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

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How does having a full hard drive affect performance? [duplicate]

My OSX-using friends insist that having a hard drive that is nearly full (e.g. 90% full on a 250GB disk) causes performance problems. It seems to be a pretty common opinion amongst my (mostly ...
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Issues putting a hard drive in the optical bay of my early 2011 MacBook Pro

I'm asking for help for my brother! I recently switched over to a dual hard-drive setup, and it worked perfectly. However, my brother is having issues. First off, here is the hard drive we are ...
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Prevent Spotlight from indexing future hard drives

Using Mavericks, how can I prevent Spotlight from indexing all drives except my primary internal drive? In my work, I connect dozens of new drives every week, and I do not want the .Spotlight-V100 ...
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Disk partition interrupted

So I was partitioning my macbook's hard disk so as to install addition operating system. But as disk utility was in the process of partitioning, I closed the disk partition (for a reason) thinking ...
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Partition Format on Mac

Mac newbie here. I need to have a case sensitive file system. I am planning to create a separate data partition for that. 100GB (Mac/home directory) + 151GB (data partition). I have a habit of making ...
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MacBook Pro 2013 hard drive upgradable?

My MacBook Pro late-2011 model was recently stolen when someone broke into our car. Luckily there weren't too many other items in the car and my computer was fully backed-up. I am looking for a new ...
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Broken hard drive or operating system

My MacBook Pro froze today. When the system is restarted, it goes directly to the OS X Utilities window. None of the alternatives seem to work. I don't have a Time Machine backup, so there is no use ...
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Another 2011 MBP display meltdown - how to copy internal HDD?

Last night while watching some videos and browsing the internet as usual on my 2011 MBP, the screen went to solid grey and hasn't come back since. I've been reading for hours about this issue and it ...
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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 do I get detailed SMART disk information on OS X (Mavericks or later)

I'm trying to get a detailed SMART status report on the drives in my Mac. I'm not talking about "Verified," I'm talking about the detailed report that's about 100 lines long listing all the vital ...
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External Hard Drive died – How do I recover those files from Time Machine?

My external hard drive, which I was backing up with Time Machine, finally died. I want to retrieve some of those files, but when I go into Time Machine I can't navigate to those files because Time ...
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MacBook Pro doesnt boot after systemupdate / repairing volume doesnt work

i have a problem with my MacBook Pro. I installed a Systemupdate, reboot and then i had a loading screen which loads a long time. Then i started the mac in verbose mode and there is... hfs: mounted ...
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Why does my 2.5 TB HDD appear as a 2.2 TB HDD and a 300 GB HDD? How do I merge them?

I have a Western Digital 2.5 TB hard drive. (Model WD25EZRS) It's connected through an external USB dock to my iMac, running Mac OS X Mavericks. In Disk Utility there are two volumes, totaling 2.5 TB ...
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Force a read-only mount of startup disk

I want to create a MacOS recovery startup disk on a USB flash drive. In order to maintain the integrity of the drive's contents (and, perhaps more importantly, reduce write wear on the flash drive ...
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Do I need a special external hard drive to use with Time Machine

I am searching for a hard drive but I wonder if just about any will allow me to partition it so that I can use a part of it for Time Machine only. Thanks.
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Macbook 5,2 (Mid-2009) optical bay hard drive enclosure

I was wondering what about my Mid-2009 Macbook makes optical hard drive enclosures like this one incompatible with the enclosure. And if there is another way that could get a second drive in there.
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Mac Pro hangs at startup showing white screen with spinning pie wheel

MacPro 1,1; lion? startup hard drive failed (with loud buzzing). Removed bad drive, installed replacement, inserted Lion USB drive, verified new drive using the Lion usb drive, started installation ...
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Is there a canonical guide to replacing the hard drive in a MacBook Pro?

I have a mid-2010 Macbook Pro 7,1 that I have kept up to date over the years, currently running the latest version of Mavericks. I am planning to replace the 250 GB Toshiba hard drive it came with. ...
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Mac Mini 2013 wakes immediately after sleep when USB drive plugged in

I have a 2013 mac mini running osx 10.9.3. I used to be able to send the machine to sleep by going to the apple in the menubar and choosing sleep. After a recent update, when I do this the displays ...
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Creating a EFI partition

I have been having trouble installing OS X Mavericks and I think I found the problem. It told me I couldn't boot up with Macintosh HD, so I verified my disk and I got this error: This disk doesn't ...
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Alignment error with external hard drive, Time Machine

While trying to backup via Time Machine, I am seeing the following errors in 'sudo dmesg' output: CODE SIGNING: cs_invalid_page(0x1000): p=8425[GoogleSoftwareUp] clearing CS_VALID USBMSC Identifier ...
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Harddrive is full of Audio and Photos, how can I find them?

I have bought a new Macbook and when I go to About This Mac -> Storage I see: 1.11 GB Audio and 750 MB of Photos.. But I have not copied any Audio or Photos to this laptop. How can I find where these ...
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Is repeatedly reading a drive harmful?

I have an external hard drive that was making an odd sound, and I wanted it to stop. I found out that navigating the contents of the HD in the Finder would make it stop temporarily. I set up a shell ...
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Disk space disappears to 0, then after a while I have free space

I've been having this problem for quite a while and it happens occasionally and when it does it get very frustrating and I'm just trying to pin point what is causing it. When it happens, the disk ...
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How to use Time Machine to back up a partitioned drive?

