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by Tom Nelson

Disk First Aid is the name of a disk repair utility that was included or available for download with Mac OS 9.x or earlier. Disk First Aid was able to analyze and repair basic hard drive problems.

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Disk First Aid was not a full-featured disk repair tool. It concentrated on just the basics: repairing catalogs, extends, and volume bit maps. Disk First Aid was truly a first line of defense, able to correct minor problems. When Disk First Aid was unable to make a repair, which was quite common, third-party disk utility tools could often do the trick.

With the advent of OS X, Apple vastly improved on the supplied ability to repair a hard drive, and folded the functionality of Disk First Aid into the Disk Utility application. Disk Utility is an all-around workhorse, providing nearly all the tools and features most users need to work with hard drives or disk images.

Read more on About: Macs.

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