by Ted Landau, Macworld.com Jun 5, 2006 12:00 am
Poor Disk Utility. It seems fated to remain one of Mac OS X’s most underappreciated utilities. If you’ve even launched it at all, chances are you haven’t gone beyond using its First Aid features to repair a disk (see Mac OS X First Aid ). But that merely scratches the surface of what this multitalented tool can do. Here are eight more ways to put Disk Utility to work.
1. Mount and unmount volumes
Most of the time, mounting and ejecting external drives and disks just works. But every now and then, a drive will refuse to mount, or you might eject a connected drive (Command-E) and find yourself puzzled about how to remount it.
This is when Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities) is handy to have around. Launch it, and you’ll see all connected but unmounted drives listed in the column on the left of its window. Select the desired volume and click on the Mount button in the toolbar, and your drive is back in action. Another advantage of Disk Utility is that you can use it to eject particular drive partitions. With the Finder, you must eject either all of a drive’s partitions or none of them.