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A possible disk-format-related cause of general Mac issues
Authored by: mchmarny on Aug 10, '09 08:18:17AM

Dude, you have no idea how this has been driving me nuts. I have used super-duper to restore the entire drive the other day and too had been unable to find the reason as to why my drive would not be showing in the start-up volume list.

Well, there goes another 3 hrs of my life: 1.5hr to snapshot the drive (200GB in MacBook), reformat, and 1.5hr to restore it.



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Ticking Time-Bomb of Destruction
Authored by: emanhaud on Aug 12, '09 08:32:25AM

I work for a hard drive manufacturer and have to disagree with diamonsw, gabester, and Reaper Man. We have had tons of documented problems with HFS+ volumes on MBR disks both in the lab and in the field. In my experience larger drives will often fail to format in this scenario. Smaller disks will often format properly, but deteriorate over time.

We have changed all of our end-user documentation to tell the user to repartition drives with either GPT or APM instead of reformatting them on an MBR partition map. HFS+ on MBR is a ticking time-bomb of destruction and unhappiness.

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