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How do I copy an NTFS partition to a writable disk image?

I have a drive from an old Windows computer. The drive is now in an enclosure, so it's accessible as if it were an external drive. It is formatted as NTFS. I would like to convert this drive (about 50 ...
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How do I match a disk UUID with a software RAID member?

I have one member of a stripe which is starting to fail, but hasn't yet thrown any errors that SMART can pick up on. Currently I'm getting errors like this: Aug 8 11:34:22 myhost kernel[0]: ...
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Can I make an OS X ESD (or other USB drive) read-only?

I have a USB Flash drive onto which I've used Disk Utility to restore the Mac OS X Install ESD: Is there a way I can make the result read-only, in order offer it at lease some semblance of ...
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Merge two disks to RAID 0 and keep my installation

I've got two 128Gb SSDs installed in my MacBook Pro. Originally I had one for the system (named Calcium), and one for the /Users folder, symlinked into the first (named Users). As I ran out of space ...
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Password Protecting Folders in OS X? [duplicate]

What methods exist (either inbuilt or via third party) to password protect (encrypt) folders within OS X ?
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Increased the Size of Bootcamp Partition but Winclone Restores Old Size Partition

I followed all documented steps to increase the Bootcamp partition size on the Mac OS 10.5.x. I used Winclone, Disk Utility and Bootcamp Assistant to perform this operation. In short, I cloned Windows ...
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Is my SATA cable damaged?

Macbook Pro Mid 2012, original SSD. TLDR; Why could I clone my unmountable drive from an external enclosure but not internally? My SSD broke down a few days ago. It was detected, but I was unable to ...
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I stopped Time Machine and I lost my files

I have a huge problem. It seems that I erased 1TB of my husband´s pictures (he is a photographer). He has a 2TB Verbatim external disk and today I was kind of playing with Time Machine. I don´t ...
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System Images with different Model Identifiers

I have been tasked with creating a default system image to use to both back up and use to deploy to new systems. After checking the stats on the 7 systems in question I've found that there are ...
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Unable to read last block of the device

I'm mid way through replacing the hard drive in my MacBook Pro (mid-2009). I've created a boot disk (10.8) on a SD card which I am booting from. On trying to format the new drive with disk utility ...
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AppleRAID 0+1 failure: [corestorage] LVG missing and cannot repair mirror

I just recently created a corestorage LVG and an encrypted volume that used an AppleRAID 0+1 array, but something has gone horribly wrong. I had four 1TB disks, and created two 2TB stripes, cbs1 and ...
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Time Capsule unmountable: Invalid B-tree node size

Some time ago my Time Capsule suddenly stopped working. Running Disk Utility on it gives me this error: Is there any way to fix this issue?
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Write .iso to USB on Mountain Lion [closed]

I'm trying to create a bootable USB for Windows using Disk Utility on OS X 10.8.4. Downloaded CentOS 6 for 32-bit and tried to use Disk Utility to create a bootable USB drive. This method failed with ...
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Dual partition a large drive for use by Mac and Windows

I have a 3TB USB3 drive that I want to use between my Mac and Windows laptops. A 1.5TB partition will be used for Time Machine and another 1.5TB partition will be used by Windows for file storage. ...
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How To Enable The “Hidden” Debug Menu? [duplicate]

Following on from my previous question entitled "What is the function(s) of the hidden Debug menu in Disk Utility?". How do I enable the Debug Menu via Terminal command or otherwise, thereby ...
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What is the function(s) of the hidden Debug menu in Disk Utility?

