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Reinstall OS X: Reboot from the Recovery HD. You will need an active Internet connection. I suggest using Ethernet if possible because it is three times faster than wireless. Jul 8, Resetting the PRAM also did the trick for me. I was afraid my whole Time Machine drive was corrupted. Aug 19, 7: Booting into Safe Mode solved it for me. Sep 18, 8: This should be considered a BUG and Apple should deal with it. Obviously anytime you reboot a system to clear a problem implies a failure within the program or operating system.
Oct 4, Nov 21, 4: Sometimes if an attached hard drive is faulty and either doesn't mount properly is isn't properly dismounted a "ghost" of the hard drive can remain in the system and Disk Utility is trying to load it.
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Simply restarting the Mac clears this issue. Dec 7, 2: Thanks yqan! This worked perfectly for me! I'll add here my slightly different scenario but your solution still helped:. Note to others: The "layman's" explanation for what happened was that I inserted a CD into the drive.
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It seemed to want to read it but then the disk never showed up in Finder. So, I launched Disk Utility and had the same "Loading Disks" problem you all had, which brought me here.
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When I ran yqan's command, I saw one line in red above - my emphasis contained "disk2s0", which is my machine's name for the DVD drive your machine may be different. So, I decided to try killing that process first with the sudo command "super user do". As soon as I did, the drive re-started itself and voila, everything started working as expected.
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Jan 6, 8: Feb 12, 6: Nov 21, 3: I've tried this and none of them seemed to help, I still get stuck with the loading whenever I click on "disk utilities" when in OS X Recovery mode. Any other suggestions? Dec 22, 5: Fortunately, I had CrashPlan. Disk utility does not load disks More Less.
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User profile for user: I'm on El Capitan Any help would be greatly appreciated…thank you! If Disk Utility tells you the disk is about to fail, back up your data and replace the disk. Otherwise, continue to the next step. You can click Show Details to see more information about the repairs.
Otherwise, you may need to do one of the following. You need to check each file in the list of affected files. Most of the files in the list have aliases in a DamagedFiles folder at the top level of your disk. If your Mac has a Fusion Drive and you see a flashing question mark or alert, see the troubleshooting section of the Apple Support article About Fusion Drive, a storage option for some Mac computers.
For information about servicing your Mac, see Find out how to service or repair your Mac.