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Old 02-06-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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It's not a good idea to run Disk Utility unless the hard drive is corrupt, in which case it's best to re-format it with Disk Utility. Download "OnyX," and repair "Permissions" once per month or so. It's perhaps the best (free) Mac OS X utility. I use SuperDuper to back the entire hard drive to an external drive (below).

I just have an external Firewire/USB hard drive that I use strictly for backing the internal drive. Since USB drives can't be start-up devices, I connect it to my Mac via the Firewire port, and start from it in the event that the internal drive fails. However, I haven't had a single problem with the internal 80GB hard drive, except that it is almost full. I just replaced it last night with a Hitachi 500GB Deskstart drive.

First tell us how much RAM you have on your Mac. RAM is cheap these days since you can use PC RAM modules, but you must only use the correct RAM for your computer model. If the problem is not related to RAM, you may have to re-format the drive and install all the software from the beginning, something that's very easy to do as long as you have backed the internal hard drive on an external Firewire hard drive. Carbon Copy Cloner as well as SuperDuper allow you to do exactly that, while Disk Utility is used to repair the drive (format, partition, etc. ).
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:31 PM
 
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Rather than spend $98 on Disk Warrior, not knowing if it would even repair the disk, I replaced the hard drive altogether. For only $70. And a much bigger one. 250G replacing 80G.
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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Rather than spend $98 on Disk Warrior, not knowing if it would even repair the disk, I replaced the hard drive altogether. For only $70. And a much bigger one. 250G replacing 80G.
Could have gotten 1TB for 100$

Glad to hear you're back up and running.
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