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

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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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OS 10.9.3 Seagate External Drive Won't Mount

Updated to Mavericks and now my external 1TB Seagate drive won't mount. Its icon ("Blorp") is greyed out in Disk Utility and all it says about the volume is that it is a "locked logical volume." This ...
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How to auto-mount an external ext4 USB partition on OSX 10.9?

I installed osxfuse and fuse-ext2 under OSX 10.9.2 to enable access to an ext4 partition on an external USB hard-drive. After creating a mount point for the partition in the Volumes folder, I can ...
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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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Unable to mount Time Machine partition

I have a WD external HDD which is plugged into my MacBook Air more or less all the time; it has two partitions one of which is my Time Machine disk. Just today I noticed that the hard drive is not ...
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Apple to Windows External Hard disk file system error

I have a Toshiba 1tb hdd. I bought an apple laptop few weeks ago and the hdd has been working properly. Today I wanted to move some files from my old windows pc to the mac. When I connected the hdd ...
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itunes media from external drive

I have a mac, I've never used one before it's only a 128 GB SSD. I have 10 - 15GB of music on my PC. But iTunes is broken, even Apple couldn't fix it. So I can't update my ipod. Is there / what's the ...
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Time Machine cannot find external toshiba hard drive after OS X 10.9.2 update

I used my Toshiba Canvio USB 3.0 external hard drive without any problems for the past year. Today, I received a system alert: Backup failed. The backup disk "Time Machine Backups" is not ...
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Macbook often won't shutdown if external not manually unmounted first

If I don't have my external hard drive plugged in, or if I eject it first, the computer shuts down very fast thanks to my SSD. But if I don't eject it first, it either takes much longer to shut down ...
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How to disable Time Machine for an external hard drive

My wife has a MacBook Pro and two external hard drives; both of which currently contain a Time Machine backup of her MacBook Pro hard drive. Now she wants to "turn off" Time Machine for one of her ...
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Hard Drive Formatting Error in Terminal

I have tried formatting and partitioning this brand new hard drive and it has failed on multiple computers using multiple methods. It is a LaCie Porsche Design 4TB hard drive. Here is the commands I ...
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Where is the temp file created by Disk Utility during erasure of free space kept on a non-boot volume?

I used Disk Utility to perform a secure erase of free space on an external non-boot drive, and ran into a problem and the process was aborted. I see that the file is still there because the drive ...
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iTunes library on usb drive connected to NAS not recognized anymore

I have my iTunes library on an external usb drive. I have no problem accessing it when it is plugged directly to my mac. I've recently bought a NAS device which allows me to connect a usb drive to it ...
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Raid two external hard-drives with read/write support on Windows & OS X

I have a USB 3 HDD enclosure that currently has two 1TB drives in it. I am looking at buying another external USB 3 HDD drive (not an enclosure). I am currently running the external enclosure with the ...
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Reconnect an external HDD after proper ejection [duplicate]

After I "properly eject" an external HDD or USB stick, can I "reconnect" it without physically unplugging it?
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Disk Utility reports “missing thread record” on my external HDD

I have an external 500 GB HDD that's about five years old. I just turned it on and it made a bunch of clicking noises and failed to spin up immediately, though it did so after a few seconds. To be ...
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Time Machine, Drive not available

My friend has a MacBook Pro. I've wanted to do some backup on an external drive (Lacie 1TB) with Time Machine. Now, since the backup is in the external HDD, I can not use the internal drive of the ...
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Why do external drives spin up for webpage rendering?

I recently went to some webpage in Chrome and noticed that my external harddrive had to spin up before the page would render. Does anybody know why OSX does this? I've noticed it in a few other ...
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Can I have two Time Machine partitions on one hard disk drive?

I know that someone can use a partition on a hard disk drive for Time Machine, but is it possible to specify more than one partition on a single drive for this purpose? The scenario: My partner and ...
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External Hard disk 500 GB free but can't copy 8 GB data

I have WD external hard disk, which was working fine. Its MS-DOS formatted. I have downloaded a file in .mkv, which works fine, and isn't corrupted. Upon copying the 8 gb file, it says "The file is ...
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Install 10.8 on an external drive from 10.9 [duplicate]

I have OS X v10.9. I downloaded v10.8 installer from the AppStore in order to install it on an external drive. However, when launching the installer it says that it can't be installed on this computer ...
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External drive remain in stand by after Wake up

I have a WD My Book external drive connected to my iMac 27" via USB 3.0 The drive is initially in a stand by mode (drive doesn't spin, it's visible in disk utility). Now when backup script starts, it ...
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Upgrade to Mavericks from an external HDD

I have Snow Leopard on and external HDD. Is it possible to boot form the external drive, and install Mavericks on the internal drive via the Mac App Store?
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External drive performance for iMovie

I love iMovie and used it to create several projects on my wife's iMac. I'd like to move all my iMovie resources (from an HD camcorder and my iPhone) to my Macbook Air but I don't feel there is ...
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How do I stop my external hard drive from using all my RAM?

I'm running OSX Mavericks, and have an external 500Gb HD connected via firewire. I have 24GB's of RAM, and fairly often my RAM usage will spike to 23.95 GBs in use and literally leave me with only 50 ...
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Is It Possible to Install OS X on an External Drive for Use with Any Mac?

