1 Reply Latest reply: Jul 1, 2013 12:14 PM by MrHoffman
dlarocque Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I get the spinning beach ball for up to a half hour before booting, and even then can't log in. I booted with an external snow leopard OS and disk utility passed on all volumes. Can I use standard fsck and tools like DiskWarrior and Drive Genius to repair the disk?

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (13,150 points)

    I'd encourage creating an external backup before proceeding, whether using Disk Utility (DU) while booting from the recovery partition (if your OS X version supports the recovery partition), or from a separate OS X install on an external disk.  Repairs can sometimes make the corruptions worse, and can sometimes push a marginal disk over into full failure.   Once the backup has completed, then try the recovery tools; a DU repair or equivalent.