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

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New hard drive in early unibody 2011 MacBook Pro won't boot

Newbie here! I just replaced the hard drive (to a 1T senate SATA) in my MacBook Pro and upgraded the RAM from 2, 2GB cards to 2, 8GB cards. Hardware install went smooth, backed up old drive to time ...
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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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How to access the full capacity of hard drives larger than 2TB with OS X Yosemite?

Last week, I bought a 4TB hard drive to connect to my MacBook Pro. My quest to have access to all the 4TB on my Mac was more difficult than expected. After a lot of experimenting, I managed to create ...
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After erasing 200 GB I need to repair it using the Recovery HD

I was cleaning my MacBook Pro, erasing all unused files I had on it. After that I decided to erase the free space, so I will have all my files organized and cleaned the "used space". After that I ...
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WD Drive Cannot be Repaired but program still running

I have an external hard drive that I use to run my iTunes, iPhoto library and store various other documents. Recently, it stopped connecting to my MacBook Pro. I can only see my WD Ultra external ...
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Mac recovery problem

So I was running Yosemite and I wanted to try to install the windows 10 tech preview. I backed up all of my files and downloaded windows tech preview. I tested it in a virtual machine and it worked ...
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I cannot open a Partition of a Harddrive when Shared

I've partitioned 0.75TB of external harddrive space for photo backups, which is shared on the network with a PC. However when shared I am unable to open the folder in Finder, as it will hang for 2 ...
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My system seems stuck on Optimize hard drive in FileVault

Just upgraded to Yosemite. Going through the process it asked about file vault. I said yes to encrypt it, so it started to optimize hard drive it seems to be stuck on 2 hours left....probably been 3 ...
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How can I retrieve files from a Time Machine backup done with Snow Leopard when my current OS is Mavericks?

I have a Seagate GoFlex home 2 Tb external drive that was installed on my Snow Leopard Mac and configurer with Time Machine. A year ago, due to issues with my Mac, the (internal) hard drive was erased ...
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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 to copy data from non starting MBA?

My old MBA (2008) is not booting anymore from hdd. I tried to repair it with disk repair and with a DiskWarrior CD-ROM, but nothing. I need to copy some data from the hdd, before replacing it. Any ...
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How do I convert from Case-Insensitive to case-sensitive in 10.8

I just got a new (well refurbished) MacBook Pro running 10.8.3. I am a programmer, so I have need of a case-sensitive filesystem. It is fresh and I am reluctant to upgrade it or do much with it until ...
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Macbook Air Hardware Fault

Somebody has given me an Apple Macbook Air 1.1 to fix. Unfortunately I have very little experience with Macs. Symptoms are: *Computer runs incredibly slow to the extent that I have never seen one so ...
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SSD is not recognised with the internal SATA cable (13" 2010 MBP)

It's pretty weird, seeing that HDD's are recognisable, and that SSD works when in an enclosure (Crucial M500). I've read somewhere that it could be an issue with the cable, but I bought a replacement ...
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Deleting content of /private/tmp moved on different HDD

I have a Macbook pro with 2 internal HD (stock HD for data and data doubler + SSD in place of the optical drive, hosting the OS). I'm now trying to optimize this setup to take into account the ...
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Can I keep my Boot Camp partition when moving to a larger hard drive?

I just bought a 512 GB hard drive to replace my 250 GB hard drive, which currently has a Boot Camp partition (pretty vanilla, just running a standard Windows 7 install). I was planning to just clone ...
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Drive name red in Disk Utility: Core Storage Drive offline. How to bring back?

