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

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Early 2011 Macbook Pro shut down during start up

My MBP has OSX (El Capitan... I'm pretty sure) and Windows 10 on it. The OSX shuts down during start up. It will show the apple logo and then a load bar that reaches about half way before the system ...
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Will there be a USB-C to thunderbolt 2 adaptor? I only need data transfer to be higher then USB 3.0

Right now USB C ports are just arriving in laptops and I unfortunately dedicated to go with a cheaper laptop (pc) but with thunderbolt-2. The thing I don't like about thunderbolt 2 products is the ...
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250G Disk space has filled up, but DiskInventory only adds up to 60Gs?

I cannot for the life of me figure out how my SD drive is filled up because I don't have any large files, especially enough to fill 250G. I used DiskInventoryX to do a map of my drive and got this, a ...
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Can not boot MacBook Pro 2011

I have a MacBook 2011 running OS X 10.11.5, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Drive. Today when I am restarting my computer, I accidentally pressed Cmd+R while booting. Now I try and restart my computer, it shows ...
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Can I download files directly into alias folder for Logic Pro X?

If I try to download sound files for Logic and they are supposed to get downloaded into the folder at ~/Library/Application Support/Logic/ and I have that specific folder made as an alias to a set of ...
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How can I repair hdd using Disk Utility if First Aid options (Repair, Verify) are all greyed out?

Would really appreciate any help in fixing an external drive so can use with my Mac again. I had a power loss & when computer rebooted it was unable to see the attached Freecom 320Gig Hdd (FAT32 ...
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OS X stopped recognizing my HFS+ Time Machine partition on my USB GPT disk

I have a 2 TB USB drive that's using GPT, but OSX (10.11.4) on my macbook pro (early 2015) stopped recognizing my HFS+ partition after I inserted a partition before it ("TESTPART"), effectively making ...
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How to restore OS X drive to factory defaults?

I turned off the Core Storage volume manager on my OS X partition (i.e. diskutil cs revert). Now my Recovery HD displays in Disk Utility and in Startup Manager. I don't like this and would like to ...
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Reformatting disk with no partition map

I have a 250GB hard drive that I tried to "burn" an ISO to (to make it bootable). Something went terribly wrong.This is what the disk looks like in Disk Utility (unmounted). When I mount it, this ...
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Swapping HDDs w/ Different OSX Versions, Possible?

My situation: I have a "late '08 aluminum" Intel 64-bit MacBook, still have Snow Leopard installed, and XP via Bootcamp, all on the original hard-drive. Yes, it's my "legacy" setup. The HD is 7 years ...
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corestorage failure: missing disk, how to recover data?

This morning, my iMac show me the prohibit sign. After hours of struggling, I'm facing this: the Mac does not want to boot up. I have a lot of recent files to recover, but have this issue: root# ...
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Change Mac App Store download location? [duplicate]

I currently have a Windows partition installed on my Mac, for CptS reasons, and since that took up a majority of my storage space, I've been using an external hard drive to save documents and whatnot. ...
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Always ask for password when mounting encrypted partition

I have an external disk with partitions A and B. B is an encrypted HFS volume with as password. (Presented as "Apple_CoreStorage" or "Logical Volume OS X Extended"). When I connect the drive, OS X ...
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Can Recovery Mode install OS X onto a blank SSD?

I want to install a new Solid State Drive (SSD) into the Mac. Can I just build in the SSD, start the MacBook in Recovery Mode and install OS X from there on? After reading a lot on the internet I ...
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Disk utility killed my external drive

I have a problem with disk utility. I have a external USB3 drive, formatted HFS+. It should hold roughly 500GB out of 1TB of Data. Now Finder told me, that the data was there but no files were visible ...
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External SSD not recognized after ejection or reboot

I have an USB external mechanical disk. It works fine, and I can remount it after ejection. Also, it is mounted automatically after a reboot, as it should be. I got an USB external SSD, too. It works ...
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Changing from Virtual Hard Drive to Blank External Hard Disk [closed]

I have a blank hard disk (1 TB) that has more space than the virtual disk I am running OS X El Capitan on (89 GB). My OS is running on VMWare Player version 12, being used on Windows 10 single ...
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Not enough storage for El Capitan; no way to free up space

I wanted to upgrade my Macbook 2008 from Yosemite to El Capitan. Unfortunately, when I downloaded it and restarted my computer, on the "select the disk on which to install" page the only location, ...
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Had to reinstall OS X due to corrputed journal: is this a symptom of something more serious?

