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

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External drive for Time Machine and sharing files cross platform

I have read through this question and the associated apple kb article. I know that I can use an existing external hard drive and time machine can backup to it without affecting the other files. ...
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Pen drive does not show on mac on attaching but show error on removal?

My problem is that when I attach my pen drive to any of the ports on my Mac, it won't show up on my Mac, but when I remove the pen drive, it shows the error, "The disk was not ejected properly. If ...
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External HDD problem with iMac OSX

I purchased a 3TB HDD, which I put into an USB enclosure for my iMac. The drive is recognized at boot, but it only shows 801.23GB. I formatted the drive with into two 1.5TB FAT32 partitions via ...
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How does Time Machine handle an external drive shared between two Macs?

I have a new MacBook Air (13" with 128Gb SSD) and my wife has an old MacBook (120Gb HDD) and we're planning to both use the same 1Tb external HDD to store our iTunes and iPhoto libraries and the same ...
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Make external optical drive appear identical to internal SuperDrive?

Is there a way to make a external optical drive appear to applications as though it were an internal SuperDrive? I am using the optical drive bay in my MacBook Pro for a secondary hard drive, and I ...
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What format for my external drive allows use with Mac and Windows?

How can I use my external hard drive on Mac OS so I can modify/edit files on both OS's: Mac and Windows? How should I format it?
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2009 Mac Mini HDD as an External Drive for a 2011 Mac Mini HDD

I have a unique plan: I have a 2009 Mac Mini mid-2009 with 10.6 OS X. I just got the 2011 Mac Mini with 10.7. But I am planning to use the hard drive from the 2009 Mac Mini with 10.6 OS X as an ...
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How to prevent Finder windows from automatically popping up when I attach a disk?

I have a removable Firewire drive. It has several partitions, many of which have Mac OS installers on them (I'm a developer/sysadmin, and need to reinstall fairly frequently). However, I also use ...
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How do I get Launchpad to see apps on an external disk?

I have a large Firewire disk permanently plugged into my Mac mini. Whenever possible, this external disk is where I install any new apps. How do I get these apps to show up in Launchpad?
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Can Time Machine volumes be easily encrypted with FileVault 2?

Now that File Vault 2 can encrypt the entire disk and encrypt external drives, can I have a fully encrypted Time Machine volume?
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Identify connected external disks programmatically

I want to write a shell script that ejects all currently-connected external drives (either USB or Firewire drives). I can use the disktuil eject <disk-path> to eject a specified drive. But I ...
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Ejecting disk after failed mounting

I have a RCA VR5220 voice recorder, with a built-in USB connector. Because this thing was clearly built by Windows-minded engineers, the only way to access the files in Mac OS X is to plug it in and ...
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LaCie Rugged Safe Firewire Write Speed / Faster from a windows virtual machine?

I just bought a LaCie Rugged Safe Hard drive, and I am a bit disappointed by the sustained write speed that I measured. Here is what I see : sustained read speed : about 55MB/s sustained write ...
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How to move all iPhoto video files to an external disk or a NAS?

The main harddrive of my MacBook Pro is filling up. So I need to move some files to an external medium. I use iPhoto to import my photos and (HD) videos from my digital camera. I want to keep all my ...
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Why do external hard drives run so hot while mounted and idle on a Macbook Pro?

When my external drives are mounted and idle on a Macbook Pro, they run hot. Why? I do not have the same experience with NTFS volumes on my Windows box, where's the difference in idle disk usage? ...
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Can 2010 MacBook Pro power 2 daisy chained FW800 external HDs?

I have a 15 inch MacBook Pro (model MacBookPro6,2) with 2.66 gHz Intel Core i7 and 8 GB RAM from mid 2010. Right now, I use a LaCie Firewire 800 bus powered Little Big Disk Quadra which works well. ...
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My external harddisk is readonly on mac

I am having a 1Tb external harddisk. Its working perfectly fine on ubuntu and windows. But On mac its read-only. How can I change this.
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Can I keep my iTunes library on an external drive?

My main computer is a MacBook Pro that's running out of space, mostly due to my iTunes library, especially the TV shows. I have a few questions all related to solving this problem. First the most ...
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How can I do a Full Backup of my iTunes library (including Playlists and Album Art) to an external Hard Disk?

