A storage device attached to a computer, but not enclosed within the computer's casing

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Prevent Mavericks from generating new volume name for external drive

I have an external HDD, formatted exFAT, I believe. Whenever it is re-mounted, it gets assigned a new volume name (e.g., "MyVolume", "MyVolume 1", "MyVolume 2"...). As far as I can tell, this happens ...
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Format External Disk in FAT, NOT FAT32

I have an external device which mounts as an external drive and which I must format in FAT, not FAT32, for use elsewhere. Is there a way to do that from Snow Leopard?
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Two different USB 3 HDD docks - disk partitioned on one not usable on the other

I have two different 3TB SATA hard disks: a Toshiba DT01ACA300 a Seagate ST3000DM001. I also have access to two different USB 3 HDD docks: a Connectland DOCK-CNL-YJK3519-V3+ES a Focus SATA + IDE ...
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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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Why is “my passport air” suddenly not coming up as recognized by my macbook air? The light is on and it is vibrating as it usually does

I had another external drive transferred to this one with all my data on it and now I can't access it. What can I do to access the drive and data?
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MacBook Air running Yosemite won't shut down when external HDD connected

My MacBook Air won't shut down when an external hard drive is connected. The screen goes black, and the mouse pointer is still there. I think this started happening when I upgrade to Yosemite. Any ...
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How to find recently connected external disks?

Bit of an emergency so any help really appreciated. I am trying to work out whether or not the there is a way for me to see the details (specifically names) of external drives that have been ...
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Is it possible to backup iOS devices to an external drive?

I have a new Mac Pro with a small 256GB SSD. I have a larger 2TB drive that I run backups to. My girlfriend has a MacBook Air with a tiny 128GB SSD. Our problem is our iPhones have 50GB of music, ...
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WD external hard disk is not readable on Macbook

My WD My Passport was readable(not editable) on my Macbook..After going through some forums I installed NTFS free software to make my disk editable but on installing this my Hard disk is not even ...
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I have to repair my external hard drive each time I plug it?

I have a 2009 320GB Toshiba Hard Drive, and every time I plug it to my macbook pro 13inch Retina, I have to go to Disk Utility -> Repair Disk. Why is that? Whats the solution? Please help!!! Thanks
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Data partly lost or hidden on external disk

I have an external disk connected to MacBook via USB. From time to time the system alerts that the disk is unreadable, but sometimes it seems to connect and I can browse it in Finder, and even open ...
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Do I need to keep any cautions in mind when transfering an external SSD into my Macbook?

Hi I am now successfully running my MacbookPro off of a bootable external SSD (which is runnung Yosemite and onto which I cloned my whole system) and I would like to switch it out with the old HDD ...
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Hide backup drive from guest user

I have a backup drive connected to my mac mini, which I just upgraded to yosemite. I created a guest account, and unfortunately, the guest can browse the backup drive. Is there an easy way to prevent ...
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OS X Yosemite attempts to eject external drives after sleep

I have 2 external drives that I use respectively for Time Machine and for all my work. I installed OS X Yosemite today and now every time my iMac goes to sleep (I never turn my macs off) it attempts ...
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Can I Time Machine An External Hard Drive?

I have an external hard drive that I have time machined before but its not current. However, my old iMac has broken down but the hard disk is still ok. So I took out the old hard disk & start up ...
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Cannot change permission of external ExFAT HDD folders

I can't change permissions of external HDD folders The file system is ExFAT and I am on OSX. Here is what is shown when I do ls: drwxrwxrwx@ I don't even understand what @ means at the end. Is it ...
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Strange background color on external drive folder names

I had folder on local Mac drive. And when I ls on terminal I see this: But when I copied on external HDD (FAT filesystem) I see this when I call the same ls command in the same directory: What ...
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Cannot read external hard drive after installing Linux?

Please help. I wanted to install linux so I follow this guide: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx I used my external hard drive to do this but then after I finished ...
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OS X Yosemite Improperly Ejecting External Devices [closed]

I have a WD My Passport Ultra and I had it plugged into my MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 Model and I had just closed the lid and it went to sleep. Then I came back hours later and when I opened it a ...
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External disk boots installation system, but not installed OS

I have an external NewerTech Voyager Q, connected with Firewire. In it I have my old internal HD. I used to have OS X Snow Leopard on it, so it's correctly formatted and bootable but it would never ...
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Why is my USB drive suddenly read-only and how can I make it read-write again?

I have a 1 TB USB drive. I've been using it for months. My main iTunes library is on it. As of yesterday, for no apparent reason, it has become read only. I can't open iTunes. I also tried ...
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Difference between back-up computer vs. complete copy of everything?

What is meant by backing up computer vs. creating a copy of entire hard-drive? Are the meanings the same? How to create entire bootable copy of my computer using time machine? I have a time capsule. ...
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Trying to encrypt external HD . GPT scheme required . Do not want to erase data

Hey so i'm trying to encrypt my external hard drive (Seagate) and I right clicked on it and selected Encrypt [name] from the menu. Made my password but could not move forward because I got the error ...
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Need solution for RAID from old Mac

I have an old Hackintosh which I no longer use, except as a server to access 2 RAIDs made of 6 disks. The machine is too big, uses too much power, makes too much noise, and generates too much heat to ...
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Time machine drive used for time machine before..can it back up a new drive without erasing?

