Apple Core Storage (sometimes referred to as coreStorage or CoreStorage) maintains a world of virtual disks that can provide the user with flexibility in allocating their hardware.

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Missing space on Fusion Drive (partition problem)

I know this or similar problems have been discussed, but (to be honest) I can't see the trees for the wood. I tried to create a partition on my fusion drive (1TB Hd + 240 MB SSD). No partition was ...
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Logical Volume Group 17gb “Available Space”

Can anyone help explain why there is 17 GB worth of free space on my LVG I can't seem to do anything with this space. Is there anyway to fix this? I have already reformatted the disk then cloned the ...
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How do I regain unaccessible free space after a failed Boot Camp install on a non-Fusion drive?

Firstly - I know this has been answered, but I am hoping for a more broken down answer, as I am not quite so technically minded, but I can follow instructions! So in summary I have tried to install ...
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Unable to repair hard drive - due to volume assignment problem?

Disk utility and fsck [terminal] both agree that there is problem with my HD. I am curious if someone can help me figure out how I can deal with the problem. Terminal - Normal Mode MacBook-Pro:~ ...
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CoreStorageFamily::unlockVEKs() failed to unwrap the vek, status = e00002bc

I have a filevault2 disk with two partition. One is the boot partition, the other contains data, both are encrypted. Today, after installing the latest 10.8 update (10.8.4 I guess), the computer ...
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corestorage failure: missing disk, how to recover data?

This morning, my iMac show me the prohibit sign. After hours of struggling, I'm facing this: the Mac does not want to boot up. I have a lot of recent files to recover, but have this issue: root# ...
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Crashed when creating a partition - now missing drive space!

Just a couple of hours ago, while I was taking a GNU course, I decided to create a partition on my SSD to have ubuntu installed, meanwhile the disk utility was doing that, suddenly it just crashed and ...
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Unable to access neither Partition Layout nor Option tab in Partition tab on Disk Utility

I have a problem that I cannot select Option tab in Partition tab as shown in above screenshot. I wanted to convert my external hard disk to GUID partition table. Thank you in advance for your help. ...
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Startup Disk Full: Core File

The storage on my start up disk is being consumed by some kind of core files labeled as cores:1234 (numerical digits change). I downloaded OmniSweeper, which helped me locate these files and aware ...
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I can't create a second partition in Mac

When I go to my disk utility, my main hard gives me results like this It's showing capacity 499gb but only remaining 10mb. Now please see the second image What's happening with my Mac?
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how do I get everything back to normal (partition issue)

Okay, so I've recently shifted to Mac from Windows. I was curious to check out what the Yosemite OS looked like, and hence I downloaded the beta and had it up and running. It was downloaded on the ...
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Is it possible to have multiple filevault2-activated partitions on one disk?

What I would like to have: A disk with the following systems on it: OS X 10.8 (FV2-encrypted) OS X 10.9 (FV2-encrypted) Windows 7 When I try to start FV2-encryption on my secondary partition, OS X ...
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Lost hard drive space to Boot Camp

Boot Camp caused ~200 GB of my 750 GB HD to disappear and I cannot re(un)-partition it through Disk Utility and when I try to reformat the storage through the terminal using: diskutil cs resizeVolume ...
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Problem with 3 TB Fusion Drive, it can't be deleted, formatted or partitioned

I want to clarify that I already followed the instruction with I think I messed up the Fusion Drive on my 1TB iMac (with BootCamp) but I think I have mayor problems. I followed the instructions to ...
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How can I encrypt a disk where diskutil cs convert reports “a problem”, leaves disk unreadable?

I'm trying to encrypt my Time Machine backup volume, but diskutil refuses, and leaves the disk unreadable (but repairable using Linux). How can I proceed? It's a Western Digital Elements 107C 3TB ...
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Decrypt an external hardrive FileVault

Recently, I had an accident with my Macbook Pro. I dropped water on it and the motherboard is now dead, which means my Macbook Pro is also dead. Hopefully, the hard drive isn't damaged. When I plugged ...
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Error: -69711 this operation couldn't proceed because the target's boot helper was mounted; you may want to try again

I have a MacBook Pro 8,1 (13", 2011 unibody) running Yosemite (no upgrades). Tried to partition my SSD hard drive and it threw an error when it was almost through saying it can't find the partition. ...
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Why can I only have 2 partitions on my 3TB Apple Fusion Drive?

According to Apple, I can only have 2 partitions on my 3 TB Fusion Drive. I do not understand why. Techtool Pro made an eDrive, their emergency boot drive, and Apple made their Recovery HD. It ...
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Apple MacBook Pro 2013 with 512Gb SSD cannot install OS X

I had an issue running an App and the vendor suggested I should revert to the earlier OS X 10.10.3. I located on Time Machine the backup version I needed, waited for the format and restore. I then ...
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Is undoing Yosemite's CoreStorage conversion dangerous?

I tried to make an 8 GB partition on my hard drive so I could make it into a bootable drive, like Recovery HD but without the need to redownload the OS, but for some reason Disk Utility wouldn't let ...
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How to use “diskutil corestorage revert lvuuid” on Yosemite if disk says it is not reversible?

I would like to make a partition for Linux. Here's what diskutil coreStorage list gets me (identifiers omitted): CoreStorage logical volume groups (1 found) | +-- Logical Volume Group ...
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Is it safe to convert Core Storage partition to HFS+?

I just got my new Macbook Pro, I tried to make two new partitions using Disk Utility but I could only create one. After googling I found out that I can't create more than one additional partition in ...
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iMac partition grid screwed. Please help?

