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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Can I make a DIY Fusion Drive?

I have a Mac Mini with two drives: a 256GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. From what I've read, the new Fusion Drive does all of it's magic in software, using the Core Storage APIs. Can I get my setup to ...
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Apart from being able to encypt an entire volume, what are the other differences of FileVault 2 over FileVault?

Does FileVault 2 in Lion have any other differences compared to the old version, FileVault in previous releases of the system? Are there any additional benefits to using the new version?
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Can't ever remove partition?

Running Mountain Lion. I added a partition with Disk Utility and then had second thoughts about it. I'd like to remove the partition i created, MacSSD2 and hand over its space back to MacSSD. As you ...
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How can I rename a Logical Volume Group?

I have noticed that while I can safely change the name of the Logical Volume (LM Volume) in /Volumes (currently: Apple SSD), I cannot find a way to change the name of the Logical Volume Group ...
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Will FileVault 2 wear out my SSD faster?

I'm considering using FileVault 2 when I upgrade to Lion. Though my understanding of it is weak, it seems as though it shouldn't really increase the number of reads or writes per disk operation ...
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What happens when you remove (or lose) the SSD from a Fusion Drive?

After storing data on a Fusion Drive, is it possible to downgrade your Mac to use the hard drive (HDD) by just removing the solid state drive (SSD)? In particular, I was wondering what happens when ...
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Resizing or expanding a CoreStorage volume

I bought a new SSD with 750 GB and made two partitions: 600 GB and 150 GB. The smaller one was thought to be a Bootcamp partition one day, but to date it was just another unused partition. When I ...
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DIY Fusion Drive: Adding Recovery HD to a CoreStorage Volume Group

After creating a "DIY Fusion Drive" using the methods below in 10.8, I'm now wondering how to add a RecoveryHD partition to the internal drive. Here's what I did to create a Logical Volume Group ...
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how can I delete a partition (coreStorage logical volume?) from the Terminal?

I finally understood why Disk Utility will not change the partitions on my HDD, even though I added the most recent one myself (maybe significant: to test Yosemite DP) with it. Now I see it says it ...
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How can I verify that a DIY Fusion Drive is working as it should?

I installed an SSD in my 2011 Mac Mini to run alongside the stock 500GB HDD. After carefully reading through a number of tutorials, I used Terminal to merge them into a single "Fusion Drive". I cloned ...
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What techniques for disk, volume and file system management are possible with OS X, but troublesome within Disk Utility?

In the past, Disk Utility was the best starting point for the vast majority of disk-related tasks. As technologies within (or possible with) OS X have developed – without equal development of Disk ...
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Why does my 3TB Seagate HD keep formatting as a Logical Volume Group

This is really annoying. I have a brand new Seagate 3TB 7200 RPM hard drive that I am trying to format/partition in Disk Utility. Every time I change any settings or erase the drive, it changes it to ...
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What is the layout of a real Apple supplied fusion drive?

Would someone who has a fusion drive that they bought directly from Apple please provide diskutil output sufficient to describe the choices they made? I've seen lots of different sets of advice for ...
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re expand a partitioned disk

The internal disk of my Mac book pro is partitioned as follows: % diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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OS X Mountain Lion does not boot after the creation of a Fusion Drive

I have followed a guide to set up the core storage logical volume to use one SSD and one HDD. Since then, I have encountered multiple errors such as: 69822 Couldn’t rediscover disk after operation ...
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Name-error when formatting NTFS on OS X 10.8.4 using “diskutil” (Terminal)

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 13 inch - OS X 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion), which i upgraded with a SSD. I installed the original HDD as second drive instead of the optical. I need to change the filesystem for ...
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Unable to reformat/repartition CoreStorage logical volume (Fusion drive)

I created a fusion drive on my MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion and it worked like a charm for a while, but it somehow got corrupted. Now I am unable to reformat or repartition the whole thing. ...
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Restore Macintosh HD to its original partition configuration

I seem to have badly botched a Boot Camp installation of Windows 8.1. I used Boot Camp Assistant to create a 200 GB BOOTCAMP partition on my 1 TB Fusion Drive. I then rebooted and failed to install ...
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CoreStorage: what does LVG status 'offline' and PV status 'checking' mean and how can it be fixed?

I converted a partition to a CoreStorage volume using this command: sudo diskutil cs convert disk0s2 -passphrase test123 Now when I run `diskutil cs list' the output shows that I still only have a ...
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Problem after erasing the HD of a brand new Mac (OS X Yosemite) with Disk Utility

I cannot reinstall OS X Yosemite now, as there's no hard drive I could see. I had erased the HD with the idea that it will create a new partition but it didn't, so now I can't see a hard disk on ...
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Can I have both a case-insensitive system volume and a case-sensitive volume within an encrypted CoreStorage volume?

( seems possibly related to Is it possible to have multiple filevault2-activated partitions on one disk? ) I have a MBP with a single internal SSD and I'd like: to have everything on the disk ...
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Resize FusionDrive to fill empty space?

Context: I wanted to install Windows 8 onto my Mac by repartitioning my FusionDrive. Using the partition BootCamp provided didn't work, so I found a "solution" on Apple forums to create empty space ...
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My SSD Drive has been converted to a Core Storage drive and cannot be erased/reformatted?

