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

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Should I stop using my Mac while the hard disk is being cloned?

As one of my backup solutions, I use an app (SuperDuper!, if it makes any difference) to make a clone of my Mac at the same time every evening. Sometimes I am still working at that time. What I want ...
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Is it necessary to eject an external drive before sleeping? [duplicate]

I have a question similar to a previous one about ejecting before shutting down. Is it necessary or recommended practice to eject external drives before putting a Mac to sleep, whether it be via an ...
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External hard drive unplugged while running iTunes…Corrupted files

I have nearly 2TB of Movies and TV Shows copied to iTunes on an external hard drive. Last night, I was unplugging a cord behind my desk and I accidentally unplugged my HD. Well, when I plugged it back ...
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Fix fusion drive partition mess from bootcamp assistant

I have a self made fusion drive on a 2009 iMac using a 256gb ssd and a 3tb hard drive. After the 10.8.3 update yesterday I tried to create a bootcamp partition but unfortunately it failed after hours. ...
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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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Inconsistent disk capacity reports in OS X - I'm missing 365GB of my 2 TB… :(

Coincidentally I have noticed that the disk capacity reports in "About this Mac" and the Terminal when running diskutil list both report inconsitent capacities for an external hard disk drive. This ...
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Can hard-drive benchmark apps damage your hard-drive?

I want to measure the read/write speed of my hard-drive. I came accross this page recommending Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. There is a frame saying this: Note: Blackmagic Disk Speed Test puts hard ...
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Eject disk and get error message “Disk not ejected properly” when unplugging disk

I have an external USB Western Digital disk I use for Time Machine backups. I eject the disk, the disk icon disappears. I wait a few minutes, then unplug the disk. I end up with a "The disk was not ...
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RAID system with external hardrives

I have a few external ssd hardrives (My Passport, in my case). I would like to integrate them within a system that provides reliability in case of failure, by producing redundant information across ...
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Unable to adjust partition of USB drive with Mountain Lion Disk Utility

I have a 500 GB USB drive, which I once partitioned into two parts: one encrypted—Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted), and the other not—Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Now I want to change the ...
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How to fix mounting problem with external drive?

I have a USB external hard drive with AC adapter that works fine with an Ubuntu machine. But when I plug it into my MacBook Air it lists one partition on the finder, and does not mount the other. ...
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Figuring out bad sectors in my Macintosh HD [duplicate]

As the title suggests, what's the best way to go about doing this? I'm talking about figuring out bad sectors in the hard drive that already has OS X installed, and that I'm using right now to do ...
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Disk Utility: Incorrect number of file hard links

I'm running Mountain Lion on my Mid 2009 MBP. Recently(for last few months) it's acting really slow. Simplest actions are taking forever to perform. So I verified disk using the Disk Utility and it ...
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Mac Hard Drive Testing Tools and SMART Analysis

How good is SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) for really finding and predicting drive problems for regular hard drives and now, for SSDs. From what I understand, different ...
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How to remove the use of master boot record from an external hard drive?

I have a 1TB external hard drive and I want to slice it into different partitions. When I try to do so, I get this error: can not modify external drive because it uses master boot record Is ...
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Can Macintosh HD partition be resized while a BOOTCAMP partition resides on the same physical volume?

I have a HFS-partiion, a bootcamp partition and 100GB free unpartitioned space "in between". How can I resize my Mac partition to use it? All resizing controls seem to be disabled, here's the ...
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Install Linux Mint on a dual-drive MacBook Pro with Windows and OS X

I have a Macbook Pro 13 mid-2012. It was shipped with a 500GB HDD, to which I added an additional SSD drive (128GB). After installing my SSD in a caddy, thus replacing the optical drive, I installed a ...
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How do I reinstall the OS when buying a MacBook Pro since no install media was delivered to me?

I just bought a refurbished MacBook (through a reputable retailer) and 3rd party external drive for Time Machine backups. There are no install discs and my concern is that after the warranty ends (90 ...
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What to do when my Time Machine drive is getting disk errors?

My Time Machine drive is getting disk errors. I used Disk Utility and ran "Repair Disk" on my Time Machine partition (NOT the drive) and I got the error "Incorrect number of directory hard links" ...
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What do I need to know to buy an SSD drive for a 2008 MacBook 5,1?

I'd like to buy an SSD drive for my MacBook aluminium (MacBook5,1 from 2008). What do I need to know to buy one which will work fine with it? I.e. years ago any IDE drive would fit any IDE slot, but ...
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How safe is it (and what precautions should I take) if I want to transport my Macbook from class to class?

So, last week my hard drive died. I took it to a repair shop, and the person said the hard drive died. I asked why, and he says it just happens (even though my Macbook Pro is only 1.5 years old). ...
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How can I modify an existing FAT partition without losing its data?

I have a 1tb hard drive. Long a go I split it it into two partitions. One I left as a Mac OS extended (journaled) with 990GB and one as FAT with 10GB. Now I would like to add about 100GB to the FAT ...
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Disable TimeMachine Drive in Finder

When I open a Save as dialog, Finder starts to scan my external TimeMachine drive which needs to "boot up" some seconds. This makes the dialog very unresponsive, because it waits for the drive to be ...
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What are Mac alternatives to Storage Spaces in Windows 8/Windows Server 2012?

I like the Storage Spaces feature in Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, but since I'm mostly working on Mac computers I would like to know if there are any Mac alternatives or equivalents.
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Will this hard drive work with my 2009 15 macbook pro unibody?

Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 750 GB SATA 3 GB/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drive i need to know if this hard drive will work with my computer? I have 8 GB of ...
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Time Machine wiped my external drive despite pressing “Don't Use”

I have an external hard drive(formatted as FAT32) that has been in use on/off for years. I even had backups on it (not using time machine). I mounted this hard drive, it was taking a while to mount. A ...
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What kind of encryption does Mac OS X Extended (Journaled, Encrptyed) use?

