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

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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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Single User Mode can´t repair my HD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are next steps when fsck reports “could not be repaired after 3 attempts”? Hi Guys I hope someone can save me!!! I´m so stupid that I don´t have a backup of my ...
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Backing up HDD to restore it on another SSD

I want to switch out my current HDD for a SSD in my Mac. However I don't want to reinstall the OS and all my software. How can I backup (image) the entire HDD to restore it later as image with Disk ...
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Forgot my password to a disk image (.sparseimage)

I'm in trouble right now. I used Disk Utility to create a sparse image and I cannot remember the password, when I created the file I didn't select to remember in keychain. Now, I try to enter the ...
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Restoring an SD card using a multi-partitioned DMG

I have a linux distribution that I installed on an SD card. After the lengthy installation was finished I created a DMG backup of all the partitions using the Mac's built in disk utility. The recovery ...
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How to image and deploy a Bootcamp setup?

We are rolling out iMac's and MacBook Pro's throughout the business and are setting them up with Boot Camp and an option to boot into Windows 7. Essentially the partition is just split down the ...
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What are the sector sizes on Mac OS X?

I read on the HFS Plus Wikipedia page that the default sector size on a Mac is 512 b. However, I also read that Macs support 4kb sectors. How can I determine which I have, 512 b or 4 kb sectors? I ...
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Erase MacBook hard drive without OSX disc

I would like to erase everything on my Mac's hard drive as I'm going to recycle or sell it. Is there a way to do it without OSX disc?
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Can't I resize my existing partition?

I tried installing Win 7 into my Mac so I can dual boot and use Win 7 but then again changed my mind about it but i have already partitioned a separate drive for windows. I deleted it and tried ...
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Resize Boot Camp partition

I installed Windows 8 on my MacBook Pro using Boot Camp. Now I've figured out I should have made the Windows 8 partition bigger. Is this safe to attempt using Disk Utility? If not, how do I go about ...
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Bootcamp assistant won't let me increase the Windows partition

I'm trying to install Windows 7 on my Mac. The Bootcamp Assistant won't let me increase the Windows partiton's size above ~45 GB. I've got 200 GB free out of 500 GB on my SSD. I run Disk Repair, but ...
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How can I delete everything from my MacBook Pro before selling it?

I have a Mac that runs Snow Leopard and I intend to upgrade it to Mountain Lion and sell it on ebay. However, I only have one hard-drive, and I'm sure I can't use something in my OS to delete my OS ...
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How to resize Macintosh HD?

In my disk utilty, I have some unused space left over. I want to resize Macintosh HD to use this space. Whats the best way to resize Macintosh HD? Disk Utility won't let me resize it whether I'm ...
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For bad and/or marginal blocks on hard disks, can anything be more effective than a single pass of zeros?

There's a good discussion in Apple Support Communities – Disk Utility: for bad blocks on hard disks, are seven overwrites any more effective than a single pass of zeros? (2011-04-21) A highlight: ...
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External Harddrive is showing in System Information but not Disk Utility

My harddrive crashed last night and since then I have not been able to access it on my Macbook Pro. I've restarted both my computer and hardrive multiple times and I've experienced the same result. It ...
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Can't do anything with external hard drive, “.Trashes” is probably the boogyman

I bought an external Samsung hard drive today. But I'm not able to do anything with it. Here are the problems I'm having: I can't put anything on the hard drive. Finder gets stuck at 'preparing ...
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How can I reconfigure the RAID settings on a Maxtor OneTouch III?

I have a 1TB Maxtor OneTouch III. This is the drive that comes with two 500GB disks and software to configure RAID 0 (mirroring) with 500GB of storage, or full use of both disks for 1TB of storage. ...
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What is the layout of a real Apple supplied fusion drive?

Would someone who has a fusion drive that they bought directly from Apple please provide diskutil output sufficient to describe the choices they made? I've seen lots of different sets of advice for ...
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Completely erased my Leopard machine from another computer, how do I install an OS on it?

I started up my computer in Target Disk Mode and erased it from a friends Mac thinking that I could then install Mountain Lion without installing Snow Leopard. Do I have any way of getting my machine ...
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The encryption of an external drive in 10.7.5 does not seem to work. “Conversion Status: NoConversion”

On a Mac running OS X Lion 10.7.5 I have attempted to encrypt an external drive using Disk Utility. Since this is 10.7, there is no option of right-clicking to encrypt in Finder. Also, there's no ...
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Disk repair failed after using osx with hibernated windows/bootcamp 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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Install knoppix on usb with disk utility?

I have downloaded the linux distro knoppix. I have snow leopard and i want to make a bootable usb with the above distro with the disk utility. I put the source to be the iso of the distro and ...
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iMac restart issue

I've got a 21.5", late 2011 iMac which has been acting up lately: after a normal shutdown, the computer would hang at the Apple logo, with the spinning 'loading' wheel below it. I managed to fix this ...
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Why do external hard drives stop working under very specific conditions?

I have a mid 2011 MacBook Pro 15" running Lion. I have seen this behavior across 3 different external hardrives, with varying manufacturers (2x Seagate, 1 Western Digital), different file system ...
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Can I partition an iPod (nano, classic, shuffle) for use as a flash drive?

I have made an iPod nano appear as a flash drive by going to iTunes and checking "Enable disk use." However, I am short of a large enough USB key to hold a bootable Windows 8 installer for use by Boot ...
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Restore disk in single user mode

I wonder if it is possible to restore one partition to another in command line? The similar operation can be performed with Disk Utility, but unfortunately I cannot boot in graphics mode (even safe ...
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What terminal command or program can list an SSD's Power On Hours?

