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

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OS X Architectural/Dual-Booting Question

I have been doing a fair bit of dual booting lately, and I am trying to reason about why one must put the boot on a usb. Couldn't one technically allocate a region of internal hard-drive space, say ...
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Partitioning a Hard Drive using “Logical Core Volume Group”

I have a series of scripts I use for repartitioning hard drives before a DeployStudio reimage. They're really simple: #!/bin/sh diskutil partitionDisk /dev/disk0 GPT JHFS+ Mac\ OS\ 10.10 100g JHFS+ ...
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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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Getting loads of Open error 5's when using Terminal to repair permissions

My GF's MBP running on Mavericks broke down 2 days ago. First I tried to copy the contents of her HDD to an external HDD but got the I/O error time after time. Then I tried all the basic things like ...
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Change drive “block size” to 4096

I just bought a 4tb hard drive and enclosure and attempted to encrypt it with truecrypt. I errored with a message saying the block size must be 4096 bytes for >2TB drive. How do i alter the drive to ...
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“Couldn’t create temporary file.” error when erasing free space on external disk

I was trying to wipe the free space of an external USB 3.0 disk in OS X (Yosemite) disk utility. However, I receive the following error: EDIT: The disk is formatted as GUID / Mac OS Extended ...
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Impossible to join free space on main Machintosh HD [duplicate]

I've removed Windows deleting the partition because from BootCamp Assistant it gave me error that couldn't partition the disk. The problem is that now I have 100 GB of free space (which are from the ...
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Lost partition on WD 1.5 TB external drive

My 1.5 TB WD drive failed out of nowhere and now it shows up saying "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer" This is how it shows up on Disk Utility This is what sudo gpt show ...
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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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Apple Hardware Disk Utility Unallocated Space on my Hard Drive

While trying to get bootcamp set up on my macbook pro 15 inch retina 2015 it asked me to partition my mac hard drive. Doing so I partitioned my 1 TB hard drive so that it dedicated 750 gb to mac and ...
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Expanding Flash Storage with SDXC

I see on a Macbook Pro, you can expand your current storage space with SDHC or SDXC. Being a Linux user I know you can use RAID to expand storage with 2 disk, so storage looks like 1 HD. However, most ...
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Hard Drive Issues with MacBook Pro 13-inch mid-2012

I'm trapped in a HDD nightmare with my MacBook Pro mid-2012. I updated to Yosemite 10.10.3. A couple of days after the update, I was watching a movie on my TV screen via HDMI. In the middle of the ...
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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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Can I build a VM and use the image on a MacBook?

We are going to have over a hundred MacBooks in our school. We would like to create a master image with all our base settings and applications so that it can be installed on every new MacBook that ...
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Partition my HD with Disk Utility, cannot resize the partition WITHOUT installing Windows. WTF?

I am installing Ubuntu on my Mac to exist as in parallel with OS X Yosemite, version 1010.3. The screenshot looks similar to previous questions, e.g. How can I resize a partition with Disk Utility? ...
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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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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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Unknown disk found using diskutil, cannot delete

Using the command line, I wanted to see all available drives on my machine. So, I type diskutil list and besides Recovery HD and Macintosh HD, I notice this: /dev/disk3 #: ...
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Disk Utility won't let me create new partitions?

I had a 500gb HDD installed in my Mac running OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks. Being an older drive it started to have some issues, so yesterday I went out and purchased a new 1TB hard drive to replace the ...
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Error with Android usb. Working Macintosh HD not repairable. Alternatives to backup?

I have to say first, I have almost zero experience is the use of Terminal, an usually I'm very careful with what command I use. I have tryed to create a bootable Android x86 usb and it was a success, ...
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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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Fixing a broken hard drive's partition map

I have a drive that is corrupted. Disk utility could not repair the disk, so I attempted to follow some tutorials and repair the partitions using pdisk and testdisk, but things have gone south. Now ...
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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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Questions regarding disk format

I'm doing a fresh install of Yosemite on my mac, but stopped at format step: I noticed various options: plain format encrypted case sensitive So, I'd like to know: Is it possible to install ...
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How can i delete a partition in Terminal when I can't simply combine because 'The given partitions are not on the same whole disk'?

