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

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Disk utility detecting error in single user mode, but not when disk utility is opened via recovery mode

I verified the integrity of my Macintosh HD (MacBook Pro 13" 2012, OS X Yosemite) with Disk Utility when I was logged in as a user and it reported this problem: Invalid volume free block count ...
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Unsuccessful attempt to repair permissions with OnyX on El Capitan

I'm trying to execute the maintenance script in OnyX and I keep on getting the same errors at each pass: Permissions in the X11 folder are constantly being repaid (i.e. OnyX is showing that it ...
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Rsync for backups

I have gotten into the habit of using rsync to do my own backups of an encrypted volume containing my personal info onto an external hard drive. I did not use Time Machine, because I do not own the ...
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How can I repair a disk that disk utility says it can't repair this disk?

I have an external hard-disk with a single Mac OS Extended partition. This disk stopped working couple of days ago. I tried to repair the partition with disk utility but no luck. The error message is ...
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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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Can't Delete Partition

I created a partition to run Snow Leopard on my computer running El Capitan and no longer need it. I allocated 20GB to that partition. Here's what I've done. I first go into Disk Utility, select my ...
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Mounting SMB network share from Mavericks recovery mode

I would like to be able back up my macbook on a weekly basis doing the following: boot into recovery mode mount a windows SMB network share use disk utility to save a disk image to the network share ...
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How to recover corrupted HFS+ partition in external HD?

I've got a 1 TB SeaGate FreeAgent Drive with following partitions: 700 GB ExFAT (labelled as FREEAGENT1) 300 GB HFS+ (labelled as FREEAGENT2) While moving data from 1 to 2, it got accidentally ...
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How to force a readonly volume to remount as read-write?

I have an external Firewire volume with some filesystem problems. One problem is that Disk Warrior can't fix these errors because there is not enough space left on this volume (in fact, it is ...
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Time Machine Backup Failing with Error 11

I've been trying to run a Time Machine backup for the last couple of days (OSX 10.7.5 and Porsche LaCie 2TB); however, it has been constantly failing. Console is producing the following crash messages ...
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How to mount a disk that was not ejected properly?

I am using OSX El Capitan 10.11.2 I have an external Western Digital of 1TB When I ejected I did not do with the properly way and now I am not able to mount I can see the disk here But when I ...
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External Hard drive are always readonly, even HFS+ and FAT32 format

I am running in to a peculiar problem. I have 3 external hard drives and few weeks back, I may have ejected one of them ungracefully. Ever since, they all are getting connected in read only mode. I ...
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How do I fix a corrupted USB drive on OS X?

I accidentally bumped the drive while repartitioning it and it unmounted. After that when I tried to repartition with Disk Utility I got Partition Failed with the error: Could not open device Now I ...
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When erasing media in Disk Utility, how can I change the default format?

Every time I erase my MicroSD card, I need to change the format from ExFAT to MS-DOS (FAT). Is there a way to change the default to the latter, or better yet, to default to the current format of the ...
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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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Why is the “Encrypted” format not available in the list when erasing a USB flash chip in Disk Utility?

It shows up for normal, external hard disk drives. Is there a way I can force it to encrypt? The installed OS X is El Capitan.
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Partition map rebuild

I have an external hdd that doesn't mount anymore. I think I screw up with all the research I done and things I try. I have vital info on this hdd and I'm really afraid to lose it. I tried this: ...
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How to open a NTFS disk image file in OS X

I have a failing external HDD that I cloned to a working external HDD by making a disk image of it. Unfortunately, that cloned disk image file (and the original HDD) are of NTFS format. (I ignorantly ...
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Macintosh HD not showing up on disc utility

I am trying to do a clean install on my Macbook Pro 13" from 2011. Here is what I did so far: 1) Booted up on my USB Stick with Mountain Lion Installer mounted on it 2) Opened up Disc Utility and ...
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Expanding a Fusion Drive partition

I created a partition on my Fusion Drive when I first purchased my iMac running Yosemite, and I would like to now resize that drive ("Data" in the screenshot below), but Disk Utility doesn't allow it ...
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I erased the partition where Windows 10 was previously installed. How can I merge it with my OS X partition?

So I started up Disk Utility and erased my BOOTCAMP partition and set the format to OS X Extended (Journaled). This is how my partitions look like now: As you can see, I have a BOOTCAMP partition ...
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Resizing or expanding a CoreStorage volume

I bought a new SSD with 750 GB and made two partitions: 600 GB and 150 GB. The smaller one was thought to be a Bootcamp partition one day, but to date it was just another unused partition. When I ...
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How to remount external drive in OS X El Capitan without rebooting?

I have a MacBook Pro 15 Mid 2014 with OS X El Capitan. When I accidentally disconnect the external USB disk (without clicking eject), I can't reconnect the disk. If I remove and plug the disk back in ...
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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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How to create an ISO from a file (not a directory)

I'm trying to perform some testing on old platforms. In this case, its Fedora 1 (circa 2002 or 2003). The VM software (VMware and VirtualBox) can't handle distros that old, so the guests don't have a ...
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Should I be able to run disk utility on my Time Machine Backups?

Been having issues with Time Machine and backup so I ran disk utility on all my drives: iMac drive, iomega external HD and Time Capsule. When I run on Time Capsule I am getting a failure and this ...
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How can I find what is using the rest of my drive?

