As a part of my job, I am required to run Apple provided diagnostics. Newer machines will run the diagnostics off my server, but older machines require that I create a bootable disk and run that.

Not a problem. Disk Utility had this wonderful ‘Restore’ function you could use to create a bootable disk from a .dmg file. All was fine and dandy.


I upgraded last Friday to El Capitan. Today I needed to make a diagnostic disk. So, I opened up Disk Utility. That abomination pictured above is what I got.


You’ll notice that it looks different. Gone is the ‘Restore’ tab. It took me a lot of digging to figure out how to do the ‘Restore’ function. It’s not intuitive at all. Well, not for me, at least.

You may notice a couple of other things missing. The first is easier to see; the ‘Burn Disc’ option is gone. The second is a little harder to see. Remember the good old days when you could go into Disk Utility, click on the ‘Repair Permissions’ button and solve all sorts of things? Well, say goodbye. Permissions are locked and you can no longer verify or repair them.


It’s all the articles I read on El Capitan, I never once noticed any mention of the new Disk Utility. Either I wasn’t paying attention, (very possible), or no one thought to mention it. (also possible)

Anyway, I suppose it’s a good time-waster to jiggle my mouse and make my cursor grow........