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

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Disk Capacity 500 gb falls to 250 gb after deleting files

I was attempting to free up disk space on my MB Pro - and subsequently deleted most of the iPhoto files & folders as I was constantly receing a 'your start up disk is almost full (e.g. 2.5 gb left ...
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How do I convert from Case-Insensitive to case-sensitive in 10.8

I just got a new (well refurbished) MacBook Pro running 10.8.3. I am a programmer, so I have need of a case-sensitive filesystem. It is fresh and I am reluctant to upgrade it or do much with it until ...
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My hard drive doesn't work but Bootcamp work

For two days my mac is "dead", the hard drive crashed, so I reformat (twice). Then via the Recovery I wanted to reinstall Mavericks but at the end of the proceedings it appears to me there remains ...
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how to upgrade my Hard drive on MacBook pro

I have a MacBook pro version 10.9.3 with 2.9 GHz Intel core i7 processor. 8GB of ram and a 750GB HD. I'm running windows through parallels and allocated 4GM of memory to it and a used my bootcamp ...
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how to create a 128MB HFS+ partition using diskutil

I have a ~ 500GB disk in my new Mac, and I would like to create a 128MB HFS+ (Journaled) partition using OS X, but when I tried to do this earlier today the smallest HFS+ partition I could create was ...
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Replaced hard drive - trying to do a clean install of OS-X on 2011 Macbook Pro

I've seen plenty of how to's on how to upgrade if you have a working installation of OS-X, however I purchased this macbook used, it needed a hard drive and a keyboard. So I put a new hard drive in ...
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Apple infinite load. I/O error and even a new HD

My mac mini from the 2011 refused to boot. Apple logo and loading image forever.. I tried cmd+s: Went through all the steps from the applejack, tried fsck -fy, all semmed pok, Tried cmd+v: It ...
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Reformat / resize an external hard drive removed from a NAS

I have a 3TB hard drive that I removed from a NAS that is only showing as 800MB on my Mac. Have tried Disk Utility (and terminal diskutil) but the hard drive keeps showing at the wrong size. ...
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How to recover my harddrive if I can't see it in the disk utility

I have a 2007 aluminium iMac which I upgraded months ago to Mavericks. Today it locked up and I held the power button to shut it down and cannot get it to start again. I get the flashing folder ? icon ...
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Which drive to I select to completely erase my system's hard drive?

Apple's instructions for completely erasing a system say to "select your startup disk". But my system shows a hardware drive icon and some gobbledygook as a name, and under that another icon and name ...
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What would be a good SSD drive for a MacBook Pro mid 2010?

I'm thinking about updating a bit my Macbook Pro mid 2010 adding to it 8Gb of RAM and maybe a new hard drive, a solid one (SSD) of probably 240Gb. Which SSD would you recommend me? I'm looking for ...
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MacBook currently has quiet SSD, will adding extra HDD cause constant noise?

My MacBook Pro has an SSD drive that runs silent, which is really great. I am considering removing the SuperDrive, moving the SSD to the optical bay, and adding a 7200-RPM regular HDD in the main ...
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Why is “Users” file size so big?

Why is "Users" file so huge? I am Migrating my Time Capsule's copy of my Air hard drive back to my Air with brand new Hard drive installed.
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Where is the unavailable disk space?

I recently uninstalled a 120 GB windows 7 (installed and uninstalled via boot camp) on my Mac mini machine. I suspect that part of the disk space used in that installation has been made unavailable. ...
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Stress Testing Your Mac For Optimal Performance?

Stress testing maybe considered a useful way to determine if your Mac is performing at its optimal level of performance & may also be an indicator of faults of any components within your Mac. ...
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How to take out HDD (hard drive) from a G5

G5 is totally defunct, I trying to take out the HDD for archive purpose. But realize ... there is no way for me to take out the casing. Any idea?
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Is it safe to reformat drive during Recovery Mode install?

I've inherited an almost brand new 13" Macbook Pro Retina. I'd like wipe the hard drive clean and start with a fresh install of Mountain Lion. I've done this a million times before... but never while ...
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Mac Pro 2007 crashes repeatedly

Yesterday my Mac Pro 1,1 (2007) running 10.7 started freezing up. It keeps on doing this after restart. Usually it will perform one task, but when asked to do a second, it freezes. The cursor will ...
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How would I access my 2012 MacBook Air's Hard drive?

I recently spilled liquid on my 2012 13' macbook air (4,2) and now I would like to access the data that is (hopefully) still stored on my harddrive. What would I buy to read the data externally, as my ...
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Two older Macs (G3 / Intel) need their drives erased. No install discs

I have two older Macs in which I want to erase the hard drive. Secure-erase is a plus, but not a show-stopper at this point. I don't have any Mac OS X discs so I can't use disc utility. What I'd ...
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How to enable “Repair disk button”?

Here what happened with me today. TimeMachine asked me whether I want to set a backup disk, I've answered yes, but then, when I've realized that in order to backup anything TimeMachine will clean the ...
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Windows Server 2012 (or 2008) on a Mac mini

I understand Windows Server 2008 (and presumably 2012) works with Boot Camp. But I am wondering if it will be able to access the second hard disk in the Mac mini server. Can a Boot Camp Windows use ...
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Unable to create a partition to install Mac OS X

When I try to install Mac OS X there is no partition for me to choose. I tried to create a partition and got the error, "Partition failed with the error: Couldn't unmount disc." Anyone have a clue? ...
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OS X Snow Leopard - Can't boot from HD, Target Mode or CD

Today my computer started getting really slow and freezing alot, so i rebooted. HOwever it won't boot up again, keeps getting stuck on the grey screen. Here's what i've tried: Startup in safe mode ...
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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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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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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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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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My MacBook Pro just froze, any advice?

