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

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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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My MacBook won't recognize my external hard drive (Passport - that I use to back up the Mac!)

I'm not techie at all. But I manage the basics. I've always backed up my MacBook (2009) on a Passport. I just plug it in while the Mac is connected to power source & click the icon & it ...
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One of my start-up drives is missing

I have a Mac Pro (Early 2009) in which I am running two OS's. 10.10 on a Mercury Accelsior SSD and Snow Leopard on a conventional drive. Before upgrading the SSD from Mavericks to Yosemite all was ...
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Lost partition on WD 1.5 TB external drive

My 1.5 TB WD drive failed out of nowhere and now it shows up saying "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer" This is how it shows up on Disk Utility This is what sudo gpt show ...
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Terminal command to arrange all files/folders by name on hard drive

Looking to tidy up my iMac. Like everyone, I have lots of files/folders on my iMac. When they get dragged and dropped, or moved around, they retain their position, and the only way to fix this is to ...
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Stop sign when booting from internal ssd, boot goes fine if the ssd is in external case

sorry for the long post and my english. I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro 13 which I purchased in july 2011 and it worked fine until one week ago. Since when I bought it i replaced the stock hdd with ...
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Unknown disk found using diskutil, cannot delete

Using the command line, I wanted to see all available drives on my machine. So, I type diskutil list and besides Recovery HD and Macintosh HD, I notice this: /dev/disk3 #: ...
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Why can't I mount a Samsung SSD 850 EVO?

I just bought a Samsung ATA III SSD drive, the Samsung 850 EVO. I installed it in an external enclosure that I know works with an ATA II drive, but I don't see the new drive in Disk Utility. ...
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Is disk image encryption slower than partition encryption?

I am considering two options to encrypt some data: add a new encrypted partition add an encrypted disk image Which option is faster in terms of disk read/write speed? I suspect that an encrypted ...
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Save data from broken Macbook Pro HDD

I have a broken Macbook Pro HDD with two partitions on it: OS X and Bootcamp. I need to take some files from both partitions: the HDD is now mounted to another PC via. SATA adapter Windows sees the ...
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Fixing a broken hard drive's partition map

I have a drive that is corrupted. Disk utility could not repair the disk, so I attempted to follow some tutorials and repair the partitions using pdisk and testdisk, but things have gone south. Now ...
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Fast external startup-disk for Macbook Air: SSD1 or Thunderbolt?

I bought a MacBook Air 13.3″ i7 8 GB RAM 128 GB SSD (early 2014) some months ago and found out that the 128 GB are definitely not enough! To somehow rectify my problem I though of buying a fast ...
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How can i delete a partition in Terminal when I can't simply combine because 'The given partitions are not on the same whole disk'?

Before I partitioned my HD, the only one I had was "Macintosh HD". The partition created one called "Macintosh HD2" I used terminal to erase "Macintosh HD2" somehow, but it returned as "Untitled." ...
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Maximum size drive for Mac OS X

4 TB = 1.8 TB ? What is the maximum size drive that can be used with various versions of Mac OS X? On a white Intel MacBook running Mac OS X 10.6.x, the Disk Utility app recognizes a new Seagate 4 ...
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840 EVO performance restoration

I got a Samsung 840 EVO mounted in a Mini late 2012. Now, this is the SSD affected by the notorious performance degradation problem. Searching samsung site, I was able to find an upgraded firmware ...
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Error with Android usb. Working Macintosh HD not repairable. Alternatives to backup?

I have to say first, I have almost zero experience is the use of Terminal, an usually I'm very careful with what command I use. I have tryed to create a bootable Android x86 usb and it was a success, ...
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Upgrading SSD and RAM has horrible side effects

upgrade a MBP 13inch ram and hdd to ssd Upgraded using carbon copy cloner. Constant beach balling Takes 40 seconds of white screen to get to the apple boot screen Network just doesn't work. It ...
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Deleting a hard drive protected by password with Mac OS X Yosemite

I recently changed my hard drive for a SSD device. The removed storage device can be used as an external drive, via USB. I want to delete everything on this HD, but it is asking me for a password when ...
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How to use Time Machine backup when hard drive is broken?

I have a MacBook Pro which I use Time Machine to back up usually weekly. Its hard drive broke recently. I got an exactly same hard drive and installed it into the laptop. How do I restore the ...
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Where is my disk space going?

My available disk space seems to «vanish» magically. OmniDiskSweeper tells me that 69.5 GB data is on my hard drive, but how come Finder and Terminal (and OmniDiskSweeper's drive list itself) tell me ...
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External Hard Drive size

I'm using a 13-inch 2013 macbook air with 4gb memory, and after a near disaster with a spilt drink I've realised I need to start backing it up. I don't know what size external hard drive I need ...
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Which upgrades to my iMac 2011 will improve performance the most? [closed]

I have started a job that will require processing of large datasets using python and ArcMap (separately and in conjunction with ArcMap). I have a 2011 27" iMac with the 3.1 Mhz i5 (3rd generation I ...
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Feasibility of swapping two MacBook Pros (both hard drive and RAM)?

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro, and my sister has a mid-2012. I've already seen the suggested duplicate possibilities that say that just swapping the hard drives shouldn't be problematic, but I've ...
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A partition copied with cat can't be mounted

Well some days ago my mac got broken, I had an Ubuntu on it and booted through it, first thing I did I copied mac partition to an external hard partition, something like this: cat /dev/sda2 > ...
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Mac Mini can't unmount disk in Recovery Mode

I need to wipe my Mac Mini and reinstall OS X. Booting into recovery mode (holding command+option+R), I try to erase the disk in Disk Utility but it says it cannot unmount the disk or gets stuck on ...
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Is it possible to mark removable storage as permanent storage? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a 128gb Transcend Jet Drive for my 2014 MacBook pro, and plan to permanently leave the Jet Drive in the SD card slot. I use OneDrive for cloud storage, but the OneDrive client ...
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How can I verify that my Photos and iPhoto library are hard linking to the same disk data?

