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DiskWarrior has error. 2000,18176, how do i fix this? Version 3.3

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Hardware failure -36, 2747

I have a DROBO which I am trying to recover with DiskWarrior.
When I connect the DROBO and try to run DiskWarrior, I get an error -36 "hardware failure".
I can hear the DROBO doing "stuff".
If I wait several hours until the DROBO is quiet, then DiskWarrior doesn't get the error, and I can try to recover it.
Scratched my head over this for a while, so figured I would post the solution in case anyone has the same problem.
All the forum posts are about dead disks.
My disk isn't dead, it just has a sick filesystem, as proven by the fact that if I wait long enough, DiskWarrior can try to do something with it.
The disk activity was a clue.
I suspected that TimeMachine or something else on the mac is trying to fsck the file system in preparation for mounting. Unfortunately that takes HOURS on this large volume full of time machine backups.
So opened Terminal and typed: ps -ef ' grep fsck_hfs and there was the culprit:
0 67332 18 0 6:26am ?? 1:02.06 /System/Library/Filesystems/hfs.fs/Contents/Resources/../../../../../../sbin/fsck_hfs -y /dev/disk5s2
To kill it, type kill followed by the second number from the left, in this case: kill 67332
The disk activity stops, and you can then run DiskWarrior.

Mar 20, 2012 | Western Digital Computers & Internet

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I want to keep my Mac (latest OS) operating at peak efficiency.

If you have DiskWarrior 4, you should use it instead of Disk Utility. Don't run both. DiskWarrior 4 is much more sophisticated.

I recommend that you:
1. **Back up** your precious files, pictures, documents, etc. before running any disk utility. There's a small risk of data corruption. You need to back up regularly anyway because all hard drives do fail sooner or later.
2. Run the "check files and folders" function of DiskWarrior 4 about every 4 weeks. This will check every single file and folder for errors and fix them if necessary.
3. Run the "rebuild directory" every few months. The disk "directory" on Mac formatted drives is like a map to the contents of the hard drive. As files are created and deleted, the directory gets fragmented. Rarely, errors can creep in. DiskWarrior completely rebuilds and defragments the directory, improving performance (It doesn't defrag the whole drive though.)
3. Turn on the function that notifies you if the disk is about to fail (if your disk supports S.M.A.R.T.). I have it set up to email me.

I don't personally believe the "cleaner" programs are necessary. If you want to get rid of an application, if it has an uninstaller, be sure to use it. If not, drag the app to the trash. Usually, it will leave behind only small files. Leaving those files on the hard drive is not a problem.

If you want to get one anyway, Macworld just reviewed three or four of them. It looks like the best performer was CleanApp, from Synium ($15) at

Good luck and please let us know if this information was helpful. Please rate me if this answered your question adequately. If not, please post again with more questions and we'll be glad to offer further guidance.

Jul 15, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I used Diskwarrior on my Mac external hard drive got error 0,1613

You should STOP trying to run Disk Warrior. You drive is probably failing. What you need to do is boot the mac into Target mode and hook it up to another machine, copy off your important files ( start with the critical stuff first ).

Then after you've got everything, format and reinstall the OS. If you've got a copy of DriveGenius I' d do a hardware scan on the drive. It's probably toast.

Apr 04, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Error message - computer cannot read - options: initialize/ignore/eject

The fact that this happened while using Time Machine is almost assuredly nothing but coincidence. You have significant file system damage, to the point that Disk Utility can't fix it. I'd recommend that you purchase and run DiskWarrior on the drive. DiskWarrior is an industrial-strength filesystem repair program that will fix things that Disk Utility cannot.

Jan 20, 2010 | Iomega ZIP 250 External ZIP Drive

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Hi i have archos 705 new. hard drive keeps sticking when watching video

I have older version of this, lovely machines. you could try this: hook it up to a computer, move ALL the files that you have added (eg mp3, video, pictures, etc) off the machine and onto the computer. then hook up something like DiskWarrior or Defrag (depending if you are pc or mac) and let it sort the drive out. Then, copy back the stuff you want to remain on the archos, That should fix it.

Dec 30, 2009 | Music

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Diskwarrior 2155

According to the Alsoft Support database the error 2155 indicates that critical directory information is missing from the hard drive. An exact diagnosis (and a potential resolution) to this error requires more information to be gathered from the hard drive in question.

Please contact Alsoft Technical Support at 1-281-353-1510 for further assistance. If you are an International customer, please contact us via email, using the address Be certain you have your DiskWarrior serial number available when you contact us.

Here is the link to where I got therre information:

Sep 03, 2009 | Apple Computers & Internet

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Diskwarrior error code 36 macbook pro

this will tell you everything you need.

Aug 23, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Diskwarrior 3.0.3 Rebuilds but does not Replace

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Jan 07, 2008 | Alsoft DiskWarrior 3 (wdn026)

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