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

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Does Spotlight index SSDs faster than HDDs?

Ive been thinking about swapping my MacBook Pro's (late 2012) hard drive for an SSD for a while now, as there becoming more affordable at decent sizes. Apart from the read / write and startup time ...
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MacBook Air stuck with Apple logo and spinning circle

My MacBook Air isn't loading past the screen with the Apple logo and the spinning circle. I have done an OS X MOUNTAIN LION reset via Disk Utility and it installed, but still nothing. I have done the ...
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Can't copy folders to NTFS drive with NTFS-3G OSXFuse

I just installed ntfs-3g and osxfuse using brew. I have no problem copying individual files to the external hdd. But every time, I try to copy a folder, I get the following error : The operation ...
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Files gone after disk utility repair tool. however, space on disk remains

I stupidly repaired my external hard disk without backing it up via mavericks's disk utility repair option. After the repair, all my folders disappeared but at the same time I noticed that the disk ...
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External Hard-disk showing Input/Output error

I have a 1TB External Hard drive which I'm currently not able to access. When I open the External drive in Finder, It shows it's empty. When I use the option to "Get Info", I get the dialog box ...
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Internal SSD compatible?

Since I was not able to find it out does anyone of you know if the following INTERNAL SSD will be compatible with my MacMini Late 2012 (the cheaper one)? Internal SSD from BestBuy Thanks :)
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can't connect two hard-drives to my airport

I have two seagate usb 3.0 4tb drives full of music that I want to access wirelessly. I have my Bites USB 3.0 hub powered by DC 5V cord. I want to connect these to my airport extreme (5th gen), but ...
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I'm planning to sell my laptop, and I need to know if I have my bases covered. Kindly confirm please?

I have a 13 inch MacBook Pro (10.5.8 OS X - I think it's called Leopard). I do NOT have the installation CD - so I cannot reinstall the OS and thus ensure that I have securely deleted everything from ...
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Bootcamp Macbook Air thinks my USB 3.0 ports are USB 2.0

I recently installed Windows 7 via bootcamp on my new Macbook Air. I have a Seagate USB 3.0 drive that works great in OSX but behaves strangely in Windows. Windows recognizes that it is a USB 3.0 ...
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Why is a secure erase 'not necessary' for SSD's?

I'm about to trade in a 2010 MacBook Pro with an SSD. However, I'm unable to do a Secure Erase from the recovery disk (as I used to do with mechanical hard drives before selling or giving away a ...
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Migration assistant to specific folder

I have a 290gb of data on my old mac. It won't boot up. I have a firewire cable and am going to transfer the data to my MacBook pro which has 590gb of free space. I want to use migration assistant, ...
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Using A Windows PC To Recover User Data From HFS Drive (dead Macbook)

I'm a Windows guy. I've worked with Macs at times over the years as an IT guy, but they were always small parts of my environments and this is a new challenge for me. A friend's Macbook is dead. Old, ...
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Can't mount Macintosh HD volume - journal issue

My MacBook Pro (Mavericks) keeps booting into OS X Startup Utility. Disk Utility shows Macintosh HD volume as unavailable - not mounted. Running fsck_hfs -l /dev/disk0s2 returns: ** /dev/rdisk0s2 ...
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MacBook Pro only recognizes HDD with back cover off

I replaced my 13" Mid-2012 MBP's optical drive with an SSD the other day, but now I'm having problems with the old HDD that was in there. It booted once or twice after installation with the SSD ...
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External Hard Drive Locks Finder

Last week there was a short 10 second power outage and my external hard drive was attached to my laptop (Western Digital 750 MB drive). Message came up telling me the drive was improperly removed, I ...
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Problems reinstalling OS X Mavericks on Macbook Pro (hard drive displays “locked” and I get “live file system repair is not supported” when repairing)

I'm trying to fix someone's Macbook, and I am a Windows user so I'm having trouble confirming that his hard drive is ruined or unfixable which is what I think is the problem. When you boot it up it ...
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Invalid Argument when trying to write to external disk

I have an external USB 3 box on my mini (OSXS 10.9.4) that holds 4 drives (not a RAID). When I try to access either of two drives and write data to them, I get "Invalid argument" (the 3rd drive works, ...
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Yosemite Startup Manager After Downgrading to Mavericks

I downgraded from Yosemite Public Beta to Mavericks by: Created bootable Mavericks USB Booted Mac to the Mavericks USB Went into Disk Utility > Selected HD and Erased HD Restored to Mavericks Time ...
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Updated to 10.9.5, no longer recognises external hard drive [closed]

It works in the TV and it worked before the update. Any tips would be appreciated.
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Permanently Disable/Ignore Secondary Disk?

I have a 256G SSD and a 1T HDD in my 27" iMac. The 1T HDD is dying due to hardware failure. Is there a file in OS X similar to /etc/fstab in Linux where I can prevent this 1T HDD from mounting? I'd ...
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Moving file between disks in Mac OS X?

Is there any way so when I drag and drop a file from one disk(A) to another disk(B) the files are moved instead of copied? I have a mac book pro and a mac pro(old cool one) and when I drag and drop ...
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Spinning down hard drives that are not boot drives

If I were to put an ssd in the superdrive of an early 2009 24" iMac and used this as a boot drive while keeping the hdd in it's original place and using as a storage drive, would the storage drive ...
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dd ruined my USB stick, how do I recover?

