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

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Mac Pro not recognizing external hard drives [on hold]

Why doesn't my Mac Pro recognize external hard drives anymore? After updating to Leopard it stopped recognizing them.
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How do I repair a hard drive that was being written to while my MacBook Air crashed? (Drive will not mount)

My external backup drive will not mount. I have tried to mount it in Disk Utility via the app and the command prompt but the attempt times out. Any suggestions? I backed up my HD the day before ...
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My NTFS formatted external Toshiba drive is unreadable since update to Yosemite OS X 10.10.1

My portable external Toshiba hard drive is now unreadable on my MacBook Pro early 2008 aluminum computer. Since updating to Yosemite OS X 10.10.1, I cannot recover my files stored as Time Machine ...
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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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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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External Seagate Hard drive for Mac - Compatibility

I am looking to purchase a Seagate External Hard Drive for my MacBook Air. The products claims it works only with PC (windows), however, I have read multiple places that I can just format the drive ...
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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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how to mount internal hd after booting with external drive?

I am running macosx 10.6.3 and trying to mount/access the internal hd through diskutility: it does not show up here. I tried this: ...
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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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External hard drive deep freezing Macs

A quite nice problem: I have an external USB 2.0 harddrive (Lacie Starck with 512GB) which was working fine during the last years. But now everytime I connect it to a Mac 3 seconds later a total crash ...
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How do I move my iPhoto library to an external drive available through Time Capsule?

Like many others, the number of photos that we are storing these days is growing. Also, we have multiple iPhoto libraries on various computers. So it makes sense to consolidate photos into a ...
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External USB drive connected to Airport Extreme doesn't show up in Airport Utility

I have connected an external drive to my Airport Extreme, but it doesn't show up in Finder, and it doesn't show up in the list of drives when I connect to the Airport Utility. The same drive worked ...
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Simple Low-Cost Network Backup System - Drobo? Alternatives?

I'm hoping to graduate from manually copying important files to multiple external desk or portable drives; affordably. We have 3 Macs and an iPad or two. I have just now learned about Drobo, who as I ...
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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 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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USB 3 not working on Yosemite MacOS 10.10.2

I have a MacBookPro11,3, Intel Core i7, 2,5 GHz, ROM: MBP112.0138.B14 with Yosemite natively installed. I also use FileVault. Here are my problems with external USB 3: One of my FAT32 external hard ...
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How can I write-protect (make read-only) a USB drive in OS X?

I have a USB drive with some archive data on it that I'd like to access from a Mac running Snow Leopard. However, I want to ensure that the data on the drive is preserved and no modifications are made ...
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Treat external HD like internal

Out of necessity I decided to migrate all my personal/work data to a new external hard drive (HFS, encrypted) and left the internal HD for the OS. Because of the fact, that I am now fully reliant on ...
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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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How to get a mac to wait longer for external disk to wake up upon resuming from sleep?

My Mac has an external disk attached, and I often get "disk not ejected properly" warnings after resuming the computer from sleep. These warnings appear only when the disk has spun down during the ...
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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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Data spread on two disk, but only one Time Machine backup

I have an MBA with 500GB SSD; However I have 850GB of data; I would like to split the data to something like 300GB in the SSD and 550GB in an external drive; And I would like to have one Time Machine ...
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USB drive causes “OS X Can't Repair The Disk” error repeatedly

I've got a 2.5" 1 TB external that I've used for a couple years now. Initially it was in an OWC enclosure, and then more recently its in a Sabrent enclosure that I bought off of Amazon to get USB 3.0 ...
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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 ...
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Can't erase unmountable external HD

My external HD isn't mounted and can't be repaired by Disk Utility. However, I'm also unable erase the disk: $ diskutil list disk2 /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME ...
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External Drive showing only in system profiler

I have had a 1TB Western Digital Ultra external hard drive for nearly year. Out of nowhere it will not show in disk utility but it does show in system profiler. I have a Macbook pro mid 2012 running ...
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Encrypted External Drive Using Apple's Password Generator and Forgot the Password: Can It Be Salvaged?

