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

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What kind of encryption does Mac OS X Extended (Journaled, Encrptyed) use?

Since my primary hard disk is encrypted with FileVault2, I also wanted my backup drive to be encrypted. I plugged in my external drive, brought up Disk Utility, and went to erase/format the disk. I ...
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Checking for bad blocks without formatting

My Mac tends to pause every now then when preforming simple tasks such as right clicking, opening menus and typing (It actually just froze when I started typing this question.). I've read in a few ...
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How to isolate the most disk-active process(es) in OS X?

I have some process(es) performing a lot of drive access from time to time, however I've hitherto been unable to isolate which process or processes are performing the access. What shell command can I ...
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What's the easiest way to free up disk space on my iMac with a huge photo library?

This is a hybrid hardware/software question with a few more factors than the typical "freeing disk space" question. I have an older iMac with (I think) about a 250 GB hard drive. It's been running ...
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Can I convert a RAID 0 set to a RAID 5 set?

Can I convert a RAID 0 set to a RAID 5 set in a Mac Pro? I currently have two 500GB drives in a RAID 0 set. I want to add a third drive and convert it to a RAID 5 set. Is it possible to do this ...
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fsck and Disk Utility won't repair Volume: invalid b-tree node size

I accidentally wrote some .iso data to a disk through dd by mistake. I cancelled the command after just 2 seconds but that was enough to wipe the first EFI partition (200MB) and a bit of the second ...
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How do I spin down a secondary disk when not mounted?

I have Macbook Pro 13" (Early 2011). I replaced the SuperDrive with a SSD that now is my main disk. The existing HDD is used for Time Machine and nothing else. I have 2 problems with the secondary ...
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Customize the Boot Camp Drive Icon in Lion

A while ago, I remember having customized the Boot Camp drive icon with a pretty simple hack. It was on Mac OS X Tiger. And it was that hack. Now I'm running Lion. Windows 7 is comfy on his Boot ...
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Unable to format pendrive, diskutil error

When I insert my USB Pendrive in my iMac i see this message: I tried to format it both with DiskUtility and with diskutil command in terminal but I get this error: iMac:~ User$ diskutil eraseVolume ...
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disk full - Mac OS won't boot

My friend has a problem getting Snow Leopard to run because the disk is completely full. I suggested getting into command line mode (CMD+S on boot) and delete some things, but it didn't work (nothing ...
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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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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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Can I use an Advanced Format drive in a Late 2010 13" MacBook Pro?

I have the 13" Late 2010 MacBook Pro, and the 250 GB Hard Drive is way to small, so I'm looking to get a bigger one. I wanted to upgrade to a 750 GB WD Scorpio Blue (WD7500BPVT), but I've read ...
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Disconnecting disks from Airport Extreme

Since Apple released the new Airport Utility with the simplified UI, there doesn't seem to be an option to "Disconnect All Users" to kick all users off a hard drive to safely remove it when connected ...
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Where are notes stored in Mountain Lion

I ha a hard drive that died recently in my macbook, I've replaced the hard drive etc so no issues there. Unfortunately, it appears I wasn't backing up the notes app to iCloud, and I really need to get ...
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Mac Application to defrag my Mac drive

I work on media files as per my profession. I find my Mac (Mac Lion) going slower day by day. I think it will be beneficial to defrag the drive but didn't find any Apple tool for it. I want a an ...
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When does macbook second HD work?

I changed my optical drive with my old HDD and it works great. Now i have a SSD samsung 840 evo 250 GB. The battery doesn't last as long as before, but still works quite well. The only thing it ...
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Is there room for two drives in the 27" 2012 iMac?

I've looked around a bit, but can't find anybody saying whether there is room in the new slim iMac for an extra internal SSD. I used this tutorial about a year ago to add an additional SSD to my Mid ...
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How can I mount an encrypted disk from the command line?

When I type diskutil mount disk3 in the terminal, it says Volume(s) mounted successfully. However, the disk is not mounted and I can confirm this by opening the GUI of Disk Utility.app and also the ...
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How can I modify an existing FAT partition without losing its data?

I have a 1tb hard drive. Long a go I split it it into two partitions. One I left as a Mac OS extended (journaled) with 990GB and one as FAT with 10GB. Now I would like to add about 100GB to the FAT ...
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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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Is there a HDD/Hard-Drive testing tool for mac?

I just found an external HDD in my shelf and want to sell it :-) Before this, I tried to delete all the files on the HDD, but the disk utility of Snow Leopard aborted with a known error "Disk Erase ...
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How fast should my MBP internal drive be?

I'be been experiencing an ongoing (if not precisely measurable) feeling that my MBP is underperforming, and it seems to be related to disk IO. I recently downloaded a disk benchmarking tool, to see ...
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Migration Tool VS CCC

I have a 2010 Mac Pro. Still running Snow Leo, as there are still quite a few programs that are PPC and I'm not prepared to update all of them. My current boot drive is 1.5TB and I'd like to swap it ...
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Synchronize USB hard drive between Mac and PC

I have a large (750GB) FAT32 formatted USB hard drive and two computers - a MacBook and a PC - and I want to keep synched and duplicate versions of my work folders (images, word documents, videos etc) ...
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Diagnose disk I/O per application

I have a Leopard system which feels rather sluggish, and which I suspect may be disk-I/O-bound. While I know how to check which app is using CPU or memory (top or Activity Monitor), I don’t really ...
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Apple Sudden Motion Sensor and Hard Drive Upgrade

I'm looking to upgrade a notebook hard drive and wanted to use the Hitachi Travelstar 5K750. Will it work with the Apple Sudden Motion Sensor? Do I have any way of identifying drives that will play ...
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Optimal method to test an external hard drive?

