A hard drive is a device for permanent or long-term storage in computers.

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Attempting to revert to Mac OS X Mavericks, now can't get out of OS X Utilities!

Here is my situation: I have an MBP Retina 2013 with an SSD drive which I ran with Mavericks with no problems for about almost a year now. I recently upgraded to Yosemite which seemed to work well ...
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A flashing folder with question mark

I have a rather strange problem with my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011). Whenever I start my computer I see a flashing folder with a question mark. I know this is supposed to be a common problem ...
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Can a Time Machine drive have several partitions, or does Time Machine need the whole HDD to itself?

Is it possible to partition and external drive an use only one of the partitions for a Time Machine backup? Or does Time Machine need its dedicated hard drive? (I've never used Time Machine before.) ...
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Can the 2011 Mac-Mini (not the Server Edition) Support an Additional Hardisk, SSD?

Is it possible to add an additional HDD or a SSD to a 2011 mac-mini (no the server edition) in addition to the 500GB HDD that comes with the computer? If so, are additional parts required? Are these ...
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Should I get a SATA 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s hard drive for my MBP?

If I am planning to upgrade my Macbook Pro 13" (Late 2011) with a 7200RPM Hard drive, should I get a SATA 3Gb/s or SATA 6Gb/s drive?
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Is is possible to replace the CD drive in a 17" macbook Pro with a SSD/second HD?

Basically the Title: Is is possible to replace the CD drive in a 17" macbook Pro with a SSD/second HD? I'm looking at buying a 17" MBP, and I am having a hard time deciding if I want a HD or SSD. ...
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Macbook: Flashing Folder with Question Mark At Startup

So, I've been hearing a clicking sound coming from my macbook for about a week now. The last few days the system has just been locking itself up when I try to type anything. Now, at startup I see ...
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Set up 2 FW800 JBOD units as a RAID 1(mirror)

I've got 2 GMax external drive enclosures, each one takes 2 3.5" SATA disks (up to 1TB per disk), configured to appear as a single 'JBOD' unit. I use FW800 out of the MacBook Pro into one unit, and ...
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Enable writing to NTFS harddrive with non-standard name on Mac

I have a lot of NTFS hard drives back when I used a Windows PC. I'm trying to write to these drives with my Macbook Pro on OSX Yosemite 10.10.2. I'm going through this tutorial. I have to write this ...
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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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MacBook Pro updating to SSD

I have a 15-inch, Late 2011 macbook pro, i mainly use for programming, and occasionally watch a movie or two. Its getting a bit sluggish, and i reckon its time to update the HD to a SSD one. So my ...
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Macbook Pro boots successfully when using hard drive in USB enclosure but doesn't boot when connected internally

Apologies for the long question. I will keep it as simple as I can. Last week my Macbook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) started to act strange. It started when I tried to open Skype and received an error ...
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If I put my old mac hard disk system drive with bootcamp in a USB caddy, after replacing it with an SSD, will it appear as 2 drives when plugged in?

I'm going to replace my MacBookPro system drive / hard disk with an SSD. I will then re-install MacOS and Windows via bootcamp. The original drive will be put in a USB caddy to be used as an external ...
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Backing up HDD to restore it on another SSD

I want to switch out my current HDD for a SSD in my Mac. However I don't want to reinstall the OS and all my software. How can I backup (image) the entire HDD to restore it later as image with Disk ...
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difference between disk size in console vs disk utility

Console results df -h disk utility results What explains the large difference here in capacity as well as used memory? And which is more reliable.
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Partitioning secondary internal hard drive failure

Looks like my 2nd HDD became a brick. I tried to partition it via Disk Utilities/booted from recovery partition/diskutil to no luck! I got vague/strange errors such as: unable to unmount, or: ...
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Find out what process is using my HDD

I know it's the spotlight indexing process, but it's been killing my HDD for the last few days and will not stop. The CPU usage is rather low but fs_usage shows that the mds process is doing something ...
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CCC Lion HD to larger Drive, Advice

I'm running CCC (carbon Copy Cloner) beta 3.4.4-b1 I would like to change the Hard Drive in my iMac and wanted to know if there are any hurdles, steps I should take in cloning my current Hard Drive ...
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Recommendations for USB 3 ExpressCard/34 [closed]

There is a proliferation of portable and cheap portable USB 3 drives nowadays and nothing of the sort for Thunderbolt. I was wondering if it is worth my while getting an ExpressCard/34 USB 3 card for ...
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Apple SSD TSC 128 GB on Windows desktop

My MacBook Pro 2011 is having problems. When I turn it on, I hear the chime but the screen is black. I am planning to send it off to Apple since I have AppleCare. But before I do that, I need to ...
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Software to duplicate external hard drive formatted ExFAT

I have an external hard drive with a 2.9TB ExFAT partition that I keep my photos and other media on. (ExFAT so that I can also see and edit my media on Windows computers.) I just bought a second hard ...
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New “EFI boot” drive appearing after reverting OS X drive to HFS+

Months ago I performed a clean install of Yosemite, and as you can read elsewhere, drive was formatted as Core Storage. Later on I partitioned and put on Windows 8.1 through Bootcamp. Worked well for ...
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MacBook Late 2008 SSD Upgrade

I have the late 2008 edition of the unibody MacBook. It has a built-in HDD which became unbelievably slow. The other tech-specs are: Now, since its not too bad regarding the processor and the ...
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How to recover data from MacBook which won't startup properly?