My MBP was originally a single SSD partition, which I backed up with Time Machine to an external USB HD. I created a new partition on the SSD for Yosemite, and am running the MBP on 10.10, although ...
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“Other” storage in Mac 10.9

I have a Macbook Pro, 10.9 with 500GB of hard drive storage and 4GB of RAM. When I access the Utility app "System Information", this is what I got. There is a yellow block called "Other". What does ...
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Replaced Ipod video hard drive and battery, now won't start. Did I accidentally kill the hard drive?

As I said in the title, I've been trying to revive an old 5th gen ipod video. I replaced the hard drive, screen, and battery. At first it wouldn't boot, only giving sad ipod error. Then out of ...
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Incorrect amount of free space on 2009 Macbook

Recently, I've been noticing that my 2009 Macbook's storage has been plummeting. Despite cleaning my computer up, nothing seems to be working. I went to the apple store and we ran tests (which I ...
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Use 256GB USB Thumb Drive as main boot drive

My iMac is very slow and I would like to start from a fresh Mavericks install. But instead of spending the time to backup my internal drive, I would rather just get a big 256GB thumb drive and install ...
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Is it possible to rename a logical volume group that's currently in use with bootable partitions that contain data?

I need to know if it's possible to accomplish this: http://apple.stackexchange.com/a/90821 but without having to wipe the drive. I added a new partition and installed another instance of OS X but ...
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Disk Utility Crashed whilst creating a Partition and I'm now missing hard drive space

Disk Utility Crashed whilst creating a Partition, and I now have ~100GB missing, which was the amount I had allocated to the new partition. The new partition didn't get created, and I now have 100GB ...
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Can I simply install a fresh OS X without a thumb drive?

I've always installed a new OS X install via a thumb drive. However, at that time, I only had a single hard drive. Now, I have two hard drives, but the question is: Do I still need a thumb drive now? ...
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Apple support, mac with unencrypted drive

Because of an incident happened a few days ago, I'll have to bring my MacBook Pro to an Apple Store to get it repaired. Problem: Even though automatic logins are disabled, and to access the computer ...
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What is the specification of the extra screws needed to install a second drive to an upper-drive populated Mac Mini 2012?

I ordered the wrong OWC Data Doubler kit. I didn't notice the note saying that some Mac Minis have an upper drive configuration and that it would require a variant of the kit with additional ...
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External Seagate Hard drive for Mac - Compatibility

I am looking to purchase a Seagate External Hard Drive for my MacBook Air. The products claims it works only with PC (windows), however, I have read multiple places that I can just format the drive ...
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Chances of getting my harddrive recovered

I accidentally placed a magnetic mount antenna near my hard drive while my computer was running. It then made horrible noises, and stopped working, and everything froze. Now, every time I start my ...
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Slow disk access time in fresh OS X installation

My apple-shipped disk on my frankenstein early 2011 MacBook Pro (with upgraded motherboard to 512MB GPU Memory) just gone bad and I have to replace it. I had replaced DVD drive with SSD with the old ...
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MacBook Air with Mavericks does not start up, no disk utility available

I have a severe problem with a MacBook Air. It does not start up, it hangs at wether a pure white background or white with the Apple logo. I tried to go into disk utility but pressing the option key ...
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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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Disk I/O error on a superdrive?

The hard disk of my late 2011 MacBook Pro 15" died and I replaced it with an SSD. I wanted to have more space, so I bought a 1 TB hard disk and put connected it instead the superdrive. The problem is ...
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Any point in waiting for Samsung 850 EVO?

I'm about to upgrade my MacBook Pro (13" mid 2012) with 16GB of RAM and an SSD. According to this news article Samsung's new 850 SSD series might be around the corner, and I'd much appreciate your ...
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SATA II or III for external hard drive enclosure?

I want to put the hard drive (500GB) that came with my MacBook Pro (13" mid 2012) in an external (USB 3.0) hard drive enclosure. Are there any benefits to choosing one with the SATA III (6Gb/s) ...
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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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Do I need to zero out a new disk after formatting it?

Does anyone know if I should 'zero out' the new disk I bought? It was NTFS formatted so, unable to use it like that. I did a repartition to HFS+ in seconds, and then decided it might be better to ...
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How to keep data from an old Mac to restore later

I have a new Mac, and I want to selectively move files over from an old Mac. I've sold the old Mac and need to ship it today, so what I really want to do is simply take a complete copy of the HD in ...
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Samsung EVO 480 *and* stock hard drive not recognised by Snow Leopard installer

A friend of mine came to me with her Macbook Pro 8,3 (17 inch, 2011). The hard drive had failed, and booting into the recovery disk didn't show a working hard drive. I went out and bought her a ...
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Using Windows to boot up a hard drive with Mac OS in a virtual window

I have the latest Mac OS X Mavericks installed onto a hard drive which I can boot from. As I mainly use a Windows machine, is there a way to boot up the hard drive in a virtual window on Windows, ...
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Is it safe to delete heapdump.hprof.old?

I'm on a mac book air running OS X 10.9.2. I want to free up space. I see that a file called headdump.hprof.old is occupying a lot of space. Is it safe to delete it? What does it do?
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NTFS Drivers on Mac [duplicate]

I recently purchased a MacBook Air. I have an external 3TB Hard Drive that I would like to use, however, I have used this drive to backup files from my desktop (Windows) computer and the drive is ...