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

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How to automount UDF partition with strange partition ID

I have two partitions on my usb hdd: #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size] ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1: AF 1023 254 63 - 1023 ...
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Can't copy folders to NTFS drive with NTFS-3G OSXFuse

I just installed ntfs-3g and osxfuse using brew. I have no problem copying individual files to the external hdd. But every time, I try to copy a folder, I get the following error : The operation ...
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MacBook won't boot from internal SSD

I got a 2011 MacBook Pro and had a Samsung 840 Pro installed running Mountain Lion, then Mavericks for about a year without any problems. Without any apparent reason the MBP just wouldn't boot from ...
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/dev/disk0 disappears

On my Macbook Pro mid-2014 (have had it for only a week) I am having an issue where the primary hard drive (at /dev/disk0) just disappears from the system, thus crashing. The only reason I know that ...
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Getting rid of “The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer” message at startup

I have a couple of disks in Windows software mirroring RAID in my system, and when OS X (Mountain Lion) loads, the same message pops up (twice) each time: The disk you inserted was not readable by ...
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Why Can't I Make a Macally G-S350SUAB2 Boot Family's iMac?

I can't seem to be able to get the Macally G-S350SUAB2 enclosure that my dad loaned me for development use to boot a copy of OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks which I installed using my dad's early- or late-2011 ...
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Loading Windows 7 on external drive for gaming

I'm attempting to load Windows 7 onto an external hard drive in order to boot from the hard drive whenever I play games. I originally split my internal drive to make a Mac OS side and a Windows side, ...
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External USB 3.0 Seagate HDD No Longer Mounting

Out of nowhere my 1 TB Seagate FA GoFlex won't mount my Mac formatted partition (the only partition). I have run repair disk on the drive and on the partition and find no errors. I still get an ...
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iMac hard disk partially erased - now stuck

My iMac, about four years old, started playing up badly - went from being very slow to not doing anything (grey screen at start up). I tried resetting PRam without success, and then started up in safe ...
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Error while erasing my system disk in recovery mode

My macBook Air failed to start. I have the grey screen and when the progress bar is at 100% it shutdown. I tried 4-5 times with same result. I try in recovery mode pressing Alt key during boot. I ...
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Disk Utility Crashed whilst creating a Partition and I'm now missing hard drive space

Disk Utility Crashed whilst creating a Partition, and I now have ~100GB missing, which was the amount I had allocated to the new partition. The new partition didn't get created, and I now have 100GB ...
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Can a mac do a bitwise copy of a USB disk with proprietary disk format?

I have a USB disk with a propietary format that I want to bitwise clone to a new identical drive. I have CCC but the disk doesn't show up in Finder. It does appear in Disk Utility. I tried ...
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What to do if repairing one disk made the other unrecognized?

Originally I had two drives, an HDD and an SSD (my boot drive). The HDD had a 100gb partition on it that used to have windows installed on it, but that partition got locked and became unusable. When I ...
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Raid two external hard-drives with read/write support on Windows & OS X

I have a USB 3 HDD enclosure that currently has two 1TB drives in it. I am looking at buying another external USB 3 HDD drive (not an enclosure). I am currently running the external enclosure with the ...
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Does free disk space actually help mac performance?

Anyone will tell you that freeing disk space will make your mac faster - specially noticeable if your disk is almost full. I don't know if that's true. Is it? And why, exactly? I just don't see how ...
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Hard Drive Scraping Noise and the Flashing Inquisitive Folder

Hey I'm having the flashing question mark folder issue. My hard drive is also making this noise like tschhh, tschhh, tschhh, tschhh. Holding option does nothing, it just makes it load to a grey ...
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What should I do to restore my computer's hard drive to how it was before I partitioned it? (and do I need to?)

For a few months, I used the hard drive on my iMac to do Time Machine backups for my MacBook until I got a Time Capsule. Since Time Machine refused to back up directly to the iMac's HD, I partitioned ...
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My MacBook Pro mid-2010 won't recognize new hard drive

I was forced to change my HD since the old one gives me I/O error on boot. I bought a Western Digital Blue WD5000LPVX, connected by USB to another Mac and format it using Mac OS Extended (Journaled) ...
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Time Machine and an Unmounted Internal Drive

A couple of weeks back I put an SSD in my macbook, keeping the old spinning disk drive around using an expansion bay. Everything went fine, and I got it backing up. However, having the SSD around, I ...
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Error during install Leopard on iBook G4, now can't mount drive

I have an iBook G4 that was running 10.3.9 and I was attempting to install 10.5 via Firewire transfer as the optical drive is not working. During the install, the power lead failed and the laptop ...
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Can I enlarge a RAID10 with Disk Utility?

I have a 4TB RAID10 (4x2TB disks) created with Disk Utility. I also have 4x4TB spare disks. Can I enlarge the RAID10 to 8TB (4x4TB)? This post suggests that I can break each mirrored set, and ...
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Acceptable and unacceptable speed for an external USB disk

I think my external HDD is running way too slow but I am not sure. Using XBench I get the following results: Seq: Uncached Write 0.79 0.49 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Write 0.21 0.12 MB/sec ...
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Hard drive can not be partitioned after shutdown during prior partition

Whilst partitioning my Mac Hard Drive to install Windows 7 via the bootcamp assistant, my computer - oblivious to me until too late - ran out of charge. When I turned it back on, as expected, the was ...
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Can I restore my Time Machine copy from a restored external disk partition?

My external hard drive didn't recognize one of the partitions so I had to bring it to the support guys in order to restore the files if possible. They gave me back the hard disk with some of those ...
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How to sync 2 hard drives without being connected to them at the same time?

