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

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Completely erased my Leopard machine from another computer, how do I install an OS on it?

I started up my computer in Target Disk Mode and erased it from a friends Mac thinking that I could then install Mountain Lion without installing Snow Leopard. Do I have any way of getting my machine ...
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External hard drive not indexed by Spolight on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

I recently bought a new hard drive and it is not indexed by Finder. I tried to get it re-indexed by following this tutorial: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-10330114-263.html and I even tried ...
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Checking for bad blocks without formatting

My Mac tends to pause every now then when preforming simple tasks such as right clicking, opening menus and typing (It actually just froze when I started typing this question.). I've read in a few ...
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What is an SSD drive's negotiated link speed?

When I look at my Apple SSD TS256C (Toshiba) in the System Profiler on my MacBook Pro (Late 2011), I see: Link Speed: 6 Gigabit Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit Why is that? Does that mean ...
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What type of bracket to use for HDD/SSD in optical bay? (MCE vs. OWC)

Looking for a bracket/adapter/caddy for installing a HDD/SSD where the MacBook Pro SuperDrive used to be. There are two general types: 1) Minimalist open-type brackets (in the truest sense of the ...
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Is it a good idea to seal off the optical drive bay after installing a second HDD?

When installing a HDD instead of the SuperDrive: Does the bracket, which holds the HDD, seal off the optical drive slot in the unibody? If not, it seems that debris and dust could get in. (I guess ...
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Booting internally from a harddrive that was used on a different Mac

I just bought a new Mac Mini 2012 and have just replaced the drive in it with an SSD from my old MBP. Now the Mac Mini wont boot anymore, showing a stop sign when I try (after holding alt to begin ...
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Can I use an HFS+ usb disk with encryption enabled with a Time Capsule (2TB is mine)

I have a 2TB Time Capsule (version 7.6.1) and I want to connect a USB disk formatted as HFS+ with encryption enabled (on MAC OS X Mountain Lion). When I connect it directly to my iMac, it asks for a ...
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How do I add icons to my menu bar?

I would like to know how I could add a USB eject button or battery power indicator to my menu bar on Mac OS X. I remember going into my Macintosh hard drive but I can't remember which folder to find ...
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How do I make the hard drive visible in the Finder?

On OS X Lion I don't see the hard drive in the Finder and I seem to have no permission to create a folder under / from terminal. I know I can do this if I activate the root user, but I need to be ...
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SSD adapter for optical drive

I'm going to add a SSD drive to my macbook pro. I'm wondering if the optical drive adapter can have any influence on the disk speed, taking it down from a SATA III to a SATA II or I.
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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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Do SSDs need to be defragmented?

I'm not sure if solid state drives need defragmentation. Can anyone tell me if this requirement goes away with the new technology?
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How can I boot to Windows on my Mac?

I have a MacBook Pro that I installed Windows 8 on via Boot Camp. I've managed to boot to it, before, but since then I've made two new partitions on the disk, and I'm afraid it's messed things up ...
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Time Machine - Is it backing up system files, preferences, etc?

Problem My iMac is one which falls under a hard disk replacement program due to a possibly faulty disk made by Seagate in 2010. Because of that I will be soon sending it off to Apple for the disk to ...
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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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How to check if my HD is case sensitive or not?

How can I get information if my HD format is case sensitive or case insensitive? I want to make sure my Mac running Mountain Lion has a case sensitive file system.
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What terminal command or program can list an SSD's Power On Hours?

I'm looking to script using the unix shell the retrieval of SSD (and HDD) data that disk utility shows in the information window. I'm immediately interested in the Power On Hours and Power Cycle, ...
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Large difference in reported free disk space

I have a strange discrepancy in the amount of free disk space that's being reported. The finder says: My iStat Menus says: Which is the same as df -h reports: remco@Prosperpine ~ $ df -h ...
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Time Machine deleting backups from several months ago (but not the oldest)?

During its "Cleanup" phase, Time Machine has recently been deleting backups from several months ago—even though these aren't the oldest backups, and my backup drive isn't full. My backups go back to ...
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How can I find and edit my external hard-drive's .fseventsd folder?

While changing my 'file directory' preferences on Vuze, I accidentally created a folder in the .fseventsd-folder on my Seagate external hard-drive. I can't even find the .fseventsd-folder using ...
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ZEVO: anyone have access to a current road map?

I've recently installed ZEVO on my Mac Pro and I'm looking forward to what ZFS will provide with data integrity, pool management and drive handling. Wondering if there is a current road map?
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Mac OS X with swap turned off uses 6 GB of space in a few hours of heavy use

I have few GBs (5,38 GB at the moment) of free space on my hard disk (MacBook Pro 2010, 10.7.5). Few hours after I turn on/reboot my computer, the free space slowly goes down to zero and the system ...
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Is there a utility for mac that shows the information of an SSD like the health etc…?

I am wondering if there is a utility for the mac that allows you to see the details of an SSD like the health of the drive, TBW (total bites written), how many running hours etc... In researching for ...
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Diskutil can't find Core Storage Volumes

My OSX Mountain Lion will no longer atart up. After the logon screen it spins forever (the Apple logon is replaced by an error sign). When I run in single user mode I get a "still waiting for root ...
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My seagate disk that was detectable earlier is now showing SMART status “not supported”. Anyone experienced similar thing before?

External hard disk seagate is not readable suddenly and when i click on "Initialize", i am taken to Disk Utility which among other things also says "S.M.A.R.T status" isnt supported. What options do I ...
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Time machine: network hard drive vs Time Capsule

I read that is possible to set up a Network Hard Disk in order to connect it to the router and perform wireless Time Machine backups on the Hard Disk. What are the pros and cons of using a Network ...
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How to isolate the most disk-active process(es) in OS X?

