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

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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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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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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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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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Should you format your Mac?

Back in my Windows days, I used to fully format my PC once a year or so, to start fresh and get rid of some of the slowdowns. It helped. Would you recommend the same for Macs? What's the recommended ...
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How do I make a bootable USB flash drive for a MacBook Air?

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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Time Machine backup format

Is the format of Time Machine's backups documented, or standard? Can I extract the files with a non-Mac system?
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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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How to format the OS X installer USB stick that comes with MacBook Air?

When you purchase a new MacBook Air they give you a mini-USB drive that is used to reinstall OS X and iLife '11. How can I format this USB stick and put whatever I want on it? The option 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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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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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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How do I format a disk partition from the command line on OS X?

How do I format a disk partition from the command line on Mac OS X? In case someone wonders why: because for some people Disk Utility fails.
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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 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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How do I boot from my Mac partition?

I tried to install Windows 7 on my Mac via Boot Camp, but the disk of Windows 7 doesn't work. When I tried to install the Windows 7 it shows a black screen. Now I want to boot back to OS X, but I ...
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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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Deleting a partition in Disk Utility fails. (Error: -69879)

This is the output in Disk Utility: Disk Utility cannot modify this disk because it contains CoreStorage physical volumes. Use command line distil instead. The selected partition won't be ...
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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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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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How can I reformat my hard-drive?

I am in Disk Utility under the Erase Tab. The Format section is grayed out even though I have my main disk selected. The only buttons active are Erase Free Space, but I want to reformat the entire ...
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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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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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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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Can I install OS X lion on a disk that is OS X Extended Journaled encrypted?

Just wondering if I can, using Disk Utility, format the hard drive such that it is OS X Extended (HFS+) Journaled encrypted. Will Lion be able to install on that disk?
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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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Why are my DVD disks in the wrong format?

I'm trying to play DVDs on my MacBook Pro however the disk doesn't play it doesn't even mount. When I check Disk Utility it shows the format as Windows NTFS 3G. If I try the same disks on another ...
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Disk Utility won't allow me 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. However, I would like to delete the partition that is ...
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How to nuke everything from imac and start it at the beginning from scratch like i first bought it

I have some problems that i cannot resolve on my iMac and now I would like to delete everything and start it from scratch like when i first bought it a few years ago. Please show me the steps. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is my iPod Shuffle an “Unknown Device”?

Help, I've tried everything. I have an iPod Shuffle 2nd generation and ever since I plugged it into an AC wall charger, my PC has stopped recognizing it. I tried multiple PCs, to ensure it's not my ...
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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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Changing a Volume's “Device / Media Name”

I know a Mac volume can be renamed... obviously. But if you look at the output of diskutil you will see that a volume also has a "device name" that corresponds to the name it was given when it was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...