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

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How do I make a bootable USB flash drive a Mac?

Does anyone have a Terminal command-line recipe for making a new bootable USB flash drive for one of the new MacBook Air's? Is there a way to dd copy the USB boot device that comes in the box and ...
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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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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 ...
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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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What are the differences between journaling HFS+ and non-journaling HFS+?

I'm about to format an external hard disk drive (HDD). What are the key differences between journaling HFS+ and non-journaling HFS+? Apart from the fact that one has journaling and the other does ...
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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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How to write to a Windows formatted disk from OS X?

I have 4 external hard disk formatted on Windows as NTFS, but they are lying unused since I bought a Mac. So I am looking forward somehow I should be able to write to those disc without having to ...
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HFS+ case-sensitive or case-insensitive — which type to use for the primary drive partition?

What reasons are there for choosing the case-insensitive version of HFS+ when formatting the primary drive partition? Would case-sensitive not always be the best choice?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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External drive format to be writeable on both Mac and Windows

What file-format an external drive has to be for it to be writeable on both Macs and Windows machines? I have a 750GB external drive originally formatted in NTFS for Windows, but it's not writeable ...