If you are a serious to semi-serious Mac user and do not own a copy of Alsoft Diskwarrior, stop reading this, run, out and buy one. Shouldn’t you have:
… the most highly decorated Mac disk repair utility ever. It repairs disks that no other program can repair… DiskWarrior is the safest, the most technologically advanced, and the most powerful utility to eliminate directory damage available for any computer… Instead of patching the original directory, it uses a patent-pending technology to quickly build a new replacement directory using data recovered from the original directory, thereby recovering files and folders that you thought were lost and that no other program could recover.
What are you still doing reading this?
Yesterday was the second time this year the Warrior has saved my digital life… I was saving a file to my portable Firewire drive (I maintain all my work content here, and shuffle it between home and work computers, and back it up religiously), and it just started clicking and wonking and playing eternal beachball.
Disk Utility reported a problem, but could not do anything.
Enter the Warrior. In about 10-15 minutes, it had repaired the disk directory structure, things like tree depth, header node, node links; a “directory entry with an incorrect text encoding” and a bunch more. From my limited hardware knowledge, it completely rebuilds the important drive directory data that makes it able to put all my stuff on the screen.
You need a Warrior. Or maybe you don’t need your data?