refers to formatting, or erasing a disk, deleting all data on the disk

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Should I format and upgrade to mavericks or upgrade to mavericks and format?

I am planning to upgrade on a Unibody Macbook (2008) to Mavericks. Mountain Lion is already installed and I felt it to be a bit sluggish when I upgraded. I also would like to start anew and clear some ...
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How to erase and reformat SD card to ext3 on my macbook to prepare it for my raspberry pi

I'm trying to reformat my 32G SD card to prepare it for my raspberry pi. My GUI program on my mac does not allow me to format it to ext3 which is what i'm told to reformat it to for my raspberry pi. ...
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Disk Utility stuck around 50% when formatting SSD

I bought a SSD drive for my early MacbookPro 2011, since my old HDD was very slow and with crazy IO activity when idle. I started the Internet Recovery Mode and opened the Disk Utility to format the ...
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Difference in disk usage MS DOS vs Extended Journaled

Searches on Google and the Apple forums didn't get me any answers or couldn't clarify this for me, hence this question. I have two following external USB hard drives connected to my iMac: "Lacie1" ...
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Maverick's installation: Can i install Mavericks on a non-case-sensitive partition?

I'm trying to install photoshop on my iMac but it looks like I can't install Mavericks if I have a case-sensitive partition. Is it a known bug? Can I do anything to fix it?
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Error: “couldn't unmount disk” keeps coming up when formatting external HD to eXFat

I have a WD "my Passport" external HD that is currently formatted for a PC and I would like to format it to eXFAT. Every time I hit "erase" in disk util it just comes up with the error "couldn't ...
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Which format for external disk for performance?

I'm using OS X Mavericks and just got a new external hard disk. I don't need to share it with a PC (so no need for FAT) but I do want it to have better I/O performance. I'm a bit confused by the ...
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how to write to a windows formatted disk from OSx?

I have 4 external hard disk formatted on windows in NTFS, but they are lying unused since I bought mac, so I am looking forward somehow I should be able to write to those disc without having to format ...
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Unable to format pendrive, diskutil error

When I insert my USB Pendrive in my iMac i see this message: I tried to format it both with DiskUtility and with diskutil command in terminal but I get this error: iMac:~ User$ diskutil eraseVolume ...
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Disk Utility won't allow to delete and resize partitions

I'm running OS X 10.9 and I had a linux partition when I updated from 10.8. Since I updated I can't boot on linux, which is no big deal for me. Though I would Like to delete the partition that is left ...
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How to format external drive into ZFS?

I've installed MacZFS, I've read the FAQ and Getting Started section, but I've still troubles to understand how to simply format the external drive into ZFS on OSX. I'm confused with zpools, can ...
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How To make a FORMATTED FAT32 USB Flash Drive Copyright/Make Read-Only protected on a MAC [duplicate]

We have USB Flash drives formatted in FAT32 but used on MAC and we are trying to lock them so that students can read-only the exe file & the text information but have no access to modifying, ...
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Does it make sense to buy a compatible Mac external disk?

What is the advantage of buying a compatible Mac external disk? Using Tuxera NTFS I can have an external disk for both, the windows partition (or any windows machine) as well as for the Mac one. Does ...
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Update OS X recovery USB stick with Mavericks

I've got a Snow Leopard 8GB USB stick that I got from my MacBook Air. Now that Mavericks is available, I'd like to update that USB stick with Mavericks. I can't seem to be able to format that disk: ...
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Delete and merge Partition

My MacBook's HDD has 2 partitions. One has OS X 10.8 installed, the other one 10.9. I'd like to delete the first partition and merge the free space afterwards to the 2nd partition. What's the easiest ...
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Is it bad to format your ssd many times?

In the past two years, I have formatted my SSD many times and I started to wonder, is it bad? Does it harm your SSD every time you format?
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10.8.5: Resume Disk Utility after a standby

Is it possible to resume a partition resizing operation after the computer went in standby? I've (sadly, without a choice) used my girlfriend's MBA to resize a partition on a disk. I was on battery ...
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How to format a disk to NTFS using Mac OS X

I am looking for a simple GUI based way to format drives to NTFS (Windows) on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
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Seagate 4TB, 3,5" / SATA III (ST4000DM000) and SK-3500 Super-S Combo

I bought a 4TB 3.5", SATA III Seagate Desktop HD and put it into a SK-3500 Super-S Combo. My iMac (late 2009) did, however, not detect the HD when I connect it. Since I cannot see it, I am unable to ...
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How to boot a formatted early 2009 macbook on OS X Mountain Lion?

I have a 2009 Macbook pro that runs Mountain Lion. I did not "purchase" it, but I installed it. When I went to make a clean install, I forgot to back up my data through time machine or external hard ...
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Waiting for disks to reappear on SSD new install

I just installed a new Samsung SSD 840 PRO in an Early 2011 Macbook Pro, trying to format drive and it is stuck on: "Waiting for disks to reappear" What should I do now?
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Mac OS-X disk file format

I need to format an external hard disk on a MacBook Pro (USB2 connection). In the disk utility, Erase tab, I can only choose between these formats: MacOS Extended (Journaled) MacOS Extended ...
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iPhone wipe out

I have lost and found my iPhone 3Gs. But apparently someone tried to use mine or had some intent to exploit it, and now I am a little paranoid about my iPhone. Fortunately, I have a very recent ...
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Error copying large file to usb 16GB Thumbdrive

Trying to copy a file (Win7_IE8.vhd) to a USB drive. The file is 9.07GB in size according to my Mac file info. The USB drive is 16GB. I bought it new 10 minutes ago. This is its first use. I get: ...
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Converting format of hard drive

How to change format of external hard drive from ExFat to HFS+ without losing data? What are limits for maximum size of a file on both formats?
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The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer

