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Safe Boot or Disk Utility vs 'fsck' in OS X

There are several common ways people can verify file system integrity in OS X, including booting to Safe Mode, using Disk Utility, or running the 'fsck' tool. These options have had some people wondering which is best.

By January 14, 2011

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Troubleshooting Mac OS X 10.2.8: fsck issue clarification; Printer Sharing

Troubleshooting Mac OS X 10.2.8: fsck issue clarification; Printer Sharing

By October 9, 2003

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Troubleshooting Mac OS X 10.2.8 (build 6R73): PCI cards; fsck; Printer Sharing; Repair Disk Permissions and black screens

Troubleshooting Mac OS X 10.2.8 (build 6R73): PCI cards; fsck; Printer Sharing; Repair Disk Permissions and black screens

By October 8, 2003

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Problems installing updates? Check for directory damage

fsck to the rescue!

By September 28, 2007

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Odds & Ends: Password length; Update utility; Using su in Terminal; FSCK at startup slowdown

Odds & Ends: Password length; Update utility; Using su in Terminal; FSCK at startup slowdown

By April 13, 2001

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How to check for and fix OS X boot drive errors

The boot drive's format and partition structure can be checked both in the OS X graphical interface and in the Terminal.

By October 1, 2013

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Fix stalled safe-boot with OS X Mavericks update

The recent OS X 10.9.2 update fixes a persistent Safe Mode bug for some, but there are alternative approaches to this issue for those still affected.

By February 27, 2014

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Useful OS X troubleshooting utilities for the new year

While OS X includes some robust tools for troubleshooting, there are a number of third-party tools that can help tackle problems or simply give you a better understanding of how OS X functions.

By January 10, 2014

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What to do when a Mac always boots to verbose or single-user modes

Apple supplies various alternate boot modes for OS X, but sometimes systems get stuck in them.

By August 22, 2012

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Should you worry about a Damaged Files folder?

If you find a folder called Damaged Files at the root of your hard drive in OS X, it may mean nothing -- or it could be a sign that your drive is failing.

By April 29, 2013