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When to Do It:

  • Whenever everything else you have tried has failed to fix your problem, especially when your recovery utilities (such as Disk First Aid or Norton Utilities) report damage to a disk that they are unable to repair or when you cannot otherwise get the disk to mount at all.

  • Whenever you have a problem with bad blocks, especially on a hard disk. This usually becomes apparent when you try to copy a file and get a message such as File could not be read and was skipped.

  • Prior to a complete restoration of your hard disk from your backup files.

  • Whenever you want to restore a disk to like-new condition, making sure that virtually all data on it are truly erased.

  • Whenever you have an unformatted or incorrectly formatted disk.

  • For Zip and Jaz disks, it may be recommended in some cases where the disk fails to mount (but see: "Take Note: The Click of Death," later in this Fix-It).

  • If you want to move from a HFS to HFS Plus formatted disk and do not want to purchase a special utility to do this.

  • If you want to change a disk from a PC format to a Mac format (or vice versa).


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