Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Error- Mac Startup Disk is Full You Need to Delete Some Files

Are you getting the below error message on whatever operations you are trying to perform?
Error - "Your Startup Disk is full. You need to delete some files"

Although, you deleted many unwanted files from the hard drive and there is enough space out there, still you keep receiving the error message. Moreover, after certain occurrences of the problem, the system hangs infinitely and you fail to access any data from the drive. In such situations, if you do not have a valid backup of your data in the hard drive, you need to take the help of any third party software to recover Mac data.

It is needless to speak about the advanced features and robustness of Mac. Macs are so neatly designed that many users even believe up to the extent that their Mac will never go wrong. Unfortunately, the actual fact is that there are situations, when your robust Mac also goes down, making all your data in the system hard drive completely inaccessible.

There are a number of reasons which are responsible for the inaccessibility of precious data in the Mac hard drive. Among them, some of the most prominent ones include file system corruption, operating system malfunction, contradiction with newly installed hardware/software etc.

All these problems are indicated by the inaccessibility of data in the hard drive, following  some unusual error messages. In the above discussed problem, while trying to save a new file on the disk, Mac first flashes the error message - "Your Startup Disk is full. You need to delete some files". Sometimes, the error message may also seem weird as it appears, while trying to delete a file or run an application. The error message does not allow you to perform any operation, including opening, moving, deleting, copying of files. Moreover, even if you free a GB or two memory from the hard drive, the error message keep popping up.

This indicates that the problem is not with the available breathing space in your Mac hard drive, rather something related to file system. Mac provides an inbuilt utility, 'Disk Utility' to check and repair various disk errors. Here, you can connect your Mac hard drive to another working machine and run Disk Utility on the troubled hard drive. If the problem still persist, you can also try running the 'fsck' command line utility, which is meant to resolve file system related problems.

However, there are certain instances, when the Mac disk has got severely corrupted and both Disk Utility as well as FSCK utility fails to respond. In such circumstances, you can still recover your precious data by running any Mac data recovery software. These software are completely reliable and with highly interactive graphical user interfaces, quite simple in use.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dealing with Catalog B-Tree Corruption in Mac OS X to Perform Successful Data Recovery

I recently got Mac OS X and was still a newbie to its file system organization. In the beginning, everything looked fine and I was very happy to use my Mac machine. I copied all the important stuff (i.e. Word files, presentations, and other data) to the new hard drive.

I was using PowerMac G4. But one thing that I noticed lately was horrible. My system had been locking up frequently. I decided to repair permissions and then verify the disk. But the verification process ended up abruptly giving me these errors:

"Invalid extent entry"
"Invalid catalog record type"
"underlying task reported failure on exit"

On rebooting the system, I was greeted with another one stating:

“Reserved fields in the catalog record have incorrect data”

I was screwed up and uncertain whether my problem was disk related or data related. I read something about the catalog records and their role in HFS file system.

As any other storage device, Mac drives are divided into one or more volumes. These volumes consist of files, directories, directory threads and file threads. Mac OS maintains a catalog record for each item stored on the volume This catalog record contains information about the respective item and is placed in the on-disk catalog B-tree. The Finder application searches the catalog B-tree to locate files in the directory.

There is an identification number for each file and directory that very much resembles an inode number in the Unix file system. Each file or directory is recognized by its parent and thus named using the parent’s identification number. This name is used as a search key to the catalog B-tree of the volume.

If the catalog records get corrupt due to some reasons like software application malfunctioning, system crash, etc., all files stored on the Mac hard drive would become inaccessible. I realized that I could be facing a similar issue. Since I was desperate to quickly recover all the lost data, I downloaded and tried the demo versions of various Mac data recovery tools.

This Mac Data Recovery Software was exceptional, It recovered all of my lost or deleted data within minutes, if not seconds. The software also supports recovery from removable media, such as USB drives, memory cards, iPods, etc. Moreover, it is compatible with all Intel based Mac and Power PC.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

When Disk Utility and FSCK Fail to Respond

Working on your Mac, you may have encountered situations, when the system hangs infinitely at the boot screen and fails to start-up. Following such an incident, all your valuable data stored in the system hard drive becomes completely inaccessible.

