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

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External Hard Drive size

I'm using a 13-inch 2013 macbook air with 4gb memory, and after a near disaster with a spilt drink I've realised I need to start backing it up. I don't know what size external hard drive I need ...
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Which upgrades to my iMac 2011 will improve performance the most?

I have started a job that will require processing of large datasets using python and ArcMap (separately and in conjunction with ArcMap). I have a 2011 27" iMac with the 3.1 Mhz i5 (3rd generation I ...
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Extracting files off sparsebundle with read errors

I have a large sparsbundle disk image on a drive that is reporting read errors. I am able to mount the image although it can sometimes take several minutes. I would like to copy any readable files ...
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Feasibility of swapping two MacBook Pros (both hard drive and RAM)?

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro, and my sister has a mid-2012. I've already seen the suggested duplicate possibilities that say that just swapping the hard drives shouldn't be problematic, but I've ...
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A partition copied with cat can't be mounted

Well some days ago my mac got broken, I had an Ubuntu on it and booted through it, first thing I did I copied mac partition to an external hard partition, something like this: cat /dev/sda2 > ...
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Mac Mini can't unmount disk in Recovery Mode

I need to wipe my Mac Mini and reinstall OS X. Booting into recovery mode (holding command+option+R), I try to erase the disk in Disk Utility but it says it cannot unmount the disk or gets stuck on ...
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Is it possible to mark removable storage as permanent storage? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a 128gb Transcend Jet Drive for my 2014 MacBook pro, and plan to permanently leave the Jet Drive in the SD card slot. I use OneDrive for cloud storage, but the OneDrive client ...
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How can I verify that my Photos and iPhoto library are hard linking to the same disk data?

So I've discovered Apple's mystical implementation of hard linking with the new Photos app library and the old iPhoto library. Although Finder reports that both take up a significant and similar ...
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Problem with having a duplicate “Users” folder on non-bootable drive?

I just installed an SSD in my 2011 Macbook Pro (running an up-to-date copy of Yosemite), opting to follow this strategy of keeping my home folder on the SSD and then "offloading" larger folders (e.g., ...
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MacBook with a new hard drive fails to start

I have a 2009 MBP (7,1) which I recently upgraded the hard drive to a Crucial BX100SD. The hard drive was configured via. a USB to SATA cable on my desktop machine. I used a Flash install of ...
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Automatically shrink existing Time Machine Backup to a fixed size

I googled for hours to find a solution for this issue, but I couldn't find an answer that fitted for my problem. My setup: I have an iMac with a ~1TB Hard Drive I'm backing it up via Time Machine ...
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Why does disk utility want to erase my RAID 1 set?

I have 2 disks, the first a 2 TB and the second a 5 TB the 2 TB is split into 2 partitions and the 5 TB into 3 partitions with one 2TB RAID0 set, one 1TB RAID1 set and one single 3TB partition. I now ...
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Trying to zero out an external drive that shows “unable to write to last block”, keep on getting an I/O error

I'm trying to zero out a drive to use it as a Time Machine backup, firstly tried to format and "unable to write to last block" showed up. I tried to zero it out, but it took a large amount of time, ...
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Backup Disk 'doesn’t contain an EFI system partition'

I have a 750GB Western Digital external HDD which I use for Time Machine backups (MBP, OS 10.10.3). Today I had the need to boot to recovery, which I did from said backup. But I was unsuccessful in ...
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Hard Drive Issues with MacBook Pro 13-inch mid-2012

I'm trapped in a HDD nightmare with my MacBook Pro mid-2012. I updated to Yosemite 10.10.3. A couple of days after the update, I was watching a movie on my TV screen via HDMI. In the middle of the ...
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Flashing question mark when I start my Mac

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204323 I tried everything in here didn't work. I am using a 13" macbookpro retina, latest OS. Stuff I did that might have cause this: I updated 3 apps 1 of them ...
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USB Drive Will Not Mount, Not Listed in Disk Utilities, but Found In System Profiler

