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Why to Do It:

Restore Volumes

Sometimes a disk's Directory corruption is so extensive that it cannot be repaired, usually resulting in a crashed disk. Similarly, if you accidentally erase a hard disk (via the Finder's Erase Disk command), the original Directory information is hopelessly lost, resulting in the Finder listing the disk as empty. In both cases, however, the rest of the files on your disk may still be perfectly okay (in the case of the "erased" hard disk, this is because the Erase Disk command does not actually erase or reformat a hard disk—it only alters the Directory, as described more in Fix-It #13.

You may still be able to resurrect the hard disk by using a recovery utility to completely replace the current, presumably damaged or erased Directory with an undamaged backup copy.


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