I have some process(es) performing a lot of drive access from time to time, however I've hitherto been unable to isolate which process or processes are performing the access. What shell command can I ...
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Disk cloning fails due to wrong format

I am attempting to clone a 120gb Mac disk to a new 500gb hard disk. The hard disk has previously been used as an external disk on a PC, but has been reinitialised for Mac. However, it seems that no ...
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Is defragmenting an SSD drive a bad idea?

I have heard that defragmenting SSD drives will shorten the life span of a drive. Just wondering if there is any truth to this and if so could someone elaborate as to why this happens.
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What doesn't get cloned to new hard drive in Super Duper?

I recently upgraded my 2010 Macbook Pro HDD to an SSD. I went from a 500GB HDD to a 512GB SSD (Crucial M4). I formatted the new SSD using Disk Utility into Mac OS X Journaled file system. I then used ...
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MacBook Pro hard disk failure. How to recover and clean install?

I have a MacBook pro, 2009, 13 inch, Original Snow leopard OS. Recently, I was experiencing that my MacBook some times froze or restarted automatically! I didn't care, and one day it did not start! ...
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Is it possible to mount a hard drive to the back of a cinema display?

I'm looking for a way to mount a Thunderbolt Hard Drive to the back of a Cinema Display. I remember seeing a way for a hard drive to be mounted to the original monitor stand, but I am using this ...
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Can I use TimeMachine with a Thunderbolt hard drive?

The Apple technicians told me that I needed a specific device to use Time Machine... namely a wireless device that had a relatively small hard drive. Since I use Oracle Virtual Box and have very ...
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Mid 2009 MacBook Pro HDD/SSD upgrade suggestion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Trouble with SSD/HDD in Macbook Pro Mid 2009 I have a mid 2009 15" 2.53 GHz MacBook Pro with 8 GB RAM and a 250 GB HDD. Recently, I purchased a WD 1TB 2.5" 5400 hard ...
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Recovering data off of a dead hard drive

My hard drive died in my macbook and it no longer will start up. It will not mount in an external enclosure but disk utility is still reading that the hard drive is there, and I tried to repair disk ...
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Is it necessary to eject external drives before logging out, restarting, or shutting down?

Is it necessary or recommended practice to eject external drives before logging out, restarting, or shutting down? (The drives are not being unplugged.) BTW, I am aware that I need to eject my ...
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Swap Hard Disks

Is it in principle possible to swipe the hard disk out of a MacBook, swipe a new (blank) hard disk in, install the OS on the new disk, then swipe the old disk back in and find the machine operational ...
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Disk Utility: choose disk or volume?

When using disk utility to verify/repair permissions (or verify/repair the disk itself), I've never been clear whether I should perform operations on the disk ("WDC WD1200BEVE-00WZT0" in my case) or ...
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How to enable “Repair disk button”?

Here what happened with me today. TimeMachine asked me whether I want to set a backup disk, I've answered yes, but then, when I've realized that in order to backup anything TimeMachine will clean the ...
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Is there a way to monitor the stack of execution in order to find the longest hangs?

Related to this unsolved mystery: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/62416/why-do-i-get-serious-execution-lag-on-clicks-application-switching-and-general I'm wondering if there's a way to see which ...
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Howto resize copied HFS+ partition above original size (320GB)?

I am running OS X Lion and my laptop has a 320GB drive. I bought a larger drive (750GB) and cloned the entire device from the old drive to the new using GNU ddrescue. After cloning everything looks ...
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How can I keep my fan from staying at full speed after replacing the hard drive?

I replaced a hard drive in a 2011 iMac (Core i7), though it was a standard hard drive and didn't have a location for the S.M.A.R.T. cord. (Or at least I think that's what it was.) Since then, the ...
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Hard disk full error!

My Macbook Pro mid 2012 (non-retina display) keeps showing me that the startup disk is full. I have only one partition for the whole system and it is 750 GB in size. I am sure that all my files ...
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How to fix this disk has 2 partions popup on external HD

I've been recently getting this message when I try to eject my external HD, I only use it for Time Machine backups. How do I stop this message form appearing?
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Can I place a Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS in a MacPro1,1?

I have a bare WD1002FBYS and am wondering if I can place this into a MacPro1,1 (the first Desktop MacPro).
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Fresh install or Cloning when migrating from HDD to smaller SSD (considering fragmentation, mostly)?

I own a mid 2010 6,2 MBP and I am considering the upgrade to a SSD. I would probably get a 256GBs SSD and replace my optical drive for the older HDD, so I can have a little more of capacity, as I ...
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About This Mac Shows 43 GB of Backups, Disk Inventory X Shows 0 GB, Need to delete Backups

Currently in About This Mac, I'm seeing 43.05 GB of 128.47 GB of Backups. However, in Disk Inventory X, I do not see these backups: I want to delete these Backups as I do not need them anymore, ...
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How does OSX assign disk numbers?

I have four drives inside my Mac Pro. Bay 1: /dev/disk1s3 Bay 2: /dev/disk0s2 Bay 3: /dev/disk2s2 (also, my boot drive) Bay 4: /dev/disk3s2 and /dev/disk3s3 How are the disk numbers assigned? If ...
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How to break away from LaCie Big Disk Extreme firmware, for its two disks to appear as two instead of one?

Question How can I reconfigure a LaCie Big Disk Extreme so that Mountain Lion will see both of its disks? Background Once, years ago, I accidentally did something bad to a LaCie device. Where ...