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

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External USB3.0 4TB HDD is not recognized by Mac OS X

I've bought an external 4TB HDD. It is this this one. The problem is that my Macbook Air 11" 2013 (with Mac OS X 10.9.2) does not recognize it. The device is ok. I can use it from other computers ...
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How to recover data from unreadable hard drive?

I have an 80GB Fujitsu 2.5" hard drive that died about a day ago and had nothing backed up. Is it possible to retrieve data off of it somehow.
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500gb take up space on my HD, but don't belong to any visible file or folder

I've got a problem: 500gb take up space on my HD, but don't belong to any visible file or folder. This may have something to do with a disk image of 500gb I created and deleted some time ago. Is there ...
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How to fix mounting problem with external drive?

I have a USB external hard drive with AC adapter that works fine with an Ubuntu machine. But when I plug it into my MacBook Air it lists one partition on the finder, and does not mount the other. ...
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How safe is it (and what precautions should I take) if I want to transport my Macbook from class to class?

So, last week my hard drive died. I took it to a repair shop, and the person said the hard drive died. I asked why, and he says it just happens (even though my Macbook Pro is only 1.5 years old). ...
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MacBook Pro hard drive problems: Can it be hard drive cable?

My MacBook Pro 2009, (13inch, snow leopard), does not boot into OsX. I also have bootcamp windows, and I can boot into windows with no problem. I pressed the D key while starting and made a Apple ...
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Is a corrupted HD a sign of something ominous for the hardware?

The Verify Disk functionality of the Disk Utility reports that my HD is corrupted. I fixed the problem using the startup CD but what does that mean for the health of my HDD?
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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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What file system should I choose when formatting a flash drive?

I need to write a few large files (larger than 4 GB) on a flash drive, but I can't do it, because the file system of the flash drive is MS-DOS (FAT32). How should I format the flash drive, so I can ...
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Move hard drive from macbook pro to macbook air

I have a Macbook Pro with a 250 GB SSD hard drive (Macbook retina Mid 2012 i7) and a Macbook air with 120 GB SSD hard drive (Mid 2012 Intel Core i5). I would like to move the swap the hard drives if ...
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Real performance boost with multiple partitions

I have a 1TB Hard drive with multiple partitions where I had previously installed Snow Leopard. Now I'm making a clean install of Mavericks and I have a couple of questions: 1) What are the real ...
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Why is my Mac able to write to my NTFS hard drive?

My question is one of confusion. All over the internet I have seen people looking for the ability to use a Mac to write to NTFS, or people formatting drives to FAT32 so that their Mac can share a ...
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Erase MacBook hard drive without OSX disc

I would like to erase everything on my Mac's hard drive as I'm going to recycle or sell it. Is there a way to do it without OSX disc?
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Which type of storage between HDD and SSD should I use in MacBook Pro for app development job?

I'm deciding to buy my first MacBook Pro for developing iOS application. I never use any Apple desktop or laptop before, and also never develop any application. I think if I want faster result when I ...
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How can I recover a Mac HDD?

Should I take it out and put it in a HDD enclosure. assuming its a 2.5" drive, should i buy a HDD enclosure and just slot it in? Anyone know of a half decent FAQ that will help me with this task. ...
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Cannot copy from MAC to Pendrive

I attach pen-drive to my Macbook-air. It is detecting and I can also copy from my pen-drive to my Hard disk. But I cannot copy data from Hard disk to pen-drive. I tried with different pen-drives, but ...
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My External hard drive fell and not showing up on Mac

1 week back my 1TB Seagate Expansion external hard drive which I used for Time Machine backup fell on ground. I freaked out and immediately connected it back to Mac. and to my horror the drive didn’t ...
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How to get a full backup of a hard disk from a dead MacBook?

My MacBook is not booting up due to some short circuit problem. Apple Store has promised that they can repair but there would be data loss. I want to take out the hard disk from the MacBook and take ...
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Accidentally used dd on my system drive

As is wanted to write an image to usb stick, I accidentally used my system drive (macintosh hd) as target. Command used: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1024 count=1 Where disk1 was ...
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Missing date in 'About this mac' window

I'm looking for used macbook pro and found this one. Why there is no date of manufacture in 'About this mac' window? Can it be hacked mac? Also on second screen shot there is mystical '1Tb flash ...
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Why Does A New Mac Pro Only Support a Single Internal Drive?

Every graphic-heavy application I have used has recommended storing files it uses on a separate disk from the boot disk (preferably an SSD), however with the new MP this isn't an option. The only way ...
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My macbook air wont let me erase my disk?

What the title says. I'm trying to delete all the data off my macbook air. I pressed command+r, went to disk utilities, selected my disk in the slot to the left, went to the erase tab. The "erase" ...
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Time Machine and storage questions

In researching Time Machine usage issues, I have come across other questions that might change the way I have always arranged my drives. Back in the 'olden days' when internal drives were ...
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Raid 0 - Why am I constantly losing data?

