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When to Do It:

  • Whenever you cannot start up your Macintosh with a known startup disk, especially if the symptom is a flashing disk or folder icon at startup.

  • Whenever you are unable to get a properly formatted disk to mount to the Finder's desktop. Especially with floppy disks you may get a message that says the disk is unreadable, not a Macintosh disk, or damaged and that asks if you want to initialize it.

  • Whenever you have system-wide problems with a particular disk, especially problems related to keeping track of files. These commonly include an inability to open, copy, or delete files/folders on the disk, as well as files/folders that mysteriously disappear.

  • Any time you have a problem that is not easily diagnosed or solved. Using these utilities, especially Disk First Aid, is such a simple and effective procedure that it is almost always worth trying.


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