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Disk Utility in El Capitan

Lloyd Chambers:

Make it garish, dumb it down, don’t add useful functionality, and make sure the window cannot be resized, since everyone has just one drive anyway, right? […] I can’t see most of my drives and volumes any more without scrolling. This makes getting any view of what is there quite difficult (let alone relationships between drives/volumes/partitions), but worse it increases the risks of making a mistake (data destruction) by selecting the wrong disk. But there are gratuitous bugs also, not just crippled visuals.


There is no RAID tab any more, and look at the wonderful display of all these Untitled volumes (none of my volumes are called Untitled).


Scrolling way down past the 15 “Untitled” nuisances, I find my RAID volumes. Disk Utility does not see fit to indicate the type of RAID (stripe or mirror), or its status (say, a failed mirror drive).

Nicholas Riley:

Yeah, you can’t even launch 10.11’s Disk Utility in some configurations.

Rowan Pope:

10.11 Disk Utility is severely broken. If you replace a HDD, can’t even rebuild a fresh Fusion Drive. Need 10.10

Update (2015-10-16): Disk Utility also lost the ability to have multiple windows (and, thus, multiple operations running at once).

Update (2015-10-29): I continue to have problems with Disk Utility’s new interface for partitioning and am surprised at which information it thinks is important to highlight.

Update (2016-03-23): Craig Hockenberry (tweet):

When Disk Utility fails to mount a disk, no error message or other user feedback is presented to indicate there’s a problem.


Apple gets more and more stupid - like Adobe in the last days with their LR update...

I just really don't understand why folks who aren't devs, or other folks commercially dependent on running 'current OS' ever upgrade.

I mean, as far as security goes, you just run Chrome or Firefox. (I run a non-JS browser for most of my needs cuz I'm a freak, so even that is just for certain tasks.) Have apps for general computing really advanced in the last half decade, due mainly to economic factors driven by Cupertino.

Every single OS upgrade is a sequential devolution, best I can see. Core Apple Rot. Whichever OS you're running, why upgrade?

I run Snowy on multiple machines, and things are just fine. I've manually upgraded a few sharing UNIX features I use, but that wasn't a hardship. Worst I've seen is:

1) Arq abandoned Snowy. But Transmit still supports, and is an adequate substitute for S3.

2) The worst problem I've encountered is that kmttg, the open-source invaluable TiVo interface tool I rely upon requires Java 7 for new releases. Happily, I helped persuade the wonderfully dedicated dev to also make crucial bug fix and TiVo change upgrades to the Java 6 branch. So the 'worst' could be worse...

I mean, sure, as a non-dev consumer, if you want the latest iOS/OS X integration features, then you want to always run 'current OS'. But isn't that a fool's choice assuming you also want a well-functioning general purpose computer?

There be truck users...

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