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

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Raid two external hard-drives with read/write support on Windows & OS X

I have a USB 3 HDD enclosure that currently has two 1TB drives in it. I am looking at buying another external USB 3 HDD drive (not an enclosure). I am currently running the external enclosure with the ...
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Does free disk space actually help mac performance?

Anyone will tell you that freeing disk space will make your mac faster - specially noticeable if your disk is almost full. I don't know if that's true. Is it? And why, exactly? I just don't see how ...
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Hard Drive Scraping Noise and the Flashing Inquisitive Folder

Hey I'm having the flashing question mark folder issue. My hard drive is also making this noise like tschhh, tschhh, tschhh, tschhh. Holding option does nothing, it just makes it load to a grey ...
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What should I do to restore my computer's hard drive to how it was before I partitioned it? (and do I need to?)

For a few months, I used the hard drive on my iMac to do Time Machine backups for my MacBook until I got a Time Capsule. Since Time Machine refused to back up directly to the iMac's HD, I partitioned ...
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Time Machine and an Unmounted Internal Drive

A couple of weeks back I put an SSD in my macbook, keeping the old spinning disk drive around using an expansion bay. Everything went fine, and I got it backing up. However, having the SSD around, I ...
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Diagnose if corrupted volume is due to hardware problem

This morning when turning on a Mac laptop, it suddenly announced that an external backup disk (which was connected overnight) "can't be repaired". Disk Utility also says: Disk Utility can’t ...
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Error during install Leopard on iBook G4, now can't mount drive

I have an iBook G4 that was running 10.3.9 and I was attempting to install 10.5 via Firewire transfer as the optical drive is not working. During the install, the power lead failed and the laptop ...
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Can I enlarge a RAID10 with Disk Utility?

I have a 4TB RAID10 (4x2TB disks) created with Disk Utility. I also have 4x4TB spare disks. Can I enlarge the RAID10 to 8TB (4x4TB)? This post suggests that I can break each mirrored set, and ...
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Acceptable and unacceptable speed for an external USB disk

I think my external HDD is running way too slow but I am not sure. Using XBench I get the following results: Seq: Uncached Write 0.79 0.49 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Write 0.21 0.12 MB/sec [...
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Hard drive can not be partitioned after shutdown during prior partition

Whilst partitioning my Mac Hard Drive to install Windows 7 via the bootcamp assistant, my computer - oblivious to me until too late - ran out of charge. When I turned it back on, as expected, the was ...
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Can I restore my Time Machine copy from a restored external disk partition?

My external hard drive didn't recognize one of the partitions so I had to bring it to the support guys in order to restore the files if possible. They gave me back the hard disk with some of those ...
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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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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 HFS+...
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Mac keeps booting into disk utilities

my mac kept getting stuck on the apple logo when booting up so I went into recovery mode and formatted the disk and installed OS X again. But for some reason it is not booting normally when I switch ...
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Cannot resize Macintosh HD using (supposedly) available free space

I partitioned my hard drive in order to install Ubuntu, but I now would like to reclaim that space and add it back to my Macintosh HD. I managed to delete the Linux Filesystem and Swap, and Disk ...
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Can not boot anyway to restore files

I can not get my Mac Book Pro to boot. It will only boot in Recovery mode. I am assuming I need to reinstall the OS but anyway to save files? What if I connect the hard drive to an enclosure and ...
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Cannot Enable Jounraling (OSX Lion 10.7.5)

so I am trying to enable journaling on my main disk. I booted up from a thumb drive with OSX installed on it and opened disk utility, and the button enable journaling is greyed out and unclickable. It ...
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External Hard Drive Not Showing Up after dragging it to Terminal?

So from the left side of the Finder I accidentally dragged my external hard drive and now it doesn't appear there. I would like to see it there, I know it's reading it because I did an ls /Volumes and ...
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Sometimes Mac doesn't recognise my external hard drive

I have a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard drive that is formatted FAT32 and a 16 GB Silicon Power USB thumb drive and both of them uses USB3 but my MacBook Pro sometimes doesn't ...
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“Operation can't be completed because item with name already exists” error with Paragon NTFS

I reinstalled Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 on my 2013 MacBook Pro, today, and I've been having an issue copying files from my NTFS formatted external drive using Paragon NTFS. This issue was not ...
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Resizing sparsebundle in Disk Utility

I want to resize (shrink) the capacity of the backup.sparsebundle to approx. the size actually taken up the files. What I did thus far I already compacted the image: # hdiutil compact backup....
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How to distinguish a filesystem corruption from a hard drive failure

If I understand correctly when Disk Utility starts throwing errors during a disk verification there are three possible outcomes: some errors can be fixed on the spot via the repair disk ...
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Can't delete a partition on my HDD

I have created a new partition to install a new OS. Now, I would like to delete the old partition on my hard drive. Delete button is inactive. Screenshots: What I'm doing wrong?
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How to format a partition for bootcamp without to partitioning all drive?

I'm trying to install a Windows 10 in my MacBook Pro 2012 with El Capitan. I am now in the step that Bootcamp will create a volume for Windows installation. My MacBook got two internal (physical) disk ...
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Mac Stopped detecting external hard disk

I have 4TB Seagate HDD, it was working fine till this morning on my mac(Yosemite), but when I plugged it in today.. it shows "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." HDD gets ...
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Using disk makes things slow on El Captain

If I run following alias in my $HOME directory: biggest_files='find 2>/dev/null . -type f -ls | sed -e "s/[[:blank:]][[:blank:]]*/ /g" | cut -d" " -f 7,11- | sort -nr | head -25 | awk "{ printf \"%...
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Missing folder and it's contents on external hard drive. Permissions issues too

I did a deep search to see if I could find an answer. I had posted this incorrectly in the wrong place but then found this group. And I hope some genius can help me. I've had a Toshiba drive that ...
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Can't access External Drive (time machine), no EFI partition system. How to manually rewrite it?

tried to back up my Mac to time machine yesterday but I couldn't mount the drive. I have a Lacie 3TD hdd that is partition into msdos(for transfer between pc and mac) and hfs(time machine). I am able ...
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Disk Utilities verifies disk with no repairs needed, but Mount says disk must be repaired

I was transferring some files off an old FireWire drive yesterday, but when I turn on the drive today it doesn't automount. I go to Disk Utility and see the drive, try to mount it, and get this ...