My dad would like to encourage me to learn how to program in C++, but he doesn't want anything that could possibly go wrong with any of the computers that we own while I am doing so to affect any of ...
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Time Machine: Mobile incremental Backup

Imagine I do backups using Time Machine at home just like everybody else. But as I travel often and of course also work on the road I also need to have a mobile backup solution. I thought about the ...
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External Drive doesn't want to live in sidebar

I have a remote hard drive (afp/smb) that won't live in the finder sidebar. Actually I have two, and one simply will not live in the finder sidebar. Everything else seems to function normally, ...
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I want to install Windows 7 on an external drive

I've read two articles about booting Windows from external drives as opposed to a stock Bootcamp install. Here are the links: http://kevtg-compuproductive.tumblr.com/ ...
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External drive HD WD 3T My Passport with Mavericks suddenly unmounts

I've a problem with my external hard drive, a Western Digital 3TB, with my Mac running OS X 10.9, Mavericks. When my hard drive is linked to my MacBook Air and, I work with it, the drive suddenly ...
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Need to install SL on Mavericks external drive

I have a 2012 iMac 21" with the latest Mavericks. I also have a need for a bootable Snow Leopard external drive so I can run Boot Camp with XP. I purchased a Snow Leopard Retail install disk only to ...
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Repurpose 2006 Mac Mini for Time Machine with external HDD

I have a Apple Mac mini "Core Duo" 1.66 from 2006 sitting around. I also have on order a CiT 3.5 inch USB 2.0 Dual SATA HDD Enclosure and was thinking of getting a WD Green 4TB Desktop Internal SATA ...
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Using rsync to copy data from one Drobo (NTFS) to another Drobo (Mac OS Extended (Journaled))

I have been using Windows 2008 in Parallels on my Mac Server to serve up files to my Windows clients on the network with a USB attached Drobo (NTFS). Now I want to move these files to my Mac Drobo ...
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RW mounted NTFS drive not shown in finder

I mounted my NTFS drive in OSX with UUID=<some-uuid> none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse in fstab, but finder does not show the drive. I can do open /Volumes/drivename and will see the files and can ...
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Diagnose if corrupted volume is due to hardware problem

This morning when turning on a Mac laptop, it suddenly announced that an external backup disk (which was connected overnight) "can't be repaired". Disk Utility also says: Disk Utility can’t ...
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Does the 27-inch iMac (MC511LL/A) have a true thunderbolt port or just a mini-display port?

I'm trying to connect a thunderbolt external drive to my Mac: http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-i5-2.8-27-inch-aluminum-mid-2010-specs.html However, the disk is not being ...
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Difference in disk usage MS DOS vs Extended Journaled

Searches on Google and the Apple forums didn't get me any answers or couldn't clarify this for me, hence this question. I have two following external USB hard drives connected to my iMac: "Lacie1" ...
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Almost 450 MB consumed on empty external hard drive

I have an old Macbook Pro with 500GB hard disk. The MBP stopped working. I am now using that hard disk as external storage. After erasing the data (using Disk Utility), I see that almost 450MB is used ...
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How to get Mac App Store to stop thinking app is installed on external drive?

I ran into a problem where the Mac App Store said that a particular app (Numbers in this case) was up to date, but whenever I launched it I would get an older version. I finally did a search across ...
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Can i stored iMovie projects and files in an NTFS external drive?

I'm backing up manually my computer with the data I want to keep. I've already backed up iPhoto library in a a Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partition as it seems is the only way to store it properly. ...
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How do I erase partitions on a drive that's been protected with FileVault 2?

I want to completely wipe a USB thumb drive, re-partition it, and reformat the partition as ExFAT, not JHFS+. Unfortunately, I used FileVault 2 on it when I made it and that seems to be preventing me ...
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How to run programs from an external hard drive on MacBook Pro?

I need to know how to install and run applications from an external hard drive on my MacBook Pro.
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Serious problem with Time Machine (external HDD)

My Mac Mini (late-2012) got repaired by Apple, and the hard drive was reseted. Now I want to restore the Mac Mini from my Time Machine Backup (on an external 1TB HDD), but it doesn't appear in the ...
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Access disk attached to Airport Extreme over internet?

According to Apple's product page, the Airport Extreme... "...can turn your external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi‑Fi network and access securely over the ...
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How to find file system of external hard drive?

I have plugged external hard drive. It does not show in Normal Mode. I can see its Type Name and Identifier thru terminal. I want to find the file system of the external hard drive. I want to format ...
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Error: “couldn't unmount disk” keeps coming up when formatting external HD to eXFat

I have a WD "my Passport" external HD that is currently formatted for a PC and I would like to format it to eXFAT. Every time I hit "erase" in disk util it just comes up with the error "couldn't ...
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Which format for external disk for performance?

I'm using OS X Mavericks and just got a new external hard disk. I don't need to share it with a PC (so no need for FAT) but I do want it to have better I/O performance. I'm a bit confused by the ...
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how to write to a windows formatted disk from OSx?

I have 4 external hard disk formatted on windows in NTFS, but they are lying unused since I bought mac, so I am looking forward somehow I should be able to write to those disc without having to format ...
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Lacie Hard Drive converted itself to FDISK_partition from GUID_partition

I am running OS X 10.6.8 and my Lacie external hard drive converted itself from GUID_partition to FDISK_partition all by itself. How can I force the disk to mount just to get the files off of it? I ...
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Recover Deleted Files on Mac OSX [External NTFS]

I have accidentally deleted some files on my Mac OS X Mavericks. Actually, I was trying to burn an .img file to my flash drive which was located at /dev/disk1 (at the same time I had connected a NTFS ...