Yesterday, my mac wouldn't boot up. When I restarted, I could get the whole way to the User login screen. No matter what user I chose, the boot bar would get about 1/3 way finished and I would get ...
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Prevent Mavericks from generating new volume name for external drive

I have an external HDD, formatted exFAT, I believe. Whenever it is re-mounted, it gets assigned a new volume name (e.g., "MyVolume", "MyVolume 1", "MyVolume 2"...). As far as I can tell, this happens ...
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Compatibility of iMac G3 hard drives, to try to recover data

I have an old iMac 400MHz slot-loading G3 model #M5521 that won't power up (think it's a dead power supply), and I'm trying to get the data off my hard drive. I also happen to have a 333MHz ...
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How do I change permissions of folders on a hard drive from a booted USB drive

I am trying to save my files on my Hard Drive that has a crashed OS. I created a Bootable USB with Ubuntu and successfully booted. I can see my folders, but I can't actually open them because I don't ...
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Two different USB 3 HDD docks - disk partitioned on one not usable on the other

I have two different 3TB SATA hard disks: a Toshiba DT01ACA300 a Seagate ST3000DM001. I also have access to two different USB 3 HDD docks: a Connectland DOCK-CNL-YJK3519-V3+ES a Focus SATA + IDE ...
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Disk Utility: Invalid Disk Label @ cksum mismatch

I have a WD external hard drive. I've been running the routine tests to make sure all my stuff is safe lately. In Disk Utility, I did Verify Disk on both the disk itself as well as the main partition, ...
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Interesting partition Map with missing HD space

I have the latest generation Macbook Pro running Yosemite, I bought this computer used I don't know if the last person attempted to install linux or what the story is but I believe my partition map is ...
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Why do I have /Volumes/Storage Drive?

In Terminal, I noticed I have /Volumes/Storage Drive. On my mac, I have no drive named Storage Drive. Furthermore, no Storage Drive appears in Finder or Disk Utility. When I cd inside Storage Drive ...
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I removed Macintosh HD from backup disk how do I set it back?

I used 2 backup disks , Macintosh HD and Seagate . My macintosh was unable to perform a backup due to lack of space while my Seagate is unable to perform a backup until the first backup is complete. ...
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Would and SSD or RAM be the better upgrade in this situation?

I feel I'm making this post more for validation than anything, but I want to get some of your opinions as well. My friend contacted me the other day asking how she could make her MacBook Pro run a ...
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restoring to mavericks from yosemite, partition disappeared after fail

I have an mbpro 15" with 2 hard disks: Main: SSD with OS Extra: Time machine backups and data For different reasons I wanted to downgrade to Mavericks. I rebooted with cmd+r and went to time machine ...
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Mac OS won't install from CD, but Windows will

I had to replace the hard drive in my 2010 21.5" iMac. When I went to install the OS, I rebooted into the OS selection screen (using option). The Mac OS X install disc was there (but my external HD, ...
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I keep deleting files but my Macbook Pro hard drive is still full [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Pro (late 2011) with a 500Gb SSD hard drive. Today suddenly it said that my hard drive was full, so I started removing the files. Got rid of lots of Gigas, even the sleepimage file, ...
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Can my macbook HDD be used in a windows desktop?

It seems there is a formatting issue / dead hdd in my macbook, as I have the infamous ? despite ensuring a good connection with the sata cable. Is it ok to plug the 2.5" macbook hdd into the standard ...
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SSD totally bricked after installing in different laptop

I've never had this issue before: I had an OWC ssd in my 2009 macbook pro, and I put it into a 2008 aluminum macbook. It worked perfectly. Then, I took it out and put it back in my macbook pro, but ...
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MacBook Pro mid-2010- water damaged - but it still plays the chime?

Hey guys it's been a week since my MacBook Pro had water leaked into it, I'm pretty sure something is wrong :( But now when I try to boot it up I hear the startup chime, what does this mean? Should I ...
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Need help with iPod Classic hard drive diagnosis

I've started diagnosis mode on my iPod Classic and went to SMART DATA. It showed me this on the screen: Retracts: 58 Reallocs: 16376 Pending Sectors: 0 PowerOn Hours: 643 Start/Stops: 8781 Temp ...
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Crucial M500 480gb SSD Replacement for stock HDD on Late 2011 MacBook Pro keeps freezing

