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Disk Utility is less useful using Sierra 10.12 – part 2

Disk Uutility 10.12 lost features
When I am evaluating whether to upgrade my Mac’s operating system, I naturally assume that any new release will have more features and improved functionality. If you are a Mac user running a discontinued yet perfectly usable OS like Mountain Lion 10.8 and have come to rely upon Disk Utility in your arsenal of everyday tools, you may be unpleasantly surprised at the menu options that are no longer available in Sierra 10.12.

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Disk Utility is less useful using Sierra 10.12

Apple Disk Utility 10.12The Sierra 10.12 version of Disk Utility lacks many features that were available in earlier versions.

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Can’t play that DVD? Try these workarounds

Hand Holding DVD DiscThe year-end holidays have come and gone. You have been exercising feverishly to reduce your waistline that expanded a few inches due to the endless partying, and everyone in your household has unwrapped all their gifts. However, one of those gifts is perched silently on the coffee table. It’s a homemade DVD gifted to you by a cousin who lives on the opposite end of the country that features highlights of your uncle’s 70th birthday celebration. Because you couldn’t get the necessary time off from your job, you couldn’t be there in person to share in the family fun and festivities. While other DVDs play back fine in your MacBook Pro, this disc just spins and spins before it gets ejected by the drive. You’ve never experienced this type of hardware problem before. According to your cousin, the DVD is not defective, because she said that before she wrapped her gift, she successfully tested the same disc in her set-top player in her living room.

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Warning: SUID file will not be repaired

From today’s mail bag:

Got some issues showing on my macpro. When I did the disk utility, the following 4 messages came up:

Warning: SUID file “System/Library/Filesystems/AppleShare/afpLoad” has been modified and will not be repaired.
Warning: SUID file “usr/bin/setregion” has been modified and will not be repaired.
Warning: SUID file “System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Install.framework/Versions/A/Resources/runner” has been modified and will not be repaired.
Warning: SUID file “System/Library/Printers/IOMs/LPRIOM.plugin/Contents/MacOS/LPRIOMHelper” has been modified and will not be repaired.

What would these messages mean and what should be done?


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Where is Apple’s Disk Utility?

From today’s mail bag:

I do not seem to be able to find the Apple Disk Utility program. Please help!

Here is my response:

To run Disk Utility, first open a Finder window by double-clicking the Macintosh HD icon on your Mac desktop or by selecting File>New Finder Window from the menu bar. Open the Applications folder, then scroll the list until you see the Utilities folder. Disk Utility is located in Utilities.

Apple includes a help menu with Mac OS X that users can use to locate answers to common questions. Here is a sample screen:

You can also search for files and folders by clicking the Spotlight icon located in the upper right corner of the screen or by entering text in the oblong search window in Finder (the icon appears as a small magnifying glass).

For online help, including video tutorials, go to:

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All Hard Drives Fail

All hard drives fail. It’s a given fact that every hard drive will eventually crash and burn. There are no exceptions. All too often, however, we tempt fate a little too long and fail to heed the audible warning signs and visual clues that our trusted storage device is terminally ill. Fortunately, I took quick action this past weekend to replace the drive in my file and print server, a slot-loading iMac G3 that I bought in late 1999.

In recent weeks, the storage device that I installed in 2002 began to emit a strange barrage of hums and whining noises. Aware that my computer was not equipped with a modern controller that could recognize disk storage space above the first 128 GB of a drive, I bought a Western Digital Caviar 80 GB drive from Amazon.com for $56. Upon receipt of the replacement device, I thought I would save time by cloning the old drive’s contents onto the new drive using Carbon Copy Cloner 3. Or so I thought.

I used instructions from the iMac TakeApart Service Manual (no longer available from Apple’s web site) to complete the switch in less than an hour. I then turned on the iMac to test my newly cloned drive. I was greeted by the flashing folder icon, indicating that the newly installed drive wasn’t bootable. The boot problem wasn’t due to an improper jumper setting on the drive. When I started up the iMac using a bootable OS X volume that’s accessible from one of my portable Firewire enclosures, the icon for the internal drive was clearly visible on the Desktop. Running Apple’s Disk Utility and Alsoft’s Disk Warrior, however, failed to change the drive’s boot status. To resolve the startup problem, I used Disk Utility’s Restore function to reformat and reclone the drive. Knowing that the restore process would take some time on my vintage Mac, I left the office to run a few errands. After an hour or so, I returned. I noticed that the restore process had completed. Accessing System Preferences, I set the internal drive as my startup disk and booted again. This time the computer started up normally. I completed the upgrade by installing the Apple Software Updates. The chirps and whines were history. My iMac, as well as its owner, were happy campers.

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