4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 23, 2009 8:42 PM by bleedingrose19
bleedingrose19 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Recently my hard drive died, and in order to figure out what happened the Apple Genius ran the Disk Utility diagnostic on it using an external computer.

Unfortunately it sounds like the HD is trying to die AGAIN >.< which is causing me no end of heartburn. I wasn't there when he ran the diagnostic the first time, but I know it's in Disk Utility. What steps do I need to take to run the diagnostic and figure out if the disk is working properly or if it's in the first stages of trying to kick the bucket (again) so I can at LEAST go back to the place that fixed/replaced it and use the warranty against them?

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Powerbook G4 12-inch Aluminum (4 years old and running 2 logic boards later), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Intel Mac Mini 1.5GHz Core Solo 1GB RAM Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,875 points)
    See my FAQ*:


    Mind you a bad directory can be caused by numerous issues, and are not limited to hardware issues with the system. Using the hardware test that came with your Mac would be a more reliable indicator of any actual hardware issues.

    How long since the last hard drive was repaired?

    - * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
  • bleedingrose19 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    It's been approximately 4 maybe 5 months since the last hard drive was worked on and replaced - they couldn't repair it; it was completely dead.

    I ran "verify" on the HD last night and it said it was fine, but I'm still not convinced. Are there any other already-installed options on my computer that I should run to make sure things are running smoothly?

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  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,875 points)
    Between Hardware Test which shipped with your computer's installation CDs, and Disk Utility, you should be able to detect most issues. Some though you need to take the machine in for service. Third party added items will not normally show up as faulty from Apple's tests. So anything non-Apple hooked up to your machine could be faulty.
  • bleedingrose19 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Took the computer to Apple. The HD was failing. Had it replaced again since it was still under a parts warranty.