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

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Exact clone of HD

I managed to broke something on my iMac's internal HD. I have now done a successful restore using DiskDrill, but just in case I want to make an exact copy of the internal HD. Not just some partition, ...
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Hard drive no longer accessible

This is a 4 TB hard drive formatted in Mac's Disk Utility as a single non bootable Exfat partition with the drive letter G. It worked fine before I decided to make a clone drive of my C bootable ...
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How can change hard disk name (not partition)

The title is self-explained: I want to change the hard disk name (not the partition). I am not able to do it with Disk Utility. Any solutions? I'm on Yosemite
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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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Mac stuck in safe boot

I accidentally did a hard reset on my mac by doing contorl+c when my mac was booting up. I typed /sbin/fsck -fy because it was supposed to fix my Mac so that it is no longer stuck in safe boot. It ...
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Two older Macs (G3 / Intel) need their drives erased. No install discs

I have two older Macs in which I want to erase the hard drive. Secure-erase is a plus, but not a show-stopper at this point. I don't have any Mac OS X discs so I can't use disc utility. What I'd ...
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I may have used Disk Utility to erase my drive - is there hope?

I have an external NTFS drive from which I was trying to copy some files to my macbook pro 10.6.6. I was getting error 36 so with disk utility I clicked on Repair Disk. Now all my data is gone! ...
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How do I replace the hard drive in my circa 2008 iMac?

My circa 2008 iMac hung up today and wouldn't reboot -- it just hung on boot with the Apple logo and the spinner. I booted the Snow Leopard DVD and ran Disk Utility on the drive. It told me the drive ...
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How to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...
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How do I eject the Time Machine backup drive automatically after each backup?

How do I set Time Machine to eject my external Time Machine backup drive automatically after each backup?
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How to identify and fix files with corrupted / inaccessible disk blocks

I have a late 2011 Macbook Pro, running Mavericks 10.9.2. Its sole HDD is a 750GB drive, formatted with Bootcamp. It's still running reasonably well, but in running a defragment pass on it, I've ...
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FAT or exFAT or NTFS

I recently brought Western Digital's Passport Essential, and will be using with my MacBook (running Snow Leopard), MacBook Air (running Lion) and Windows 7 Desktop. I should be able to read-write data ...
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How do I resize OS X main partition when I already have other BootCamp partitions?

Short story: partition resizing using Disk Utility fails because MediaKit reports no such partition when I try to shrink it. I also tried the same while booting from the DVD, same result. Details: ...
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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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Why is it important to keep lots of freespace on OSX? What is the impact?

I have a 500GB drive and have less than 50 GB free. Console is reporting several interesting errors saying I'm too low on space and it's cleaning up "stuff" 1/6/13 4:49:51.475 PM ...
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Disk Utility won't Unmount HD for formatting

I have two internal drives in my 27" iMac (10.8.5). An SSD system disk and a 1TB SATA drive. The HDD has been acting up recently, very slow performance, bad behavior etc. Tech Tool Pro and Disk ...
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Which process is periodically writing to the disk?

Even when I am not doing anything on my Mac, I see a lot of Disk IO: "Data Written per Sec" in Activity Monitor showns continuous writes: Is this normal? Why would some process continuously write? ...
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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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How to upgrade firmware and reperform a Samsung 840 Evo on a Mac

i got one of these Samsung 840 Evo Basic 500GB on an iMac (used externally in a TB case - standalone, not Fusion). I know there's a firmware update out which is already available for Mac users too ...
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How to set VirtualBox in order to access external hard drives in guest Win7?

I have installed VirtualBox in order to use Windows 7 as guest on a Macbook Air running Mavericks (mainly to be able to use a printer that has no drivers for Mac). Also, I have installed the ...
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How do I determine the speed of a disk drive?

I'm looking for a way to determine the read/write speed of a disk drive, either by looking up some system information or running a simple benchmark test utility.
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Tracking down frequent (every 20 seconds) SCSI hard disk drive access in 10.7

In a Lion Server (10.7.3 and 10.7.4 tried) system with multiple drives attached to an HPT SATA controller, there is some process that keeps accessing the hard disk drives exactly every 20 seconds. As ...
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What process is accessing the hard drive?

I can hear the hard drive chugging away when it should be idle. Some process is writing/reading from it in semi-random bursts, let's say once every second. Very annoying and wasteful. I tried ...
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What is filling up my hard drive so fast?

