3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 23, 2013 9:42 AM by rccharles
thmehr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a imac 13 inch late 2011 model using 10.8.3. About 9 months ago I upgraded to SSD hard drive. Lately, when I start up the laptop, I get the apple screen and spinning gear and gets stuck. Most of the time, I can force quit and start up and again. I ran Disk utility, which is telling my hard drive needs to be repaired and start to restart the laptop and use Disk Utilty.  What are the exact procedures to follow?  Do I need a start up disk or a disk repair disk?



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (278,690 points)

    Restart with the Command and R keys held down and run the Disk Utility from the recovery partition.



  • thmehr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    how do I know if I have a recovery partian?


    This is the error I am getting


    This disk needs to be repaired using the Recovery HD. Restart your computer, holding down the Command key and the R key until you see the Apple logo. When the OS X Utilities window appears, choose Disk Utility.

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (6,485 points)

    But, you have posted to the Tiger discussion.


    I'll asked that it be moved to mtn lion.



    another way of running the repair is to try safe boot.

      Shutdown your machine.  Hold down the shift key.  Poweron.  Wait awhile Wait awhile while you harddrive

    is being checked.



    ( Don't know if it list the recovery mgr or not. )

    The startup manager will list all of your bootable partitions then give you a choice of which to boot.

    Try holding down the option key then power on. This brings up the startup manager. Click on your hd. Click on right arrow key.