First, I apologize for the length of this. I want to make sure I get all the facts out so that hopefully I can get some help. There is s TL;DR version below if you don't want the blow-by-blow ...
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OS X Yosemite installation error: File system verify or repair failed

My Mac has been running fine until I decided to upgrade to OS X 10.10, Yosemite. When it is installing I get the message: File system verify or repair failed. I clicked the restart option to ...
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"You can't resize the partition on this disk because it uses the Master Boot Record partition scheme [duplicate]

I am trying to get rid of one of the volume ("mountain Lion", the second from the top) of the partition of an external hard-drive. In disk utility I get what you can see in the pic, namely it does not ...
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Partition problem after HDD to SSD swap

Recently decided to replace my nearly full 500GB HDD with a 1TB SSD to breathe some new life into my mid-2010 Macbook Pro. I used a toaster-style drive cloner (Dyconn Dubbler) to do a sector by sector ...
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Macbook Pro OS X 10.9 Partition problem

So I bought a MacBook Pro mid-2009 with Mavericks installed (post-leasing) and this is my first MacBook. The HD was partitioned in three partitions C, D, E - I didn't want that, so I read a little, ...
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Time machine deletes old backups when still >2 TB of 3 TB are free

I get messages that my Time Machine backup volume is full and TM has deleted older backups. But my backup target disk is an external 3 TB HD and Finder reports that over 2 TB of it are free (only some ...
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Hard drive renamed after restart, apps can't see it

I shutdown my computer when I left work and when I got home turned it back on. When it booted back up the second drive (in the dvd drive bay) had a strange name like A[]\tr/sj or something like that. ...
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What SSD models and brands can I get for my Late 2012 MBP (MacBookPro9.1) that Yosemite supports?

I've read that only the OWC one supports this but then again some people claim it's bogus. So I was wondering what SSD brand and models I can get to upgrade my Late 2012 MBP that when I upgrade to ...
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I want to add a 5TB HD (NTFS) to my time capsule and have access to it from both my Mac and my PC's

I want to add a 5TB HD (NTFS) to my time capsule. I have both Mac and PC's and will like to access the drive from both. I can see that the drive is attached in airport utility on my windows pc but I ...
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Macbook Pro 13" HDD cables going bad

I have a user at my institution who has had 4 HDD cables go bad since May, 3 times in her laptop and once in a loaner we provided. Both are the same model, Macbook Pro 13" unibody. I'm starting to ...
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SSD w/ brand new clean in stall of Yosemite fails to boot

I've just installed a new version of Yosemite on a third party SSD (Crucial). When I boot it up it hangs on a gray screen. Steps that got me here: Connect SSD to Macbook Pro (with existing HD) ...
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Finder Problem - USB drive opening in separate window for every folder

Whenever I connect my USB drive or insert a disc and view the contents every folder is opened in a separate window, how do I prevent this? 'Open folders in tabs instead of new windows' in the Finder ...
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Would it violate the TOS to install a third party hard drive?

Is it a violation of apples terms of service to replace the factory installed hard drive with a larger third party one? I understand that it is a violation of the terms of service to install ...
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OS X Yosemite Hard Disk Errors even after Repairing them

Basically, I do a lot of C programming (for class) so I use gcc a lot on my mac. Recently since two days, whenever I ran it, the entire computer is getting frozen, and a force restart is necessary to ...
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How to Fix Disk Utility Getting Stuck on “Verifying storage system”

Okay, had a brief power outage today that shut down my computer and external drives, so I figured I should run a quick disk check just to be safe. However, when I run try to verify with Disk Utility, ...
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My macbook air wont let me erase my disk?

What the title says. I'm trying to delete all the data off my macbook air. I pressed command+r, went to disk utilities, selected my disk in the slot to the left, went to the erase tab. The "erase" ...
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Is it possible/a good idea to use an ExpressCard SSD for swap?

I have a 48GB WinTec filemate ExpressCard SSD which I'm not currently using for anything. My idea was that I would re-partition it with a 16GB partition for swap and virtual memory (I have 8GB of ...