I'm looking to script using the unix shell the retrieval of SSD (and HDD) data that disk utility shows in the information window. I'm immediately interested in the Power On Hours and Power Cycle, ...
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How do I erase an encrypted TimeMachine drive on Mountain Lion if I've forgotten the password?

My question is similar to this question. I have a USB drive that contains an old encrypted backup. I don't remember the password and don't care about loosing the backup - I just want to be able to use ...
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i think my harddrive died? did an internet recovery, whats the status of my computer? can't restore from backup until i get home

so for some reason my 2011 MBP died on my way to work this morning? when i got in and booted it up, it froze. i restarted it and got a flashing folder with a question mark on it. what does this mean ...
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Boot Camp / Partitioning Weirdness

I have a MacBook Pro, running 10.8.2. I'd like to give Windows 8 a go, using Boot Camp. Now, I've probably done a b Boot Camp install of Windows close to 10 times, on multiple Macs, but I'm stumped ...
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How do I restore a Windows 7 DMG file to Boot Camp (and make it bootable)?

My iMac's HD died last week, and so I was unable to access OS X (I had a Time Machine backup of it though). Fortunately I was able to boot into the Recovery HD and use Disk Utility to backup Boot Camp ...
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Recovering data off of a dead hard drive

My hard drive died in my macbook and it no longer will start up. It will not mount in an external enclosure but disk utility is still reading that the hard drive is there, and I tried to repair disk ...
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Can I have an Encrypted Partition in a 2 Partitions USB Stick?

I have a new 16Gb USB key and want to take advantage of Disk Utilities feature to encrypt it, however I do need to move data from Mac to Windows from time to time. Is is it possible to have one FAT ...
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Creating boot disk for Windows 7 on MacBook Pro

EDIT: I gave in and burned the DVD from a windows PC and I was able to install Windows on my MacBook Pro with Bootcamp. Sorry, that I don't have a satisfying solution. My goal is to install Windows 7 ...
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Disk Utility: choose disk or volume?

When using disk utility to verify/repair permissions (or verify/repair the disk itself), I've never been clear whether I should perform operations on the disk ("WDC WD1200BEVE-00WZT0" in my case) or ...
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How to enable “Repair disk button”?

Here what happened with me today. TimeMachine asked me whether I want to set a backup disk, I've answered yes, but then, when I've realized that in order to backup anything TimeMachine will clean the ...
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HD scan in Mountain Lion

I suspect a faulty drive. Anything that could perform a hardware scan (bad sectors?) built into Mountain Lion or available for free off the 'net?
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Why does OS X now think I have two partitions on my external USB drive (plus random connection issue)?

I have an external USB drive that I have plugged into a USB hub, which gets unplugged from my computer about once a day. Most of the time I remember to unmount the drive before disconnecting so that ...
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Create new partition in unallocated space with diskutil

I have deleted the first partition on my external HD such that it now has 100GB of free space at the beginning of the partition. I'd like to reclaim that space, but Disk Utility doesn't let me create ...
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JDiskReport is damaged, can't be opened

I have tried downloading and running JDiskReport 1.4 a few times now, and after unzipping it and clicking on the executable I get the message: "JDiskReport" is damaged and can't be opened. You ...
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Files in ISO DIsappear When Mounted

Some time ago I downloaded a QuickLook plugin that allowed me to look at the files in an ISO called Suspicious Package. I used this to inspect the contents of an ISO and it displayed this: And ...
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Data recovery on Lion with a disk that disk utilities cannot mount?

I ran iDefrag last night because my MBP was running sooooo slow. I barely ever use it and it has 300 GB of free space. I used to use OnyX to optimise the disks on Snow Leopard but I didn't see that ...
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What does “DOE compliant” mean in Disk Utility?

When erasing a drive with Disk Utility, you have a couple options. An insecure wipe, a single pass of zeroes, a "DOE-compliant" 3 pass, and a DOD (Department of Defense) 7 pass. DOE doesn't stand ...
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Presence of a Linux partition causes FileVault2 setup to fail

I'm currently dual booting Mountain Lion and Ubuntu 12.04 on a rMBP. Everything works fine, but enabling FileVault fails with the error message: "Some information was unavailable during an internal ...
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FAT16 disk refuses to mount in Mountain Lion

I've recently resumed a small OS-from-scratch-in-Assembly project I started several months ago in Lion. Part of the project involves compiling a binary file with NASM (the one that is pre-included), ...
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Is FileVault distinct from Finder's “Encrypt …” command?

I'm confused by the variety of methods for encrypting drives in Mountain Lion. There are at least four methods, FileVault in System Preferences; Finder's "Encrypt..." command; Disk Utility's "Erase" ...
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Can't ever remove partition?

Running Mountain Lion. I added a partition with Disk Utility and then had second thoughts about it. I'd like to remove the partition i created, MacSSD2 and hand over its space back to MacSSD. As you ...
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What causes me to be unable to burn Windows 7 ISO due to a medium error?

I've just upgraded my 2011 17" MacBook Pro with a brand spankin' new SSD hard drive and 8GB of RAM. In order to fully maximize the potential of the system, I'd like to install Windows 7 to take full ...
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Exact clone of HD

I managed to broke something on my iMac's internal HD. I have now done a successful restore using DiskDrill, but just in case I want to make an exact copy of the internal HD. Not just some partition, ...
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For a startup volume encrypted with Core Storage, System Preferences show that FileVault is disabled

My iMac has a SSD and a HDD. The OS is installed on the SSD. I performed a clean installation of Mountain Lion to the SSD, and cloned my SSD using a backup from my Time Capsule in OS X Recovery. ...