How can I backup my iTunes library (including album art and playlists) to an external Hard Disk 1? iTunes only seems to allow full backups to discs. FWIW, this is on a Win7 machine.
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Mac - External hard drive backups

I have two external hard drives, WD 320GB and a WD 1TB. I would like to backup my WD 320GB on a regular basis. Please could you inform me of a good application which could provide these needs: ...
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iTunes videos on a different harddrive?

since the TED HD podcast and iTunesU my iTunes library is getting bigger and bigger and thus free space on my MacBook HD smaller and smaller. I'm getting an iPad2 soon and would like to sync my TV ...
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External Hard drive automount problem

I have a Drobo hooked up to my intel mac mini mounted to /Volumes/Drobo, although after a poweroutage the Drobo now automounts to /Volumes/Drobo 1. I unmount it and mount it back on /Volumes/Drobo so ...
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osx split external hard drive partition

I currently have a 640GB external HD that has 1 partition formatted as HSF+ Now I want to split some of the free space into a new FAT32 partition, without having to reformat the whole HD and losing ...
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Did my girlfriend delete her USB disk?

My girlfriend says she dragged the USB disk from the sidebar in finder into trash and I have since emptied the trash. Is this plausible? How do I show/display a USB drive using the command line or ...
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External drive format to be writeable on both Mac and Windows

What file-format an external drive has to be for it to be writeable on both Macs and Windows machines? I have a 750GB external drive originally formatted in NTFS for Windows, but it's not writeable ...
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Can't Delete/Move folder/files on external HDD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I use NTFS partitions? Hi, I just bought a new external HDD, It went well on my PC but I can't delete/move files on it from my macbook. PS. Im running OS X ...
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Looking for a free/cheap backup solution on OSX for NTFS external HDD

I'm looking for an incremental backup system on OS X that plays nice with USB NTFS-formatted external HDDs. I am currently using NTFS-3G to work with the HDD, but since Time Machine doesn't work with ...
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Can I stream movies from external drive to the new Apple TV?

Is it possible to stream movies from an external hard drive (attached to a Mac Mini) to an Apple TV2? The movies on my external drive show up in iTunes on my Mini, but the Apple TV says there are no ...
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How to run Applescript on Disk mount

I want to run an Applescript when I mount a specific disk. It isn't if the script is located on the disk or not, it should just run when OS X mounts the disk. I tried to accomplish this with folder ...
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Enabling Time Machine for a USB HDD with NTFS

When I've plugged in my USB HDD (WD Passort Elite) for the first time, the system had asked me whether I want to use this HDD as time machine drive. I've chosen smth like 'decide later' and continued ...
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Howto Setup External Drive as a Networked Drive

I've got an external 1.5TB drive I'd like to connect to my iMac and use as a networked drive so other computers can connect to it's IP and read/write to the Drive. What would be the best way to do ...
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External Disk Capacity for Time Machine

I have a 500 GB hard drive in my iMac, and I am planning to buy a new external hard drive to use for Time Machine. I don't know if Time Machine synchronizes, or something else. What size external ...
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Disable File System Cache for USB Devices?

Possible Duplicate: Disable “the disk was not ejected properly” message When I have a USB Device like a SD Card, USB Drive or external hard drive, I always need to unmount it, ...
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How do I disable this message: “the disk was not ejected properly”?

Is there any way to disable the "the disk was not ejected properly" message? I use a KVM and need to switch between two systems and have a memory stick that is in the KVM. The problem is that it's ...
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Automatically launch a program or action when an external drive or disk is connected

I have an external drive. Is it possible to launch a program or perform an action when I connect it or plug it in?
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What are the advantages of Time Capsule over Airport Extreme with an external hard drive?

I would like for someone to outline the differences between buying a time capsule vs. just getting an airport extreme and attaching an external harddrive. The latter seems more flexible (easy to ...
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Boot MacBook Pro into non OSX operating system from external harddisk

I have a MacBook Pro and an external HDD with Ubuntu, I can use this HDD to boot other machines into Ubuntu but no amount of pressing option would make my MacBook Pro think that the drive is bootable. ...
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How can I use my iPod touch as an external disk?

I have a 2nd generation iPod touch (8GB), but I don't know how to make it work as an external disk. I think I saw a checkbox somewhere but I can't find it anymore. I've searched the Web, but the way ...