So, my MacBook Pro froze three times today, two of which about two minutes after startup. I could hear fans making noise. When I say 'freeze' I mean that both input an UI don't work. I tried Apple ...
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How do I replace the hard drive in my circa 2008 iMac?

My circa 2008 iMac hung up today and wouldn't reboot -- it just hung on boot with the Apple logo and the spinner. I booted the Snow Leopard DVD and ran Disk Utility on the drive. It told me the drive ...
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Mac HDD Firmware for non-Mac-HDDs?

First of all: I use a MacBook (white) 13.3" 2Ghz (It says it's a MacBook3,1). There was an 80GB HDD (Hitachi) built in, which just turned out to be a little too... Well, it's not enough anymore. So ...
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Why does recovery mode keep failing to install OS X on a new hard drive?

I had a hard drive die in my Macbook Pro (from ~2012) and I replaced it. I booted into recovery mode and tried to install an OS on the new SSD, but it keeps hanging at "installing additional ...
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Folder with a question mark on purchased Mac

I just got my MacBook Pro mid 2012 laptop and stupid me did something to it, now I have a flashing folder with a question mark. The previous owner said she accidentally deleted the software when she ...
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Boot Camp issue

My Windows system is a folder in the Startup Disk PrefPane, but shows an hard drive icon on my desktop. How do I turn it into a hard drive icon in the start up disk? I've tried everything but haven't ...
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Can't launch or uninstall Disk Drill

I've got these two icons in my menu bar, which appear to be an application called Disk Drill (see red rectangle): Basically, I want to uninstall Disk Drill and have these two icons removed from my ...
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Disk utility will not allow me to resize a partition on an unencrypted external hard drive

I want to back up a copy of Windows onto a new partition of external hard drive currently formatted in exFAT. I don't know how to use Windows, so I want to use my Mac (mid-2009 MacBook Pro, running ...
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Hard disk default icons

This is just a curiosity: what's the reason I ended up having two different icons for two external hard drives? In my case in the Finder I have: The information panels for these two are: On ...
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How do I create a browsable index of my External Hard Disks?

I have 7-8 External Hard Disk Drives. I would like to be able to know the content of each of the drives (files and folders) without having to connect them to my system (cumbersome). Is there and ...
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I think I messed up the Fusion Drive on my 2TB iMac

I want to ask you how can I get back together my Fusion Drive (merge HDD and SSD together). I was installing Windows 10 and during installation it crashed and I was not able to boot in Windows neither ...
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How to mount a DMG image created with dd?

I created an "emergency" image of my dying HD using the procedure explained in Recover a dead hard drive using dd. Now when I try to mount the dmg file I get the message: "The following disk image ...
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Deleted photos from MacBook but storage space not reclaimed

I recently ran out of space on my MacBook Pro because I have a lot of pictures saved to it, so I went out and bought an external hard drive (2 TB). I moved every single photo on my MacBook hard drive ...
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Will it do any harm to cannibalise an old hard drive as an SSD enclosure?

I have an old G-Tech Mini portable hard drive (FW800, bus-powered) that I don't need any more, so as an experiment I took the actual hard drive out and replaced it with a 512GB Crucial M4 SSD. I would ...
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My MacBook gets stuck but still has 44 GB of storage left

My MacBook has 125 GB storage space (other 125 GB is for Windows). It still has more than 44 GB available but it gets stuck every two hours. I have tried all the methods I can find and have deleted ...
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Corrupt Time Machine

I have an external disk partitioned in three /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: FDisk_partition_scheme *1.0 TB ...
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I need administrator password for file management on external hard drive

So I have an external hard drive, my passport, that used to be a Time Machine, but now I use for basic file storage. Whenever I try to add a folder, or manage files, it asks for an administrator ...
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Recover my lost data

I wanted to delete my Linux partition, but I don't know why my OS X partition was also deleted. So, I then reformatted the partition and installed a new OS X (Yosemite) on that partition. I am ...
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Can't write on external HDD after upgrading to OS X El Capitan

I am using a LaCie external hard disk in my MacBookPro for 3 years. After having updated to OS X El Capitan, I am no longer able to write on the HDD and I have read-only privileges. Info shows that ...
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Can't partition SSD

Hello I tried to install Windows 10 on my Mid 2012 13' MacBook pro with a Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB installed. In Boot Camp it won't partition my SSD. I also tried it in disk utility but it doesn't ...
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How to save data from a time machine backup that has gone bad

My 3TB USB disk I use as my Time Machine target has gone bad. I can mount it read only but no set of options I've tried allow me to mount it read/write. The fsck tells me that the catalog btree is ...
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How do I access my old files from an old Macbook HDD with Lubuntu?

I wasn't sure if I should put this on the Apple or Linux stack exchange but here's my problem. So my old Macbook died a while back and I realized that it might have had some important information. My ...