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

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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 ...
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Early 2011 MBP Hard Drive Noise - What IS normal?

I bought an early 2011 (the current model at the time of writing) 15 inch, 2.2GHz MacBook Pro. I had a previous generation model, pre unibody model which I loved and performed like a star. ...
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What is the position of HD Heads during a spin down?

So I'm debating between powering down and sleep mode when toting my macbook around in my backpack. Apple says the HD 'spins down' when in sleep, which obviously means is not spinning. But are the ...
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How to check if internal HDD spindle is off after unmount

I use SSD instead of optical drive in my Macbook MC516LL, so I have bunch of reasons why I wants to keep HDD's spindle off: Preserve HDD from shock Reduce energy consuming Reduce overall system ...
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Hard drive unmounted and missing then back?

I have a 15" 2011 MBP with the OWC data doubler (a generic version). In my primary drive position (the spot where the factory HDD was) I have an OCZ-VERTEX 3. In the data doubler (the spot where the ...
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SSD instead of DVD temperature

just installed Intel 320 instead of DVD in Macbook MC516LL. Does old DVD place is equivalent to standard HDD place in Macbook from temperature (thermal) perspective?
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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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Hard drive on latest macbook pro 17 accessed too often

I have the latest macbook pro 17 and it seems no matter what I do, particularly noticeable when I simply scroll up and down on a window, I hear the hard drive tapping away like it's being accessed or ...
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How can I tell if my iMac's hard drive is dying?

A couple of days ago, my three-year-old iMac locked up. When I rebooted it, it only displayed a folder icon with a flashing question mark. After a couple more reboot attempts, it booted. I ran Disk ...
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RAM Disk gets unmounted when coming out of sleep

I have a script set up to create a RAM Disk at login. But I have now noticed that the RAM Disk (And sometimes other networked disks) get unmounted when I put the laptop to sleep and wake it up again. ...
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Macbook's harddrive free space changes seemingly randomly

Over the last few days my hard drive has gone from a few GB of free space, to zero KB, absolutely full. I then deleted about 1GB of files, and now the free space has gone down to 640MB, and then went ...
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Where can I buy the four hard drive screws for my MacBook Pro 2011 15" (pic)

I'm trying to find four replacement mounting screws for the 2.5" hard drive in my MacBook Pro 2011 15". Here's a pic of the four screws (one attached to hard drive). I tried Googling and can't find ...
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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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New hard drive not recognized

I swapped the original 80 GB hard drive for a new 640 GB Samsung HM64JI hard drive. It is not recognized after booting from the 10.5 Installation DVD on Macbook 2.1 with recent EFI updates installed. ...
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Using the Seagate FreeAgent Desk for Mac on PCs

Is there any way I can use the Seagate free agent Desk Hard Disk for Mac on a PC? Notes: When this disk is plugged into a PC(running Linux, say) the disk is recognized as a separate drive, but we ...
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Why do external hard drives run so hot while mounted and idle on a Macbook Pro?

When my external drives are mounted and idle on a Macbook Pro, they run hot. Why? I do not have the same experience with NTFS volumes on my Windows box, where's the difference in idle disk usage? ...
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Is it possible to Move a bootcamp partition from one drive to another?

When I got a new MacPro last year I formatted one of the additional (i.e. non-boot) drives with Bootcamp and installed Win 7 x64 on it. This set up has been working well these last 12+ months but I ...
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Dealing with a dying hard drive

I have a MacBook Pro with a dying hard drive. It was working poorly for the last month or so and the last 4 times I turned it on it booted correctly once, issued a boot sector not found twice and a ...
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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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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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Restore OS after Harddrive upgrade

I planning to upgrade my 2010 MBP's Hadrdrive from 160GB to 500GB, I have alrerady lot of data on the existing disk, including Bootcamp partition. Could anyone suggest how to do I go ahead with ...
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How can I add some SSD goodness to my MBP?

I have a decently modern (late-2010) Macbook Pro, with a 7200 RPM 500GB HD. I need this much space, but I'd like to have an SSD for compiling code, running the OS, and running games. Is there any way ...
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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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Issues with replacing the internal hard drive in a mid 2007 macbook

I have a white 2007 MacBook with a 2.0 GhZ intel Core 2Duo processor with a 80GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm. Recently my hard drive crashed so I got a new 500Gb Western Digital AV-25 WD5000BUDT 500GB 5400 ...
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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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Which 2nd hard drive for my MBP 2011?

I am looking at options for a 2nd hard drive (SSD is primary) for my 15" MBP 2011, i initially was going with a 750gb 5400rpm drive but i'm thinking about either of the following 7200rpm drives. ...
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How can I automatically have my Trash emptied when disk space gets below a certain point?

Sometimes my hard drive gets low on space, and various things don't work properly until I empty the Trash and free up some space. I know there are applications that empty the Trash after a set ...
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Is it safe for the hard disk drive to operate while MacBook Pro is positioned vertically?

There is a nice designed product: Twelve South BookArc. You can save some space and increase wow-factor of your workspace a bit. But is it safe for HDD to operate a Macbook when it is not parallel to ...
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Refreshed MacBook + BootCamp unable to boot restored Windows 7 partition

I recently had my MacBook's HDD crap out on me. The OS X partition, in particular, quit working, but my Windows 7 partition was still in decent enough shape for me to grab an image. I got a ...
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Can't gain write access to secondary hard drive root-level folder

I have a second hard drive installed on my Mac. On its several root-level folders there's only one I can't get write access to. I've tried right-clicking it, select "Get Info", unlock it, click the ...
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Replacing HDD on 2007 17" iMac

My iMac's HDD has died so I need to replace it. I don't just want to go like for like, does anyone know what the upper limits of the machine are? I have a 1TB USB drive plugged in, so I'm assuming ...
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Hard drive read only access with Mac

I have an external usb hard drive that I used to connect on my old PC laptop. There are some files I created with the laptop on this hard drive. Now, I can only read those files with my Mac notebook ...
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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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Why have 5 different iMacs developed corrupt OS X partitions when the physical drives are fine?

I'm a tech for my local school district and we are having some problems with our iMac Multimedia Lab. Over the past nine months, 5 of the 22 iMacs have suffered from filesystem corruption. The only ...
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Synchronise/Merge MP3 collections without duplication or huge copies

I have one drive containing about 90GB of MP3s which is used at home, it serves three Squeezebox players though the Slimserver software running on one of the desktop Macs. I have a separate firewire ...
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osx split external hard drive partition

I currently have a 640GB external HD that has 1 partition formatted as HSF+ Now I want to split some of the free space into a new FAT32 partition, without having to reformat the whole HD and losing ...
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How do I resize OS X main partition when I already have other BootCamp partitions?

Short story: partition resizing using Disk Utility fails because MediaKit reports no such partition when I try to shrink it. I also tried the same while booting from the DVD, same result. Details: ...
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Is is possible to replace the CD drive in a 17" macbook Pro with a SSD/second HD?

Basically the Title: Is is possible to replace the CD drive in a 17" macbook Pro with a SSD/second HD? I'm looking at buying a 17" MBP, and I am having a hard time deciding if I want a HD or SSD. ...
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Does Mac have something similar to a Linux loop device?

I am trying to work with some cd and hard drive images that I will run inside of QEMU. On Linux, I mount the images using the losetup command, but I notice Mac does not have this. Is there something ...
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Can't Delete/Move folder/files on external HDD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I use NTFS partitions? Hi, I just bought a new external HDD, It went well on my PC but I can't delete/move files on it from my macbook. PS. Im running OS X ...