How to access Disk Utility on Mac OSX

Disk Utility is the name of a utility, created by Apple, for performing disk-related tasks on Mac OSX. These tasks include:

  • The creation, conversion, compression and encryption of disk images from a wide range of formats read by Disk Utility to .dmg or .cdr, which is identical to the .iso format
  • Mounting, unmounting, and ejecting disks (including both hard disks, removable media and disk images)
  • Enabling or disabling journaling
  • Verifying a disk's integrity, and repairing it if the disk is damaged
  • Verifying and repairing permissions
  • Disk erasing, formatting and partitioning
  • Secure deletion of free space or disk using a 35-pass Gutmann algorithm
  • Adding or changing partition table between Apple Partition Table and GUID Partition Table
  • Creating, destroying, and repairing RAID sets
  • Restoring volumes from scanned for ASR images
  • Burning disk images to CD or DVD in HFS+ format
  • Erasing CD-RWs and DVD-RWs
  • Checking the S.M.A.R.T status of a hard disk

Please follow the directions below to access Disk Utility on Mac OSX.
  1. Open the main drive (the drive that contains the Operating System), by double clicking on it on the desktop.

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  2. Open the Applications folder.

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  3. Open the Utilities folder.

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  4. Select Disk Utility.

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  5. Disk Utility is now open and the user may perform any task on the drive to verify its integrity.

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