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Unpleasant Topics

Sad Macs. Dead Macs. Crashed disks. Unreadable disks. Damaged disks. These are the unpleasant topics of discussion in this chapter. Although the emphasis is on those times when you can't even start your Macintosh, this chapter is also about disk-related problems that can happen at any time.

These problems tend to fall into one of three categories. Some problems are specific to the startup process. Disks with these problems cannot act as startup disks but may otherwise function normally. More generic problems, such as an inability to mount a disk, cause problems whether the disk is used as a startup disk or not. Finally, some fairly serious problems have little or nothing to do with startup. Files and folders may begin to vanish from your disk, for example.


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