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

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Why does my external HDD have an EFI partition?

When I ran diskutil list on my Mac, it showed an EFI partition plus my normal partition on my external disk. Why is it there? If I edit my EFI partition and it gets corrupt, will a format change it ...
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Are all installations of OS X (10.8+) Case Insensitive (by default)?

I'm going to be getting a refurbished machine and rather than keep my current OS (10.6.8), I need to upgrade to at least 10.8, in order to be able to communicate with devices that use iOS 9 (since you ...
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Portable encrypted USB stick

I would like to have an encrypted USB stick that I can use with Windows and OS X. I could format it as FAT32 and then have a encrypted image files (more than one due to the file size limitation of ...
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Cannot erase SD card with Disk Utility (El Capitan)

I have this SD card that I am trying to use to backup photos on a Windows computer. After using the SD card on the Windows computer, and copying the photos back on a safe drive, I cannot erase the SD ...
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How should I properly format my iPod nano 4th generation?

I've been the happy owner of an iPod nano 4th gen, 8Gb for a few years. Over the years, I've added and deleted many songs, lyrics, album art, etcetera, and I recently assumed that something was ...
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MacBook does not mount, does not boot, does not read drive

When i press alt on my MacBook during startup, it only shows a disk that i used to have Windows installed (which is now empty). I erased that disk when i was last logged in on OS X. Then i tried to ...
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MacPro internal HD unreadable when moved to external USB Dock - and vice-versa

Since I just installed a NAS, and I want to transfer several TB from my Mac Pro's internal hard disks (4 of them), I wanted to make it faster by connecting those hard disks directly to the NAS using ...
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Can I set up Contacts phone numbers format

iPad iOS 9. I use AT&T. iPad Air 2 I spend a lot of time in Mexico where the phone number format is completely different from the one in the States, and in Contacts. Also, Contacts will not let ...
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Selling old Macbook pro 1,1, need to re-format the drive

I have an old MacBook pro currently running snow leopard. I have a time-machine back up disk, but is there a way to reformat everything, leave the OS on the machine, then sell it? The original ...
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Change MacBook Pro OS X Apple ID ownership [duplicate]

Over a year ago I bought a second hand MacBook Pro on ebay. Unfortunately the original owner did not reinstall the operating system and in fact it came together with Photoshop and Microsoft Office. ...
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why are my iPhone4 videos different in size?

Some videos I take are square and 640 x 480, while others are 1920 x 1080, data rate changes with size as well, so quality is much better on the larger size - seems to be random - how do i set the ...
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Are slow format speeds indicative of more severe hard drive problems?

I have an mid-2011 iMac, that has 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD (not SSD). Over the past few months I have experienced: Fairly frequent beach balls/general system slowdowns A worrying number of errors ...
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Repair Disk failed

I try to repair a disk because my Mac still is on grey screen during start. I created a USB Yosemite bootable and I can use Terminal. I tried with: diskutil repairvolume disk0s2 But I get the ...
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Find specific attached disk, not volume, by Applescript

I have a script I use to format any inserted SD card, copy data from specific folders to it, then eject. Each format/copy is triggered manually, as part of a batch process involving maybe a hundred ...
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Unable to format external HDD

When creating a partition with GUID Partition Map Scheme in Disk Utility, I'm getting "Partition failed with the error: Unable to write to the last block of the device". Same message when I try to ...
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I am trying to erase and reformat drive with snow leopard, but don't have the install DVD

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard, and I'm selling it to someone. Want to erase and reformat the drive but I don't have the Snow Leopard Install DVD. Is there any way to do this?
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How to recover from accidently diskpart'ing an OS X drive, destroying everything?

Ok, so, I just got my Mac back after 5 months in the repair shop. I went to install winblows 7 via Boot Camp Assistant, but was having issues. I went into diskpart, and not remembering how to use it, ...
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Tried to reinstall osX and ended up getting folder with questionmark on boot

Today I decided after 6 years to format my MacBook Pro 2009 laptop. Originally I had Snow Leopard on it (I still have an unscratched cd) but in some point back in 2012 a friend installed (using his ...
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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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How to solve continuing error “internal disk needs repair” after installing a 8 TB HDD in Airport Time Capsule (A1470)

I've replaced the failed 3 TB HDD (SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache) with a model number (ST3000DM001) in my TC (A1470) with a 8 TB HDD (from HGST model no HUH728080ALN600). I've used the Airport Utility to try ...
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Initialize 6 TB internal hard drive

I've found it both economical and flexible to use a docking station with internal hard drives (the ones that look "naked", i.e., have no plastic casing) for backups. I use this docking station to ...
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Windows formatted disks owned by $USER, while Mac formatted disks owned by “root”, right?

I noticed that some disks were owned by $USER and some by root: $ ls -l /Volumes total 88 drwxrwxrwx@ 1 jdoe staff 8192 Jul 14 10:22 USBdrive drwxrwxrwx 0 root wheel 0 Jul 14 15:54 ...
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Drive format for Sony Blu-ray

I formatted my drive from my Mac in FAT32. I'm using the drive on a Sony Blu-ray player (BDP-S5500. When I copied my files (movies) to the drive from my Mac, ._ was placed in front of each title and I ...
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How can I reformat a USB

I used by USB to add as iso file into it. sudo dd bs=4m if=my.iso of=/dev/disk1 Now I want to get the USB back to normal. but the erase button in Disk Utility is disabled. How can I reformat this
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Principal HDD doesn't appear in the list of disks to format

I'm using the recovery tools (from internet), but I can't format the internal 500GB HDD. Entering diskutil list in Terminal I get the following output: -bash-3.2# diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: ...
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Change drive “block size” to 4096

I just bought a 4tb hard drive and enclosure and attempted to encrypt it with truecrypt. I errored with a message saying the block size must be 4096 bytes for >2TB drive. How do i alter the drive to ...
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Pros and cons of wiping a new Mac?