I have a partition on an external HD with some Time Machine backups. I decided to encrypt the partition using Finder and used Apple's built-in password generator to create the passphrase. ...
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External Drive Won't Show Up Even Though It's in Disk Utility

My disk utility shows that the path is verified when I repair and verify the disk. It shows up fine in disk utility. But even after that, it doesn't show up on my hard drive, either on the left nav ...
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Failed to mount partition of Mac OS Extended (HFS+)

As a matter of fact, my 1 TB External hard disk has three partition: "MAC OS", "NTFS" and "FAT32". All of the partitions worked very well in the past. However, I just discovered that my Mac OS ...
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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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Can I boot OS X or Windows Boot Camp from an external USB Type-C drive?

Currently I boot OS X and Windows Boot Camp from an external Thunderbolt HDD. LaCie just announced a new external USB-C (USB 3.1) hard drive enclosure. Will I be able to boot OS X or Windows Boot Camp ...
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Suddenly some folders are unreachable from my external hard drive

I have a MacBook Pro and I partitioned the internal SSD into two parts (150GB and 50GB). One of them (the 50 GB part) contains a bootcamp with Windows 8.1. I also have an external hard drive, which is ...
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The volume can't be ejected because it's currently in use

After working with an external USB backup disk I want to cleanly unmount the drive. When pressing the 'eject' button Finder warns me with the message: "The volume can't be ejected because it's ...
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I have Installed Windows 7 on an external drive and I want to replace this drive with a larger capacity one. What should I do?

I'm using a Mac Book Pro. I boot my Windows 7 from an external drive. As this drive is getting full, I want to replace it with a bigger one. What should I do to move the Windows 7 from the one old to ...
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How to write fstab rules for an NTFS volume if the volume has no LABEL or UUID?

Basically, I was following this tutorial to enable writing to an NTFS Volume (which works when the Volume has a LABEL or UUID). I have an external USB drive with an NTFS volume that doesn't seem to ...
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How do I install Mavericks onto external HD but from inside VirtualBox

I don't want to lock down my machine for the install. Can I hand it off to a virtual box process? Open virtual box Create virtual Mac Attach Mavericks install pen drive to virtual Mac Attach real ...
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Implications of using a USB SSD drive to run VM images off

I'm running VMware Fusion on my Apple Macbook Pro (15 inch, Mid 2012, OSX 10.10.2), and have several VM images that are stored on an external USB3 disk (WD Passport). The external disk is fine for ...
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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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“Couldn’t create temporary file.” error when erasing free space on external disk

I was trying to wipe the free space of an external USB 3.0 disk in OS X (Yosemite) disk utility. However, I receive the following error: EDIT: The disk is formatted as GUID / Mac OS Extended ...
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Formatting USB Disk As EXT3 On Mac

How can I format a USB disk as ext3 using OS X Yosemite? I want to use it on another system that is linux based but I wish to format it first before connecting to the linux system.
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Mount combo (USB/COM) device

I've bought this simple navigator that works fine on PC using the software released by the company but there is no mac version for it. Under mac the navigator was supposed to be mounted as an external ...
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Fixing my external hard drive's partition map

Okay, so something really strange has happened, and it's a doozy, so please bear with me. Problem: I need to fix my hard drive's partition map So let me fill you in on what happened here. I ...
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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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How to synchronize contents of two external drives?

I have two external hard drives (ExFAT formatted) which I need to keep in sync. Specifically, drive B must mirror the contents of drive A and drive A must not be modified. How can I do this without ...
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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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Using Console.app - how to find disk force eject logs?

I've been having a number of issues with external disks force unmounting (most often while waking from sleep). Where can I look in Console.app to track down the potential issue?
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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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fsck not working to fix corrupted external drive

I am using an early 2011 MacBook Pro with the Mavericks OS. I've researched a similar issue on an internal drive but As far as I know, being in Single User mode won't help my situation. One of my ...
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External HD with a Filevault 1 home directory, readable from Lion?

I have the HD from my old Snow Leopard Mac containing my old home directory encrypted with Filevault 1. Can I mount this HD in a USB enclosure as an external volume on a new Mac running Lion, and ...
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Online backup strategy or software for computer and external drive

I'm looking for an online backup strategy for my photos but there's something that none of the systems I've looked at addresses... I keep my most recent photos on my mac and move them off to an ...