What is the function(s) of the Debug menu and why is it hidden by default?
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RAID 1 array degraded, now not being recognized by OSX

I've got a pair of Seagate 3TB HDDs in a mirrored RAID 1 array using a Vantec NexStar MX two-drive enclosure. The setup has generally worked fine for the last four months, but lately I've noticed that ...
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Apple Software RAID: Add disk to array online

I recently purchased a WD Thunderbolt Duo, which has two 4 TB drive, now running in RAID 0 with Apple Software RAID. My question is simple, if I am to get another Thunderbolt Duo next year, is it ...
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Problem with permissions

on my Lion Server I have noticed that the permissions for certain folders seem to be screwed up. When I look at the Get Info for the folder I see strange things in the permissions section. There are ...
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How can I make my computer believe a disk image is a hardware disk?

I'm trying to do some research on TimeMachine right now. I don't want to purchase an external hard drive, just to learn about some software, and so I'd like to be able to tinker with the settings, by ...
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How do I write-protect a partition of a USB drive on OSX that can work cross-platform?

I bought a bunch of USB sticks that I want to give as a gift to friends and clients, with some files on them. I'd like to have the files non-erasable (though I realise they can format the drive, I ...
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What's the difference between enabling Time Machine's “Encrypt Backups” option, and encrypting my disk from Disk Utility?

I'm setting up Time Machine backups on a new external hard disk. I chose to first encrypt the disk via Disk Utility: But I also see these options: Is there any difference between an "Encrypted" ...
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How can I modify a DVD image (ISO) and then burn a new DVD?

I have a (legit) copy of Star Wars Battlefront 1 for the Play Station 2 (PS2). There are game mods available (different character skins etc) that I'd like to try. Apparently this can be done but I'm ...
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fsck_hfs keeps crashing when trying to repair my Time Machine volume

I've got my Time Machine volume (direct attached, USB) corrupted by accidentally flicking the switch while it's running. Now neither Disk Utility nor fsck_hfs can repair the drive. Investigating it ...
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Why does my 3TB Seagate HD keep formatting as a Logical Volume Group

This is really annoying. I have a brand new Seagate 3TB 7200 RPM hard drive that I am trying to format/partition in Disk Utility. Every time I change any settings or erase the drive, it changes it to ...
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installation stuck in a loop due to damaged HD

Right off the bat I'll admit it was stupid to jump into trying to install a new version of OS X to the only partition without having taken adequate precautions (no backups or recovery disks), but ...
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Any need to verify disks after hard reboot?

About every few days I need to reboot my 2012 MacBook Pro Retina. I noticed these messages in the logs regarding "Journal is read-only and journal is dirty. Can not mount volume". Any need to ...
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Does mounting a large disk image require a certain amount of free space on the internal drive?

I've got a bunch of Mac disk images (.dmg files) that are 100 GB or larger. I'm currently on an iMac with a few hundred gigabytes of free space, but I'm going to be moving to a Mac laptop with 128 GB ...
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MacZfs with encryption on os-x

I have followed these steps for setting up zfs (maczfs 74.3.0, OSX 10.8.3) with encryption. Everything works fine, till I restart the computer. After the restart, diskutil informs me that the file ...
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CoreStorage: what does LVG status 'offline' and PV status 'checking' mean and how can it be fixed?

I converted a partition to a CoreStorage volume using this command: sudo diskutil cs convert disk0s2 -passphrase test123 Now when I run `diskutil cs list' the output shows that I still only have a ...
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Understanding how safe boot fixed a boot problem

Background My friend asked me to look at her early 2011 Mac Mini with OS X 10.8.3. She said that: she installed software updates she couldn't remember which updates were installed when the Mac ...
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USB drive stuck on read only

So my usb drive is stuck on read only and I have tried many different options which I have gotten from different websites. I have tried to restore/erase in disk utility but the options are greyed ...
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MacBook Pro Mid-2009 13 inch does not recognize replaced hard drive

As the title states, I recently got a used Hard Drive from another MacBook Pro and installed it into my MacBook. The problem, is the laptop will not recognize it at all. The old hard drive just goes ...
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Carbon copy cloner to image OS X lion and restore from disk image

Is it possible to create an image of my 64gb 2012 Macbook Air using Carbon Copy Cloner so that I can recover from that image (if my Mac does not boot) when I am not connected to the internet? I can ...
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When creating a RAID 1 mirror set, do you need to have both disks available or can one be added later?