Last night (Because my hard drive was almost full) I freed about 4GB. Then I came back to my Macbook about 3hrs later (I left it idle) and Its was full again. Is something is eating my mac? If I go ...
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Why does my 3TB Seagate HD keep formatting as a Logical Volume Group

This is really annoying. I have a brand new Seagate 3TB 7200 RPM hard drive that I am trying to format/partition in Disk Utility. Every time I change any settings or erase the drive, it changes it to ...
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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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How do I fix my SSD after installing Yosemite and Enabling TRIM? No boot & can't erase

I recently upgraded to Yosemite, enabled FileVault and foolishly enabled TRIM (had no idea it wasn't supported). Upon restart, my machine gets the grey screen with the crossed-out circle of death. ...
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MacBook Pro flashing question mark but I can't repair because hard disk not found in disk utility

Today my MacBook showed up some wheel of death and I waited and waited and then after a long time (10 minutes) decide to force shutdown. Ok, I know its not a good idea but I've done this before and ...
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What can I do to check the integrity of the hard drive and all its files, to see if they are corrupt or not?

Recently there has been some files disappearing (in iTunes), and I'm not so sure of the extent of this problem yet. Perhaps it may have been an iTunes upgrade bug, but I'm not so sure. What can I do ...
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How can I tell if my iMac's hard drive is dying?

A couple of days ago, my three-year-old iMac locked up. When I rebooted it, it only displayed a folder icon with a flashing question mark. After a couple more reboot attempts, it booted. I ran Disk ...
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Need to replace a hard drive in a macbook

I have been asked to "replace a hard drive in a macbook". I'm able to physically swap out the drive, but I have no idea how mac software works. I have some questions: If I put in a new hard drive, ...
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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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How do I not accidentally eject external drives?

I have a Mac Mini with a few external drives connected that I use as a home server. Normally the Eject buttons next to the drive icon are really handy as they let me eject an external drive very ...
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What is the benefit of using flash memory in the Macbook Air?

I don't understand why Apple does not use SSD drives in the Macbook Air like some other manufacturers to (e.g. Asus, Samsung). The technical specifications of the Macbook Air on Apple's website never ...
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What is the best free hard drive diagnostics app for Mac OS X?

My MacBook Pro (described below) fell 5 feet while it was powered on. Would the sudden motion sensor be able to turn off the hard drives in time? Also, can anyone recommend the best (free) hard drive ...
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Encrypted external drive usually prompts for password, despite being in keychain

I have an external encrypted drive, and almost every time I plug it in, it'll ask me for the password, even though it's already in my keychain. If I type the password in, it'll mount as expected. ...
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“Couldn’t create temporary file.” error when erasing free space on external disk

I was trying to wipe the free space of an external USB 3.0 disk in OS X (Yosemite) disk utility. However, I receive the following error: EDIT: The disk is formatted as GUID / Mac OS Extended ...
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Time Machine External Drive

What factors are important when selecting an external hard drive for time machine backups?
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how to fix GUID hard drive corrupted to MBR

I am on OS X 10.9.5 with a late 2013 iMac. I have a 3TB hard drive that has an unusual problem. It is a Western Digital 3TB Red WD30EFRX. I formatted it with two partitions, both 1.5TB. One was a ...
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Is there a way to change order of physical disks in Corestorage

I upgraded existing system to a "Fusion drive" - corestorage volume - consisting of existing 300GB HDD and new 120GB SSD. Instead of creating a new corestorage drive I went with the route of ...
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Will 'Internet Recovery' necessarily erase my hard drive?

My Mac is booting to the 'question mark' folder. I option-booted to 'Internet Recovery'. Before I proceed, I would like to know: Will 'Internet Recovery' necessarily erase my hard drive? Can anyone ...
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backing up an OSX image to an NTFS drive?

I would like to make an image of my entire OSX install, so that I may restore to it if necessary. I'd LOVE to have incremental backups, so bonus points if anyone can figure out how I can do this! ...
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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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Cannot Unmount Mac OS X Base System Disk

My Mac running Lion was being slow, so I was decided to reinstall OS X. I don't have any Time Machine backups. Everything went file, but in the middle of the installation, it got stuck, and later the ...
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Help partitioning “free space” with utility disk

I've been trying to partition my harddrive to have ~50 gb of unallocated space (right now there's one partition with the operating system on it, so I would like to have that plus the free space). This ...
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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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How do I encrypt an external drive with FileVault 2 in OSX Yosemite

Ok, so according to https://www.apple.com/osx/what-is/security/ I should be able to encrypt ANY external drive..."with ease" using FileVault 2. I have a brand new (empty) 2TB Fantom Drive model: ...
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MacBook Pro 2013 hard drive upgradable?

My MacBook Pro late-2011 model was recently stolen when someone broke into our car. Luckily there weren't too many other items in the car and my computer was fully backed-up. I am looking for a new ...
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How do I keep the Recovery HD and EFI partitions from automatically mounting on my MacBook Air?

I've set Finder preferences on my MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.1 to show everything on my desktop: I've noticed that storage partitions called Recovery HD and EFI appear there: What are they? ...
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MacPro Hard Drive 3 TB or Larger formatted to Logical Volume Group by Disk Utility

I have an Intel MacPro in which I recently installed a new internal 3TB hard disk. I attempted to format it in Disk Utility using the standard GUID partition map and encountered a strange problem. ...