Before I partitioned my HD, the only one I had was "Macintosh HD". The partition created one called "Macintosh HD2" I used terminal to erase "Macintosh HD2" somehow, but it returned as "Untitled." ...
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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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Reformat Time Machine backup drive back to an ordinary external hard drive

I have a WDC Passport external drive which I used as a time machine backup. However, I do not want to use it as Time Machine backup anymore, I just want to use it as a regular external hard drive. ...
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Erase partition without recreating one?

I've got an external USB hdd that I wish to use entirely as a TrueCrypt volume. There was one pre-formatted partition, so I'm trying to erase that with Disk Utility. But no matter what I do or try, ...
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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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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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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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“Couldn’t create temporary file” error when erasing free space on startup disk

When I tried to erase space on Disk Utility, it couldn't create a second temporary file for my startup disk.
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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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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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Cannot resize Macintosh HD

I currently have elementary OS installed alongside Yosemite. When I try to resize Macintosh HD to give space for a Windows installation, I get the "filesystem support for resizing required" error even ...
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Volume encryption takes *hours*, is it possible to fix it?

I'm encrypting an empty volume. Internet articles say that is must be almost instant — but it's not the case. It's probably doing a kind of wipe (securely erasing free space), but if I really don't ...
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How to convert a DVD to ISO?

On Mac OSX 10.9, how do you convert a DVD into an ISO that I can use with players such as VLC. I wish to achieve this without buying a program. Steps I have tried: Downloading Mac app Burn. It ...
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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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Extracting files off sparsebundle with read errors

I have a large sparsbundle disk image on a drive that is reporting read errors. I am able to mount the image although it can sometimes take several minutes. I would like to copy any readable files ...
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Where is my disk space going?

My available disk space seems to «vanish» magically. OmniDiskSweeper tells me that 69.5 GB data is on my hard drive, but how come Finder and Terminal (and OmniDiskSweeper's drive list itself) tell me ...
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Can't format o repartition any USB or Flash Drive

I am trying to format an SD card and an USB flash drive. When I use the Disk Utility application I receive the following message: "Couldn't open device" I also tried via terminal and the message I get ...
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Reformat a Partitioned Mac OS Extended External Disk?

One of my backup disks is full. How can I Erase & Reformat the drive? I use Yosemite OS. The External Hard Drive was formatted as Partitioned Mac OS Extended (case sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted ...
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Cannot boot Mac Mini with striped RAID 0 set

Today we could not get one of our machines running with 10.9 and RAID 0 which stripes the data on the boot volume. After several hours of doing the 'standard' tasks like fixing permissions etc, we've ...
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how do i remove Ubuntu from my macbook? [closed]

i just bought a Macbook from someone off of Craigslist but it has Ubuntu software on it, but I want the regular Apple OS. how do I remove Ubuntu without damaging the computer and its files?
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Cannot Unmount Mac OS X Base System Disk

My Mac running Lion was being slow, so I was decided to reinstall OS X. I don't have any Time Machine backups. Everything went file, but in the middle of the installation, it got stuck, and later the ...
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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 ...
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Is it safe to convert Core Storage partition to HFS+?

I just got my new Macbook Pro, I tried to make two new partitions using Disk Utility but I could only create one. After googling I found out that I can't create more than one additional partition in ...
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Why does disk utility want to erase my RAID 1 set?

I have 2 disks, the first a 2 TB and the second a 5 TB the 2 TB is split into 2 partitions and the 5 TB into 3 partitions with one 2TB RAID0 set, one 1TB RAID1 set and one single 3TB partition. I now ...
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Backup Disk 'doesn’t contain an EFI system partition'

I have a 750GB Western Digital external HDD which I use for Time Machine backups (MBP, OS 10.10.3). Today I had the need to boot to recovery, which I did from said backup. But I was unsuccessful in ...
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USB Drive Will Not Mount, Not Listed in Disk Utilities, but Found In System Profiler

I have a Seagate FreeAgent Go drive with the optional docking station. I use it to keep files that I don't access on a regular basis and as a place to do "quick backups" of things like my Paperless ...