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Good Disk Utility/Permissions Repair Utility

for Mini w/o DVD drive

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#1 Tetsuya


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

I've got one of the new style Mini's (i5) with no DVD drive.  

During a large file transfer, the power went out briefly due to the wind, and now my file permissions are all screwed up.  iTunes thinks the library is on a locked disk and wont open, and the administrator has been removed from all file access.

I need a good utility to rebuild the permissions (i've tried OS X's disk utility, and it finds all sorts of errors and repairs them....

and then i do the repair again and it does it again, and again... ive run it about 12 times now and its still finding things.  

I used to use Disk Warrior, and it worked great - is there a version of Disk Warrior that works on a Lion-based DVD-driveless Mini?  


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:21 AM

Yes, the latest version of Diskwarrior also runs on all recent Macs. If you have an external DVD drive, you should also be able to boot your mini from the DiskWarrior DVD.

I have to say that I switched to TechTool, though, since DiskWarrior has shown a propensity to be out of date (and not being able to boot) always when I needed it. TechTool seems to be a bit more regularly updated and also works great for me.

Other than that: have you also tried to repair not only the permissions with the Disk Utility, but the whole disk? You'll have to boot from the Recovery Partition to do that, though.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:00 AM

Another vote for TechTool here. I usually use Disk Utility, but if that's not doing the job, I also use TechTool Pro 6.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:36 AM

Tech Tool Pro 6 here.  You can download it from Micromat, doesn't need a DVD drive at all.  It creates a boot partition that allows you to boot from a hard disk rather than a DVD so it runs faster.  It shows up in your "Start Disk" list of drives in System Preferences.  Simply reboot into it and run the disk utilities on your former boot drive.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:40 AM

For permission related issues I've generally either just used the terminal or this: http://www.lagenteso...hmod/index.html