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

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Invalid Node Structure – Broken File system? Data Recovery!

So, the other day I opened up my MBP 2011 (on El Cap) and found it's battery to be drained. Plugged it in and booted it up and got a flashing folder with a question mark thrown in my face. It stood ...
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fsck -fy hangs on Checking catalog file + issues booting (MacBook)

Last night my MacBook Pro crashed. This morning I tried turning the computer on, and it had a few issues.. Computer doesn't get past initial boot up loading. Fan activates loudly while starting up. ...
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Recover deleted Encrypted OS X Extended volume

I accidentally formatted an external 1TB HD to FAT file system using Disk Utility in Mac OS. The disk used to be HFS+ encrypted. Encryption was done when I created the OS X Extended partition, not ...
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I've added a second HD into my Macbook 2011 instead of CD-ROM. Is it safe to encrypt it using Finder?

Years ago I changed my cdrom in my Macbook for a second hard drive, and have been using a SSD as a first drive ever since. This HD is shown in Finder, and, clicking on it with two fingers, there's an ...
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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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Fusion drive suddenly not bootable: “Too few free segments”, made read-only

I've dealt with a lot of disk issues over the years admining lots of different OSs, but this one is new to me... help/ideas appreciated before I give up and restore! Woke up this morning to my iMac ...
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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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How can I fix Error: -69877: Couldn't open device after interrupted formatting process?

This question, possibly the same question, has been asked: Couldn't open device However, my question hopefully demonstrates a more specific scenario as the situation in which caused the error ...
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How to fix Mac hard drive partition showing as Fdsik_partition_scheme

My situation seems very similar to how to fix GUID hard drive corrupted to MBR but with enough differences that I haven't been able to put together a confident solution. I have a 3TB Toshiba drive in ...
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MacBook Pro 17" Late 2011 - Does the Optibay support SATAIII SSD?

I have a Late 2011 MacBook Pro 17" with an SSD in the main drive slot and a HDD in the optibay. Yet I was interested in installing a RAID0. I have checked with system profiler to see that, of course, ...
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Cannot Repair Macintosh HD, after loading into OSX, it become a [X]

When i restart the computer and loading with the apple logo, wait for few second, and the apple icon become [x] My Mac is OSX EL Capitan (v10.11.3) I used Disk Utility "First Aid" and found that ...
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Missing space on Fusion Drive (partition problem)

I know this or similar problems have been discussed, but (to be honest) I can't see the trees for the wood. I tried to create a partition on my fusion drive (1TB Hd + 240 MB SSD). No partition was ...
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Macbook freezes (keyboard, mouse, audio not working) with external hard drive

I've installed some apps on external hard drive, as I don't have enough space on my macbook's drive. Sadly macbook behaves really weirdly few times a day. Basically it freezes completely (although ...
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Is there any way (software) to defrag NTFS on Mac?

I have a lot of external hard disk drives, mainly formatted in NTFS since I have both Windows and Mac. I know iDefrag, but it only works with HFS hard drives and I was wondering if there are any ...
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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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Mac Pro APPLE RAID volume questions

My Mac Pro 4.1 (circa 2009) has a MacPro Raid Card and the software shows two storage volumes - one 1TB SAS disk and one 2 TB SAS RAID volume. The removal of the Parallels volume leaves me with the ...
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How can I reduce the hard disk space occupied by “Other”?

On my internal hard disk "Other" (as shown in "About this Mac") is using 167.99 GB of 251 GB. I already used Daisy Disk and removed 30 GB (it was 200 GB before). How can I further reduce it?
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Unmounted hard drive times out ejecting or mounting

I have a Drobo connected via Firewire to my MBP which is causing me some issues. Here is the diskutil info: Device Identifier: disk2s2 Device Node: /dev/disk2s2 Whole: ...
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Drive stays mounted for just a couple of seconds

I have an externa WD My Passport Pro disk configured as two individual 2 TB disks. After I erase it (Journaled, Encrypted, Case insensitive) it is mounted and immediately unmounted. Disk Utilities ...
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Upgrading SSD on mid 2014 MB: which SSD?

I have a pretty simple issue. The SSD of my mi-2014 Macbook pro (retina - MacBookPro11,1) seems to be too short (256GB). So I'm considering buying a 1Tb SSD for my Macbook, but I read, here and ...
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Encrypt External Hard Drive for Mac and Linux

I have an external hard drive that I backup with Time Machine. I'm trying to determine the best way (or if it's even possible) to encrypt it so that Time Machine can still back it up and it can be ...
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New SSD problem

I've just installed a new SSD replacing an HDD in my old (late 2008) iMac. When I switched it on all I got on screen was a question mark. On the advice of my son I tried cmdR during switch on with ...
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Does my stuck shift key affect the proper boot of my installation mediums?

I have a late-2009 unibody Macbook Pro. My left shift is stuck for ages and I have been avoiding this problem by pressing some other keys during boot to avoid safe mode and by using Karabiner to remap ...
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Inherit Time Machine backup after changing source hard drives

I am using Time Machine to backup an external HDD (A) (2 TB) linked to my computer to an external 6 TB HDD drive. I now had to shift the data from HDD (A) to a new 3 TB one (B). Is there a way to ...
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I want to clean install OS X (El Capitan) on my MacBook Pro with two internal hard drives

I have a MacBook Pro Late 2008 with two hard drives in it. (I replaced the CD drive with my original drive and I added SSD 60 GB on which I installed the OS X Yosemite. This happened some years ago.) ...
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Can I make my external drive stop being busy so I can repair it?

