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How to repair Mac HD using Disk Utility

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

If your computer won't start up normally, you may need to use a disk repair utility to fix the issue.

Resolution


  1. Start from your Mac OS X Install disc: Insert the installation disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
  2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
    Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.
  3. Click the First Aid tab.
  4. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.
  5. Select your Mac OS X volume.
  6. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk.

See this article by Apple for more information:

Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck

If you do not have a OS X Installation disk and your Mac fails to start, you may try suggestions from this article:

How Can I Repair My Hard Drive If My Mac Won’t Start?



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