6 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2010 9:20 PM by stephenb4
stephenb4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Disk utility (accessed from the HD) says that the, "Volume header needs minor repairs." When I run disk utility from my Mac OS X install disk it says the disk is ok. Who's right?

White 13" MacBook
System Version: Mac OS X 10.6.3 (10D573)
Kernel Version: Darwin 10.3.0

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (47,430 points)
    Hi stephenb4;

    I have seen this happen. IMHO the repair is so minor that when the disk is free after booting from the DVD, it is repaired as DU checks the disk. It was reported the first because DU could not corrected it the first time because the system was running from that disk at that time.


    Message was edited by: Allan Eckert
  • stephenb4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, I've gone back and forth between the DU on the HD and the DU on the DVD numerous times and I always get the same result. I have had a couple of quirky things happen lately (Entourage won't load at all, laptop freezes every now and then) and can't help but think it's all related. Any ideas?
  • KJK555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
    If you bought Applecare on the machine, Install (If you haven't already) Tech Tool Deluxe and make
    the tech tool bootable cd. Run tech tool from the cd and it should repair it.

    If you have Disk Warrior, it should repair it. Most third party disk repair utilities should fix it.

    If you don't have any of those, make a bootable backup, reformat (erase) the boot volume and
    reinstall your backup.

    note: repartitioning is not necessary, so don't mess with your boot camp installation, if you have one.
    do not repartition, just format (erase) the existing HFS+ (mac OS extended journaled) boot partition.

    Message was edited by: KJK555
  • stephenb4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My Apple Care expired a year or so ago, so TechTool no longer loads. It's probably better just to take the plunge and erase/install anyway. I'm kind of new to Macs (I inherited this machine from my daughter just as her Apple Care expired) but the operation seems relatively painless. I'll read up on it and give it a try.

    Thanks for taking the time to help me.
  • KJK555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
    Tech Tool no longer loads because it needs the snow leopard update
  • stephenb4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Nice. Ran TechTool and found no problems. DU still thinks I need minor volume header repair. I think I'll just keep working the way it is.