I have an external drive that shows up in Finder (Yosemite -- 10.10.5) with it's top-level folders visible and correctly named, but the folders are shown as empty even though the drive shows the ...
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Might have spoiled the flash drive while trying to create a bootable disk on Yosemite

Basically I was following the steps given in the following site: How to create a bootable USB stick on OS X I did not get a screenshot of the terminal, but when going through step 8, it was ...
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If I replace my MacBook Pro hard drive can I reinstall OS X using Internet Recovery?

I have a MacBook Pro early 2011 and my hard drive is failing, I was wondering once I replace the hard drive, is reinstalling the OS X as easy as turning it on and booting into Internet Recovery, ...
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Macbook Pro Mid2012 Lags

I have a macbook pro mid 2012 and recently I upgraded it by changing the RAM to 16GB and HDD to 500GB SSD. It was fine for a while but now it lags a lot whenever I play any games or even when I am ...
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How can I alternate stopping the spinning disk and the fans?

I have a little bit of noise that I'd like to eliminate. It only bothers me in the dead of night, but at that time complete silence is a true blessing. My Macbook Pro has a spinning disk and two ...
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Internal (Apple SSD) hard drive problem

I'm having terrible issues with my Mac since I tried to restore the entire system from a Time Machine backup, which ended up showing a "an error occurred while adding a recovery system to the ...
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How to increase Macintosh-HD main drive partition size?

In my mac mini, It’s containt 500 GB HDD. It is a four partition and size described below. Please review below attached image. 1. Macintosh HD - 150 GB Main Drive 2. D-Drive - 125 GB 3. ...
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Timemachine Mac Mini with 2 Hard Drives

I have a mac mini server with 2 Hard Drives, one for the system and active files (Server HD) and one serving as an archive (Archive HD). Is it possible to use Time Machine to back up both disks and ...
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Seeking for some advice of Mac Mini vs Macbook Pro both maxed out specs [closed]

I am looking for some advice about getting a macbook pro or mac mini. Basically, the case with me is that I currently have a mid 2014 macbook pro that is a base model. I use the macbook pro at home ...
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How secure are files on an unencrypted hard disc?

How secure are files, that I saved on an internal Macbook hard disc using OSX 10.11? I cannot check whether the hard drive is encrypted using FileVault as the machine crashed. I am thinking whether I ...
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Need help fixing hard disk partition map

I have a 500GB Samsung 840 PRO SSD drive. Until recently it was the primary hard disk in my Macbook Pro (late 2011 17"). I got a 1TB SSD which I decided to use as my primary drive instead, and put the ...
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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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Repair an exFAT drive on Mac OS X after it's been improperly disconnected

Very often an exFAT external disk stops appearing in OS X. It doesn't appear in Disk Utility, Finder, diskutil list or About this Mac/System Report/USB. The only way I have found to fix it is to boot ...
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DIY Fusion drive with 3 drives

Is it possible to build a DIY Fusion drive using 3 drives - 2 HD's and 1 SSD? Will the Fusion machinery optimise on three levels i.e. SSD, then fast HD, then slow HD? I have a mid 2011 27" iMac, ...
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Delete button for partition not clickable in Disk Utility

I had another partition on my MacBook where I had Windows installed (the partition is called BOOTCAMP). I am not using Windows at all any more, so I would like to delete the partition on my hard disk ...
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Western Digital - My Passport Pro 4TB Drive won't stay mounted in JBOD Mode

I have a WD My Passport Pro, currently having issues as I need to encrypt the drive in order to protect the data I am going to store on it. I am aware that this will not be possible with the drives ...
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How to mount ufsd_NTFS partition

I have a USB disk and when I try to mount get the following error mount: /dev/disk3s1: unknown special file or file system. diskutil shows /dev/disk3 (external, physical): #: ...
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Cannot use Disk Utility to create partition from free space on external USB drive

I have a 3 TB Western Digital red disk in a USB hard drive dock. The drive is GPT, and I have two volumes on it (one volume is "Microsoft Reserved", other volume is NTFS). The other part of my drive ...
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Encrypted Hard Disk troubleshooting

I have problems to read an encypted hard disk. Unfortunatly I do not remember if I did encryted with Time machine or Disk Utitlity. I think I did it with the first one (Time Machine) as I used the ...
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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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How to purge all Xcode temporary data?

Is there a tool or method to purge all unnecessary Xcode temporary data? Xcode seems to be creating files each time you build an app or run it with the simulator. I'm not sure what I can delete ...
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Finding suitable SSD for my MacBook Air

I have a MacBook Air (mid-2012, MacBookAir5,2). I'm really far from terminology of this subject, I have no idea what is flash memory and don't know if all MacBook SSDs must have a flash memory ...
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Debugging verbose boot mode

My issue is that a MacBook Pro (mid-2012) started to have problems booting up today so I'm trying to debug the boot process by running it in verbose mode. The problem is I can barely read what it ...
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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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Searching through a whole lot of PDFs on an external disk

I do have one Tera of Texts (mostly PDF) which is really really much (something like 100'000 documents). They are on an external USB3 and, of course, spotlight-indexed. When I look by text search ...