Apple's built-in disk management utility for the mac. Erases, formats, and restores volumes and drives.

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How do I repair a hard drive that was being written to while my MacBook Air crashed? (Drive will not mount)

My external backup drive will not mount. I have tried to mount it in Disk Utility via the app and the command prompt but the attempt times out. Any suggestions? I backed up my HD the day before ...
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How do I transfer unallocated space from volume A to volume B?

Let me just clarify it with the picture below. As you can see, there is much free space on the 'SSDaeffer (1)' partition, but as this was my OS X Beta partition, I want to transfer that free space ...
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how to mount internal hd after booting with external drive?

I am running macosx 10.6.3 and trying to mount/access the internal hd through diskutility: it does not show up here. I tried this: ...
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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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Disk space lost after quitting disk partition

My MacBook Pro came with a 500 GB hard disk, and I used about 250 GB. I was trying to get a new logic partition using the OSX disk utility, and then my Mac Book Pro froze and I had to quit the Disk ...
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Rename the Disk, not the partition [duplicate]

I recently bought a MacBook Pro 15" of mid 2015. It has a SSD named 'This mac' but I want to rename it. I have two partitions, one called 'Macintosh HD' and one called 'Windows HD' since I have a ...
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Move Bootcamp to external drive - restored, fdisk - still not recognized as bootable!

I want to copy my W7 Bootcamp partition to an external HDD, and be bootable of course. It is currently functioning fine alongside Yosemite on a different HDD. DiskUtility Restore works... I marked ...
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Can a disk's catalog directory be recovered after a Quick Erase?

A disk's data directory seems to me to be the most vulnerable Achilles's Heel to protecting data. With the 2 clicks of an accidental quick erase and format via Disk Utility, the roadmap to ...
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Create Iso from directory

I'm trying to create an iso from a directory on my computer. I've tried using both the Disk Utility method and just Terminal but I keep getting Operation not permitted errors regardless of my method. ...
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Recovery HD Is not showing up. Is it because of FileVault?

I have a problem. On my mac, when i start and hold the ALT key, or the Command-R Key, then it doesn't boot into Recovery HD or even show it. I need it to repair, mount etc. my disk. I tried disk ...
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Continuous volume shows too much available space

I have a continuous volume of two identical SSD drives. 2 terabytes, 1.92 terabytes in practice. I plugged it in via USB today and finder and disk utility show that all the space is available. ...
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repair disk - unmounted encrypted disk partition

In Yosemite 10.10.2 after verifying my startup disk in disk utility I got this message... "This disk needs to be repaired using the Recovery HD. Restart your computer, holding down the Command key ...
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Seagate Slim 2TB Not Recognized

I recently purchased a Seagate Slim 2TB external HD. I connected it to my 2010 iMac, formatted it as exFAT, and moved a bunch of files. I don't remember exactly what process I went through with ...
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Mac OS X Mavericks starts with question mark

Yesterday, I was using my Mac OSX and some applications were using a lot of memory. It wasn't possible for me to finish my Mac correctly and I decided to turn off the computer with the On/Off button. ...
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macintosh HD missing from Disk utility

I've purchased macbook pro 13 retina, wanted to migrate data from my mba. So I formated drive, installed spanking brand new osx from recovery disk. And launched migration assistant. Migration ...
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How do I recover a password from a custom disk?

I made a folder with some content into a disk image and assigned it a password. I unfortunately have forgotten the password and cant access it. Any work around solution to the problem?
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MacBook not able to boot using OS X (Yosemite) after partitioning the Macintosh HD (hdd) while installing Kali Linux

I tried to partition the HDD using GParted but it didn't work out. Maybe because I messed up. So after cancelling the whole process, I rebooted my laptop. When I tried booting through OS X, it did not ...
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How to Create Images with Yosemite

I have a Mac Mini configured just the way I like it with 10.10.2 installed. I need to deploy that to a bunch of other computers around campus. The usual process for me in the past has been to use an ...
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Can't erase unmountable external HD

My external HD isn't mounted and can't be repaired by Disk Utility. However, I'm also unable erase the disk: $ diskutil list disk2 /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME ...
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External Drive showing only in system profiler

I have had a 1TB Western Digital Ultra external hard drive for nearly year. Out of nowhere it will not show in disk utility but it does show in system profiler. I have a Macbook pro mid 2012 running ...
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Disk Utility message “Updating boot support partitions for the volume as required”

Finder crashed on a external drive which caused an abrupt eject. I rand Disk Utility over the drive and the operation finished with the message: Updating boot support partitions for the volume as ...
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Hard drive no longer accessible

This is a 4 TB hard drive formatted in Mac's Disk Utility as a single non bootable Exfat partition with the drive letter G. It worked fine before I decided to make a clone drive of my C bootable ...
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Force stuborn drive to unmount

I have a single partition disk whose filesystem will not mount properly. I don't care about the data and I would like to try reformatting the disk but I keep getting errors related to a failure ...
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Brand new 15in retina

I bought the mac then hooked up Time Machine and started restore to Mac HD. All was fine until the end when the backup from on 6 minutes to go for a couple of hours. No progress at all. So after ...
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Resizing Macintosh HD partition to use free space

I recently deleted a partition and have 60GB of free space. I would like for my main partition to use that, but whenever I go to resize it, I get the error "You can’t perform this resize unless it has ...
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What to do after mistakingly shrinking disk in Disk Utility?

