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Mysterious crashes? Try repairing the sparseimage
Authored by: cryptonomicon on Dec 03, '05 09:20:49PM

To add to this hint, you can also use Disk Warrior to repair the FileVault volume. Start out logged in as another user, as described in the hint. I found that if you just go ahead and mount the sparseimage, Disk Warrior will see it as a locked disk and be able to scan it, but not repair it. So, before double-clicking the sparseimage file to mount it, select it and open up the Get Info panel (Command-I). Go down the "Ownership & Permissions" section, and click the Details disclosure triangle. Next to Owner, click the lock symbol if it is not already unlocked. Switch the Owner to the user you are currently logged in as. You may need to authenticate as an admin user.

Now, mount the sparseimage, and you should be able to repair it with DiskWarrior. When you're all done with repairs, go back to Get Info and restore the Owner setting back to the user whose FileVault sparseimage it is. That's it!

I just recovered from some nasty directory corruption today on my FileVault voume (that Disk Utility couldn't fix) by following these steps.



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