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

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How to sync 2 hard drives without being connected to them at the same time?

Set-up: 1 external hard drive at work 1 external hard drive at home Macbook that travels between work and home Hard drive contains iTunes Music Library that I like to have synced between home and ...
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How to make bigger Macintosh HD partition

I installed OS X Mavericks Server as a virtual machine to ESX. I'm doing some testing and now I need more space. Macintosh HD partition is 50 GB and I have expand it to 100 GB total in ESX but I need ...
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My Lacie 'Rugged' external hard-drive no longer mounts

My Lacie 'rugged' 1TB external hard-drive has stopped working. I have always been sceptical about the USB connector cable, and more specifically where it joins the hard-drive. It just seems poorly ...
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Why is Intel 520 SSD slow in my Mac Pro?

I have a 2010 Mac Pro running OS 10.9 on an Intel 520 SSD. I've noticed read/write times are much slower than Intel claims. Is there anything I can do about this? Intel's claim: Sustained sequential ...
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2007 15" macbook pro disk full won't get past login screen

I was trying to help my brother fix his computer: A pop up that comes up at login that will tell you that your startup disk is full, he logs in and the screen gets stuck without loading any files. I ...
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RAID 1 array degraded, now not being recognized by OSX

I've got a pair of Seagate 3TB HDDs in a mirrored RAID 1 array using a Vantec NexStar MX two-drive enclosure. The setup has generally worked fine for the last four months, but lately I've noticed that ...
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MacBook Pro Mid-2009 13 inch does not recognize replaced hard drive

As the title states, I recently got a used Hard Drive from another MacBook Pro and installed it into my MacBook. The problem, is the laptop will not recognize it at all. The old hard drive just goes ...
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How to select which disks are allowed to sleep?

There is an option "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" in Mac OS X's preferences: Is it possible to configure which disks Mac OS X can put into a sleepy state? For example, I want to ...
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Recover a deleted encrypted partition?

As my previous external HDD threw some disturbing SMART Warnings, I bought a new Hard Drive. It arrived earlier today, I formatted it and made some backups onto it at it has more space and I wanted to ...
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Fusion Drive not moving data back to SSD - anyone encounter this?

I'm about to buy a Mac Mini and have got the DIY Fusion Drive parts handy. I'm actually a bit on the fence about the choice of manual SSD+HDD separation with the aid of symlinks and proper Fusion ...
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Fusion Drive Setup: Possible to force the HDD to spin down as long as your reading from/writing to the SSD?

I'm considering to replace my optical drive in my MacBook Pro with an SSD. When using it as separate Volume, the advantage is that you can spin down the HDD, thus reduce noise and first and foremost, ...
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Restoring Win7 image to new bigger partition in Mac OS Mountain Lion

I had 80% of my HDD for Mac and 20% for win7... I needed more space on Win7 so I did the following: Created disk image of Windows partition, using Mac's Disk Utility Used Boot Camp Assistant to ...
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What steps can I take to recover data from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot volume that won't boot and is stuck in “converting” status?

I have a 2008 Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8 on a 500GB (upgraded from original) 1-2 year old hard drive. The drive was encrypted with FileVault2, and the system was running fine a few months ago until ...
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Why do external hard drives stop working under very specific conditions?

I have a mid 2011 MacBook Pro 15" running Lion. I have seen this behavior across 3 different external hardrives, with varying manufacturers (2x Seagate, 1 Western Digital), different file system ...
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Hard disk full error!

My Macbook Pro mid 2012 (non-retina display) keeps showing me that the startup disk is full. I have only one partition for the whole system and it is 750 GB in size. I am sure that all my files ...
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How to break away from LaCie Big Disk Extreme firmware, for its two disks to appear as two instead of one?

Question How can I reconfigure a LaCie Big Disk Extreme so that Mountain Lion will see both of its disks? Background Once, years ago, I accidentally did something bad to a LaCie device. Where ...
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“Invalid key length” - corrupt partition after power outage?

I recently lost power overnight with my computer up and running, external hard drives plugged in, and in the morning my login screen had the "Device Removal" error as if I unplugged the disk without ...
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Transfer data to rMBP from external hard drive?

I got the new rMBP and tried importing my stuff to it via an external HD. Seems like it didn't work. And Migration Assistant didn't either. Has anyone done this successfully?
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Find Time Capsule HD Specs

How can I find out the specs from my Time Capsule hard drive? It doesn't appear in Disk Utility (a mounted disk). More specifically, I'd like to know the manufacturer and model, much like the System ...
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Disk Utility Error Message - Missing EFI + MediaKit

Previously setup was with 2 partitions, one for normal use while the other had the Lion Install ESD on it, used when I installed some time ago. The other day my machine suddenly shutdown and when I ...
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Failing hard drive – Will it affect the integrity of my data?

I have a failing hard drive on my current MacBook Pro (it is having a symptom that I previously had on a failing hard drive on a MacBook – clicking drive noises). I'm backing up my hard drive quite ...
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Lion doesn't mount encrypted disks anymore

I have several encrypted disks and all of a sudden Lion isn't mounting these disks anymore (it doesn't even asks for a password when I plug the disks). I have tested the disks on another Mac and they ...
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MacBook Pro: Strange crashes

I purchased a new 13" MacBook Pro about a month ago. I'm pretty happy with it for the most part, but I've been having a few issues which I find very worrisome. I'm a computer science student, but my ...
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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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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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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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Can't make new partition due to error “volume Macintosh HD was found corrupt and needs to be repaired”

When I run Disk Utility on my 2012 MBP (SSD, running El Capitan) I sometimes get the error: The volume Macintosh HD was found corrupt and needs to be repaired. Other times, I get no errors. ...
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Startup disk space mysteriously being consumed

Lately, my Mac OS X Yosemite has been having this weird issue where my startup disk keeps getting consumed by an unknown source. Every time I restart my computer, the disk space would come back ...
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Flashing Folder with question mark

Was getting this error and figured I had a bad hard drive, so I put a new Samsung SSD in my MacBook Pro 13. However when I try to install new OS X using internet recovery I can't find the SSD. The ...
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Install Windows to portable hard drive?

