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

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rEFInd hangs on boot and shell launch on a Mac Mini

I have burned the rEFInd 0.74 USB image to a pendrive and booted a Mac to it. The boot manager's menu works fine and shows boot icons for all the OS installations I have but when I try and boot to a ...
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Same external hard drive for time machine and storage

I have a MacBook Pro (250GB with about 100GB free). I'm planning to get an external hard drive (1 TB). Is it possible to use the external hard drive for both time machine's purposes and as a general ...
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10.8.5: Resume Disk Utility after a standby

Is it possible to resume a partition resizing operation after the computer went in standby? I've (sadly, without a choice) used my girlfriend's MBA to resize a partition on a disk. I was on battery ...
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How do I diagnose non-operational external USB3 hard disk drives?

I have a certain combination of portable external USB 3 drives and cables that do not recognize my drive on my Mac Mini 6,2 running OSX 10.8.4. Changing the ports have not helped. In short - All my ...
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RAID 1 with a Mac - how to avoid formatting one of the drives

I have an iMac with an external 2TB HDD. I recently bought a second 2TB HDD in order to build a RAID 1 (mirrored) with the two drives. The problem is that Disk Utility forces me to create a new RAID ...
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How do I stop OS X from treating an SuperDuper image on an external drive as part of my current installation?

Every night, I have SuperDuper! create an image of my hard drive to an external drive. This works great, and has saved me from system failures a number of times. However, OS X is constantly treating ...
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Don't wake up external hard disk when saving to internal one

My problem is that I have an external hard drive connected to my Mac. Since it is only used for backup purposes, it is sleeping most of the time. However if I now want to save something (e.g. a ...
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Can I store and run applications on an external drive?

I am thinking of getting a this MacBook but the hard drive space is not sufficient. I was wondering if I bought an external hard drive for it would i be able to download apps and things onto it.
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Hard drive will not format - bad drive or enclosure?

Today, I received from Amazon a Thermaltake BlacX 5G hard drive docking station and a 2 TB Western Digital Green drive. I inserted the drive and was able to format it into a one partition drive. I ...
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Seagate 4TB, 3,5" / SATA III (ST4000DM000) and SK-3500 Super-S Combo

I bought a 4TB 3.5", SATA III Seagate Desktop HD and put it into a SK-3500 Super-S Combo. My iMac (late 2009) did, however, not detect the HD when I connect it. Since I cannot see it, I am unable to ...
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Speed up transfer of 145 GB to USB 2.0 drive

I have about a day to move my 145 GB Aperture file from my 2009 iMac to a USB 3.0 drive. However, my iMac doesn't have USB 3.0 yet. According to Finder, the transfer is expected to take 2 days. So I ...
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OSX 10.7.5 renaming attached Firewire drive

My Mini was running out of disk space, so I attached an external Firewire drive and moved all the Home directories (a bunch of users on a home machine) to it. I'm pretty sure that was done correctly, ...
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Drives and dmg's mounting okay but not appearing in the Finder sidebar

Drives and dmg's are mounting okay on my Mac, and I can find them at /Volumes/. However, they aren't appearing in the sidebar in the Finder. What's the best way to start fixing this?
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Will Time Machine delete old backups for other computers on the same drive?

I have an external 500 GB HDD that I've used for Time Machine backups for three different computers: An old PowerBook G4 A white MacBook My current retina MacBook Pro I now have less than 100 GB ...
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External Hard Drive freezes computer

My friend just called me up and said he purchased a new Seagate 3 TB External harddrive for his Mac Book Pro. And ever since he connected the harddrive, his computer was not able to run. After ...
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How do I temporarily relocate my Time Machine backup files

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external hard drive that I've been using for Time Machine backups. I recently had an issue with it where I can't save to it anymore because it was corrupted. The way to fix ...
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How do I copy an NTFS partition to a writable disk image?

I have a drive from an old Windows computer. The drive is now in an enclosure, so it's accessible as if it were an external drive. It is formatted as NTFS. I would like to convert this drive (about 50 ...
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Can I make an OS X ESD (or other USB drive) read-only?

I have a USB Flash drive onto which I've used Disk Utility to restore the Mac OS X Install ESD: Is there a way I can make the result read-only, in order offer it at lease some semblance of ...
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Use two external hard drive docks to retrieve data from RAID 0 disks

Some while ago, I fried the power supply inside of my WD MyBook Pro Edition II, leaving the disks intact but rendering the enclosure itself totally useless. So now I have two 500GB 3.5" SATA drives, ...
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Lacie Big 5 10tb to be used as external hard drive but want security so: ZFS Raidz?

I've just bought the Lacie Big 5 10th and I want to use it as an external hard drive for my files. I was thinking of making it raid1 but then I heard about ZFS and Raidz. so that I can easily ...
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Using a second HD and installing apps on external drive?

I am considering adding an extra drive to my Mac Mini (possibly a tower-size one like mentioned here) and keeping it permanently plugged-in, for extra space and to leave the main Macintosh HD for ...
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If I temporarily remove an external HD from my Mac, then re-introduce it a few weeks later, will Time Machine back it all up again?

If I remove an external hard drive from my Mac, then re-introduce it a few weeks later, will Time Machine back it all up again as if it were a new drive, or will it just back up the changes that were ...
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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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OS X accessing external drive

I noticed that when I plug in an external NTFS HDD something is reading it and it doesn't stop for a long time... I checked with fs_usage and saw this: 23:26:54.189404 read F=5 ...
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External HDD unmounting unexpectedly

An externally-powered WD My Book Essential, 3TB, which I use for Time Machine and other file storage, recently began "ejecting itself" from my iMac. In an attempt to repair the disk from Disk Utility, ...
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Disabling creation of unnecessary files on my external hard-drive?

