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How do I force a partition and format on a USB key in OS X Mountain Lion Disk Utility or from CLI diskutil?

I have a brand new Memorex TravelDrive 64GB USB disk which is being troublesome. It's formatted FAT16 on MBR, which is not so nice, and I'd like to put it on HFS+. I've tried to do this through ...
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Disk Utility: Invalid Disk Label @ cksum mismatch

I have a WD external hard drive. I've been running the routine tests to make sure all my stuff is safe lately. In Disk Utility, I did Verify Disk on both the disk itself as well as the main partition, ...
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Oops, I broke my MBR, what do I do?

I installed Mavericks a couple weeks ago and discovered to my dismay that last night, I couldn't boot into my windows install via bootcamp. I'd encountered this problem before, and without entirely ...
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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 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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Broken FileVault Drive

I'm coming to you having a few issues with my old hard drive. Basically, my MacBook crashed a few days ago. It seems like my disk has some bad sectors and has started a kind of autodestruction ...
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Time Machine and case-sensitive HFS

Time Machine defaults to formatting a new drive to Journaled HFS+ (case-sensitive), if you set up the drive from within Time Machine itself. However, my main drive (the one Time Machine will be ...
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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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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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Is there a way to manually repair a CoreStorage volume?

I was playing around with CoreStorage on a test disk and used the undocumented commands cs addDisk and cs removeDisk. The addDisk command worked just fine and was able to expand a logical volume ...
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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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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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Partition failed performing a fresh installation

I'm trying to partition a samsung ssd and want to perform a fresh OS X snow leopard install from dvd. When I try to partition the disk in diskutil I get: Partition failed POSIX reports: The ...
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WD Drive Cannot be Repaired but program still running

I have an external hard drive that I use to run my iTunes, iPhoto library and store various other documents. Recently, it stopped connecting to my MacBook Pro. I can only see my WD Ultra external ...
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Correct Filesystem Setup?

Recently I did a fresh install of OSX Yosemite on my Macbook Pro. I followed these instructions to create a USB install drive, and I then used the Disk Utility app from that booted USB drive to erase ...
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Accidentally Removed EFI Partition

I removed the EFI partition accidentally but I have it on a Time machine backup. Is there a way to simply move it from my external drive to my boot drive. I've tried restoring the format of the ...
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Emptying the Trash with a large (80GB) file caused disk to be filled with “Other” usage - how can I recover this space?

Yesterday I deleted an ~80GB VMWare Fusion virtual machine on my hard disk (an inbuilt 256GB SSD.) It went to the Trash, and when I emptied the Trash the computer slowed almost to a halt showing a ...
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iMac hard disk partially erased - now stuck

My iMac, about four years old, started playing up badly - went from being very slow to not doing anything (grey screen at start up). I tried resetting PRam without success, and then started up in safe ...
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Error while erasing my system disk in recovery mode

My macBook Air failed to start. I have the grey screen and when the progress bar is at 100% it shutdown. I tried 4-5 times with same result. I try in recovery mode pressing Alt key during boot. I ...
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How to change ISO volume label on OS X?

I have some ISO files here with weird volume labels. I want to rename them to something I can easily remember. I know in Windows using either winiso or poweriso (both are non-free?) it can be done ...
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Disk Utility Crashed whilst creating a Partition and I'm now missing hard drive space

Disk Utility Crashed whilst creating a Partition, and I now have ~100GB missing, which was the amount I had allocated to the new partition. The new partition didn't get created, and I now have 100GB ...
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Can't format USB Key

I've got an issue with my USB key, I can't write on it, nor format it... Here's what the erase option of Disk Utility outputs: Here's the Verify/Repair output: Verifying volume “NO NAME”Checking ...
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Finder stuck at starting

I have a big problem with my mac book pro 15" - maverick. Yesterday I was using my mac normally and I shutdown it normally. Today, I turn on and everything is fine until when I have to insert my ...
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Error occurred while removing boot camp partition with Boot Camp Assistant

While attempting to remove a boot camp partition with Boot Camp Assistant I encountered an error. Boot camp assistant gave me an error message along the lines of "An error occurred while restoring the ...
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What to do if repairing one disk made the other unrecognized?

Originally I had two drives, an HDD and an SSD (my boot drive). The HDD had a 100gb partition on it that used to have windows installed on it, but that partition got locked and became unusable. When I ...
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Can you change the volume name when creating a disk image from an optical disc in disk utility?

I know how to create a disk image from an optical disc using Disk Utility. The problem is that I need to change the volume name for the resulting disk image.
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Can I enlarge a RAID10 with Disk Utility?