I am using a Macbook air. 64GB. My user directory has used 20.47GB Disk Utility shows 'Other' is 41.33GB and I only have 2.9GB free. What tools or command line commands can I use to find out what ...
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Mac HD unmounted and cannot be repaired. Can I still backup to an external drive?

My Mid-2012 MBP running on Mavericks has been slow lately--one day it crashed and I had to force shut down. When I turned it back on, it automatically booted to Utilities OSX without giving me options ...
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Can't reformat SD card (Yosemite)

I have a 2 GB SD card that I can't reformat. It seems pretty corrupted. If I go into Disk Utility, I get these various error messages for each option: Repair Disk: Disk Utility can’t repair ...
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Disk Utility vs Carbon Copy Cloner - How to clone your drive with Apple's built-in app

What is the point of using commercial apps like Carbon Copy Cloner when disk utility can also clone your drives? This article here ...
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OSX El Capitan / Not Recognizing USB Hard Drive

I updated to OSX El Capitan a few weeks ago, and ever since I did so, my computer is having some issues with my Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive. In terminal, when I use the disk utility, the drive shows ...
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What are next steps when fsck reports “could not be repaired after 3 attempts”?

My Mac Book Pro 13.-" doesn´t get past the grey booting screen with the apple and the spinning wheel (The loading bar appears but when it´s done nothing happens) I have 220 GB in one single ...
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how do I “un-partition” my MACINTOSH HD into one big hard drive?

So I was derping around on my computer (it has a 250 gigabyte hard drive) and thought,"hmm I wonder what happens if I partition off 75 gigs of this". believe it or not, it partitioned off 75 gigabytes ...
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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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How do I (re)mount missing Firewire drives? Why do they vanish?

I have several Firewire drives that occasionally "go missing" even though they are connected to my Mac and powered on (the power light is illuminated). These drives do not appear in Disk Utility or ...
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How to fix GUID hard drive corrupted to MBR?

I have a micro SD that suddenly stopped working. I tried everything on the internet (believe me, everything). I don't mind losing the data on it, I just want to be able to use it again. So here I go: ...
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Can't remove partition on Macbook

I can't delete a partition on my macbook. On my main hard disk, I selected the partition I want to delete however I can't click on the '-' symbole. I already read a topic talking about a similar ...
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Disk's Volumes corrupted when shutdown during synch

I've had this issue for quite a while I had a Windows Dualboot. When running OSX, and when Dropbox is synching, when shutting down to boot into Windows, the disk where Dropbox was synching to gets ...
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Disk Utility modal dialog opens partially off-screen

The New Image modal dialog in the Disk Utility application (on OS X 10.10.5) opens up with the Cancel button off the bottom of my MacBook Air 11's built-in display. The green resize button, option ...
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Has El Capitan Disk Utility Removed Encryption Options?

With Mavericks I would unlock an encrypted disk using "Disk Utility", but in El Capitan the "Unlock" button isn't there.
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how to fix GUID hard drive corrupted to MBR

I am on OS X 10.9.5 with a late 2013 iMac. I have a 3TB hard drive that has an unusual problem. It is a Western Digital 3TB Red WD30EFRX. I formatted it with two partitions, both 1.5TB. One was a ...
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Disk repair failed after using OS X with hibernated Windows/Boot Camp with MacDrive

I forgot I just closed the lid of my MBP the last time I used Windows/Bootcamp (instead of shutting it down) and that triggered hibernation. The next time I powered my MBP on, OS X started ...
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Remove “Windows” Entry from Mac Boot Loader

Background A while back, I installed Windows 8 on my MacBook Air (mid 2013 model) using Bootcamp. It never really worked, (it would freeze all the time, the WiFi would cut in and out, etc.) so I got ...
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2 Disks with the same name, how do I delete one?

I initially boot-camped a disk into a windows partition, and wanted to delete it. Initially I thought formatting it to free space would work, but it didn't. I tried again and accidentally formatted it ...
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Resize 'Macintosh HD" into unallocated space vacated by Bootcamp partition

I have a Boot Camp partition on my MBP. When initially setting up the Boot Camp installation I set this partition to be quite large but now I wish to utilise more of that space in the Macintosh HD ...
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External disk - Unrecognized file system (-69846)

I have an external storage with 2TB that was working nicely. But since last week, when I unplugged the USB before eject it, the disk is not readable anymore. When I insert USB, I can actually see ...
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Time Machine Partition gone from external hard drive, can't repartition

I've got a 1TB external drive which used to have two partitions: One formatted in NTFS to share files between Mac and Windows, and one for Time Machine Backups. I haven't used it in quite some time. ...
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How to format multiple exFAT partitions on USB drive?

I'm following the instructions in Creating a bootable Clonezilla dual partition USB device but using my Mac laptop running El-Capitan. I managed to create an MBR partition table and two partitions on ...
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OS X can't unmount disk

My 1TB LaCie Rugged THB decided it was a good idea to stop working all of a sudden. If I open it in disk util I sometimes see an actual name of a partition, but most likely it's not the real name. In ...
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Mac Mini can't unmount disk in Recovery Mode

I need to wipe my Mac Mini and reinstall OS X. Booting into recovery mode (holding command+option+R), I try to erase the disk in Disk Utility but it says it cannot unmount the disk or gets stuck on ...