Set-up: 1 external hard drive at work 1 external hard drive at home Macbook that travels between work and home Hard drive contains iTunes Music Library that I like to have synced between home and ...
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How to make bigger Macintosh HD partition

I installed OS X Mavericks Server as a virtual machine to ESX. I'm doing some testing and now I need more space. Macintosh HD partition is 50 GB and I have expand it to 100 GB total in ESX but I need ...
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My Lacie 'Rugged' external hard-drive no longer mounts

My Lacie 'rugged' 1TB external hard-drive has stopped working. I have always been sceptical about the USB connector cable, and more specifically where it joins the hard-drive. It just seems poorly ...
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Why is Intel 520 SSD slow in my Mac Pro?

I have a 2010 Mac Pro running OS 10.9 on an Intel 520 SSD. I've noticed read/write times are much slower than Intel claims. Is there anything I can do about this? Intel's claim: Sustained sequential ...
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2007 15" macbook pro disk full won't get past login screen

I was trying to help my brother fix his computer: A pop up that comes up at login that will tell you that your startup disk is full, he logs in and the screen gets stuck without loading any files. I ...
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RAID 1 array degraded, now not being recognized by OSX

I've got a pair of Seagate 3TB HDDs in a mirrored RAID 1 array using a Vantec NexStar MX two-drive enclosure. The setup has generally worked fine for the last four months, but lately I've noticed that ...
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Macintosh HD missing after failed catalog btree rebuilding

There is an I/O error in the hard disk in my MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion and as I start it up, a progress bar fills up and then it shuts down on its own. I attempted to recover the files in ...
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MacBook Pro Mid-2009 13 inch does not recognize replaced hard drive

As the title states, I recently got a used Hard Drive from another MacBook Pro and installed it into my MacBook. The problem, is the laptop will not recognize it at all. The old hard drive just goes ...
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Recover a deleted encrypted partition?

As my previous external HDD threw some disturbing SMART Warnings, I bought a new Hard Drive. It arrived earlier today, I formatted it and made some backups onto it at it has more space and I wanted to ...
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Fusion Drive not moving data back to SSD - anyone encounter this?

I'm about to buy a Mac Mini and have got the DIY Fusion Drive parts handy. I'm actually a bit on the fence about the choice of manual SSD+HDD separation with the aid of symlinks and proper Fusion ...
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Fusion Drive Setup: Possible to force the HDD to spin down as long as your reading from/writing to the SSD?

I'm considering to replace my optical drive in my MacBook Pro with an SSD. When using it as separate Volume, the advantage is that you can spin down the HDD, thus reduce noise and first and foremost, ...
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Restoring Win7 image to new bigger partition in Mac OS Mountain Lion

I had 80% of my HDD for Mac and 20% for win7... I needed more space on Win7 so I did the following: Created disk image of Windows partition, using Mac's Disk Utility Used Boot Camp Assistant to ...
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What steps can I take to recover data from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot volume that won't boot and is stuck in “converting” status?

I have a 2008 Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8 on a 500GB (upgraded from original) 1-2 year old hard drive. The drive was encrypted with FileVault2, and the system was running fine a few months ago until ...
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Why do external hard drives stop working under very specific conditions?

I have a mid 2011 MacBook Pro 15" running Lion. I have seen this behavior across 3 different external hardrives, with varying manufacturers (2x Seagate, 1 Western Digital), different file system ...
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Hard disk full error!

My Macbook Pro mid 2012 (non-retina display) keeps showing me that the startup disk is full. I have only one partition for the whole system and it is 750 GB in size. I am sure that all my files ...
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How to break away from LaCie Big Disk Extreme firmware, for its two disks to appear as two instead of one?

Question How can I reconfigure a LaCie Big Disk Extreme so that Mountain Lion will see both of its disks? Background Once, years ago, I accidentally did something bad to a LaCie device. Where ...
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“Invalid key length” - corrupt partition after power outage?

I recently lost power overnight with my computer up and running, external hard drives plugged in, and in the morning my login screen had the "Device Removal" error as if I unplugged the disk without ...
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Transfer data to rMBP from external hard drive?

I got the new rMBP and tried importing my stuff to it via an external HD. Seems like it didn't work. And Migration Assistant didn't either. Has anyone done this successfully?
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Find Time Capsule HD Specs

How can I find out the specs from my Time Capsule hard drive? It doesn't appear in Disk Utility (a mounted disk). More specifically, I'd like to know the manufacturer and model, much like the System ...
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Disk Utility Error Message - Missing EFI + MediaKit

Previously setup was with 2 partitions, one for normal use while the other had the Lion Install ESD on it, used when I installed some time ago. The other day my machine suddenly shutdown and when I ...
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Failing hard drive – Will it affect the integrity of my data?

I have a failing hard drive on my current MacBook Pro (it is having a symptom that I previously had on a failing hard drive on a MacBook – clicking drive noises). I'm backing up my hard drive quite ...
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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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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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Restore 200mb EFI Partition/Write Support for WIN7 HFS+

So I posted earlier about recovoring an HFS+ partition on Windows. I used Testdisk with awesome success. Now I've run into another issue. The biggest issue is that I need to read AND write to my ...
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Word damaged files after hard disk clone

I tried to clone a hard drive to a new SSD. Something went wrong, and the old hard drive wouldn't work with me and was now called disk2s2. The new SSD seemed to have all the data, but wouldn't boot. I ...
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Loading Any USB Flash Drive onto an iOS Device

I have a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive with 32 GB storage on it, and would like to view its contents on my iPhone. I have seen flash drives that are made particularly for iOS devices and have ...