I have a 13'' Macbook Pro from early 2011 with a Hitachi 320Gb. HD, using OS X 10.9.5. For the last few months, it's gotten slower and slower to become responsive every time it wakes up, and I've also ...
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Recover folder hierarchy, file names, file metadata from drive?

I'm posting this on AD because I'm using a Mac (Yosemite) to do the job. This is the situation: Friend 1 has a 600GB external HDD (FAT 32 formatted) that he has been using with Windows 7. With ...
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How to safeguard OS X Drive from accidents

While browsing i found this question Accidentally used dd on my main OSX drive Is there a way to safeguard or block these kinds of things to even run specially on my OS X Drive? Also noticed that ...
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Time Machine Network Connected to USB Connected Hard Drive

I have a Seagate 2TB hard drive that I connected to my router and have been using for Time Machine backups for the past two years. Recently I have disconnected this hard drive and attached it ...
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Disk size keeps shrinking [duplicate]

I am not a pro at Mac / OS X. But I know my way around. I just installed OS X El Capitan. However when I first started up, my harddisk used 30GB with 'other'. With time the capacity just keeps ...
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After login mac is stuck on progress bar

I have 15 inc Mac book pro with Mavericks installed. I can successfully on the Mac but I cannot login to my account. Upon press enter I get progress bar and after that I get grey screen then nothing ...
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How to format a Seagate HDD to OS X Extended (Journal) with Disk Utility

I have just got a new external hard disk, the Seagate Expansion 2 TB, and I am trying to format it to work on my Mac. I was told that I had to erase the disk and format it to OS X Extended (Journal) ...
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Can I use electrical tape instead of the plastic tab when replacing my hard-drive?

I'm replacing the hard-drive on my 2010 Macbook Pro, (This machine just keeps going, and I'm finally upgrading it to a SSD!) and I'm almost done (it's simple enough) but the plastic tab from the ...
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How do I backup 2 external hard disks to 1 external hard disk?

I currently own two 2 TB external hard disk and one 5 TB external hard disk. Is it possible to backup the two 2 TB external HDDs to the 5 TB external HDD using my Mac?
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New SSD can't be initialized

I have an old Macbook Pro for which I bought a new SSD and replaced the HDD with the SSD. Can't go further, see below. I really don't know what to do. I could return the SSD which, finally, might ...
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MacBook Pro running slowly: do occasional input/output errors on a ditto transfer suggest it is the hard drive?

I was pulling files off of my Daughter's Macbook Pro using Target Disk mode and saw ditto reported input/output errors occasionally. I'm talking just about 40 errors total in all of the 250 GB of ...
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howto encrypt “WD My Passport Pro” online? support.wdc.com with dangerous solution (no security)

I wish to encrypt my WD My Passport Pro drive. I receive error With Google I found An error message occurs when attempting to create an encrypted backup on a My Book Thunderbolt Duo in the Mac ...
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There appears to be data corruption when copying data from the hard drive to SDCard

When I copy some files from my hard drive to my SD Card the files become corrupt. But not all of them and not all the time. I get the following error: Unidentified codec VLC could not identify ...
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can't rename HD

My son's mac running 10.11 has the hard drive named this curie HD""""""""""" copying and pasting reveals lots of spaces after the sequence of " characters. I can't rename the HD in Finder. Every ...
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Seagate is not allowing me to make partition on MS-DOS (FAT) Or ExFAT!

