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

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Bootcamp - Multiple Windows installations, how do delete one?

I've got a Mac Pro with 3 hard drives: 1 x 7200rpm 640GB - 1/2 for OS X - 1/2 for Windows 7 (Bootcamp) 2 x 5400 Western Digital'Eco-drive' (runs like a dog and is only useful for backups and ...
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“Other” Storage space in Sys Info [duplicate]

I have MBP with Lion. In my Sys Info it says 170.12GB of space is being used by "Other". How do I determine what this Other space is and how to clean it up if possible?
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Why is my MBP not detecting my HDD/Optical Drive?

I've had a second hard drive in one of those optibay things in my MBP 5,1. It's been super awesome, until it stopped getting detected today. The second hard drive is getting power and is spinning up, ...
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Disk utility on Mac and free space dispatching

I have a physical hard drive that is split into 3 partitions. The second partition is running out of space and I want to give it some free space that I have on the third partition. While, this is ...
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How can I reformat my hard-drive?

I am in Disk Utility under the Erase Tab. The Format section is grayed out even though I have my main disk selected. The only buttons active are Erase Free Space, but I want to reformat the entire ...
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How to coerce Lion Time Machine into offering backup history migration?

This article describes a feature I heard about from multiple sources about an automagic backup migration process that Lion will do for you. Essentially, when migrating to a new machine, you can ...
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Can I install OS X lion on a disk that is OS X Extended Journaled encrypted?

Just wondering if I can, using Disk Utility, format the hard drive such that it is OS X Extended (HFS+) Journaled encrypted. Will Lion be able to install on that disk?
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Hard disk performance drastically declined after OS X Lion upgrade

After upgrading to Lion (10.7.1) a while ago I'm currently faced with a very poor performance of my system. It's a 2.2 GHz Core2Duo with 4 GB RAM and a 500GB HD. E.g. the JBoss6 AS needs about 5 ...
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How can I move my data to the new harddrive?

So I am planning to upgrade my Macbook pro's harddrive to a SSD. I don't know much Mac OS X tools, so I was wondering if anyone could let me know how I can copy my entire harddrive (including OS) to ...
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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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Fastest way to migrate an application between Mac's?

after using the Migration Assistant each time arrives a new OSX or i buy a new MacBookPro, its time to tidy up my work machine, Since upgrading my current MBP(mid2009 2.8GHz 4GB DDR3) to Lion many ...
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Checking number of reallocated sectors of HDD through Disk Utility, Mac OS X

My MacBook was purchased in 2008. Yesterday I checked the number of reallocated sectors of the hard drive using Disk Utility. It showed there were no reallocated sectors. That seems strange since I ...
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Is it possible to have dual internal hard drives in a 2009 mac mini?

I want to have an SSD for the OS, and the existing disk that came with the unit. Is this possible?
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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 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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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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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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Can't copy folder with files from external hard drive because of permissions?

I can't copy a folder (with files) from an external hard drive because of permissions problems. (You do not have permissions to the files in this folder.) However, those files were created by me (on ...
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Recommendations for USB 3 ExpressCard/34 [closed]

There is a proliferation of portable and cheap portable USB 3 drives nowadays and nothing of the sort for Thunderbolt. I was wondering if it is worth my while getting an ExpressCard/34 USB 3 card for ...
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Why won't disk utility let me remove a partition from my external hard drive?

I have an external 1.5 TB hard drive split evenly with a partition for backup and a partition that was used for Time Machine on my previous computer (OS X Lion). Now I'm using this hard drive with a ...
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My Mac Pro boots into recovery mode every time it boots up

My Mac Pro boots into recovery mode every time it boots up. I have to select the start-up disk when in recovery mode. How can I make so it starts up in Mac Os X Lion every time without it going into ...
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What do I do if I lost my restore DVDs and have a corrupted HD in my Macbook Pro 2010?

I have a Macbook Pro 2010 (Core2Duo), and I lost my original software and OS restore DVD. The one that came with the laptop. Now my HD volume is corrupted (many programs quit randomly now -- like ...
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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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Hard drive space disappearing after mounting external drive

I have recently purchased a WD Elements SE 1Tb external drive. I have set it up with dual partitions: FAT32 (primary) and HFS+ (secondary). I also have a Macbook Pro 13 running Snow Leopard 10.6.6. I ...
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Will a standard MacBook Pro optical-bay HDD caddy fit a non-unibody MacBook Pro?

I have an early 2008 A1226 15" MacBook Pro Santa Rosa (ie non-unibody), and I want to put an HDD in the optical bay (replacing my original HDD with an SSD). There are caddies like this that might do ...
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How much will adding an extra hard drive to my MacBook Pro affect battery performance?

I have a current MacBook Pro 15" i7 2.2Ghz with a 500GB 7200RPM (default) hard drive. I am thinking of replacing both the current hard drive and the superdrive with two Seagate Momentus Hybrid 500 GB ...
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Hard drive is failing, iMac is freezing?