I am getting a system message from Mac OS x 10.8.2 every time I power on my ICY DOCK RAID enclosure. I have followed the procedure in the manual to the letter. Installed two new 2TB HDDs > Changed ...
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Can't do anything with external hard drive, “.Trashes” is probably the boogyman

I bought an external Samsung hard drive today. But I'm not able to do anything with it. Here are the problems I'm having: I can't put anything on the hard drive. Finder gets stuck at 'preparing ...
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USB Drives always need to be formatted to delete items

I have a MacBook Air running Lion. Issue is I cannot delete things from USB sticks. The icons disappear but if I try to copy something on I get a not enough space error message. I can format the ...
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Checking for bad blocks without formatting

My Mac tends to pause every now then when preforming simple tasks such as right clicking, opening menus and typing (It actually just froze when I started typing this question.). I've read in a few ...
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external disk formated with NTFS not working on Mac [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Hard drive read only access with Mac I bought new 1 TB WD My Passport and format it with NTFS on windows XP. and now when I connect it on mac, I see the drive but I cant ...
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Can I have an Encrypted Partition in a 2 Partitions USB Stick?

I have a new 16Gb USB key and want to take advantage of Disk Utilities feature to encrypt it, however I do need to move data from Mac to Windows from time to time. Is is it possible to have one FAT ...
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Create partition on MacBook Air that isn't deleted during restore

I have a 20gb file that I need to back up and I don't have an external drive or access to any high-capacity cloud storage but I need to format/reinstall OSX Lion on my MacBook Air. On Windows and ...
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How to securely erase/format an iPhone for resale?

I've read a couple guides that talk about restoring the iPhone to it's base operating system, then syncing three different full playlists of music in order to overwrite any previous personal data that ...
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Lost Time Machine Password - Unable to Format Disk

I lost my password to my Time Machine backup. It's on a Seagate FreeAgent USB drive. I don't mind losing the data, I just can't figure out how to format the drive. I found this thread, however, the ...
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Read-only on Mac and PC

I need to give out a USB pen drive with my music on it to a load of editors, but I want the drive to be read-only on both Mac and PC so that no one can inadvertently delete the originals. Is that ...
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How to partition an SSD that fails with error 69888 - couldn't unmount disk?

I erased the SSD drive in my MacBook and was reinstalling Lion when it failed about 75% through the install. Now in Disk Utility, sometimes I see the SSD drive and sometimes I boot and it's not there ...
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Repartition my existing hard disk

First time Mac user here. I'm quite aware with all the posts here about repartitioning hard disk but I'm quite confused if repartitioning would erase all my data on my hard disk. I recently bought ...
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USB flash drive in ExFat doesn't unmount

I need to transfer large files (9 GB) from my Mac to a PC. I bought a 64 GB flash drive, and it wouldn't work because it was in FAT 32 format and I couldnt transfer such a large file. I reformatted ...
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USB pendrive/disk formatting clarification

I have three doubts regarding USB pendrive formatting. 1) Is there is any simple/quick way to format the USB pendrive from MacBook Pro? Now, I am doing this by Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility ...
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Grab list of Stats, Application Data, and Serials off OSX 10.6 to prepare for reformat and fresh install?

I need to reformat my 2007 OSX as it is now returning kernal errors. I want to install everything fresh but I have a lot of software and don't want to sit here making a list of everything installed as ...
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When is the GUID partition table (GPT) preferred over Apple partition map (APM) for external drives?

I have seagate external portable hard-drive 1 TB, and I will be using with following Mac's. 13" White MacBook (Intel Core 2 Duo) running Snow Leopard 13" MacBook Air (Intel Core i5) running Lion iMac ...
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Format External Western Digital Drive to be used with only Mac

I recently ordered Western Digital My PassPort Essential. I will get it by tomorrow evening. It comes pre-formatted using NTFS file-type. I need to format it, to be used with My MacBook Pro (i.e., ...
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Why does OS X format MS-DOS filesystems so much faster than Windows does?

When I format a MS-DOS filesystem using Disk Utility in Mac OS X it takes only a few seconds, but when I format a FAT32 filesystem in Windows it takes several minutes. What is OS X doing differently? ...
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Why can't I write to the last block of my SDXC card on my MBP?

I have a 64GB SanDisk SDXC memory card which I would like to use with my MacBook Pro and its SD card slot. However, I am having some trouble formatting/partitioning my SD card and I can't figure out ...
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How can I reformat my macbook pro?

I have an 8 months old macbook . It has gone little slow I believe because of me installing VMware . Which I have now removed but still performance is not as good I used to be. I would like to reset ...
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Partitioning secondary internal hard drive failure

Looks like my 2nd HDD became a brick. I tried to partition it via Disk Utilities/booted from recovery partition/diskutil to no luck! I got vague/strange errors such as: unable to unmount, or: ...
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Secure erase drive in Single User Mode

My 2007 Macbook Pro has suffered from a failure of its GPU and will now only boot in Single User mode. I want to sell it on eBay for spares, but obviously I don't want a hard drive with live data ...
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How can I repair a hard drive that Disk Utility and Disk Warrior can't fix?

I have a Mac Pro running Mac OS X Lion, and one of my hard drives has acted weird since attempting to repair permissions. I used Disk Warrior, but it says the HD can't be rebuilt. When I try to format ...
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External HD Shows up in Disk Utility, but I can't access it

I have an External 1TB hard drive that has been corrupted, it was so corrupt that I had to abandon the files on it. So now I'm simply trying to erase it so I can begin using it again. But here's the ...
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Lost password on Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) Drive. Want to reformat it

I am using a Seagate Free Agent Desk external drive as my Time Machine on a modern iMac running Lion. I made the mistake of encrypting the drive, and I do not remember the password. I dont mind losing ...