Among many possible reasons, one of the mostly encountered one is – ‘incorrect settings in the file system privileges’. However, even under such critical situations of data loss/inaccessibility, any powerful Mac data recovery software can easily help you recover all your data back.

Even with the strongest anti-virus and anti-spam protection, the system gets infected by viruses and/malwares. Virus or malware infection, file system corruption, damage to the operating system or instances of unexpected system shut down cause corruption to the Mac file system.


There are various utilities (Disk Utility, FSCK etc.) to repair the damaged file system and recover the inaccessible data back from the troubled media. Below options will give you the idea of running these utilities:

• Boot the Mac system in safe mode and continuously press the ‘SHIFT’ key, while starting-up.

• If you failed to boot the system in safe mode, run ‘Disk Utility’ from the Mac OS X installation disc. Try to boot and while booting, keep pressing the key 'C'.

• Choose the tab, ‘First Aid’, under Disk Utility and select the corrupt Mac volume. Click ‘Repair’.

• If Disk Utility fails to repair the damaged volume, run ‘fsck’ by typing /sbin/fsck –fy from the command prompt.

But, if there is severe corruption to the volume, even FSCK fails to respond and exits, without any operation. In such a situation, when you failed to resolve the problem with Disk Utility as well as FSCK, you do not have any other choice, except formatting the partition/volume and restoring the lost data from backup.

However, if you don’t have any backup or due to any backup server issue, you failed to access the backed-up data, then use any Mac recovery software to Recover Formatted Mac Drive back. These data recovery Mac utilities thoroughly scan your formatted media and successfully recover the lost data back. Most importantly, these utilities are completely read-only in performing the recovery operations and retrieve the lost data, without any change or modification in their original format.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

File System Corruption in External Mac Hard Drive

Sometimes when you unplugged your external hard drive without any proper shutdown, next day you start again plugging you external drive it would not be recognized and your Mac can not read data from external drive. You tried to fix it by using another USB, Checking the preferences or setting PRAM.

Unplugging or powering down the system when it was in a running condition may corrupt the file directory and eventually data loss may happen. The problem could be worse when you do not have a complete backup of your data or an improper backup which leads into the lost of your important files, documents, pictures and videos.

Using Disk Utility which is an inbuilt utility in Mac can help you by repairing the permissions and rebuilding the file data structure. However most of the time when the file got corrupted or damaged it becomes impossible for disk utility to repair the files.

This problem occurs due to affected system metadata structure, hard drive profiles, system files and library files. This situation may also occur due to node structure corruption or file system corruption. Also the problem could be due to the disk data structure corruption and thus Mac Recovery is required to scan the drive and extract all of the data from it.

Always Backup via Time Machine or Clone your Drive to avoid any data loss circumstances. Another option is to reformat your hard drive which means erasing your all data which is not preferred resolution. Try using a Mac data recovery tool which could atleast help you to recover your data before any disk initialization. You need to keep a second hard drive as a destination drive to save your recovered files which acts as a backup in future

Monday, February 21, 2011

When Disk Image Gets Corrupted in Mac

In Mac the disk image is a file that contains all of the contents and the structure of your storage device. Creating disk image is the most convenient method of backing up your precious data stored on the hard drive. There are several different file formats used to create the image of hard drive in Mac and .DMG is the most popular among them.

A .DMG (short for Disk Image) file allows you to have safe password protection and file compression and thus serves both file distribution and security functions. When you open the .DMG file, it is mounted as a drive in Finder. You can easily create .DMG files using tools that are included in Mac OS such as Disk Utility in Mac OS X 10.5, 10.4 and 10.3. You can also manage the .DMG files through command line using hdiutil tool.