I have a 4TB RAID10 (4x2TB disks) created with Disk Utility. I also have 4x4TB spare disks. Can I enlarge the RAID10 to 8TB (4x4TB)? This post suggests that I can break each mirrored set, and ...
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Invalid Leaf Node Count - causes?

I recently had the above error which I fixed using DiskWarrior (after unsuccessfully fiddling with fsck in single-user mode). I'm just wondering: What are the possible causes of an Invalid Leaf Node ...
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How to make bigger Macintosh HD partition

I installed OS X Mavericks Server as a virtual machine to ESX. I'm doing some testing and now I need more space. Macintosh HD partition is 50 GB and I have expand it to 100 GB total in ESX but I need ...
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Attempting to restore .img files to disk causes corruption

When I download .img files for writing to a CD or USB I've noticed a problem under OS X (including Mavericks). If Disk Utility recognizes the image and burns it, the resulting disk is corrupted. If ...
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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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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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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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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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“Invalid key length” - corrupt partition after power outage?

I recently lost power overnight with my computer up and running, external hard drives plugged in, and in the morning my login screen had the "Device Removal" error as if I unplugged the disk without ...
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Find Time Capsule HD Specs

How can I find out the specs from my Time Capsule hard drive? It doesn't appear in Disk Utility (a mounted disk). More specifically, I'd like to know the manufacturer and model, much like the System ...
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Disk Utility Error Message - Missing EFI + MediaKit

Previously setup was with 2 partitions, one for normal use while the other had the Lion Install ESD on it, used when I installed some time ago. The other day my machine suddenly shutdown and when I ...
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Migration Assistant fails to recognize a Time Machine disk (itself migrated using Disk Utility)

So I outgrow my Time Machine disk. I listen to the advice (repeated in multiple places) that one can simply use Disk Utility's Restore tab, select the old time machine disk as source and the new one ...
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Resizing and moving OSX partitions in Disk Utility

So, I have a Mac Mini with a 160GB drive (it's an old model but it's only for testing). It had 4 versions of OSX on it but one needed more space so I removed the oldest version (Lion) and want to keep ...
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Change write permissions on internal HD outside of OS

I have a late 2009 iMac with a 1TB internal HD. I am unable to boot the OS however when running disk utility, through target boot and booting into an external HD, I am unable to repair, erase, ...
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USB key/disk not identified as a storage device

I have a 64GB USB key that I suddenly can do nothing with...I've tried both Mac and Windows diagnostics, as described below. At this stage I don't mind losing its data (99% of which was recently ...
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How do I repair an encrypted sparse disk image from the command line?

I have tried: hdiutil repairVolume my.dmg.sparseimage But I get the error: Ownership of the affected disk is required The sparseimage I am trying to repair is owned by me, and I have R/W ...
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Error: -69874: Couldn't modify partition map

I would like to format my usb drive. Disk Utility returns 'Couldn't modify partition map' I run cmd + s fsck -fy. It did not work.
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Why does hdiutil fail on symlinks when creaing an image of a Time Machine backup?

I am trying to create a compressed disk image of a Time Machine backup (that is stored on an external HDD) on Yosemite. hdiutil fails on the first symlink it comes across. Before the failure, there ...
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WD My Book Media shows up in diskutil, but doesn't mount or show up in Disk Utility

Initially this drive was connected (via FireWire) to my wife's Mac (still running OS X 10.7), but she it would not mount any more and she asked me to look at it. After reading suggestions on-line, I ...
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My PCIe SSD crashed during OS reinstall, now will not mount, unmount, repair

While I'm pretty sure I totally broke the partition table, I've been unable to fix it using tools like testdisk and diskwarrior. My machine crashed during installation of 10.8 OSX on a mercury ...
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Can't add more than 2 partitions

I'm trying to create more than 2 partitions on my mac book pro retina 2014, 256ssd but disk utility only permit me to add one partition. Last login: Tue Dec 30 17:24:32 on console Joses-MacBook-Pro:~ ...
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Cannot partition Hard Drive in Mavericks Virtual Box

I am trying to re-size the HDD on my Mavericks virtual machine. I already used VBoxManage --resize on the host computer to re-size the .vdi. Now, when I go to partition the HDD to the larger size on ...
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BootcacheControl.playlist not found, MacBook does not boot anymore

Booting a MacBook with Snow Leopard installed will suddenly stop with the message: Unable to open /var/db/BootCache.playlist: 2 No such file or directory Booting in single-user mode, I can see ...
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Drive name red in Disk Utility: Core Storage Drive offline. How to bring back?

Yesterday, my mac wouldn't boot up. When I restarted, I could get the whole way to the User login screen. No matter what user I chose, the boot bar would get about 1/3 way finished and I would get ...