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

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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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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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How do I (re)mount missing Firewire drives? Why do they vanish?

I have several Firewire drives that occasionally "go missing" even though they are connected to my Mac and powered on (the power light is illuminated). These drives do not appear in Disk Utility or ...
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Why can't I search files and folders on my external NTFS drive on Mountain Lion?

I have tried to re-index my external drive by removing it from Spotlight's privacy settings and putting it back there. I tried with mdutil in the terminal and I've got the following log: bb:~ bb$ ...
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Data partly lost or hidden on external disk

I have an external disk connected to MacBook via USB. From time to time the system alerts that the disk is unreadable, but sometimes it seems to connect and I can browse it in Finder, and even open ...
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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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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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Backup Failed - Time Machine couldn't back up to “disk name”

I have a 2013 MacBook Air running Mavericks. I bought a Nifty drive and a top of the line micro sd. When I shutdown my computer, turn it back on and go to backup no problem, but if the lid is shut and ...
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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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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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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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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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WD My Book for Mac External HD won't boot any more

I bought a 3T WD My Book for Mac external HD and use it with my iMac with OSX 10.8.5. I partitioned it into 5 partitions. There are three 30G partitions and two larger ones. The largest is used as a ...
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My Lacie 'Rugged' external hard-drive no longer mounts

My Lacie 'rugged' 1TB external hard-drive has stopped working. I have always been sceptical about the USB connector cable, and more specifically where it joins the hard-drive. It just seems poorly ...
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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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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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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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Time Capsule external hard drive (usb)

I've added an external (Freecom XS 1TB) hard disk to my Time Capsule. However, this one's Mac Journaled (HFS+) formatted and does not display in Finder until I add a hub between the TC and external ...
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External hard disc not ejected properly - Mac OSX

I have a late 2012 Mac Mini running OSX 10.8.2. My iTunes library lives on an external Seagate drive, which has its own power supply. When my Mac Mini goes to sleep it will frequently wake up with ...
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Recover partition from NTFS drive with folder structure

I ran disk utility and looked for errors on a NTFS drive that was working fine but had been ejected abruptly after the computer was forced to shut down. After that a bunch of errors just appeared in ...
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Why do external hard drives stop working under very specific conditions?

I have a mid 2011 MacBook Pro 15" running Lion. I have seen this behavior across 3 different external hardrives, with varying manufacturers (2x Seagate, 1 Western Digital), different file system ...
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Trouble backing up my Mac (with Time Machine) to my WD passport

I just bought a 1 TB WD passport (external hard drive) to backup my Mac. I'm currently operating on a Mac OS x 10.5.8 (Leopard) with a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. To format the drive I erased ...
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Are “ejected” drives still unlocked?

If I eject an encrypted (with FileVault) drive in Mountain Lion, has it been locked, or is there more I need to do (like physically unplugging it)?
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Airport Extreme sharing 1TB disk

I just bought an Airport Extreme thinking it was easy to share a USB disk. I'm very disappointed that this is taking so much time and still not working. The disk is 1TB NTFS formatted. It works well ...
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OS X Yosemite attempts to eject external drives after sleep

I have 2 external drives that I use respectively for Time Machine and for all my work. I installed OS X Yosemite today and now every time my iMac goes to sleep (I never turn my macs off) it attempts ...
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Can I Time Machine An External Hard Drive?

I have an external hard drive that I have time machined before but its not current. However, my old iMac has broken down but the hard disk is still ok. So I took out the old hard disk & start up ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alignment error with external hard drive, Time Machine

While trying to backup via Time Machine, I am seeing the following errors in 'sudo dmesg' output: CODE SIGNING: cs_invalid_page(0x1000): p=8425[GoogleSoftwareUp] clearing CS_VALID USBMSC Identifier ...
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Boot OS X (Native) in a VM

I have an exernal USB disk with 10.8.x installed. I want to boot it up in a VM on my Mac Mini running 10.9.3. Can I do this in vmware fusion? I know it's possible to boot a windows bootcsmp install ...
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How to efficiently move data from Time Capsule to attached USB drive?

Is there a way to tell the Time Capsule to copy some of my data from the internal HDD to an external USB HDD attached to the Capsule, without having to go through my Mac for copying? Having to beam ...
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How do I create a new playlist when all the options are greyed out?

I'm running iTunes 11.1.5 under Mavericks 10.9.2. Because I have a very large music collection I keep it on an external drive. I have six recorded lectures I'd like to sync with my iPad. How do I ...
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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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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 ...