So this is my third hard drive that I installed on my intel Mac OS X desktop (made in 2007), and I installed Western Digital Black Caviar (which is supposed to last 3 yrs, I believe). But the hard ...
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How to make my iMac recognize my USB external hard drive?

I just bought a new Seagate hard drive for Time Machine backups. I plugged it into my iMac and the hard drive never showed up in Finder. The drive does not appear in Disk Utility and the command ...
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Remove 2nd partition, reclaim space

If I have a dual booting computer (os x 10.7 and Linux), and would like to remove the Linux partition and return it to one single large disk running os x, how is this done? Is there risk to messing up ...
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FW400 HDD not recognized at all

I have an external hard drive in an enclosure that plugs into the firewire port of a Mac Pro, and it is not recognized. I connect the device to the firewire port, and this is what it shows: Any ...
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Apple SSD TSC 128 GB on Windows desktop

My MacBook Pro 2011 is having problems. When I turn it on, I hear the chime but the screen is black. I am planning to send it off to Apple since I have AppleCare. But before I do that, I need to ...
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External hard drive buying advice? [closed]

I am trying to create a backup 'strategy' for my MacBook Pro (I have important files on Dropbox but want a bootable clone of my entire HD) using Carbon Copy Cloner. However I need an external hard ...
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Thunderbolt hard drive alternatives [closed]

Are there hard drives like the Pegasus option with Thunderbolt available with only one or two drives for less money?
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Lion clean install process

I'm fairly new to Macs, so I wanted to check if this was a good way to update my machine. Also I'll comment on my reqs so perhaps there's a better way. So, I have a MBP 2010 160GB Snow Leopard ...
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Mounting a “Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)” drive formatted in Lion on either Mac OS X Leopard or CentOS 6

I formatted a Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive on a system running OS X Lion (10.7) as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)". Everything works great on the Lion system. However, when I try ...
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What are the best disk cloning tools?

Money is no object. I want a bit for bit perfect copy of a hard drive/partition which is bootable (is either possible) to be used in a backup regimen. I have heard of some tools but your ...
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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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Upgrading to Lion - Questions about disks, RAID and backups

I've gone Lion on my MBP and now, having backed up four year's worth of files am ready to upgrade... A bit of background: I have a 2007 MacPro and have filled all four drive bays with: 2 x Western ...
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Disk space disappeared, what happened?

So yesterday I had to jump through some hoops getting Xcode set up, in the end I had to install it once, uninstall it and then install a different version. At the start I had ~78GB free. After 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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What format for my external drive allows use with Mac and Windows?

How can I use my external hard drive on Mac OS so I can modify/edit files on both OS's: Mac and Windows? How should I format it?
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Accessing events on external drive in iMovie '11 on Lion

I have my iMovie events stored on my external harddrive (located in a Synology NAS). It worked like a charm with iMovie '11 on Snow Leopard. I then received my new MBP with Lion and the external ...
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Is File Vault 2 whole disk encryption or whole partition encryption?

Can I use File Vault to encrypt only some of the partitions on my disk (so that I can still have unencrypted and Windows partitions on the same disk), or does File Vault encrypt the whole disk so that ...
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How do I speed up a USB external hard drive?

I am using an external USB drive for video. Is it possible to increase the speed of the drive to make rendering/copying/, etc., faster? When I have a couple of applications writing to the drive, and I ...
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How do I list the plugged memory sticks on Mac OS

How can I list all the currently memory devices on MacOS X? I need to do this by command, because I have an Java application that needs this information. Thanks
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Reinstalling software on a brand new (non-formatted) drive - MacBook

My sister gave me her old Macbook that had a bad hard drive. I replaced it with a non-Apple drive and tried to install her software on it, but had no luck at all. I did successfully load/run Ubuntu, ...
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After hard drive upgrade, battery not charging?

I just installed a new hard drive into my Macbook Pro 1,1. I had a little difficulty when I initially installed it because the monitor was not turning back on. After re-opening the MacBook Pro (with ...
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3 Terabyte hard drives in Mac Pro Mid 2010?

I got the Mid 2010 Single CPU Mac Pro and want to add a 3 TB hard drive, specifically the Western Digital Caviar Green WD30EZRX. Does anyone know if that drive will work? Not looking to boot from it, ...
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Can I use a Carbon Copy Cloner with a source disk that's larger than the target disk?

Carbon Copy Cloner is a great utility that's saved me a few times over the years. I've always used a much larger target drive than the source so I've never run into this problem before. Now I have a ...
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Is it safe to unplug a drive while MacBook is asleep? (i.e., does sleep unmount drives?)

Is it safe to unplug a drive while MacBook is asleep? (i.e., does sleep unmount drives?) I think probably not, at least if a file operation was running when you put the computer to sleep, I guess it ...