From time to time, we have to perform some checkups on our computers to see whether they have any problems. If you have previously use Windows, you probably got quite a few software that will help you to do the job or you simple just use Check Disk (a built-in software in Windows) to do the job. But what do we have on the Macs? Well, if you not planning to use any 3rd party software, why not give Disk Utility (a built-in software in Mac OS X) a try? Below is a step by step guide on how to use Disk Utility:
Step 1. Single (left) click on your Desktop; click on Go from the menu bar at the top of the screen and click on Utilities. If you like to use keyboard shortcuts, you can press: Shift + Command + U to get to the Utilities folder:
Step 3. The Disk Utility application should open up in a few seconds. (left) click on your (Mac) partition (normally its called Macintosh HD) so its selected, and then click on the Verity Disk Permissions:
Step 4. After its finished, you should see the results straight away. Just click on Repair Disk Permissions if the application found any problems. You can then go on to give your hard drive a quick checkup by pressing the Verify Disk button:
If you see any error messages, just press the Repair Disk button to repair your hard drive. As you can see from the screen shot above, if your hard drive is fine, the Repair Disk button is greyed out (meaning you can’t press it).
Q. I’ve tried to use Disk Utility to repair my hard drive, but it can’t resolve some of the problems and they are keep coming back, what can I do?
A. Start your computer with your Mac OS X Installation DVD and use the Disk Utility in there to verify and repair your disk; doing it this way should resolve the remaining problems 😀
Want to read more about Disk Permissions and know what is behind the scenes? Check out this link from Apple.com: