'Disk Utility can't repair this disk' Error

If you have been experiencing issues with your Mac and, in particular, your SSD or hard drive, then you may have seen plenty of guides advising you to run the Disk Utility. However, what happens when you try doing it and you encounter the 'Disk Utility can't repair this disk' Error? Unfortunately, the outcome is likely to be bad, and there are some measures that you will need to take to minimize potential loss of data.

Some of the common reasons why users run the Disk Utility are corrupt files, apps quitting randomly, or their disk making weird noises all of a sudden. Sometimes, the Disk Utility may fix such issues but, unfortunately, sometimes even it may fail.

How to use the Disk Utility?

Open Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility. Then, select View -> View All Devices and choose the device that you wish to repair. Click First Aid -> Continue and wait for the process to complete. If the operation fails, you will probably see one of these messages:

  • If the error says that the disk is failing, then you should immediately find a way to back up your data because it may be in danger.
  • If you see the 'Disk Utility can't repair this disk' Error, then you should try to restart the operation. If the issue persists, then backing up your disk is mandatory.

How to Create a Backup?

You'll be glad to hear that Mac has an integrated tool to help you with your backups – the Time Machine. Head to the Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Time Machine. Then simply select the storage drive you wish to back up your data to, and press 'Backup Now.' Do not forget that this is one of the best ways to keep your important files so that they will not be lost in case of hardware failure or a hacking attempt.

May 5, 2021

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