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

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Dropped MacBook, lots of disk io errors. How to fix?

My 2011 MacBook just slid off the table and hit the floor face down opened. There was a message saying to reset and I did. After that it wouldn't load OS X Lion; it stays at the gray screen forever. ...
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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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Can I enable AHCI mode of the SATA controller when booting to Windows on a MacBook with Nvidia chipset?

Is there a way to enable AHCI mode under Windows on a Macbook5,2 (white) on N-Force 730i chipset? If you want to just say 'no', please put it in the comments instead. Thanks. Advanced Host Controller ...
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How to decide on a new Hard drive for macbook pro [closed]

I have been using my Macbook Pro for about 5 years, it was the first model with the Intel chip. The 100GB hard drive is starting to go and I'm ready to replace it. I went over to Cnet to see what ...
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Should I spin down Mac Mini's drive?

I have a Mac Mini (2010) that I use as a home server with a DAS (2 drives) attached over USB. Everything is on 24/7. From all my research online, it seems that spinning hard drives up and down ...
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Is there a HDD/Hard-Drive testing tool for mac?

I just found an external HDD in my shelf and want to sell it :-) Before this, I tried to delete all the files on the HDD, but the disk utility of Snow Leopard aborted with a known error "Disk Erase ...
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How can I partition my Macbook Pro's hard disk?

I'm about to install Linux on my new Macbook Pro. In order to do this, I need to resize my Mac OSX partition to allow some free space for Linux. I've booted into the Recovery HD and started "Disk ...
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Do new Macbook Pros come with SATA 3.0Gbps or 6.0Gbps

I'm thinking of buying a SSD or hybrid drive for my new Macbook Pro. Is the SATA connection in new Macbook Pros SATA 3.0Gbps or 6.0Gbps?
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Lion doesn't mount encrypted disks anymore

I have several encrypted disks and all of a sudden Lion isn't mounting these disks anymore (it doesn't even asks for a password when I plug the disks). I have tested the disks on another Mac and they ...
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How can I repair a hard drive that Disk Utility and Disk Warrior can't fix?

I have a Mac Pro running Mac OS X Lion, and one of my hard drives has acted weird since attempting to repair permissions. I used Disk Warrior, but it says the HD can't be rebuilt. When I try to format ...
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OS X Snow Leopard - Can't boot from HD, Target Mode or CD

Today my computer started getting really slow and freezing alot, so i rebooted. HOwever it won't boot up again, keeps getting stuck on the grey screen. Here's what i've tried: Startup in safe mode ...
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External hard drive is snapping/making weird sounds in sleeping mode

I have an external hard drive connected to macbook. When I am listening to music and my mac is not in sleeping mode everything is fine, but after 15 min. when display is turning off and music is still ...
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Can I just swap the hard drives of two macbook pros (different years)?

I'd like to swap the hard drives of two Macbook Pros. One is a Core 2 duo model from 2010, the other a 2011 i5 model. Will this work? I just want to save time and not go through a lengthy data copying ...
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Can I plug my Iomega hard drive into my new BT Home Hub and access the tunes stored in it from my MacBook Pro wirelessly?

We have just acquired a BT home Hub router which has a USB socket. I have my music stored in an Iomega hard drive and normally plug this into the MacBook, which is a bit clumsy. ( I have told iTunes ...
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How can I recover files from a failing hard drive?

I am in the process of trying to recover files from a failed MacBook hard drive. While I've already replaced the drive in the machine itself and installed a fresh copy of OS X, I have the old drive in ...
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16, 32, 64 GB iPhone / iPod touch: are there any negative effects of size?

I am debating between purchasing the 32 vs. 64 GB iPod touch. I would lean toward a smaller hard drive if there is an effect of size on speed or battery life. Aside from cost, are there any reasons ...
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What do Verify Disk and Repair Disk actually do in Disk Utility?

I've recently been suspecting problems with my hard disk and saw another answer here on AskDifferent recommending Drive Genius or Disk Warrior. I thought I'd start thought by using the built in Disk ...
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Mac and Windows dual boot problem

I have a software problem with my Mac laptop: I had made a division in the hard drive some time ago and installed Windows in the other partition using Bootcamp software. But now I think that the ...
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external hd mac ntfs 3g could not mount

I got an external hd "clickfree hd" but when trying it with my Mac I get the following error: ntfs 3g could not mount, error I have tried NTFS-3G, MacFuse and FuseOSX. I'm running Lion but this ...
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Kernel: I/O error on new OWC Mercury 6G SSD

I bought a mid 2011 Mac Mini mit dedicated graphic card along with the iFixit dual hard-drive kit and a OWC Mercury 6G SSD. After I installed the ssd into the Mac Mini with as second hard drive, the ...
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Is a corrupted HD a sign of something ominous for the hardware?

The Verify Disk functionality of the Disk Utility reports that my HD is corrupted. I fixed the problem using the startup CD but what does that mean for the health of my HDD?
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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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Why do permissions differ for the HD and the home folder?

I noticed this a while ago, but I have no idea what it means, or if it even means anything.. it's pretty weird though... When you do Cmd-I (Get Information) on the hard drive and look at the ...
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Which SSD to choose for a white late 2009 macbook [closed]

Currently there are many reviews on SSDs, and different types of SSDs as well. What I would like to hear is what cost effective SSDs that exists that aslo has TRIM support and will work well with ...
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Upgrade SATA connection on MBP 3,1

When replacing my HDD in my MBP 3,1 with a SSD (SATA3), I noticed that the SATA1 cable can be fully removed. Thus I thought, that it might be possible to replace the SATA 1 cable by a SATA 3 cable in ...
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Mac Application to defrag my Mac drive

I work on media files as per my profession. I find my Mac (Mac Lion) going slower day by day. I think it will be beneficial to defrag the drive but didn't find any Apple tool for it. I want a an ...
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Compatible SSD for Macbook Pro (replace HDD)?

