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 to merge two Mac partitions?

Recently I ran Boot Camp Assistant to install a copy of Windows 7. The "Partitioning Disk" process froze and I force quit it - I know, bad idea - and although I was left with a functioning Mac, I ...
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My SSD Drive has been converted to a Core Storage drive and cannot be erased/reformatted?

I put an SSD drive into my macbook pro. I should say that this drive hadn't been formatted and was a bootable drive with Yosemite OS on it, taken from another macbook pro... I booted the system up in ...
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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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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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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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How to add free space to a Logical Volume Group? (Resizing Partitions)

I have two CoreStorage volumes on disk, one is 200GB the other is 50GB. I want to make the 1st 125GB and the second one 125GB. Currently I have been able to use the diskutil cs resizeStack command to ...
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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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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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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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Restore Recovery HD partition from Yosemite downgrade

I recently got back to Mavericks from Yosemite, everything went fine. As I normally do, I checked my HDD with the Disk Utility and found some trouble, then I boot on recovery mode to fix my HDD. I ...
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Disk Utility won't let me create or resize partitions

My MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011 is running Yosemite. I am trying to install a Linux distribution on a partition of my hard drive. I used Disk Utility to resize the main partition on my hard drive and it ...
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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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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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Why does Finder see volumes which are not under /Volumes?

If I navigate as high as possible in Finder (under 10.10.2, but this did not appear only recently), I see this window, with many volumes which are long unmounted, ejected and erased. But if I tried ...
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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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Merging partitions separated by Bootcamp

In the process of installing windows on my MacBook Pro, I managed to somehow partition the disk this way. Is there any way of merging the UNTITLED 3 segment with the Macintosh HD segment without ...
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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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Unable to Partition a new Macbook Pro

As a brand new Mac user this might be my naivety or an issue with the OS. I bought a new Macbook Pro today and wish to partition the disk to allow Windows to be installed and Linux too. I was ...
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Yosemite 'About this mac' displaying the wrong storage

I am having a strange problem where my 'About this mac' > ' Storage' is showing that I Have 470gb of Apps install on a 250gb SSD. I have used 3rd party disk scanners and they are all showing the ...
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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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What are the purposes and safety to enable the hidden debug menu in Disk Utility?

I'm primarily interested to know whether installation of Lion included the Recovery System. I understand you can enable extra formats and debugging in Disk Utility, using the following commands: ...
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external hard drive found only by disk utility, cannot eject or mount

I'm using a Seagate GoFlex that seems to have encountered some trouble. The drive does not appear on the desktop or Finder. I've double checked that Finder > Preferences allows for it to appear in ...
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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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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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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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Can't create partition on free space with Disk Utility [duplicate]

I have created new partition by selecting free space option and now I can't merge it or recreate it. I have tried to use iPartition to create a new partition on free space but it said I have no ...
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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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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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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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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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Cannot format MacBook Air SSD, stuck at waiting for disks to reappear

I have a Macbook Air with 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM with OS X Mavericks. I was using my Mac normally but suddenly Chrome got stuck. So I held down the power button and force-shut down the Mac. When I ...
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Repartition hard drive with bootcamp on it

I currently have this setup on my Mac- OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, Windows (bootcamp) and a Recovery HD. My question is can I repartition my hard drive to have another partition, using disk utility (resize ...
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200GB of lost space! Difference in file size between finder and disk utility

I have installed yosemite and I am trying to have a backup using time machine. Time machine gives an error that the external drive size is not sufficient. And here begins the adventure... I have an ...
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cannot boot. volume disappeared from boot option after Disk Utility (GUI) repair

I have a 13-inch MBP with the latest OS X version. Problem Yesterday, I went to the Recovery Mode and performed Repair on my boot volume. I was not having a problem, but I just wanted to verify and ...
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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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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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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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Disk Utility won't Unmount HD for formatting

I have two internal drives in my 27" iMac (10.8.5). An SSD system disk and a 1TB SATA drive. The HDD has been acting up recently, very slow performance, bad behavior etc. Tech Tool Pro and Disk ...
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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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Can't partition startup disk in Mavericks for Boot Camp

I recently upgraded my computer to Mavericks (I believe I have the latest version, 10.9) and I've been trying for 2 days now to install Windows via Boot Camp on my computer, but it always fails at the ...
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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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Unhide Partitions via Terminal

Is there any way to unhide partitions that have been hidden by a third party partitioning tool on a Mac using nothing more than Terminal via a Mac OS X Boot CD or USB stick? Edit These partitions ...