[Solved] Disk Utility stopped repairing Macintosh HD

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on August 15th, 2018

My MacBook Pro has been running slow so I cleaned up my desktop, trashed a bunch of old files and went to verify permissions. I was then told to use disk repair. In the middle of doing so I got this message – Disk Utility stopped repairing 'Macintosh HD'. Disk Utility can't repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files." Any way to fix this problem?

Disk Utility is a system utility which can fix certain disk problems. However, there are times when you receive "Disk Utility stopped repairing Macintosh HD/disk1s2/External HDD". In fact, Disk Utility can only repair minor errors on disks. If a disk has some serious file system issues which is beyond the repair scope of Disk Utility, this issue will pop out.

How to fix Disk Utility stopped repairing Macintosh HD?

Since Disk Utility stopped verifying Macintosh HD, you can do nothing but reinstall the macOS. To avoid data loss, you should transfer all important data from the corrupted disk as soon as possible.

Back up when Disk Utility stopped repairing Macintosh HD

Solution 1: Back up with Time Machine

If Disk Utility can't repair this disk, there is no guaranty that Time Machine will restore or cannot be successfully complete. But you can still have a try:

Step 1: Boot into Recovery Mode. Shut down your Mac, and then hold down Command+R while turning your Mac back on.

Step 2: On the Utilities screen, select the "Restore From Time Machine Backup" option.

Step 3: On the Restore From Time Machine page, hit the "Continue" button.

Step 4: Select the Macintosh HD that you want restore from.

Step 5: Use the timeline on the edge of the screen or onscreen up and down arrows to quickly find needed items.

Step 6: Select the needed items and click Restore button to finish the recovery.

Solution 2: Recover data from corrupted Macintosh HD

If Time Machine fails to back up your important files, you can ask help from professional data recovery software. iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is the best free Mac data recovery software that can recover data from corrupted, formatted, unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible Macintosh HD, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc. on macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover data from corrupted Macintosh HD with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover data when Disk Utility stopped repairing Macintosh HD

Step 3: Select the corrupted Macintosh HD and click "Next" button to scan all lost data.

Step 4: Preview the searching results, choose files we need, and click "Recover" to get them back.

Boot into Recovery Mode and reinstall macOS

Step 1: Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the Command + R keys until the menu screen appears.

Step 2: Select Disk Utility from the main menu and click on the Continue button.

Step 3: In the window of Disk Utility, select your Macintosh HD from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab.

Step 4: Set the format type and click on the Erase button and wait until the process has completed.

Step 5: Quit the Disk Utility and return to the main menu.

Step 6: Select Reinstall macOS and click on the Install button.

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