4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 31, 2013 7:16 AM by alberti-nl
Lougoose Level 4 Level 4 (3,040 points)

I am using a 1.5 TB external HDD (via USB). The HDD is partitioned into 2 sections. Currently, one section appears fine and mounts in Finder (luckily, this is the partition that I backup my computer with - via Carbon). The other partition, the one where I store media content, will no longer mount.

 

History:

I restarted my computer today, and when it booted, Finder alerted me that the external disk (we'll call it MEDIA from here on out) could not be repaired.

I went into Disk Utility, saw the HDD as well as both paritions (backup and MEDIA).

I verified MEDIA (I believe there was a message at the end of this, although I do not remember what it said).

I then began to repair MEDIA.

 

Through a series of miscommunications, I closed Disk Utility during this process.

 

MEDIA now is not showing in Finder and refuses to be repaired by Disk Utility (the error says: Disk Utility can't repair this disk...back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files).

 

Where can I go from here?

 

Thank you all in advance!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (251,085 points)

    I would try Disk Warrior and see if it can repair the drive. Or you can back up as many files as possible then erase the volume.

  • Lougoose Level 4 Level 4 (3,040 points)

    I have thought about Disk Warrior (it seems like the solution to a lot of similar problems), but I would really rather not spent $50-$100 on something when I'm not even sure if it'll work.

     

    Are there any other (cheaper or ideally free) solutions?

     

    Thank you so much for your help!

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (251,085 points)

    Yes, you can reformat the drive.

  • alberti-nl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had a similar problem; with the message : "Disk Utility can't repair this disk...back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files"

     

    Then -

    I used Disk Utility and choose the option 'erase disk'; I choose quick erase; this worked good. (my hypothesis of the root cause - The usb disk had been used for Time Machine and this had partionined and created key sectors such that the DISK was useless anymore;)

    Afterwards I did the disk first aid again and the disk is now perfect. I am currently using it full swing again.

    - I remember I had a NAS with the same problem; I gave it away; the person who got it said ist was as simple as rewriting the root record :-((( my money flowed away...

     

    Now you said 'reformat'; I did not find that option but what I did worked too.