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

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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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Debugging Hard Drive Issues

My SSD system disk is apparently unmounting about an hour after booting, causing "drive is not configured" errors when trying to read any files, and the Spinning Beach Ball of Death. Disk Utility and ...
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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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How do I temporarily relocate my Time Machine backup files

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external hard drive that I've been using for Time Machine backups. I recently had an issue with it where I can't save to it anymore because it was corrupted. The way to fix ...
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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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MacBook Pro disk failure

Just a few months ago, I bought the latest 2011 MacBook Pro. Now, a few months later, I have a problem. It seems like my notebook is rejecting my hard drive (which is an SSD). How it all began: ...
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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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seagate harddrive won't show in finder, appears in disk utility, can't mount

My hard drive seems shows up in disk utility but not in finder. All my finder preferences are set correctly. The partition does not seem to want to mount. Here are the errors found in the console ...
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Can't mount Macintosh HD volume - invalid content in journal

my 2TB external HHD has decided to fail to mount with the error "invalid content in journal" so i removed the journal using the terminal and tried to mount it - still fails ran verify disk on the ...
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Time machine troubles

I have 2 time machine backups on two different hard drives. One drive is formatted non case sensitive, and the other is formatted case-sensitive. I recently bought a 3rd drive, that I wanted to put ...
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Put only HD to sleep when possible, without putting SSD to sleep. Its possible?

Can I put only HD to sleep when possible, without putting SSD (inserted in superdrive slot) to sleep? (surfing on some forums I read that some problems may arise with SSD stop mode)
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MacBook HDD - keys out of order and disk full error

I have MacBook late 2008 10.6.8 120GB HDD. Lately its been kernel panicing once a week and last panic was really bad. After panic, i booted and verbose log says this: checking catalog file keys out ...
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External HD Accidentally pulled out of computer

A few days ago I accidentally pulled my WD MyBook 1110 Media external HD out of the USB connection on my Macbook Pro. I have tried to repair the HD with Disk Utility, but the 'Repair Disk' option is ...
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Help With Lacie External Drive for Mac with TWO Users

My husband and I have one MacBook Pro but we each operate our own 'side' of the computer (as separate users). We are now out of space on our computer so I'm trying to copy over files from BOTH sides. ...
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change ddrescue log?

I am currently rescuing a 320 GB hard drive by using the ddrescue command on the mac terminal. The hdd is running hot very quickly, so I have to put it outside in the cold before I can go on, but it ...
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MacBook Pro 15" Reoccuring Freezing Problem

I have a MacBook Pro 15" that has been having a reoccurring issue. It gradually starts to slow down while using it, starts freezing, and then will get stuck on the Apple logo loading screen after ...
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permissions problem in copying from external drive in Yosemite

Following a failure of Migration Assistant (sigh), I am trying to manually copy my daughter's files from an external Firewire drive to a newly upgraded iMac running Yosemite. I recently put an SSD in ...
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Can I Time Machine An External Hard Drive?

I have an external hard drive that I have time machined before but its not current. However, my old iMac has broken down but the hard disk is still ok. So I took out the old hard disk & start up ...
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You can only install this software on the disk that is running os x

I have 2 disks in my Mac - a new SSD which is my boot drive, and the original disk which came with the mac, which still has OSX installed on it (I haven't figured out what to use this drive for yet). ...
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How to unlock disk after unsuccessful upgrade?

I tried to upgrade to OSX Yosemite on my MacBook Pro. I had only 4GB of free disk space. Everything went fine until it said only a minute remaining. This was on for 8 hours. Eventually I restarted the ...
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I have a free space in my HD. I can't use it or modify it. I

Whenever I click apply after changing the options in disk utility, nothing happens. I can't also find the free space partition using terminal. What should I do about this?
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5k imac won't recognize hard drives

Just got a new 5k iMac and none of my seagate hard drives will work with it. it says it's not recognizing the HD. In disk utility it won't allow me to repair or verify. The repair and verify buttons ...
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How to let Time Machine automatically delete older backup files to free up disk space?

How to let Time Machine automatically delete older backup files to free up disk space? It does not seem to automatically do it as it starts a backup and failed at the middle complaining not enough ...
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Disk Utility won't let me remove partition. No matter what

Since Yosemite was released this month, I decided to inaugurate it by downgrading from Mavericks to Snow Leopard. I decided to back some files up in a partition (on Mavericks) before wiping the main ...
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Macbook waking harddrives when i walk near it

This might be hard for some to believe but i swear it is a fact. I purchased a brand new MBP Mid 2014, 2.8 Ghz 1TB 16GB. Works well. I have a few external drives connected to it. When i put the MBP ...
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Hard disk drive problem with Macbook Pro, can't see and repair it

I have a problem with my MacBook Pro 13'' mid 2012. I have an external HDD and when I insert it, it doesn't appear on the desktop. If I go into Disk Utility I can see it, but it is written in light ...
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Time machine backups on a USB HDD show as “Other”

As the screenshot shows the TM backups are listed as "Other" in the storage overview. The actual backups are shown taking measly 131 MB. The disk is used exclusively for backups and has no other data ...
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Why is Time Machine only using 20% of its partition allocation

rMBP Late '13, running Mavericks, 128GB SSD. I have a 1TB drive, partitioned equally via Disk Utility to two drives. One is used by Time Machine, the other by Copy Carbon Cloner. I think my concern ...