So I've discovered Apple's mystical implementation of hard linking with the new Photos app library and the old iPhoto library. Although Finder reports that both take up a significant and similar ...
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MacBook with a new hard drive fails to start

I have a 2009 MBP (7,1) which I recently upgraded the hard drive to a Crucial BX100SD. The hard drive was configured via. a USB to SATA cable on my desktop machine. I used a Flash install of ...
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Automatically shrink existing Time Machine Backup to a fixed size

I googled for hours to find a solution for this issue, but I couldn't find an answer that fitted for my problem. My setup: I have an iMac with a ~1TB Hard Drive I'm backing it up via Time Machine ...
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Why does disk utility want to erase my RAID 1 set?

I have 2 disks, the first a 2 TB and the second a 5 TB the 2 TB is split into 2 partitions and the 5 TB into 3 partitions with one 2TB RAID0 set, one 1TB RAID1 set and one single 3TB partition. I now ...
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Trying to zero out an external drive that shows “unable to write to last block”, keep on getting an I/O error

I'm trying to zero out a drive to use it as a Time Machine backup, firstly tried to format and "unable to write to last block" showed up. I tried to zero it out, but it took a large amount of time, ...
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Backup Disk 'doesn’t contain an EFI system partition'

I have a 750GB Western Digital external HDD which I use for Time Machine backups (MBP, OS 10.10.3). Today I had the need to boot to recovery, which I did from said backup. But I was unsuccessful in ...
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Hard Drive Issues with MacBook Pro 13-inch mid-2012

I'm trapped in a HDD nightmare with my MacBook Pro mid-2012. I updated to Yosemite 10.10.3. A couple of days after the update, I was watching a movie on my TV screen via HDMI. In the middle of the ...
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Flashing question mark when I start my Mac

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204323 I tried everything in here didn't work. I am using a 13" macbookpro retina, latest OS. Stuff I did that might have cause this: I updated 3 apps 1 of them ...
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USB Drive Will Not Mount, Not Listed in Disk Utilities, but Found In System Profiler

I have a Seagate FreeAgent Go drive with the optional docking station. I use it to keep files that I don't access on a regular basis and as a place to do "quick backups" of things like my Paperless ...
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Apple MacBook Air mid-2012

A few days ago, I got my Macbook Air battery changed at an Apple store. Since then, about once a day, I've had a "kernel panic" crash, which seems to happen randomly while I'm working. (I've never ...
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Mac Mini with lots of I/O errors and related issues, trouble identifying culprit

Setup: Mac Mini 2011 with two drives: SSD with OS X Yosemite and admin account home folder HDD with my user home folder Symptoms: It began as many months of seemingly random slowdowns/beach ...
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Does the firmware impact how / if the Hard drive will function (Mac OS X 10.6)?

I am going to be replacing the Hard drive in my Mid 2010 Mac Book Pro (Snow Leopard 10.6.8) and I noticed that on the box the Hard drive claims to support Mountain Lion or Higher. I am wondering if ...
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Copy an iPhone's disk contents (filesystem) to a computer

I like to get a clear view at how an iPhone's file system. Especially in the case of damaged data. Apart from using a professional (and costly) data recovery service, what other ways do exist to ...
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Why does my hard disk (in MBP optical caddy) keep unmounting when writing?

I replaced the optical drive in a 15" Macbook Pro (late 2011) with a new 2TB Samsung HDD in a caddy tray. It formatted fine and Disk Utility says it's OK. The problem occurs when I try to copy a ...
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Updating iTunes Says It Will Change My Hard Drive

When trying to update my computers with itunes version 11.4, a message says it will change my personal computer's hard drive. What will it change?
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Missing date in 'About this mac' window

I'm looking for used macbook pro and found this one. Why there is no date of manufacture in 'About this mac' window? Can it be hacked mac? Also on second screen shot there is mystical '1Tb flash ...
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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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Fusion Drive seems to be messed up

I felt that my iMac late 2012 became pretty slow, above all after login. Now when I look into disk utility, it seems that my disk doesn't behave as Fusion Drive any more: An output from terminal: ...
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You can’t change the startup disk to the selected disk?

I am booting my macbook through an external usb drive. At system preferences - startup disk when I try to select my internal harddisk it says: You can’t change the startup disk to the selected disk. ...
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Erasing and Partitioning Hard Drive from Internet Recovery

My MacBook Pro (mid 2012) was encrypted and running Yosemite 10.10.3. (The last update with Photos ruined it.) Yesterday, all of a sudden, everything freezes. I forced Shut Down and since then, it´s ...
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Mavericks won't install on brand new SSD drive

Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 6,2 Had 10.9.1 installed on an SSD drive which failed. Got a replacement drive (same brand, model) Have a USB bootable thumb drive with 10.9.0 installation files on it Mac boots ...
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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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What is a locked hard drive, and how does it relate to encryption?

When I mount a Mac hard drive on another computer, I often get prompted to "unlock" the drive. What does this mean? Is a locked hard drive different from an encrypted one, or is "unlocking" just ...
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Re-install Mac mini Server

My friend gave me Mac mini Server saying its Mavericks. When I switch it on I see 2 hard drives only and no operating system. I tried to use my Apple ID but it doesn't work. In disk utility I saw 1st ...