My 2012 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.7 Lion would not start up properly (it has the doomed flashing white question mark on a grey folder). I have tried the following: couldn't access Safe Mode; holding ...
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Clean install of Yosemite problem

Hopefully someone can help me. I've tried so many options. I purchased a used MacBook Pro, late 2011 model. The person I purchased it from said he wiped the hard drive, but when I got home, it seems ...
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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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Hard Drive Space Discrepancy?

Anyone know why there would be a difference between the number shown at the bottom of the hard drive icon and the number of available space in '7.6 GB free of 272.42 GB' in the screenshot below?
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How can change hard disk name (not partition)

The title is self-explained: I want to change the hard disk name (not the partition). I am not able to do it with Disk Utility. Any solutions? I'm on Yosemite
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Why my Mac OS X Startup Disk used space is around 30 GB

I just bought a new MacBook Air 128GB SSD. This is my first MAC. As on Windows, I want to create a separate partition for my Data. The Default partition shows around 30 GB used space. Why is it so? I ...
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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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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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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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Broken hard drive or operating system

My MacBook Pro froze today. When the system is restarted, it goes directly to the OS X Utilities window. None of the alternatives seem to work. I don't have a Time Machine backup, so there is no use ...
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Do I need to zero out a new disk after formatting it?

Does anyone know if I should 'zero out' the new disk I bought? It was NTFS formatted so, unable to use it like that. I did a repartition to HFS+ in seconds, and then decided it might be better to ...
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How to keep data from an old Mac to restore later

I have a new Mac, and I want to selectively move files over from an old Mac. I've sold the old Mac and need to ship it today, so what I really want to do is simply take a complete copy of the HD in ...
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Replacing DVD with SSD - What is the best way to test SSD reliability?

There have been some reports of specific SSD versions/speeds not working appropriately in specific MacBooks. Depending for example on SATA chipset etc. (e.g. saga-3 drives in old early 2011 MBP?). ...
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RAID 0 and 1 combo?

If I understand correctly, RAID 1 is two drive that mirror each other, and if one fails, it can be replaced and some hours later, it's a mirror of the good drive. Raid 0 combines 2 drives in a way ...
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Hard drive backup issue in Mavericks

My hard drive had some bad sectors recently, so I backed up, re-formatted, and clean installed Mavericks. Everything seemed to work fine until couple days ago when I tried to look at some photos I ...
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How do I keep the Recovery HD and EFI partitions from automatically mounting on my MacBook Air?

I've set Finder preferences on my MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.1 to show everything on my desktop: I've noticed that storage partitions called Recovery HD and EFI appear there: What are they? ...
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macbook doesn't recognize internal HDD, only when connected via USB

yesterday something weird happened. After my 13' macbook pro ( early 2011 ) was running all night while playing music, in the morning I just closed it and went home from my friends house. When I got ...
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On external drives

When I shop for third-party external hard drives I'm struck by how much more expensive the drives that are advertised "for Mac" are, when compared to those without such qualification. My question is: ...
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Time Machine is Frozen

I am running Mac 10.8.5 on a 2008 MacBook Pro, I have my time machine save to an external hard drive. Recently I have been unable to back up my machine because it gets hung up on 'Preparing Back Up' I ...
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Diagnosing what's wrong with “vintage” iMac

I have a "vintage" iMac with the following spec: I've been told by an official Apple store that they won't touch it and neither will any Apple resellers so it's left me with two options: Buy a ...
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Why do I get back more disk space when I restart my Macbook on Mountain Lion 10.8.3?

I frequently run low on disk space on my laptop. When I'm down to my last gig or so on my 256MB SSD (as reported by iStat Menu), I'll get various warnings from the OS and apps saying that I'm running ...
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Monitor Console.app for a string and notify when found

Is it possible to monitor all messages in Console.app for a string and then notify the user when this string occurs? I have the problem that I'm getting disk I/O errors and I suspect that it's not a ...
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How to upgrade HDD to SSD and replace the optical drive with HDD?

I am trying to understand the process of switching out my HDD for an SSD and then replacing my optical drive with the same HDD just removed in a late 2011 Macbook Pro 15.4". Is there any benefit to ...
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Open an encrypted HDD/USB on Leopard?

Is it possible to access an external HDD or USB drive encrypted on Lion, through a Mac running Leopard? In other words, is FileVault 2 encryption on volumes/partitions backwards compatible? (It ...
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MacBook Mac OS X Install DVD not loading on new hard drive

I have a MacBook Pro 13 late 2008 for which I just replaced the HD with a WD Blue notebook 500GB, 5400rpm, model WDBABC5000ANC-NRSN. After replacing the HD, powered up the MBP, the screen displayed a ...
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External hard drive frequently ejects itself when using Aperture

I have a brand new external hard drive which frequently ejects itself on a regular basis (every ~20 minutes or so), seemingly only when I have Aperture open (my Aperture library is located on the ...
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Is there anything like NVELO Dataplex (hybrid SSD/HDD software) for OS X?

I'm interested in upgrading my old MacBook to using an SSD and moving the data drive to where the DVD drive is using an optibay. Often SSDs come with a licence for NVELO Dataplex software (which is ...