I have a Seagate FreeAgent Go drive with the optional docking station. I use it to keep files that I don't access on a regular basis and as a place to do "quick backups" of things like my Paperless ...
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Apple MacBook Air mid-2012

A few days ago, I got my Macbook Air battery changed at an Apple store. Since then, about once a day, I've had a "kernel panic" crash, which seems to happen randomly while I'm working. (I've never ...
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Mac Mini with lots of I/O errors and related issues, trouble identifying culprit

Setup: Mac Mini 2011 with two drives: SSD with OS X Yosemite and admin account home folder HDD with my user home folder Symptoms: It began as many months of seemingly random slowdowns/beach ...
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Does the firmware impact how / if the Hard drive will function (Mac OS X 10.6)?

I am going to be replacing the Hard drive in my Mid 2010 Mac Book Pro (Snow Leopard 10.6.8) and I noticed that on the box the Hard drive claims to support Mountain Lion or Higher. I am wondering if ...
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Copy an iPhone's disk contents (filesystem) to a computer

I like to get a clear view at how an iPhone's file system. Especially in the case of damaged data. Apart from using a professional (and costly) data recovery service, what other ways do exist to ...
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Why does my hard disk (in MBP optical caddy) keep unmounting when writing?

I replaced the optical drive in a 15" Macbook Pro (late 2011) with a new 2TB Samsung HDD in a caddy tray. It formatted fine and Disk Utility says it's OK. The problem occurs when I try to copy a ...
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Updating iTunes Says It Will Change My Hard Drive

When trying to update my computers with itunes version 11.4, a message says it will change my personal computer's hard drive. What will it change?
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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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How do I repair a hard drive that was being written to while my MacBook Air crashed? (Drive will not mount)

My external backup drive will not mount. I have tried to mount it in Disk Utility via the app and the command prompt but the attempt times out. Any suggestions? I backed up my HD the day before ...
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Fusion Drive seems to be messed up

I felt that my iMac late 2012 became pretty slow, above all after login. Now when I look into disk utility, it seems that my disk doesn't behave as Fusion Drive any more: An output from terminal: ...
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You can’t change the startup disk to the selected disk?

I am booting my macbook through an external usb drive. At system preferences - startup disk when I try to select my internal harddisk it says: You can’t change the startup disk to the selected disk. ...
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Erasing and Partitioning Hard Drive from Internet Recovery

My MacBook Pro (mid 2012) was encrypted and running Yosemite 10.10.3. (The last update with Photos ruined it.) Yesterday, all of a sudden, everything freezes. I forced Shut Down and since then, it´s ...
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Mavericks won't install on brand new SSD drive

Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 6,2 Had 10.9.1 installed on an SSD drive which failed. Got a replacement drive (same brand, model) Have a USB bootable thumb drive with 10.9.0 installation files on it Mac boots ...
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how to mount internal hd after booting with external drive?

I am running macosx 10.6.3 and trying to mount/access the internal hd through diskutility: it does not show up here. I tried this: ...
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What is a locked hard drive, and how does it relate to encryption?

When I mount a Mac hard drive on another computer, I often get prompted to "unlock" the drive. What does this mean? Is a locked hard drive different from an encrypted one, or is "unlocking" just ...
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Re-install Mac mini Server

My friend gave me Mac mini Server saying its Mavericks. When I switch it on I see 2 hard drives only and no operating system. I tried to use my Apple ID but it doesn't work. In disk utility I saw 1st ...
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Disk space lost after quitting disk partition

My MacBook Pro came with a 500 GB hard disk, and I used about 250 GB. I was trying to get a new logic partition using the OSX disk utility, and then my Mac Book Pro froze and I had to quit the Disk ...
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Rename the Disk, not the partition [duplicate]

I recently bought a MacBook Pro 15" of mid 2015. It has a SSD named 'This mac' but I want to rename it. I have two partitions, one called 'Macintosh HD' and one called 'Windows HD' since I have a ...
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Can a disk's catalog directory be recovered after a Quick Erase?

