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Chapter 3. Finder MishapsCrashes, Freeze... > File or Application Corruption

File or Application Corruption

If your extensions and hardware check out satisfactorily, you should next turn your attention to file corruption. It's an unfortunate fact of computing life that bad things occasionally happen to good files. After a crash, freeze, or some other unexpected interruption, open files or your Mac's hidden directory and database files may be munged to the point where they turn from the path of Goodness and Light to unspeakable evil.

If you've run a troubleshooting utility on your Mac, you're prob-ably aware that files routinely get corrupted—their modification dates are incorrectly set, icons don't display properly, or they contains data that they shouldn't. Most of the time, your Mac never gives an indication that some of its files are corrupt. As long as those files necessary to the Mac's health remain in a reasonably uncorrupted state, your Mac trots right along.


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