Creating disk image is the best option to prevent data loss but sometimes when you try to mount the disk image for accessing data from it, you might encounter the following error message: "The disk image you are opening may be damaged and could damage your system. Are you sure you want to open this disk image?"

Mac OS X detects the damaged disk image before mounting it as the damaged image could results into the data loss. In such situations, you can not restore your data from the .DMG file and thus you need to go for Mac Data Recovery to fix the problem. Mac Data Recovery is the process of scanning your hard drive for extracting the missing, lost or inaccessible data from it.

It is potential in most of the data loss situations and helps you to save you business critical and personal data. You can perform Mac Data Recovery in an easy, safe, quick and automated way using powerful and advanced Mac Recovery software such as Mac Data Recovery. This Mac Recovery software is capable of fixing most of the logical Mac data loss situations.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Recover Data from Unbootable MacBook

You have your Mac in configured status but sometimes when you start your MacBook, it does not boot. All you see when you press power button is the gray screen with a spinning wheel and an Apple logo. This problem generally occurs when you change the system preferences.

If you have changed the system preferences incorrectly before shutting down your MacBook, you may face such kind of behavior. In such situations, all of your precious data becomes inaccessible and thus you need to fix it as quickly as possible.

You can try following things to solve out this problem:

Perform Safe Boot by pressing shift key during startup.
Boot your system in Single User mode by pressing ‘command + s’ keys.
Try to boot your MacBook in Verbose mode using ‘command + v’ keys.
Use Disk Utility from Mac OS X Install disk to verify the drive.

If any of the these solutions does not work, then you need to go for Mac Data Recovery. It is the process of scanning your Mac hard drive and extracting lost data from it.

Mac Data Recovery can easily be performed using Mac Recovery software. Most of the Mac Data Recovery software are downloadable from Internet or come in box version that requires another Mac system to install the software and connect your hard drive to it for scanning and recovering data.

If you do not have another Mac computer, they using these software is not possible. In such situations, you should go for boot DVD of Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery software.

You need to just boot your MacBook using boot DVD and after software’s License Agreement you will be directed to recover options screen. This Mac Recovery software is very easy to use and performs safe Mac Data Recovery due to read-only and non-destructive conduct.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mac OS X Refuses to Boot in Safe Mode

Mac OS X operating system has various booting modes, which include Normal boot mode and Safe boot mode. Safe Boot is a special system troubleshooting boot mode, which is available with Mac OS X 10.2 and later versions. If your system is not booting up properly and you are unable to access your precious data, Safe Mode may help you. However, in some situations, it may not help you fix the problem and you run across data loss situations. At this point, Mac data recovery becomes need of hour.

When you boot Mac OS X system in Safe Mode, the operating system disables fonts, compels directory check, loads only the required kernel extensions, disable startup items, and login items. It helps the operating system boot properly and gives an option to resolve the problem. Mac OS X operating system starts automatic system checking and repair when you boot the system in safe mode.

Under some situations, your Macintosh computer may shutdown improperly when you try to boot it in Safe Mode. In such cases, the system remains unbootable and you can not extract your significant data from it. The problem usually occurs if any of the Mac data structures is damaged.

In case the boot process fails, you need to format the Mac OS X hard drive and reinstall the operating system. It replaces the damaged or faulty data structures of your Mac machine.

Hard drive formatting can fix most of the hard drive problems. The newly installed operating system is usually free from all kinds of data structure errors. However, the major drawback of this process is complete data loss. Formatting removes all the contents of the disk. This behavior puts you in need of Mac data recovery solutions.

At this point of time, you are required to restore lost data from the most recent backup. Backup is the most efficient Apple OS X recovery solution. In order to ensure absolute Mac file recovery, you must have an updated and valid backup in place. An old backup can cause serious problems.

When all your attempts fail, Mac recovery software becomes essential. The third-party applications are particularly designed to perform thorough scan of entire disk using advanced scanning techniques.

Such tools are incorporated with interactive user interface to let you recover lost data in a safe way, without demanding sound technical skills