Any special compatibility concerns when replacing the HDD on a MBP with an SSD? I am running Parallels with XP Pro and Ubuntu and have been disk bound for some time. Not too concerned about size, ...
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Mac OSX hard disk gives invalid PEOF - how do I back up data?

Yesterday my macbook pro (running 10.6.8) refused to reboot, and after booting it using the install disk and running disk utility I got Invalid catalog PEOF. The volume could not be verified ...
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Can I create a bootable DiskWarrior disk?

I'm in trouble. My Mac won't boot (frozen on gray apple logo with spinning wheel), and it appears to be a disk problem. I ran disk utility from Lion's recovery disk, but it says it can't repair my ...
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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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How can I image my Macbook Pro's hard drive prior to sending to Apple for repair?

I don't just want to back up my data. In case the hard drive comes back completely wiped I want to avoid the hassle of reinsalling everying OS X as well as a Bootcamped Windows install. What tools ...
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White MacBook hangs at gray Apple screen forever, won't boot to single user, won't mount using Disk Utility. What do I do next?

After a forced shutdown, my white MacBook hangs at the gray screen with the Apple logo and an infinitely spinning progress wheel. I can boot in verbose mode, but I didn't see any particular error, ...
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Disable mounting Internal Macintosh HD at boot

My iMac (mid-2010 model, Snow Leopard) has a problem with S.M.A.R.T status: Failing and it has become read-only. Because I didn't want to waste money on the repair, I bought an external HD, so the ...
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Internal drive on MacBook won't appear on desktop

Why doesn't internal drive appear on desktop after a fresh install of Snow Leopard 10.6.8?
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How can I prevent external hard disk from sleeping when connected to Airport Extreme?

I have a 1TB external hard disk from Seagate connected to the USB port of my Airport Extreme and everytime I need to access it I have to wait some time until it leaves the sleep mode. Is there a way ...
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iMac inconsistenly hanging and showing beach ball

This past week, I've been having constant problems with my 2007 Aluminium iMac (2.4GHz, 3GB memory, 320GB HDD). I've been downloading using Transmission, and when (sometimes) stopping or starting a ...
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For some reason I can't open files on drive

I can't open the files on certain drive that is formatted as ntfs. I have Tuxera installed however. Here is an image on how they look: The file with a lock is password protected as it should. Any ...
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How can I test if my hard drive is going bad?

I've looked over similar questions and searched the internet to try to find symptoms of a bad hard drive, but I haven't found anything that seems to be related to my problem. I have a late 2008 15" ...
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What is the best way to migrate from HDD to SSD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I move my data to the new harddrive? I would like to purchase an SSD drive online to keep the cost low. What is the best method and software to use to transfer ...
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MacBook Pro: Strange crashes

I purchased a new 13" MacBook Pro about a month ago. I'm pretty happy with it for the most part, but I've been having a few issues which I find very worrisome. I'm a computer science student, but my ...
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Bootcamp - Multiple Windows installations, how do delete one?

I've got a Mac Pro with 3 hard drives: 1 x 7200rpm 640GB - 1/2 for OS X - 1/2 for Windows 7 (Bootcamp) 2 x 5400 Western Digital'Eco-drive' (runs like a dog and is only useful for backups and ...
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“Other” Storage space in Sys Info [duplicate]

I have MBP with Lion. In my Sys Info it says 170.12GB of space is being used by "Other". How do I determine what this Other space is and how to clean it up if possible?
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Why is my MBP not detecting my HDD/Optical Drive?

I've had a second hard drive in one of those optibay things in my MBP 5,1. It's been super awesome, until it stopped getting detected today. The second hard drive is getting power and is spinning up, ...
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Disk utility on Mac and free space dispatching

I have a physical hard drive that is split into 3 partitions. The second partition is running out of space and I want to give it some free space that I have on the third partition. While, this is ...
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How can I reformat my hard-drive?

I am in Disk Utility under the Erase Tab. The Format section is grayed out even though I have my main disk selected. The only buttons active are Erase Free Space, but I want to reformat the entire ...
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How to coerce Lion Time Machine into offering backup history migration?

This article describes a feature I heard about from multiple sources about an automagic backup migration process that Lion will do for you. Essentially, when migrating to a new machine, you can ...
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Can I install OS X lion on a disk that is OS X Extended Journaled encrypted?

Just wondering if I can, using Disk Utility, format the hard drive such that it is OS X Extended (HFS+) Journaled encrypted. Will Lion be able to install on that disk?
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Hard disk performance drastically declined after OS X Lion upgrade

After upgrading to Lion (10.7.1) a while ago I'm currently faced with a very poor performance of my system. It's a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo with 4 GB RAM and a 500GB HD. E.g. the JBoss6 AS needs about 5 ...
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How can I move my data to the new harddrive?

So I am planning to upgrade my Macbook pro's harddrive to a SSD. I don't know much Mac OS X tools, so I was wondering if anyone could let me know how I can copy my entire harddrive (including OS) to ...
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How do I spin down a secondary disk when not mounted?

I have Macbook Pro 13" (Early 2011). I replaced the SuperDrive with a SSD that now is my main disk. The existing HDD is used for Time Machine and nothing else. I have 2 problems with the secondary ...