears, you can release the keys.

  3. Click Disk Utility, then click Continue.

  4. In the sidebar, select the disk you want to repair.

  5. Click the First Aid button .

    If Disk Utility tells you the disk is about to fail, back up your data and replace the disk. You can’t repair it. Otherwise, continue to step 6.

  6. Click Run.

    If Disk Utility reports that the disk appears to be OK or has been repaired, you’re done. You can click Show Details to see more information about the repairs. Otherwise, you may need to do one of the following.

    • If Disk Utility reports “overlapped extent allocation” errors, two or more files occupy the same space on your disk, and at least one of them is likely to be corrupted. You need to check each file in the list of affected files. Most of the files in the list have aliases in a DamagedFiles folder at the top level of your disk.

      • If you can replace a file or re-create it, delete it.

      • If it contains information you need, open it and examine its data to make sure it hasn’t been corrupted.

    • If Disk Utility can’t repair your disk or it reports “The underlying task reported failure,” try to repair the disk or partition again. If that doesn’t work, back up as much of your data as possible, reformat the disk, reinstall macOS, then restore your backed-up data.

If your Mac has a Fusion Drive and you see a flashing question mark or alert, see the troubleshooting section of the Apple Support article About Fusion Drive.

If you continue to have problems with your disk or it can’t be repaired, it may be physically damaged and need to be replaced. For information about servicing your Mac, see Find out how to service or repair your Mac.

Published Date: Sep 22, 2016
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