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Disk needs repair and no alternative disk to start up

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I am a neophyte. Actually a gerontophyte as I am an old fart, though I have used Macs for years, though always with as little understanding of the internal workings as possible. My MacBook has been glitching a lot so I went into Disk Utilities and did the Repair Disk thing, but halfway, or a thirdway through it stopped and popped up, well, I guess a popup that said something like "Disk needs to be repaired - start computer with another disk (Mac OS X installer, e.g.) and then use disk utility to repair this disk." Oh, cool... I live in a remote part of Papua New Guinea - yes, we have broadband because we installed satellite. But I am pretty sure I do not have my original Mac OS X installation disk - so am I totally screwed or what? Do I have to find an installation disk somewhere? My main problem is that I keep getting the damn Spinning Color Rainbow Eternal Wheel of Excruciating Death (S.C.R.E.W.E.D.). It is not only interfering with my work (Force Quit is becoming a mantra I am afraid may apply to me more than to my computer), but I am dreaming of SCREWEDs......

Any ideas people??
post #2 of 8
You will need either your install DVDs or another Mac and a Firewire cable. Sorry, but I don't know of any other way to run Disk Utility in your situation. Either way, you're going to want to backup that drive ASAP. It could be unrepairable.
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post #3 of 8
This might be an option if you can download it and burn it to a disc:

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-mac/

It's free and seems to be exactly what you need to solve your problem.

Good luck.
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post #4 of 8
Startup in single user mode to do the repair.

You reboot holding command-s and you reach a console.

When the text stops loading in, type:

fsck -fy

then hit return and it will repair your disc. It will then verify it again. When it's done, type reboot and hit return.
post #5 of 8
Doh. I've done that a hundred times. Embarrassed to have forgotten.
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post #6 of 8
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Hey, Howdy!! Marvin you good! Even a gerontophyte in the Back of Beyond could follow your instrux. Did what you suggested, then rebooted and just for the sake of corroboration went into Disk Utilities and did a Verify Disk and it checked everything and this lovely little phrase popped up in blue "The Volume MacIntosh HD appears to be o.k." - and deed it does.

Thanks to Dr. Millmoss, Bancho and especially Marvin for the time and attention. It is much appreciated. And I have not seen the Spinning Color Rainbow Eternal Wheel of Excruciating Death all day long, which is a first for months....

Cheers,
Zonker
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Jesus I cant believe I happened upon this thing. Amazing and I had the same results. thanks thanks thanks. 

post #8 of 8

I just ran into this problem on my machine...with no install disc and was quietly (or not so quietly) freaking out until I googled and luckily landed here on this old solution. Perfect fix!! Thanks!

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