I'm trying to install windows on a portable 1tb hard drive and boot it via boot camp on the same hard drive. Want to know if this is possible? My main motivation is due to my school having mac pros ...
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External disks are recognized as internal ones by my iMac

When I connect portable USB disks to my iMac via a USB hub, my iMac always recognize them as internal disks. Like this, However when they're connected directly to the USB ports on the back of my ...
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Cannot create a dmg file and save it onto a usb flash drive. Error: Unable to create “ ”. (Operation not Permitted)

I currently am trying to create dmg files from folders inside my 128 GB flash drive. I recently re-formatted it into the exFAT format. The folders I am trying to convert into a dmg file are around 15 ...
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Cannot change startup disk - Yosemite

I've got a clean install of Yosemite on a brand new hard drive. All good, up and running (got to boot to it manually). As the title says, I can't get the system to boot from this hard drive. Error ...
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How to be sure that I installed the fusion drive properly?

Hello guys I would like to know how to be sure that I properly installed the fusion drive because last night I bought an iMac but I had to reinstall el capitan for reasons but since I'm a newbie I ...
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Can a backup HD be erased despite it NOT being able to be “unmounted”

An external portable HD simply stopped working [no longer recognised by my Mac] so I took it back for warranty replacement. He couldn't read or "unmount" it either [whatever that means] so I just said ...
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How can I fix my external HDD?

So, my mac suddenly restarted because of an error. I was downloading some files in my external HDD when it happened. When my macbook started up, I could not open my external HDD, I tried to repair it, ...
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How to recover corrupted HFS+ partition in external HD?

I've got a 1 TB SeaGate FreeAgent Drive with following partitions: 700 GB ExFAT (labelled as FREEAGENT1) 300 GB HFS+ (labelled as FREEAGENT2) While moving data from 1 to 2, it got accidentally ...
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How to mount a disk that was not ejected properly?

I am using OSX El Capitan 10.11.2 I have an external Western Digital of 1TB When I ejected I did not do with the properly way and now I am not able to mount I can see the disk here But when I ...
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External Hard drive are always readonly, even HFS+ and FAT32 format

I am running in to a peculiar problem. I have 3 external hard drives and few weeks back, I may have ejected one of them ungracefully. Ever since, they all are getting connected in read only mode. I ...
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M.2 SSD Adapter for Mac Pro Tower

I'm in the process of buying an used 2012 mac pro. Now, I noticed that on ebay, many of them are offered with M.2 (Pci-e) SSDs, which indicates they have been equipped with a M.2-to-PCIexpress4x ...
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NTFS Disk “failed to mount”

I have an iMac running El Capitan, and an external disk formatted NTFS that will not mount on the mac. It will mount perfectly in Windows and Ubuntu. I'm not trying to write to it, right now I just ...
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How to open a NTFS disk image file in OS X

I have a failing external HDD that I cloned to a working external HDD by making a disk image of it. Unfortunately, that cloned disk image file (and the original HDD) are of NTFS format. (I ignorantly ...
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Mac HD unmounted and cannot be repaired. Can I still backup to an external drive?

My Mid-2012 MBP running on Mavericks has been slow lately--one day it crashed and I had to force shut down. When I turned it back on, it automatically booted to Utilities OSX without giving me options ...
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access crashed mac hard drive through USB connected to PC

i pulled the hard drive out of the mac and connected it via USB to my PC. I have downloaded and tried to view the disc using MacDrive10 and HFSExplorer. neither of them show that the disk is even ...
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Can't remove partition on Macbook

I can't delete a partition on my macbook. On my main hard disk, I selected the partition I want to delete however I can't click on the '-' symbole. I already read a topic talking about a similar ...
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Why are extenal HDDs attached to my TimeCapsule shown as empty?

I have attached an external USB HDD to my TimeCapsule. The disk is HFS+ formatted and contains some 100GB of data. When I mount this disk on my Mac, via the TimeCapsule, it shows up as empty. When I ...
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Why is my iMac (late 2013) HDD so slow?

My iMac's hard disk has been slow from the start. But recently it is becoming unbearable. Disk read and write speeds are consistently below 50 MB per second, without any applications producing any CPU ...
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MacPro internal HD unreadable when moved to external USB Dock - and vice-versa

Since I just installed a NAS, and I want to transfer several TB from my Mac Pro's internal hard disks (4 of them), I wanted to make it faster by connecting those hard disks directly to the NAS using ...
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Finder reports error code -36 when copying some files

I have a 4.6GB file on my hard drive. Today when I tried to copy it to another machine through network, I got the following error message from Finder halfway through the copy: The Finder can't ...
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Can I change the filesystem of a drive from ext4 to hfs+ without formatting?

So my one drive is ext4 formatted but I would like to read and write to it from OS X 10.9 The only thing I can do is use osxfuse 2.8.2 to make the drive read only at the moment.