so, I would like to start by broadly saying that the disk utility's ability to fix a mac os fs partitioned hdd is similar to chkdsk under windows!
the comunist people over at mac did not want peoples mac os's to be able to run the disk utility's feature to correct MFT errors on the hdd on which the current os is installed
(REPAIR DISK, not repair permissions)
Now isn't that STUPID!?!?!?!?!
Why would you have to use a dvd in order to just do some error repairing on your hdd.... sounds pretty comunist to me, when I think of all the people who get second hand macs these days, without the instalation disks, thus being forced to buy one..........
HOWEVER, WINDOWS IS MORE DEMOCRATIC, AND IT TAUGHT ME SOMETHING!!
As all of you may know, windows is totally able to run a chkdsk on its os partition, scheduling it for OS startup. I'm wondering why Apple did not implement this, but a very well known old reason comes to mind... sales profit..........
a lifetime user like me with a G5 iMac running 10.4.11 with hdd problems did the following thing that only a PC user could have thought of
(I'm kidding, but it might be true though..)
I got a hold of CCC for Mac, extracted my dad's slim sata hdd from his Acer laptop near midnight when he was asleep, I backed up his data, cloned my imacs hdd onto it, opened the imac, put the laptop hdd in, booted it, and I ran full disk utility diagnosis on the big sata hdd that was previously inside the iMac. After the problems were solved, I put the big sata hdd back in, all was fine, and I put my dads slim hdd back in his laptop, putting his data back.
Would you have thought of this?
THIS JUST SPARED ME BUYING A FREAKIN OS X DVD...................
P.S. (Since BootCD has been abandoned.....)