I've got an HFS+ formatted external drive that is starting to act a bit funny, mainly causing my mac mini (finder) to freeze up on occassion when accessing it. Fearing imminent failure, what is the ...
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Can the hard drive in an Apple TV be upgraded? How?

I own an Apple TV, with 160GB of internal storage. I'm interested in replacing that hard drive with a larger one, perhaps 640GB, or else the largest 2.5" drive I can get that would be compatible. Is ...
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Can I have two Time Machine partitions on one hard disk drive?

I know that someone can use a partition on a hard disk drive for Time Machine, but is it possible to specify more than one partition on a single drive for this purpose? The scenario: My partner and ...
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How can I do a fresh install of OSX Mountain Lion onto my SSD for my Macbook?

So I just got a SSD for my MacBook Pro (early 2011). My macbook is sluggish and has so much stuff that I don't use anymore and just want to start over from scratch basically. I did a time machine ...
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How can I make my computer believe a disk image is a hardware disk?

I'm trying to do some research on TimeMachine right now. I don't want to purchase an external hard drive, just to learn about some software, and so I'd like to be able to tinker with the settings, by ...
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Aperture: Library over multiple Hard Drives

I switched to Aperture some time ago. And right now, the moment has come that I want to save some space on my internal hard drive. What I found on the Apple website is this: I can't seem to find ...
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Issues with installing SSD instead of DVD drive?

It is common to replace a MacBook Pro's hard disk drive (HDD) with an solid state drive (SSD), however, that may pose a threat to the HDD if installed in the optical bay instead of the SuperDrive.* ...
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Do 2.5" SATA HDDs in an external enclosure need extra power over USB with Windows?

MacBook Pro 2008 motherboard failed. Upon sending it to an Apple authorized repair center, they confirmed this. They gave me the laptop back so I could open 'er up and get the hard disk out, which I ...
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Western Digital external hard drive is constantly ejected

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups, and recently my iMac has started to randomly eject the hard drive, preventing backups. It tends to happen while ...
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How can I prevent external hard disk from sleeping when connected to Airport Extreme?

I have a 1TB external hard disk from Seagate connected to the USB port of my Airport Extreme and everytime I need to access it I have to wait some time until it leaves the sleep mode. Is there a way ...
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Upgrading RAM/HDD in latest MBP [closed]

I planning to buy a 13 inch MBP this month. Is it a good idea to stick to the standard 4GB of ram and 500GB harddrive, and upgrade it myself to 8GB/1TB? This would save me about $350. I have ...
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How can I restore my system, using Snow Leopard, after hard-drive replacement?

I had a nearly full 500GB drive in my MacBook Pro, running Snow Leopard. As the near-full capacity was becoming problematic, I bought two 1TB drives, went home, ran Time Machine on one of them, and ...
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Should I spin down Mac Mini's drive?

I have a Mac Mini (2010) that I use as a home server with a DAS (2 drives) attached over USB. Everything is on 24/7. From all my research online, it seems that spinning hard drives up and down ...
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How can I recover files from a failing hard drive?

I am in the process of trying to recover files from a failed MacBook hard drive. While I've already replaced the drive in the machine itself and installed a fresh copy of OS X, I have the old drive in ...
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can i delete “developer-old” folder?

I've got a "developer-old" folder besides for my "developer" folder. "developer-old" contains "headers", "SDKs", etc folders. It'd be nice to delete this folder bc it takes up 10GB. Can I?
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External USB hub for 4 external hard drives

I have a macbook pro. And like all macs, there is never enough ports. I've been searching and searching to find a USB hub that power 3 external USB hard drives. Any advice?
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How can I write files to iPod's internal disk on Windows?

when trying it I get the "can't do that" icon How can I copy new photos to the iPod?
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Encrypted external drive always prompts for password, despite being in keychain

I have an external encrypted drive, and 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. Oddly, if I ...
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Macbook Pro really slow since Mavericks

I have a 2010 Macbook pro that is running very slowly (Clicking something takes around 4-5 seconds to react even though no graphical lag is observable) on Mac OS X Mavericks but running really fast ...
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Why is exFAT so slow on Mac?

I tried exFAT in order to use my external hdd on both mac and windows but I found it's so much slower than HFS+. The speed is noticeably different when I tried to fast forward movies (over 4gb). ...
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Mac Pro failing to boot

Two times now, over the last 3 weeks my Mac Pro is failing to boot. Once on, it stays on the blue screen with the spinning icon and never gets to the login screen. To remedy this I boot from install ...
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External disk stalls iMac

I have a weird problem with an external disk connected to my 27" iMac running OS X 10.6.5. It is a 1TB LaCie d2 Quadra and it is connected through Firewire. I use this disk primarily for Time ...
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Why is application switching slow on Late 2013 Mac Mini compared to early 2008 Macbook Pro?

I recently purchased a Late 2013 Mac Mini Quad Core i7 2.6Ghz with 4gb DDR3 ram, 1TB 5400 rpm drive model APPLE HDD HTS541010A9E662 running OSX 10.8.2 I used Migration Assistant to migrate apps and ...