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

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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 ...
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Why is my Blu ray burner ejecting blank disks?

I bought an external drive/burner that supports reading/writing of single and double layer Blu Ray disks. I'm running OS X Mavericks. I haven't had any issue burning CDs and DVDs, but when I insert a ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot with new hard drive, but a different MacBook Pro will

So here are the details. My friend and I both have 13-inch Mid 2010 MacBook Pro's. Same processor and specs since they were purchased at the same time, but originally had 250 GB hard drives. His hard ...
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WD MyBook appears as read-only

My WD MyBook Essential with USB 2.0 appears with read-only permissions. I set the drive up on my old Vista machine, and when Vista began crashing, I switched to Ubuntu. I still have the Ubuntu ...
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Error -50 on a partitioned external hard drive

I bought a 4 TB Seagate Expansion external hard drive about a month ago. I intended to use 1 TB as a Time Machine partition and 3 TB for miscellaneous storage. When it arrived I went ahead and made ...
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Time Machine Backup accidentally unplugged, can't repair

I accidentally removed my Time Machine backup without ejecting. It didn't show up in Finder after I plugged it back in and Disk Utility cannot repair it. Disk Utility recommends reformatting the disk, ...
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external hard drive found only by disk utility, cannot eject or mount

I'm using a Seagate GoFlex that seems to have encountered some trouble. The drive does not appear on the desktop or Finder. I've double checked that Finder > Preferences allows for it to appear in ...
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External USB 3.0 Seagate HDD No Longer Mounting

Out of nowhere my 1 TB Seagate FA GoFlex won't mount my Mac formatted partition (the only partition). I have run repair disk on the drive and on the partition and find no errors. I still get an ...
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Finder not able to view folders and files on EHD after updating to OS X 10.9.4

I can see still see 'Hitachi' in the 'Devices' Sidebar, but I am not able to view folders and files on this Hitachi XL2000 2TB FAT32 Hard Drive (EHD) that is USB connected to the iMac below. Late ...
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Run OSX as normal off external HD?

I'm continuing to hatch a plan to keep running whilst emergency repairs are carried out on my MBP. Further to a question I posted on Monday I'd like to know if anyone could shed light on whether this ...
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Move data from 1 hard drive to the other

I have a bootable partition on an external drive with some old data that I want to move to a new external hard drive. The partition on the old drive is 500GB however theres only 320GB of data. So i ...
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Possible to backup External Disk to Time Capsule regardless which machine it's connected to?

Here's the scenario: I have two MacBook Pros (Foo and Bar), and their drive's are both called Macintosh HD. I have a Time Capsule called Time Capsule, which is used to back up both Foo and Bar. I also ...
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How to daisy chain 2 Thunderbolt devices on 1 Thunderbolt port? [duplicate]

On an iMac with 1 Thunderbolt port, how to have an external monitor and an external HDD work? I can't use the USB port because it's 2.0, it will be too slow (the external HDD is a SSD). I understand ...
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Move referenced iTunes Audio files to another drive/folder

well, my iTunes library is on my main HD whereas audio files are on an external drive. I have to change the drive for these files and / or folder name, how do I point iTunes library to that ...
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External HD has disappeared from Finder

I believe I created this problem. When I plugged my External HD in last week I accidentally dragged the Ext HD onto the desktop. It then disappeared from view in finder and there is no shortcut on the ...
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Windows 8.1 on external SSD USB3

I have a 2013 Mac Pro. I created a bootable USB stick with Bootcamp Assistant. I then followed the steps over here: ...
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.mov file in external HD, grayed out and won't open: “this item is already used by Mac OS X”

The file won't open, with QuickTime, with the following error message: Selecting repair disk on disk utility results in this: I'm under OSX 10.7.5.
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Connecting iPhoto to external drive

Would it be possible to create iPhoto "repository" on an external USB hard drive, so that every time I would plug the drive I launch iPhoto, I could manage my photos?
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External Hard Drive died – How do I recover those files from Time Machine?

My external hard drive, which I was backing up with Time Machine, finally died. I want to retrieve some of those files, but when I go into Time Machine I can't navigate to those files because Time ...
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using external hdd slows down my mac

When I use an external drive via usb, my computer really slows down giving me no choice except reboot. I watched memory usage with activity monitor. Free memory decreases by time and inactive memory ...