Since my primary hard disk is encrypted with FileVault2, I also wanted my backup drive to be encrypted. I plugged in my external drive, brought up Disk Utility, and went to erase/format the disk. I ...
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What are next steps when fsck reports “could not be repaired after 3 attempts”?

My Mac Book Pro 13.-" doesn´t get past the grey booting screen with the apple and the spinning wheel (The loading bar appears but when it´s done nothing happens) I have 220 GB in one single ...
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Single User Mode can´t repair my HD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are next steps when fsck reports “could not be repaired after 3 attempts”? Hi Guys I hope someone can save me!!! I´m so stupid that I don´t have a backup of my ...
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Fusion Drive not moving data back to SSD - anyone encounter this?

I'm about to buy a Mac Mini and have got the DIY Fusion Drive parts handy. I'm actually a bit on the fence about the choice of manual SSD+HDD separation with the aid of symlinks and proper Fusion ...
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Fusion Drive Setup: Possible to force the HDD to spin down as long as your reading from/writing to the SSD?

I'm considering to replace my optical drive in my MacBook Pro with an SSD. When using it as separate Volume, the advantage is that you can spin down the HDD, thus reduce noise and first and foremost, ...
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unusual disk activity

i am new in the apple world. I'm coming from pc + ubuntu. I've just bought a Mac Book Pro 13" with 2.5 Ghz Inter Core i5 and ram 4 GB. I am suspicious something is wrong because it i have only skype, ...
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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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Any way to change the location of Time Machine local backups (./MobileBackups) to another drive?

I am running an SSD boot drive and a HDD drive on my Macbook Pro 5,5 and I obviously cannot have Time Machine filling up my SSD. I was wondering if there was anyway to have time machine create local ...
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How would I access my 2012 MacBook Air's Hard drive?

I recently spilled liquid on my 2012 13' macbook air (4,2) and now I would like to access the data that is (hopefully) still stored on my harddrive. What would I buy to read the data externally, as my ...
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MacBook Air: What taking up all my hard drive space [duplicate]

I have a 128gb MacBook Air running Lion. I am constantly having issues with disc space, but have no idea what is consuming it all. When I look at the disc utility break down, it says about 80% of the ...
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Why is application switching slow on Late 2013 Mac Mini compared to early 2008 Macbook Pro?

I recently purchased a Late 2013 Mac Mini Quad Core i7 2.6Ghz with 4gb DDR3 ram, 1TB 5400 rpm drive model APPLE HDD HTS541010A9E662 running OSX 10.8.2 I used Migration Assistant to migrate apps and ...
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Restoring Win7 image to new bigger partition in Mac OS Mountain Lion

I had 80% of my HDD for Mac and 20% for win7... I needed more space on Win7 so I did the following: Created disk image of Windows partition, using Mac's Disk Utility Used Boot Camp Assistant to ...
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Diagnosing Unrecognized Hard drives

I have a macbook pro 13 late 2011. My setup: i have a HDD in the main bay for my files, and a SSD in the optibay with the OS on. The other day i received the message randomly out of the blue which ...
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New harddrive on a macbook pro 13 inch, dvd drive doesn't work, what do?

What I don't have: An USB dvd drive What I have: Another working, up to date, Macbook (with snow leopard). purchased Mountain Lion on the app store A desktop PC A 4GB usb stick. A USB harddrive ...
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How to image and deploy a Bootcamp setup?

We are rolling out iMac's and MacBook Pro's throughout the business and are setting them up with Boot Camp and an option to boot into Windows 7. Essentially the partition is just split down the ...
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Is USB 3.0 overkill for Time Machine hard drive?

I have two 500 Gb hard drives. One is USB 2.0, the other is USB 3.0. My intention is to use one of these hard drives for Time Machine, and the other for storing media files on (mp3s, mp4s mostly). ...
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My internal hard disk is 0 byte and a flashing question mark

I have been striving to bring my laptop to life, however, I am seeing a flashing question mark on my MacbookPro screen. I tried disk utility and it is just showing me Media and it is 0 byte. I ran ...
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What steps can I take to recover data from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot volume that won't boot and is stuck in “converting” status?

I have a 2008 Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8 on a 500GB (upgraded from original) 1-2 year old hard drive. The drive was encrypted with FileVault2, and the system was running fine a few months ago until ...
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New hard drive in Mac Book Pro leading to occasional crashes and kernel panics

Ok, this is kind of a long story...it starts with two swedish hitchhiker twins who knocked at my door...not really but it is a long story because I don't know what facts are relevant. Ok, so I fall ...
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What are the sector sizes on Mac OS X?

I read on the HFS Plus Wikipedia page that the default sector size on a Mac is 512 b. However, I also read that Macs support 4kb sectors. How can I determine which I have, 512 b or 4 kb sectors? I ...
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Will internal HDD spin down when a Mac is booted from another internal SSD?

On my MacBook Pro, I am planning on removing the optical drive and adding an SSD to the mix. Since Apple doesn't support this configuration, I don't find any official documentation covering SSD in the ...
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What would be most common cause of hardware failure on a MBP? [closed]

I have a MBP 13" from 2009 (5,5). I use it a lot, it's on most of the time (but not all the time). An apple care employee told me he hasn't seen many hard-disk failures, but isn't it the first piece ...
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Can I replace optical drive with 2nd hard disk on MacBook?

I have a unibody MacBook, late 2008 I think. The optical drive failed and I wondered about adding a second hard disk. Is this simple to do?
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Erase MacBook hard drive without OSX disc

I would like to erase everything on my Mac's hard drive as I'm going to recycle or sell it. Is there a way to do it without OSX disc?