I put an SSD drive into my macbook pro. I should say that this drive hadn't been formatted and was a bootable drive with Yosemite OS on it, taken from another macbook pro... I booted the system up in ...
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Fixing a failed full disk Core Storage encryption

I selected the encrypt disk option from the Finder initially, but after several days without progress (I checked diskutil cs list and it didn't show that it was either encrypted or converting) I ...
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Is there a way to change order of physical disks in Corestorage

I upgraded existing system to a "Fusion drive" - corestorage volume - consisting of existing 300GB HDD and new 120GB SSD. Instead of creating a new corestorage drive I went with the route of ...
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How do I see disk usage within a Fusion Drive (CoreStorage Logical Volume)?

I just created a "Fusion Drive" on my MacBook Pro by following "How to make a Custom CoreStorage Drive in OS X". It was created with a 256GB SSD and 320GB HD, with the SSD set as the "primary" disk ...
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FileVault (CoreStorage) + Linux partition

Quick question here. I'm not really familiar with the requirements of CoreStorage so I'd like to confirm with you guys before I start working. I'm currently running OSX Lion on my MacBook Air, with ...
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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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How do I troubleshoot appalling write performance on DIY Fusion Drive? [closed]

I recently bought a 120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 and stuck in my 2009 Macbook White, together with a optibay-adapter for the old 500 GB HDD and configured them as a corestorage "fusion drive" by using the ...
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Disk Utility Error “Storage system verify or repair failed”

Installed Lion on a brand new HDD. Boots fine, but when I run Disk Utility on the Media, it reports Verifying partition map for “WDC WD10JPVT-16A1YT0 Media” Checking prerequisites Checking the ...
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diskutil shows Macintosh HD is missing (with Recovery HD occupying the entire space)

So yesterday I managed to screw up my iMac 2012 (with Fusion Drive) by installing the Mac OS X 10.10.2 update... The installation stalled and when I tried to restore from an external drive using Time ...
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Fusion Drive seems to be messed up

I felt that my iMac late 2012 became pretty slow, above all after login. Now when I look into disk utility, it seems that my disk doesn't behave as Fusion Drive any more: An output from terminal: ...
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How to fix the error: “This disk doesn’t contain an EFI system partition”?

I get the following error and cannot start Bootcamp after accidentally deleting the EFI-partition of my main drive. This disk doesn’t contain an EFI system partition. If you want to start up ...
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Booted to Windows how do I enable access to a Mac CoreStorage volume?

I've installed Windows 8.1 with the Boot Camp Assistant on a solid state drive with a CoreStorage volume. Booted to Windows I can't see the files on my Mac volume anymore. I'm confused since this is ...
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Partition SSD in Yosemite for Dual-Booting Ubuntu

I've just bought a new Macbook Air (running Yosemite) and I am trying to create a partition from my Macintosh HD SSD for dual-booting Ubuntu. However when I try to create a partition in Disk ...
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How to add free space to a Logical Volume Group? (Resizing Partitions)

I have two CoreStorage volumes on disk, one is 200GB the other is 50GB. I want to make the 1st 125GB and the second one 125GB. Currently I have been able to use the diskutil cs resizeStack command to ...
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Clear free space in Disk Utility

So I recently removed Windows 7 from my iMac, but Bootcamp didn't let me do it. I used Disk Utility instead. The old Windows 7 partition now shows up as free space. I want to reinstall Windows 7 again ...
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Why can't I delete the second partition

So I was playing around with Disk Utility today. I created a second partition. Format is Free Space. How do I undo this? As in, I want to have just one primary partition "Macintosh HD" I've tried: ...
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Delete CoreStorage Volume even as OS X won't acknowledge there is one?

I installed Yosemite on an external 3TB drive. I made a specific 300GB partition on it to hold the system and a second for data. Installation worked fine. However, according to Disk Utility in both ...
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OS X Partition not resizable

3 weeks ago I installed Yosemite public beta onto a brand new Macbook Air which arrived with Mavericks pre-installed. To carry out the installation I created a new partition for Yosemite and so had ...
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What's the difference between enabling Time Machine's “Encrypt Backups” option, and encrypting my disk from Disk Utility?

I'm setting up Time Machine backups on a new external hard disk. I chose to first encrypt the disk via Disk Utility: But I also see these options: Is there any difference between an "Encrypted" ...
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What's the significance of non-checkpoint transactions in Core Storage?

Often in output from fsck_cs(8) – typically in the window of Disk Utility in Lion and Mountain Lion, whilst verifying or repairing something in Core Storage world: Incorporate 1 newer non-checkpoint ...
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Understanding kernel panic error log

My MacBook Pro worked all normal when all of a sudden it went black. It tried to reboot itself but immediately produced a kernel panic. From then on I was never able to boot again. I could only enter ...
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The encryption of an external drive in 10.7.5 does not seem to work. “Conversion Status: NoConversion”

On a Mac running OS X Lion 10.7.5 I have attempted to encrypt an external drive using Disk Utility. Since this is 10.7, there is no option of right-clicking to encrypt in Finder. Also, there's no ...
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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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Why does Disk Utility show one “Macintosh HD” as a logical drive and another that says core storage physical volume

I am trying to figure out why I have 2 Macintosh HD Drives Appearing in disk utility. One of them i can mount and shows it as being a logical drive and the second one i can't mount but it says it has ...
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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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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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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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Can't delete partitions after attempting BOOTCAMP on my iMac 5k

I recently tried to install a bootcamp instance of Win 7. The install failed for some reason. This left me with a partition that I can not access via Disk Utility If you notice..the +- can not be ...