I'm planning my transition to Mac OS and I have a pair of mirrored drives I would like to move to my future computer. Since they are currently formatted as NTFS they will need to be reformatted during ...
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Unable to eject or erase USB drives

I'm unable to eject USB drives. When I try, I get this error: The disk "Untitled" wasn't ejected because one or more programs may be using it. To eject the disk immediately, click the Force ...
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Move of time machine backup: unable to “restore”

I want to use a new hard drive for time machine. I try to restore the old backup into the new disk using disk utility. It fails with the following error : source volume is read-write and cannot be ...
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Encrypted/Journaled Seagate won't accept Password

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro Intel running Mountain Lion. I have a 2tb Seagate External Drive with 3 partitions: all three were set up the same way with different passwords as a person who used to live ...
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Can a file be copied to one hard drive in a RAID 1 mirror set (software RAID), and later have the 2 drives sync up?

I think I read that we can set up a RAID 1 mirror set (software RAID) using OS X Mountain Lion using Disk Utilities, and later plug in one drive and copy a file to that drive, and later on, plug both ...
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Is it safe to reformat drive during Recovery Mode install?

I've inherited an almost brand new 13" Macbook Pro Retina. I'd like wipe the hard drive clean and start with a fresh install of Mountain Lion. I've done this a million times before... but never while ...
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Can I “restore” an iso image to my hdd to be bootable?

I removed my superdrive a while back but now I want to install a linux partition on my macbook. I installed rEFInd as my boot manager but now I need to boot into the arch linux iso. Normally I would ...
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Image files made with Disk Utility creates parent folder

I'm using OS X 10.5.8., updated from 10.5.2. which I installed from the two installation DVDs that came with my MB404 MacBook. I recently found my original 10.5.2. installation DVDs, which I thought ...
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How to mount Linux_RAID on OS X

I have a NAS that broke and it used linu_RAID as its format type. How do I mount this in OS X? Similar to this one... ...
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Hard Drive Preview / Disk Utility Used Space Discrepancy? [duplicate]

So I recently cleared a lot of space off of my hard drive as a sort of "spring cleaning," and I got it down to less than 40GB, but my computer doesn't seem to agree with itself on that. If I look at ...
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How to auto-run disk repair on OS X after each system crash?

How to auto-run disk repair on OS X 10.8+ after each system crash? Note: I am not looking for a manual solution.
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Replace a failed disk in a Disk Utility RAID 1

I have LaCie 2big thunderbolt 2-disk device configured as a RAID1 from Disk Utility. One of the drives appears as "failed", so I unmounted the raid, replaced the drive and plugged it all back in. Now ...
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Fix slow startup after utility disk repair on a SSD

I have a 250Gb Samsung SSD 840 series with Trim support enabled installed on a mid-2009 13" Macbook pro running Snow Leopard (10.6.8, 2.26GHz, 8Gb of RAM) and I experience extremely slow startup after ...
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diskutil coreStorage in Lion fails to create a concatenated LVG, error -69886

I would like to create a logical volume group (LVG) with two physical disks. Issue The command: diskutil coreStorage create LVGNAME /dev/disk1 /dev/disk2 returns: Started CoreStorage ...
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How to repair external hard drive that fails diskutil with 'Disk Full Error'

If I run fsck_hfs -y -d /dev/rdisk2s10 it putters along, rebuilds the catalog B-tree then fails when writing the new catalog to disk. bash-3.2# fsck_hfs -d -y /dev/rdisk2s10 ** /dev/rdisk2s10 Using ...
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Erasing partition doesn't give me free diskspace

I'm using a Macbook Air and until today I had two partitions on it (not counting the restore partition). I had my OSX partition and an Ubuntu partition. As I don't use Ubuntu anymore, I decided to ...