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Mac Spinning Wheel Cursor for Pictures Directory

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I've got a mac running 10.7.5

the finder just sits and spins the rainbow wheel.  If I start machine in safe mode (hold down shift during boot) I am able to access the finder, but once I click on the Pictures folder it will start the spinning wheel of death again.  So I'm thinking it might be a hard drive issue?  I run fsck -y in the terminal window and this is what I get.

Last login: Mon Dec 16 10:41:00 on console
Stacis-iMac:Preferences mrsdog$ sudo fsck -f
Password:
** /dev/rdisk0s2
** Root file system
   Executing fsck_hfs (version diskdev_cmds-540.1~25).
** Verifying volume when it is mounted with write access.
   Journal need to be replayed but volume is read-only
** Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume.
   The volume name is Macintosh HD
** Checking extents overflow file.
** Checking catalog file.
   Incorrect number of thread records
(4, 24677)
   Invalid leaf record count
   (It should be 1218511 instead of 1218506)
** Checking multi-linked files.
** Checking catalog hierarchy.
   Invalid directory item count
   (It should be 4 instead of 3)
** Checking extended attributes file.
   Invalid leaf record count
   (It should be 266388 instead of 266387)
** Checking volume bitmap.
   Volume bitmap needs minor repair for under-allocation
** Checking volume information.
   Invalid volume free block count
   (It should be 108106445 instead of 108106446)
   Volume header needs minor repair
(2, 0)
** The volume Macintosh HD cannot be repaired when it is in use.
** The volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired.
/dev/rdisk0s2 (hfs) EXITED WITH SIGNAL 8

Do I need to boot from a CD a run so that it has exclusive rights to the drive to repair, or is there another boot mode that I can use to get exclusive rights over the disk.  I don't think I have a boot disk handy is my issue.

thanks for any insight!
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First open Disk Utility while running from the boot drive and check the S.M.A.R.T. status, which should show up at the bottom right. If it is anything other than "verified" you are having hardware problems and your drive needs replacing.

If the S.M.A.R.T. test shows verified, then reboot while holding down Command-R to boot from the recovery partition then try to run "repair disk" from Disk Utility.

I rather think that you will get the same result, unfortunately.

If Disk Utility cannot repair your drive, you have two options:

1. Buy a heavy duty disk repair utility like Disk Warrior:  http://www.alsoft.com/diskwarrior/ , or

2. Clone your disk to an external USB drive, then reformat your internal drive and clone back.
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Dang it.  I have diskwarrior but this version of iMac is too new.  I did the update to 4.4 but would have to have them send me a new disc…..
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You could try making a DW bootable flash drive following the instructions here:

http://thehowto.wikidot.com/diskwarrior-bootable-usb
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Here is how to make a bootable Disk Warrior DVD:

http://www.ehow.com/how_7406849_make-bootable-diskwarrior-disk.html
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I think the bottom of the two links above is the one you want.
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I created the flash drive and copied the data to it as per the two URL's you posted.  Doesn't want to seem to boot to it.  I click option on boot and it asks me which device I want to boot to.  It shows the flash drive as an option, and it even has the disk warrior logo on it.  But then it just locks and continues to beep three times.
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Try holding down the shift key after you select the flash drive and see if it will boot while the shift key is down.
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Is the flash drive itiailzed as Mac Extended Format (Journalled) with a GUID partition map?
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Do you have a second Mac handy so you could use Target Disk Mode?

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
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