Coming from the PC world, most made-to-order manufacturers (e.g., Dell, HP, Acer, etc.) all have annoying little addons which I consider spyware/bloatware--things like toolbars with ads. When buying ...
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Questions regarding disk format

I'm doing a fresh install of Yosemite on my mac, but stopped at format step: I noticed various options: plain format encrypted case sensitive So, I'd like to know: Is it possible to install ...
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MacBook 5,1 Upgrade, Leapfrog to Yosemite and MBA Backup

My 2014 MacBook Air was recently stolen, but I have a full backup available via Time Machine saved to an Airport Extreme base station. For now I'm using an old MacBook 5,1 with an Intel Core 2 Duo ...
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I get this error when running sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdisk# bs=64k in Terminal

I'm following the steps explained in this answer: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdisk# bs=64k but get an error dd: /dev/rdisk2: Input/output error 1+0 records in 0+0 records out 0 bytes transferred ...
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MacBook Optimal Disk Formatting

What's the optimal formatting for a MacBook disk? My disk seems to be formatted as a LVG (Logical Volume Group) and it seems super slow...
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Formatting USB Disk As EXT3 On Mac

How can I format a USB disk as ext3 using OS X Yosemite? I want to use it on another system that is linux based but I wish to format it first before connecting to the linux system.
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SSD formating trouble and mysterious disks

Two days ago suddenly Apple services started to fail on my Mavericks machine. I couldn't shut down (logind - or something like that - crashed but could not be force-quit). I shut down twice from ...
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disk become empty after delete a large file

I have a 2T mobile disk with the format of NTFS. I store 1T files on it, including a large file with the size of 260G. After I delete the large file, all the file was gone. I remount the disk again ...
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Failed to make bootable USB drive and now I can't even format it

I want to do a fresh install of Yosemite and I got a brand new 8GB flash drive and I followed this tutorial. I formatted the USB drive and was copying the Yosemite installer, however I got the ...
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How Do I Recover Formatted Mac hfs+ Partition?

I was installing Win8 on a Mac where I got the error that I can because of GPT disk I dont know what MAC I have but the Mainboard is number is Apple Mac 942859f58194171B. I tried formatting the ...
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2010 Mac Mini Downgrade

I have a 2010 Mac Mini with no DVD drive and a 5,400 RPM hard drive. Of late, it's begun to get quite sluggish, and I'm fairly sure it's the slow HDD that's to blame. I took a look at the means of ...
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Real performance boost with multiple partitions

I have a 1TB Hard drive with multiple partitions where I had previously installed Snow Leopard. Now I'm making a clean install of Mavericks and I have a couple of questions: 1) What are the real ...
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I can't write to my flash drive, and it is already in the MS-DOS (FAT) Format. Why?

This is my first question on this website. I am using a Mac Air, and I have a flash drive in which I can read from. I am able to copy files from this onto my Desktop, or anywhere on my computer for ...
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How to play AVI files on MacBook Pro

Using GoPro software, I had imported videos to PC. However when I bought a new macbook pro, I transferred all files onto an external Hard Drive. They are currently in .avi format. I am struggling to ...
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Should I reformat a disk if Disk Utility asks me to?

I have a FAT32 external disc that was suddenly unmounted as I was using it. When I reconnected it and tried to Repair it in Disk Utility, I got the following messages: Verify and Repair volume ...
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Format SSD and restore TM backup

My SSD stopped mounting by itself on boot. So I booted into Single User mode, ran /sbin/mount/ -uw / and exit and it got mounted and I could boot from the SSD. However, after booting all I see is the ...
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View Time Machine backup drive on Windows 7

I use an external hard drive to regularly backup my Mac using Time Machine. However, I wanted to copy the data on this drive to a Windows 7 machine which does not work. It seems, that the PC ...
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Clone whole partitioning scheme to smaller disk

I have the following on my secondary disk. As I am not satisfied with it I would like to clone everything to the other one which is smaller unfortunately. /dev/disk2 #: TYPE ...
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External Seagate Hard drive for Mac - Compatibility

I am looking to purchase a Seagate External Hard Drive for my MacBook Air. The products claims it works only with PC (windows), however, I have read multiple places that I can just format the drive ...
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how to create a 128MB HFS+ partition using diskutil

I have a ~ 500GB disk in my new Mac, and I would like to create a 128MB HFS+ (Journaled) partition using OS X, but when I tried to do this earlier today the smallest HFS+ partition I could create was ...
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Stuck in a boot loop after failed update to Mavericks, can't reformat HDD

I recently tried to upgrade a 2008 Mac Pro from Snow Leopard (10.6.8) to Mavericks (10.9.2) using the free upgrade available in the App Store. The upgrade seemed to go without a hitch until the ...
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How can I let Windows XP read Mac OS Extended (Journaled) drives?

How can I let another PC using Windows XP (Service Pack3) read Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volumes? Windows XP shows nothing.
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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. ...