I just bought an external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB) for my Mac (Yosemite installed) for professional photography. I wanted to make partitions for both Mac and Windows, but it only ...
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MacBook Pro Hard drive crashed

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro 15". I woke up one day, but my Mac didn't. I was getting nothing but a blank screen so I tried to shut it down a reboot it. Now it won't boot up.. I get the white screen as ...
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Infinite Time Machine Backup on Apple Time Capsule

I've got a (old "flat" version) 1TB Apple Time Capsule and I've configured my Macbook Pro (running El Capitan) to backup data on the Time Capsule, through Time Machine. From the top-right information ...
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MacBook Pro mid 2012 13.3 HDD cable performance

I am helping a friend to fix her MacBook Pro 13.3 performance problems. It was barely booting, and terribly slow for disk seeks. Then I replaced the HDD. It was perfect with new SSD and El Capitan ...
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Updated to 10.11.4 now getting “Disk not ejected properly” every time my Mac mini sleeps

Been running El Capitan since it was officially released. Updated to 10.11.4 a few days ago. I have a WD Elements USB 3.0 drive connected to my Mac mini (directly to the rear ports, not via a hub). ...
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Blinking “forbidden” and “question mark folder” symbol. SATA cable is the problem?

A couple days ago my macbook pro mid 2012 was running perfectly, with a SSD drive that I,ve installed about a hear ago (I also updated my ram up to 8 gb). The day after that I turned on my computer ...
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Revert Apple CoreStorage volume back to Apple HFS

I have a computer that is encrypted with Symantec PGPWDE. A scripting error occurred when trying to decrypt the system and remove PGP and convert the disk to CoreStorage to prepare for using file ...
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iMac partition grid screwed. Please help?

So yeah i guess i screwed up my iMac 5k retina's (late 2014) partition grid big time and i need your help. It all started yesterday when i tried to format my computer. I'm selling it tomorrow, that's ...
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I updated to 10.11.4 (15E65) and now I suddenly have 100 more GBs of space free?

What could be the cause of this? The only thing I can think of would be mobile Time Machine backups, but I have no idea.
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El Capitan keeps creating new mountpoints for external drive

I am new to Mac, I used Linux before and I am experiencing troubles with my external HDD (NTFS formatted). I used osxfuse to mount it as read write (via ntfs-3g) - I used tutorial from this site ...
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Error while unpartitioning hard drive?

I've tried to install Ubuntu (and gave up), but now there's a stuck partition, of 24.22 gigabytes. The pink shows the partition. I want to unpartition it, but when I try to delete it, an error ...
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USB external harddrive not being recognised

My WD 2 TB hard drive has suddenly stopped being recognized by my MacBook Pro, running OS X 10.11.3, but it's working on my ThinkPad, running Windows 7 and Linux Mint. The solution I found was to ...
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When Mac OS freezes is it ok to hard shutdown?

I have a MacBook Pro Retina, so it has an SSD but no HDD. I use Dr. Cleaner and I've often noticed that when 99% of the app memory is being used, the OS X El Capitan freezes. At this point of time, ...
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Cannot reformat external drive with no file system

This whole mess started with trying to encrypt Time Machine backups. I have a 4TB Lacie P9230 external drive which has been working for about a year just fine. The drive has been partitioned into two ...
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Large Library/Containers directory

The directory ~/Library/Containers has size 39GB on my system. This is huge. I guess that the directory contains some files created by running various apps. So the more applications I use, the more is ...
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Is the hard disk of a late 2015 27" iMac 5k still replaceable?

I'm getting different information from the web vs. Gravis. I'd like to know if the HDD of a late 2015 iMac 27" model can still be replaced. According to Gravis it's soldered. My idea was to get a ...
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Mac OSX installed in 2 Hard Disks. Want to Remove applications and OS from one

I have a 13" Macbook Pro (Mid 2012) (El Capitan). Recently, I replaced my Optical Drive with a Samsung 250GB SSD. After some days, when I booted up my Mac, it showed white screen and quick google ...
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System Crash with El Capitan

My Mac, which stays powered up 24/7 just crashed. I recently installed a second ssd in it, so I'd like to know whether the following is related with the disk. Thanks. Sat Mar 12 01:28:06 2016 *** ...