I tried to copy a Linux distro over to my USB using DD. But half way through it failed because the computer went to sleep or something. I plugged the USB in and I get a message saying it's unreadable ...
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MacBook won't boot from internal SSD

I got a 2011 MacBook Pro and had a Samsung 840 Pro installed running Mountain Lion, then Mavericks for about a year without any problems. Without any apparent reason the MBP just wouldn't boot from ...
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Fixing a failed full disk Core Storage encryption

I selected the encrypt disk option from the Finder initially, but after several days without progress (I checked diskutil cs list and it didn't show that it was either encrypted or converting) I ...
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Move Documents folder to different drive

I would like to move the Documents folder to a different drive. I am running OS X 10.9.4. I am trying to preserve space on my OS SSD.
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Inheriting a backup on a server

SO! I've spent 2 days doing this so far and I've gotten so close to accomplishing my goal but I'm on the last step. I've attached my Time Machine HDD to my landlords Mac mini (So I didn't have to ...
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2012 iMac stuck at grey screen after reinstall, plus the inability to restore from backup prior to this. Please help!

Okay I'm just going to list out what has happened over the past 24 hours: Lost a bunch of files. Tried to restore from backup. After waiting for about an hour, it just randomly stopped at around ...
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Failing Hard Drive

I have a Mac Pro I got in 2008. The original hard drive is failing. I have purchased a replacement drive and have backed up all my data using Time Machine. I will want to put the Mac OS on the new ...
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Backing up networked iMacs

I have an iMac connected by wire to an external (non-Mac) hard drive which is used to store back-up images via Time Machine. I want to buy a second iMac and network the two together. As far as I ...
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1 TB hard drive - with only partition showing only 800 GB capacity

I have a 1 TB hard drive, which is correctly displayed in Disk Utility, but the actual (and only) startup partition only shows 800 GB of space. There is no unallocated space either. According to the ...
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/dev/disk0 disappears

On my Macbook Pro mid-2014 (have had it for only a week) I am having an issue where the primary hard drive (at /dev/disk0) just disappears from the system, thus crashing. The only reason I know that ...
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Getting rid of “The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer” message at startup

I have a couple of disks in Windows software mirroring RAID in my system, and when OS X (Mountain Lion) loads, the same message pops up (twice) each time: The disk you inserted was not readable by ...
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Cannot mount HDD used in Time Machine

My HDD was working perfectly fine until recently. It began when my mac tried to perform a time machine back up, but it failed saying that the back up directory could not be created. So i restarted my ...
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Trouble Mounting NTFS drive on OS X 10.9

Mounting NTFS drives works in OS X natively. Mounting drives with fstab is common and can be seen here and here and here. I was able to successfully do it with the following addition to my fstab. ...
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Gained space on reformat and restore?

I was killing a Ubuntu partition, and had to do a full reformat to repartition properly. The operation would recover 20GB of space. I then took the following steps: I made a recover disk I backed ...
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Macbook pro 2012 Lagging. Slow bootup - Amazing Hack!

I've left my Macbook pro to sleep with a lot of programs and memory used (probably lot of swap used as well) And when I've waken it up, it started to have 60 s lags then 5-10 seconds of ...
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How to ignore second hard drive

I have a second hard drive in my macbook pro that is bootable into my older os install after installing a new SSD with a clean build of OSX Mavericks. When booted into my SSD, I want my old drive to ...
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Unable to view files in hard disk after editing /etc/fstab

I have followed a tutorial to make my NTFS formatted HDD editable (now I regret doing so). I have edited fstab using these commands without knowing much what they do. sudo nano /etc/fstab LABEL=NAME ...
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How to verify if the MacBook Pro HDD cable is faulty?

Is it possible that I take out the HDD cable and test it with multimeter to see if all wires are connected, etc? Is there a pin diagram for it? The problem: I have this MacBook Pro mid 2009, lat ...
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OS X works perfectly fine on external HD but extremely slow with HD on MBP

Things get weird when I replaced my HDD with an SSD since my MacBook Pro (Mid-2012) slowed down horribly. I get beachballs everything I did on my MBP and it was so painful. I thought it was because ...
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How to access the internal hard disk with full permissions?

My Mac does not start anymore. The hard disk is stranded :-( Macs and gravity are not good friends. When starting on a backup disk, I manage to see some contents of the internal disk Macintosh HD, ...
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Does hard disk continue to run while sleeping?

The question is pretty simple. I just wanted to know for sure but couldn't find an answer on google. Does the hard drive continue to "run" while the computer is asleep? I'd like to know if it does ...
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Customize external HDD spindown timeout?

It's possible to enable spinning down of mechanical hard drives using the "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" option in Energy Saver, and it's possible to customize the timeout period with sudo ...
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Are there hidden files taking up 10GB on my hard disk?

I was cleaning up my hard drive this morning, 128GB ssd in a macbook pro, and there seems to be about 10GB of data that isn't appearing in the exposed file system. I'm using the GUI interface with ...
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How can i recreate my Partition Table

What happened: While i was tinkering around with my bootcamp partition something went terribly wrong. end of story is, i have no partitions left in my partition table The current situation: i can ...
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ntfs-3g not working on my fresh OS X install

I have got a new Macbook Pro with Mavericks on it. I wanted to be able to write to my external HD which is using an NTFS file system. So I installed the ntfs-3g driver as usual. But unlike before, ...
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Cons of the native NTFS write support (osX)

I'm currently using the NTFS native write support this way (look at LosephJG's reply): https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5544031?start=45&tstart=0 It works great with a 1tb HDD and a 32gb ...
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Can't mount (Core Storage) encrypted volume anymore

I use the following setup: SSD: System Internal HDD: Data (Documents, Music, etc.) Both disks are encrypted via the Core Storage utility. It seems I can't mount the "Data" disk anymore. I wanted ...
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Trouble with my partitions

I have some trouble with my partitions on my Macbook Pro. I created 2 partitions. One named "Yo" where I have installed Yosemite release. Another one named "Save" where I put all the stuffs I need to ...