Panther’s Disk Utility: Utterly confused about disk partitions

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
January 27th, 2004 • 7:35 am

This problem is reaching embarrassing proportions. Yesterday, I mentioned some phantom partition non-sense I experienced while trying to repair an external FireWire hard drive with multiple partitions.

It turns out that the problems are not limited to external drives. Today I tried to repair one of the partitions on my internal hard drive. Disk Utility needs to temporarily unmount the partition before it can repair it. Since I still had some documents open on that partition, it gave me an error message saying that Disk Utility failed to unmount the partition.

But the problem is that the message referred to the wrong partition. Instead of saying that my “Documents” partition couldn’t not be unmounted, it said that another partition on one of my external hard drives could not be unmounted! And then when I tried again it gave me yet another partition name, but still not the right one!

And we are supposed to trust this application with the maintenance of our hard drives? When it can’t even tell which partition is which? Eeeek.

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