My MacBook Pro drive died a few months ago. Thankfully it was fully backed up to an external with Time Machine. I seem to grab something from the backup every week from various libraries, but I now ...
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Can't copy folders to NTFS drive with NTFS-3G OSXFuse

I just installed ntfs-3g and osxfuse using brew. I have no problem copying individual files to the external hdd. But every time, I try to copy a folder, I get the following error : The operation ...
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Files gone after disk utility repair tool. however, space on disk remains

I stupidly repaired my external hard disk without backing it up via mavericks's disk utility repair option. After the repair, all my folders disappeared but at the same time I noticed that the disk ...
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Install Windows 8.1 and OS X 10.9 on external SSD USB3.0 (iMac Late 2012)

Good morning, Currently I have my iMac running OS X 10.9 on an external USB3.0 SSD drive, and it has been running flawlessly. My question is: - Is it possible to dual-boot Windows 8.1 in the SAME ...
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External Hard-disk showing Input/Output error

I have a 1TB External Hard drive which I'm currently not able to access. When I open the External drive in Finder, It shows it's empty. When I use the option to "Get Info", I get the dialog box ...
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Can I mount an external NTFS drive as writable when running the install DVD?

I have an old Macbook Pro on which I'd like to try Mavericks. Before doing so I want to make a back-up of my current Mac OS X install (10.6.8). I will use the disk utility option (and not the time ...
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External Hard Drive Locks Finder

Last week there was a short 10 second power outage and my external hard drive was attached to my laptop (Western Digital 750 MB drive). Message came up telling me the drive was improperly removed, I ...
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An external hard drive isn't recognized

Once I ejected an external hard drive incorrectly for some reason and from that time on it doesn't get recognized by my Mac so I can't see it plugged in at all (there's no sign in Finder that it's ...
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Invalid Argument when trying to write to external disk

I have an external USB 3 box on my mini (OSXS 10.9.4) that holds 4 drives (not a RAID). When I try to access either of two drives and write data to them, I get "Invalid argument" (the 3rd drive works, ...
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Western Digital Passport Drive Shows up on Old 2009 MacBook Pro, but not my new one

I just bought a new MacBook Pro to replace my old 2009 model. For some strange reason, the external Western Digital Passport Drive I've used for Time Machine on my old Mac doesn't seem to work on the ...
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Portable hard drive free space partition

I have a Toshiba 1TB portable hard drive that had 2 partitions. I erased one of them (previously used for time machine backups) and it changed into a non-erasable or -changeable "free space" ...
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Cannot eject external hard drive connected to MacBook Pro — always in use

For some reason my mac book pro NEVER wants to eject either of my portable hard drives after they have been connected. I continue to get the message that it is still in use, even after I have quit ...
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Applescript question for copying files

I wrote a script to copy files from an SD Card to a Thunderbolt Hard Drive. I wanted the action to automatically do all of this in a single shelled applescript under an automator action. When I ...
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Cannot encrypt external ssd drive

I have a new Thunderbolt SSD drive, which I cannot encrypt. I managed to (a) erase the partition, (b) create a new one: => diskutil partitionDisk /dev/disk3 GPT JHFS+ test 0b Started partitioning ...
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How to access the internal hard disk with full permissions?

My Mac does not start anymore. The hard disk is stranded :-( Macs and gravity are not good friends. When starting on a backup disk, I manage to see some contents of the internal disk Macintosh HD, ...
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How to Eject All External Partitions Quickly?

I have an external disk with two partitions on it that I keep plugged into my MacBook Pro when I'm at my desk. (One is for Time Machine, the other just for extra storage.) Sometimes I need to grab my ...
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Should I reformat a disk if Disk Utility asks me to?

I have a FAT32 external disc that was suddenly unmounted as I was using it. When I reconnected it and tried to Repair it in Disk Utility, I got the following messages: Verify and Repair volume ...
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WD My Passbook for Mac plugged into Time Capsule via USB. Does it sleep? OK to leave in?

I have a WD My Passbook for Mac plugged into my Time Capsule via USB. I can access the drive just fine and really like it as additional storage in my network. Only problem is, I can't tell if it ...
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How to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...
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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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Launch iTunes and iPhoto when external USB drive is connected

Is there a code that I can just copy an paste into Terminal or Automator? If not what is the best Application to download?
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Can I remove one partition on an external drive, while keeping the other intact?

I have an external USB drive, which I've partitioned into separate FAT32 ("MOVIES") and OSX ("TIME_MACHINE") partitions: I now wish to remove the FAT32 partition and just use the OSX partition. ...
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Partitioning an encrypted time machine hard drive

I recently got a 1TB external hard drive. My intention was to partition half for time machine to do backups, and half for general storage. When setting up time machine there was the option to encrypt, ...
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Make an external DIY Fusion Drive

Last year, I created a Fusion Drive in my 13" MB (2008) by replacing the optical drive with a SSD and link it with the internal HDD by some terminal-magic from a computer magazine. It worked like a ...
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Can one mount a FileVault 2 encrypted drive from Windows?

I encrypted an external drive with FileVault 2. Now it would be great if I could access it from a Windows PC. Is this outright impossible? I found no definitive answer either way.
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NTFS External drive issue in Mac 10.9

Earlier i was able to access the NTFS formatted External hard drive in my Mac 10.9 as read only device. While trying to make the external NTFS drive writable i screwed up by unmouting it this link ...