I had an old mac that I decided to strip down for its hard-drive and RAM. I threw a shell on the hard-drive, and now I can connect it to my new mac with a USB cable. Essentially I want to be using ...
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Aperture: Library over multiple Hard Drives

I switched to Aperture some time ago. And right now, the moment has come that I want to save some space on my internal hard drive. What I found on the Apple website is this: I can't seem to find ...
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Why is my Mac able to write to my NTFS hard drive?

My question is one of confusion. All over the internet I have seen people looking for the ability to use a Mac to write to NTFS, or people formatting drives to FAT32 so that their Mac can share a ...
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Are Time Machine backups to an external disk attached to a Time Capsule supported?

My 1 TB Time Capsule drive is full with Time Machine backups. I'd rather spend $130 on a 3 TB drive than $500 on a new 3 TB Time Capsule. Is an external drive attached to a Time Capsule supported ...
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External backup drive unmounted, then endless churn

I have a 5 year old Seagate USB2 drive for backups, used for a few months with time machine on my Retina MBP. Lately, I've been getting an error that it was improperly ejected (I didn't actually ...
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Thermaltake External HDD USB 3.0 docking station gets unmounted

I'm using a Thermaltake External HDD USB 3.0 dual drive docking station on a Mac Air. I can see the files and seem to be able to copy small files fine. When I try to move a lot of files it gets ...
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USB Thumb Drive on hub will not mount automatically

I have a 16gb SanDisk Cruzer Fit USB thumb drive. It's plugged into a powered hub, along with an external HDD - at the end of the day, I unmount (eject) the drives, and disconnect the MacBook from the ...
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Networking an external hard drive

I want to buy a Seagate Backup Plus Desktop 4TB Thunderbolt drive, but I was wondering if it is possible to connect my external hard drive to a network. There are two options which might help: we ...
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How to save a file quickly and no need to wait for the external hard drives to “wake up”?

Recently I have decided that since Mac does such a nice job for indexing the files, I will store many files on the Mac, so I bought a 6TB Thunderbolt external drive which is in RAID 0 Strip mode, and ...
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Encrypted/Journaled Seagate won't accept Password

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro Intel running Mountain Lion. I have a 2tb Seagate External Drive with 3 partitions: all three were set up the same way with different passwords as a person who used to live ...
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Mount a disk image as physical USB drive?

I have an certificate manager ("BankID") that allows me to export certificates from its certificate store. However, for some stupid reason it only allows me to export these certificates to USB drives, ...
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Manage iPhoto on external hard disk

Most of my Mac hard drive is filled with iPhoto pictures. I have an external USB hard drive. What to do? Just moving pictures from Pictures/iPhoto Library is not a perfect option as I want to have ...
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Powerful external hard disk health checker on Mac?

Is there any powerful program in Mac to check the health status - mainly bad sectors - of an external (USB) hard disk, and to recover them?
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How can I share an external hard drive with another Mac?

I have file sharing working between my iMac (10.8.3) and MacBook Pro (also 10.8.3), and I have an external "My BooK" drive (USB, MS DOS format) that I want to share. The iMac (where the external drive ...
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Can a VirtualBox Windows 7 virtual machine be installed on a USB hard disk?

My MacBook Air has only a 64G hard drive which is so small that I don't want to install virtual machines on it. I'm planning to buy a 1TB portable USB hard disk to run virtual machines. Has anyone ...
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Recreate unknown users on crashed mac

About a month back one of our Macs crashed and we had to restore it. The computer had an external drive connected to it and all the data is still there. Though some of the users are "missing". If we ...
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External hard drive spinning up during sleep

Every time I close the lid on my macbook air, my external hard drive seems to spin up for about 5 seconds every 30 seconds, and this will go on continuously, even for several hours. The noise itself ...
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How to move iMovie library to external hard drive folder?

I would like to move all iMovie (iMove '11) events to a specific folder of an external hard drive. Apple documents a means to do this, but without specifying the folder; iMovie files are created in ...
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WD Passport External USB Drive - Really slow on Macbook

I just got a Western Digital 2 TB "My Passport" USB drive and connected it to my macbook pro (it says it supports USB 3). But when I tried to copy my photo library it said it would take 40 hours? ...
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Is it necessary to eject an external drive before sleeping? [duplicate]

I have a question similar to a previous one about ejecting before shutting down. Is it necessary or recommended practice to eject external drives before putting a Mac to sleep, whether it be via an ...
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External hard drive unplugged while running iTunes…Corrupted files

I have nearly 2TB of Movies and TV Shows copied to iTunes on an external hard drive. Last night, I was unplugging a cord behind my desk and I accidentally unplugged my HD. Well, when I plugged it back ...
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Merge iTunes libraries

My iTunes library is on an external disk. I forgot to attach the external disk once and now I have some iTunes files locally. How do I merge these local files with the external library?
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Shortcut to eject all external hard drives but not MobileBackups

So far I've been using the following AppleScript to eject all external drives at once conveniently using a shortcut: tell application "Finder" eject (every disk) end tell This script is is ...
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Copying applications from applications folder to external and reinstalling osx

Is it possible to copy all my applications from the applications folder onto an external, format my mac, reinstall OS X and finally copy the applications back into the applications folder for ...
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USB flash drive not shown

My macbook suddenly stopped showing USB flash drives in Finder when I plug them in. I tried 3 different USB sticks - none work (worked just fine yesterday). USB-ports work fine - I tested all three ...