Run repair disk booted from wrong version?

Glennsparky

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Hi folks. I need to run repair disk. My OS X version is 10.6.8. The only install disk I have is OS X 10.5. Can I boot from this disk, run repair and not mess up v. 10.6.8? What are my options?
 

DeltaMac

Tech
I would say that it's not a good idea to try a Disk Utility repair of a system that is newer than the version of Disk Utility.

Here's a method that you can always use (and does not need to boot to another disk at all)

Boot into single-user mode: restart, while holding Command-S
You'll get a screen with text scrolling down. It will stop at a prompt.
At that prompt, type: fsck -fy
then press enter. You'll see several lines showing that various disk tests are running.
If that test ends in some kind of error, run that same fsck -fy again, until no problems are found.
If you get the same errors, and continue to get the same errors 2 more times, then you would need to run a more capable disk repair.
I recommend Disk Warrior.

That being said - why do you need to run a disk repair? What problems are you experiencing now?

And then, If you do need a Snow Leopard installer, you can get that directly from Apple. It's only $20...
Here's the Apple store page for that: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
 

Glennsparky

Registered
Thanks DeltaMac. Startup disk is almost full. (I got it down from "is full" by deleting the Japanese dictionaries.) I ran verify disk and it told me to run repair. Can I burn the installer disk from this machine using a download?
 

DeltaMac

Tech
... Can I burn the installer disk from this machine using a download?
Probably, but Apple doesn't provide a download for the Snow Leopard, and I wouldn't trust a torrent that you might find somewhere else.
And, only $20 for a disk that you don't need to doubt.
 
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