So yeah i guess i screwed up my iMac 5k retina's (late 2014) partition grid big time and i need your help. It all started yesterday when i tried to format my computer. I'm selling it tomorrow, that's ...
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Corestorage: Partial recovery from physical disk failure?

I have a MacPro with a corestorage LVG, with three physical drives: An SSD and 2 x 2TB drives. The fourth drive in the system was a Time Machine backup disk. The backup disk and one of the 2TB drives ...
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Fusion drive suddenly not bootable: “Too few free segments”, made read-only

I've dealt with a lot of disk issues over the years admining lots of different OSs, but this one is new to me... help/ideas appreciated before I give up and restore! Woke up this morning to my iMac ...
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Filevault makes my external HD inaccessible on OS X but still works on Ubuntu

I'm running OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 I have an external drive with 2 partitions. 1 partition is for Time Machine while the other is for storing my data (Volume name is Data). So a few days ago I ...
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Is it possible to use diskutil to manipulate the read/write buffer of the SSD portion of the fusion drive?

Has anyone been able to use diskutil to manipulate the Core Storage LVM into increasing the size of the read/write buffer of the SSD? Currently the Fusion Drive keeps 4 GB free for new reads/writes. ...
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Viewing the progress of a corestorage revert operation?

I'm in the middle of migrating to some newer hardware, and to make this a little bit easier on myself, I'm decrypting my hard drive on the older machine. To do so, I've run: diskutil corestorage ...
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Broken fusion drive - SSD size is 0B and 'No CoreStorage logical volume groups found'

Some context first: I have late 2012 iMac 27" with 1TB fusion drive. Some time ago, for whatever reason, the SSD drive became visible in Disk Utility. I happily used the drive for Yosemite and ...
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Is there a way to manually repair a CoreStorage volume?

I was playing around with CoreStorage on a test disk and used the undocumented commands cs addDisk and cs removeDisk. The addDisk command worked just fine and was able to expand a logical volume ...
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CoreStorage encryption fails - Is it possible to have multiple encrypted partitions on an external drive?

I have a 2TB WD MyBook Studio drive connected via FireWire to my MBP. What I would like to have is two encrypted partitions. So what I do: Disk Utility > Partition and then right click on each ...
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What should I do to restore my computer's hard drive to how it was before I partitioned it? (and do I need to?)

For a few months, I used the hard drive on my iMac to do Time Machine backups for my MacBook until I got a Time Capsule. Since Time Machine refused to back up directly to the iMac's HD, I partitioned ...
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Where does a Fusion Drive store Time Machine local backups? Should I disable local backups?

Time Machine in OS X does store local backups (snapshots) on the local harddrive if you have Time Machine enabled. Even if you backup regularly, the size of the local backups increases steadily. In a ...
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Revert Apple CoreStorage volume back to Apple HFS

I have a computer that is encrypted with Symantec PGPWDE. A scripting error occurred when trying to decrypt the system and remove PGP and convert the disk to CoreStorage to prepare for using file ...
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Missing space in OS X El Capitan after removing a failed Boot Camp partition

I'm trying to help my girlfriend after a failed Boot Camp partition removed approx. 100 GB of visible space from her OS X volume. The main volume is encrypted with FileVault2. Partition table: ...
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OS X won't start after converting Core Storage to HFS+

I followed this guide to convert my Core Storage partition to HFS+ in order to make my OS X partition visible in Windows 10. Now I can see the Mac partition in Windows but I can't start my computer ...
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What is the purpose of Apple_CoreStorage container on single drive Macs?

I had OS X 10.10. Output of diskutil list was something like this: Upgraded to 10.11. Output of the same command right after: I managed to get it to the previous state by enabling FileVault and ...
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What are the advantages or disadvantages to Logical Volume Groups vs traditional partitions

I recently installed a new 3TB hard drive on a Mac Pro (3,1) running yosemite. With other hard disks, I had previously installed the hard disk and then erased in disk utility getting the traditional ...
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Scripting a Partition Scheme for CoreStorage - Mac

I've read a lot of information about the CoreStorage/Fusion Drive setup. In our environment, we work on a multitude of configurations of Macs, many with multiple operating systems on them. As such, ...
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How to mount Core Storage volume under Linux (or force conversion on unrevertible volume)?

I tried to mount HFS+ partition in Linux today, but I had problem with hfsplus: unable to find HFS+ superblock I've found later that this partition is in fact Core Storage container for the logical ...
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Can't find storage after fixing EFI system partition error

I followed How to fix the error: "This disk doesn’t contain an EFI system partition"? In the final step sudo dd if=/dev/disk1s1 of=/dev/disk0s1 I cloned an existing ESP from an internal ...
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Un-partition Core Storage MacBook Pro disk

I'm having serious issues with my MacBook Pro. For some reason it has been partitioned odd and I no longer have access to the recovery partition when holding the option key. I had a look at the ...
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Partitioning a Hard Drive using “Logical Core Volume Group”

I have a series of scripts I use for repartitioning hard drives before a DeployStudio reimage. They're really simple: #!/bin/sh diskutil partitionDisk /dev/disk0 GPT JHFS+ Mac\ OS\ 10.10 100g JHFS+ ...
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Restore MacBook partition table its original state

I have a Mid-2013 11-inch MacBook Air with 512 GB SSD. It came with Mountain Lion, but when Mavericks came out, I performed a clean install. Perhaps taking the idea of clean install a bit too far, I ...
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Unable to create new partition with Disk Utility on external drive

I'm trying to create space on an external drive to clone my mac as a bootable volume with CCC. With Disk Utility I cannot modify it for some reason (probably because the same disk is used with Time ...