MacBook Pro :: Disk Utility Does Not Allow HDD To Be Erased

Feb 17, 2012

I am attempting to erase my Hard Drive so I can start from scratch and the disk utility tool does not allow me to erase. The hard drive is grayed out. I want to reimage my computer, but I cannot use the CD that came with it because it came with Snow Leopard, and I am running on Lion.

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: Disk Utility Erased All Data?

May 22, 2009


I just bought a new WD hard disk and backed up all my data to it (80 GB). I then performed a clean install on my Macintosh HD.

Before I restored my data to the internal drive, I thought it would be a good idea to copy my fresh installation to a new partition on the external disk.

So I booted up disk utility to check if partitioning would affect my data. Using the partition tool, I clicked the plus sign (without applying changes). Disk utility said that if I add a partition, it would simply add a new volume and that the previous volume would not be erased. I clicked apply, and now there is nothing left of my data in the original partition.

Can I get it back? Undo the partition, or file recovery?

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This volume will be added:
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So now i booted with cmd+r pressed and in recovery mode ran a 'verify disk'. It said the verification stopped and that i should repair the disk. When i tried to do that it said the disk cannot be repaird and that i should back up as many files as possible and attempt to format the disk and restore it with time machine. It is precisely what im doing at the moment.  

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Mid 2010

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Sep 16, 2009

I have just erased all of my architecture honours year et all off my computer.

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Mar 17, 2010

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Mar 12, 2012

I just saw that the amount of memory left on my HD just dropped around 60GB, so I used the "Verify Disk" option on Disk Utility, and the output was: Verifying volume “Macintosh HD”Performing live verification.Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume.Checking extents overflow file.Checking catalog file.Checking multi-linked files.Checking catalog hierarchy.Checking extended attributes file.Checking volume bitmap.Checking volume information.Volume header needs minor repairThe volume Macintosh HD was found corrupt and needs to be repaired.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. 

I don't have the disk right now, so is there some other way I can repair it, get another install disk, or anything else? I've been thinking of booting up with a Linux livecd, but can it access the HFS+ filesystem? 

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MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook

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After I erase the hard disk it shows 74.5gb free, almost. It says there is 42.3mb of space being used by 2 files which I understand are used for read write or partitioning or whatever.

When I then leave disk utility and go to the actual installer, the destination disk (untitled - 74.5gb) shows only 73.9gb free space. What is taking up an additional 500mb of space on the hard drive?

Apple support told me that somehow the disk has been altered and I lost space on the disk or I am now using a seperate partition that isn't showing up. Disk utility shows only one partition with 74.5gb free space. He told me I can find information about how to 'merge' the disk on the apple support section under troubleshooting articles for disk utility. I have been unable to locate this information.

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Apr 24, 2012

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Recently I'm getting a pop up message that "Mac OS X can't repair the disk "Genealogy"'.  And it needs to be reformatted.  It's become a read only disk.  When I look in Disk Utility it shows all the partitions as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" EXCEPT for the one in question.  I also noticed that there are a lot of files with "date created" being the same date in 1969!  These files may be letters I've written or photo's I added to that partition within the last few years. 

I think I have to completely reformat the entire external hard drive to repair this, but I want to make sure.  Because it's going to be a major hassle backing it all up to another external (having to get one first) and then figuring out how to make the files that have turned "read only" in that one partition, back to their original state!  Does this sound right, that I have to reformat the entire external hard drive?  And how do I get the read-only files back to their original state.

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Jan 2, 2010

Running Diks Util on my iMac 10.6.2. i am given this warning.
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Oct 9, 2010

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Feb 28, 2009

I'm trying to repair my hard drive. I restarted from the OS X Mac Mini install CD (holding down the letter C when I heard the chime), opened Disk Utility from the Utilities folder, selected my hard drive image, but the "verify disk" and "repair disk" options are grayed out. I'm at a loss as to how to proceed.

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Mac Mini
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Jan 9, 2010

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May 14, 2012

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iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.3)

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Jun 12, 2012

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Feb 22, 2010

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Apr 30, 2009

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Dec 2, 2009

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May 11, 2012

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Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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