A disk's data directory seems to me to be the most vulnerable Achilles's Heel to protecting data. With the 2 clicks of an accidental quick erase and format via Disk Utility, the roadmap to ...
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How do i get full capacity from Fusion drive on vmWare ESXi 6.0 Mac Mini 7,1

I managed to install the free vmWare ESXi 6.0 hypervisor on a Mac Mini 7,1. It's running rather nicely from a USB memory. The mini has s 2TB Fusion drive. My problem is that i can only get the 106 GB ...
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Hard Drive not working with VirtualBox on Mac OS X 10.10.2

Basically, I have a Seagate Expansion Drive (1TB), I have ejected it from my MacBook and mounted it into the guest virtual machine, it comes up with the message: This USB device can perform ...
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Remotely Access WD MyCloud EX2 Using Finder

We recently purchased a WD MyCloud EX2 NAS storage drive in my office. On our local network, we're able to use Finder>Go>Connect To Server, mount the drive, and access files simply through finder. ...
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What's the better way to expand my small SSD?

I have a retina MBP (MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)) with an SSD of 256GB. Using it for a month or 2 now, I'm noticing that I'd like some more space (for using a Virtual Machine). There isn't ...
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Simple Low-Cost Network Backup System - Drobo? Alternatives?

I'm hoping to graduate from manually copying important files to multiple external desk or portable drives; affordably. We have 3 Macs and an iPad or two. I have just now learned about Drobo, who as I ...
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How do I encrypt an external drive with FileVault 2 in OSX Yosemite

Ok, so according to https://www.apple.com/osx/what-is/security/ I should be able to encrypt ANY external drive..."with ease" using FileVault 2. I have a brand new (empty) 2TB Fantom Drive model: ...
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Macbook Pro 13' Late 2011 didn't see Samsung 850 Evo SSD on boot

I'm trying to update hard drive in my Macbook to the new SSD one. Notebook model: Macbook Pro 13' Late 2011. SSD model: Samsung 850 Evo 250Gb. Then I connect SSD thought USB adapter notebook can see ...
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Seagate Slim 2TB Not Recognized

I recently purchased a Seagate Slim 2TB external HD. I connected it to my 2010 iMac, formatted it as exFAT, and moved a bunch of files. I don't remember exactly what process I went through with ...
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Get Automator to remount a partition for an attached hdd

I've got a setup where we backup our server every day to an external thunderbolt drive, and we alternate between two different drives. I've got an Automator script that ejects the drive every week ...
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iBook G4r system installation

I have an iBook G4, HDD wiped clean. I attempted to install Tiger from the disk. It got a bit into the install and it shutdown, so it did not complete the install. Also, it will not power up now so ...
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Sort and remove duplicate photos

I have been trying to collate all my photos & remove the duplicated ones. I have purchased a few apps but none do the job properly, they are still there the next day, I have 3 hard drives so ...
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Bootcamp puts content in Macintosh Harddrive

I am using Paragon HFS+ for reading my Macintosh hard drive in windows but when I open my Macintosh hard drive I saw lot of window's garbage that I never kept inside of it. Can I delete .exe files and ...
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Fan speed increased after upgrading to SSD

I just replaced my Macbook Pro's Mid 2012 HDD with a Samsung 850 EVO SSD. The performance is great and I am very happy, but I noticed that the fan seems to run faster. It is not a drastic change, but ...
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MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010 is not seeing internal SATA HDD

I have a MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010 that started to not see it's internal SATA HDD. I can connect the HDD in question to the computer via SATA > USB adapter and it works fine (Mac can even boot from it ...
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Auto unmount time machine drive on sleep

I keep a drive attached to my MacBook for Time Machine backups when I'm at my desk. I also regularly work from places other than my desk. Most of the time, if I close the laptop lid I intend to leave ...