I have a Mediasonic 4 bay drive enclosure like this with four 3TB Toshiba HDD's attached to my hackintosh machine. The drives are in a RAID 0 configuration setup with Disk Utility. I've had this ...
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Mac Boot Option not Showing Base System

Whenever i hit ⌥ or ALT when I boot up my Mac only the Boot Option "Mac Hard Drive" shows. "Mac OS X Base System" or "Recovery 10.9.1" doesn't show up. Can someone help me on this? Do i need to make a ...
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TimeMachine inconsistant with backed up data. How do I access earlier data from the backup - they ARE there, Time Machine just doesn't show them

This is a bit difficult,. I will try to explain in detail, please excuse if it get's a little long. Outlook 2011 crashed, and I was advised to reinstall. That was a mistake, all my local folders in ...
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Using an External HDD as a bootable Windows Disk

I want to use my external HDD as a bootable USB drive so I can install Windows 7 via bootcamp but I am having trouble getting bootcamp to just use one partition of the drive. When I get to the stage ...
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Why am I not able to expand my hard drive partition after deleting Windows?

I'm a MacBook user and I had previously installed Windows on my laptop. After deleting the Windows partition now, I'm facing difficulty in expanding my hard drive partition to the maximum. After I ...
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How to fix Mountain Lion deadly crashes

Over the last 3 months, after I bought my first Mac Mini, which came installed with mountain Lion, I've had to reinstall the OS over 10 times now. Here's a list of steps of what happens: I turn it ...
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Moving Drives Between Macs

I'm considering buying a new MacBook Pro after today's refresh, and I am wondering if OS X handles simply pulling a drive out of one MacBook Pro and putting it in another. I know that in the Windows ...
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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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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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Snow Leopard cannot find my LaCie Network Space 2 when it's connected through USB.

I have a LaCie Network Space 2 (and I wish I had bought a WD instead) which is connected to my iMac with USB. I have used it before through LAN, but I've moved my Mac to another room and now I ...
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What does Apple Hardware Test error “4HDD/11/40000004:SATA(0,0)” mean?

I have a 2007 24" iMac with 4GB RAM and internal 320GB HD. A while ago the machine froze and then would not boot. When I run the Extended Apple Hardware Test I get the error ...
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How do I install new Mac OS onto a new unformatted HD

The HD crashed on my old MacBook (white Mid 2007) and appears to be unrecoverable. Though I bought a new MacBook Pro, I would like to resurrect my old MacBook, by buying a new hard drive. (It had ...
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Unable to account for 23.6 GB of disk space

I have a 13-inch MacBook Air, and have been using it for about a year now. There are 23.6 GB of memory that appear to be missing from my hard drive. About This Mac -> Storage shows 91GB of files, of ...
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Can Recovery Mode install OS X onto a blank SSD?

I want to install a new Solid State Drive (SSD) into the Mac. Can I just build in the SSD, start the MacBook in Recovery Mode and install OS X from there on? After reading a lot on the internet I ...
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Disk size keeps shrinking [duplicate]

I am not a pro at Mac / OS X. But I know my way around. I just installed OS X El Capitan. However when I first started up, my harddisk used 30GB with 'other'. With time the capacity just keeps ...
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How to show Hard Disk icon on Desktop via Terminal?

Is there a command in Terminal that allows you to show the Hard Disk as an icon on your Desktop? I know the manual process of doing it, which is, Finder > Preferences... > General and check "Hard ...
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Unable to copy OSX Installer from external drive to Mac

As usual I wanted to prepare bootable USB with OSX. Some time ago I've made a copy of my Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan to external drive. I wanted simply to drag & drop El Capitan to prepare ...
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How do I save iCloud photos to external hard drive?

Photos on my iPad are backed up on iCloud, but as my iCloud storage is full I want to back up my iCloud photos to an external hard drive. How do I do this on my Windows desktop PC? I do not have a ...
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Terminal command ls/cd not finding any files on external harddrive

I'm having a bit of trouble with my external hdd and terminal. I've been able to access files on it via terminal in the past, but since I upgraded to El Capitan I can't seem to find anything on my ...
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Trying to revive an old hard drive

I had a few old backup drives from my Windows computer that I wanted to go through. They are 5-6 years old. And they are internal drives so I got a USB adapter kit from the brand Deltaco. So far I ...
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Less RAM and an SSD vs. more RAM and an HDD?

This isn't a question about which part of my computer to upgrade. It's a question about what I should buy in my eventual new computer. I have an early 2011 13" MBP with a 500GB hard drive and an ...
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My hard drive is broken on my Mac, I have a new one, but how can I install OS X? [duplicate]

I couldn't figure out how to properly explain the issue in my title. Here is the deal: My HDD is broken in my MacBook, every time I boot it up it's freezing. I bought a totally new SSD, but I didn't ...
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Time Machine backup from external hard drive stuck in trash

I got a new iMac after my old one died. As my old one was dying I made several Time Machine backups to a 1T G-Drive external. Unfortunately, I must have done it incorrectly because the backups have ...
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Is there a way to automatically update a folder in external hard drive without deleting missing files?

I have a 250GB macbook air. I do a lot of photography, so my SSD gets filled up with photos really quickly. I've been using a 2TB external hard drive to archive the older photos that I no longer need ...
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How can I find out what is taking up space on my hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a tiny hard drive - 128 GB. I am not that technical. I see that other files under storage is taking up say 40 GB of space. My boyfriend got me a WD NAS hard drive and I was able to move my ...
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Can I get bootcamp to use existing free space on physical disk?

When I installed my Macbook Pro, I had a 1Tb drive. When I formatted and partitioned the drive, I assigned 800Gb for OSX and left 200Gb free. I intended the free 200Gb to hold a Windows installation ...