I only had 1 volume on my hard drive. I tried to shrink it with Disk Utility - thinking it would resize the disk and the other space would be available to create another disk with. I didn't add any ...
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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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Restore on new drive: Time Machine versus “Restore” via Disk Utility

I am about to install a new 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G (6Gb/s) SSD into the main drive bay of my MacBook Pro, moving the original Apple-installed 120GB 3G (3Gb/s) SSD into the optical bay using an ...
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Backing up a RAID experiencing I/O issues

I recently began working for a company that has an OS X Server with a PROMISE Pegasus Thunderbolt RAID (RAID 5) attached as a file server. Within my first couple of days, it became apparent that users ...
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Problems with target disk mode, HD does not show in Finder/Desktop (only in Disk Utility)

I have a MacBook Pro which goes straight to Disk Utility when I try to start it (it totally froze and I forced it off and on). And no luck in repairing the hard disk (Disk Utility can't repair…) I am ...
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Mac OS X doesn't recognize hard disk

I replaced my CD drive with a Western Digital 750GB hard drive using the iFixit guide. My Mac for some reason throws error on any interaction with the hard drive, for example on disk utility when I ...
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Partitions shows it is 2GB when it is actually 120GB

After messing with the partitions to install Ubuntu, the hfs+ partition which I use for my user data went from 130GB to 2GB (OSX is on a separate partition). Disk Utility shows this partition as ...
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Partition of harddisk lost/unusable

I'm using OS X Yosemite - version 10.10.2. I have 1.12 TB fusion drive on my system. Recently I wanted to make a partition on my system, while making the partition on the system using disk utility ...
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How to rename disk indentifier?

I created 5 partitions on my portable-drive via DiskUtility. $ diskutil list disk2 /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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Is undoing Yosemite's CoreStorage conversion dangerous?

I tried to make an 8 GB partition on my hard drive so I could make it into a bootable drive, like Recovery HD but without the need to redownload the OS, but for some reason Disk Utility wouldn't let ...
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Remove partition and restore the space without erasing

Time ago I split the hard drive (500gb) in two partitions (250 each), now I don't need them anymore, so I have first erased successfully one partition and now I have still the second one (Mac HD 2) ...
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How does disk utility work while the system is live? (e.g. partitioning/resizing the OSes partition)

How is it that Disk Utility allows you to resize the partition that OS X is botted from live, while the OS is running? Can there be problems doing this? I would have thought that booting into recovery ...
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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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Is my hard drive already dying?

Although everything is working fine with my Macbook Air from Mid-2013, I have a few errors that bother me. Here they are: Onyx says this: The SMART status was not verified because it is not ...
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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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Diskutil can't add drive to mirror

bash-3.2# diskutil appleraid add member disk3 disk8 Started RAID operation on disk8 LookingGlass Unmounting disk Repartitioning disk3 so it can be in a RAID set Unmounting disk Can't write the RAID ...
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Flashing folder icon appeared once after changing Macbook hard drive

About 2 weeks ago, I updated my late 2011 Macbook Pro hard drive to a Crucial MX100 solid state drive. The drive installation and data migration went fine with no issues, but today I found the ...
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Trying to boot up on Mavericks USB Install Drive, receive prohibited sign on screen

I have a late 2011 Macbook Pro and I had Mavericks, which ran just fine, but I upgraded to Yosemite after hearing some good reviews. I didn't back it up in time machine. It made my laptop extremely ...
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Replace Recovery HD with a “bootable drive” formatted partition?

A while ago, I had the idea to use the bootable Mac OS X USB drive-making procedure on a hard drive partition, so that I could basically have a version of the “Recovery HD” that doesn’t need to ...
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My Macbook Air doesn't recognize my USB

I've always used my USB on this computer. The only issue i would have is that it wouldn't always appear on screen, but i would just eject it and put it back in and it would all be ok. Today for some ...
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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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Bootcamp Partition Creation Failure

I wanted to install Windows on my 2011 Macbook Air running 10.8. I had approximately 40 GB of a 120 GB hard drive free and I set Bootcamp to create a 20 GB partition for Windows. Halfway through the ...
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Disk Utility not letting me partition my SSD or modify the current ones

Just yesterday I finally got my hands on a MacBook Pro in which I was planning to install Ubuntu and Windows aside from OS X for studying purposes. I was barely beginning by partitioning the disk, or ...
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GPT looks valid. Diskutil sees empty disk

External 3 TB disk. Stopped working after a power bump. GPT reports as follows: bash-3.2# gpt show /dev/disk6 start size index contents 0 1 PMBR ...
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Flashing question mark, low hard drive space

When I booted my Mac last night I got a flashing folder against a gray background. The computer started fine this morning, but when I closed the lid and opened it up again I had to reboot, and now ...