Even though Mac OS X is considered as one of the stable operating systems, sometimes, even normally functioning Mac machine may show up a sudden warning message that says “Mac hard drive exit code 8” or “file system check exit code is 8”. Resolving this Mac hard drive exit code 8 error message might become a tough job, especially when user is not having an idea about what’s going on in the OS X machine.
So, in this blog post it is explained in detail, what are the causes for the appearance of file system check exit code 8/Mac hard drive exit code 8 and how to fix the error message in an easy way.
What Are the Causes Behind Mac Hard Drive Exit Code 8?
File system check exit code 8/Mac hard drive exit code 8 error message may arise due to a number of reasons. And, here are few listed:
- Improperly handling the Mac or installed applications on it
- Broken Mac file system, system files or directories
- Incorrectly configured system settings
- Virus attack, malware or spyware infection
- Downloading infected/suspicious files from the internet
- Presence of incompatible or outdated drivers/software
- Mac startup drive or directory is loaded with Junk file/programs
And, the list goes on….
Solutions to Resolve Mac Hard Drive Exit Code 8:
Follow these easy methods to fix Mac hard drive exit code 8.
- Reboot Mac
Many issues on OS X can be solved by a simple reboot, so reboot your Mac machine once. If this doesn’t help you, then reboot the Mac in Safe Mode.
If the “Mac hard drive exit code 8” error is fixed in Safe Mode, then check the startup and verify the login items; try clearing login items. To clear out startup login items,
Go to System Preferences, and click Users & Groups.
Select your account (on the left pane), and click the Login Items.
Select the items to remove from the login list, and click the minus symbol.
Reboot the Mac.
If the exit code 8 error is solved after above troubleshooting, it clears that one of your login items is causing the error. So try loading each startup item and find the culprit.
- Get Rid of Temp, Cache and Junk Files
It is a known fact that temp files, preferences, and cache are generated both by Mac system and installed applications on it. When these files are not cleared often or they get corrupted, it results in various issues like system hang, application crash, or errors.
So, try to clear the cache (user cache, system cache, and browser cache), temp as well as duplicate files from your Mac. To do this, there are several ways you can try like removing them manually or using third party tools available on the internet.
In the meantime, don’t forget to empty the Trash bin of your Mac. When all set, restart the system to see if the Mac hard drive exit code 8 error is fixed.
- Uninstall Faulty Applications
If you are encountering Mac hard drive exit code 8 only when you are using certain apps programs, then it indicates the respective program is responsible for the error. To verify this, log in as another user (from another user account) and check, the same error emerges when using the same app.
When an application gets corrupted, become outdated, or is incompatible with your operating system or with other installed programs, “Mac hard drive exit code 8” error may pop up while using the respective app. So, either you need to repair, or update the app to fix this error. Else, completely uninstall it and reinstall the new version of it.
To upgrade your Mac system and apps installed on it to the latest version,
Go to Apple menu and select App Store.
Click on the Updates button located on the top pane.
Check available updates for your system and applications.
- Run Disk Utility
Disk permission issues are often responsible for many error codes including Mac hard drive exit code 8. So, you can use Mac inbuilt Disk Utility to check and fix the startup disk errors and issues.
And, here is how to run Disk Utility on your Mac:
Launch Disk Utility from the Apple Applications and select the “Utilities” folder.
Select your startup disk, and click on the First Aid button.
Click the Repair Disk Permissions button to start the repair process.
- Re-Install Mac OS X
In case, if the “Mac hard drive exit code 8” error is caused by corrupt/missing or damaged system files, do a reinstall of Mac OS X. To reinstall Mac OS X, follow the below procedure:
Ensure, your Mac is connected with the Internet, then restart the Mac.
After a reboot, it shows the gray screen. Now, hold down CMD + R keys.
In the OS X “Utilities” dialogue box, click the Reinstall macOS button.
Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the Mac OS X reinstallation process.
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