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

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Disk Utility won't let me remove partition. No matter what

Since Yosemite was released this month, I decided to inaugurate it by downgrading from Mavericks to Snow Leopard. I decided to back some files up in a partition (on Mavericks) before wiping the main ...
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Macbook waking harddrives when i walk near it

This might be hard for some to believe but i swear it is a fact. I purchased a brand new MBP Mid 2014, 2.8 Ghz 1TB 16GB. Works well. I have a few external drives connected to it. When i put the MBP ...
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Hard disk drive problem with Macbook Pro, can't see and repair it

I have a problem with my MacBook Pro 13'' mid 2012. I have an external HDD and when I insert it, it doesn't appear on the desktop. If I go into Disk Utility I can see it, but it is written in light ...
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Time machine backups on a USB HDD show as “Other”

As the screenshot shows the TM backups are listed as "Other" in the storage overview. The actual backups are shown taking measly 131 MB. The disk is used exclusively for backups and has no other data ...
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Why is Time Machine only using 20% of its partition allocation

rMBP Late '13, running Mavericks, 128GB SSD. I have a 1TB drive, partitioned equally via Disk Utility to two drives. One is used by Time Machine, the other by Copy Carbon Cloner. I think my concern ...
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Can you add a 3rd-party hybrid disk to a 2012 Mac Mini?

The Apple Fusion drive is done predominantly through clever software, I wondered what happens if instead of trying to do a DIY Fusion with 2 drives, you just replace the standard fixed drive with a ...
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When copying a directory from one external HDD to another Finder tells there are more files than in the whole HDD

I have this problem when trying to copy files from one external HDD to another, the thing is that in the first HDD the Disk Util app says it has 10,702,660 items and when I try to copy them the ...
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Install linux to an encrypted FV2 disk

I got a macbook pro 9,2 (non-retina 13'') with mavericks. The HDD is 1TB and I have activated full disk encryption with FileVault2. I want to split this HDD to two partitions, one 800GB that ...
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MacBook Air stuck with Apple logo and spinning circle

My MacBook Air isn't loading past the screen with the Apple logo and the spinning circle. I have done an OS X MOUNTAIN LION reset via Disk Utility and it installed, but still nothing. I have done the ...
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MacBook Pro only recognizes HDD with back cover off

I replaced my 13" Mid-2012 MBP's optical drive with an SSD the other day, but now I'm having problems with the old HDD that was in there. It booted once or twice after installation with the SSD ...
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External Hard Drive Locks Finder

Last week there was a short 10 second power outage and my external hard drive was attached to my laptop (Western Digital 750 MB drive). Message came up telling me the drive was improperly removed, I ...
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Invalid Argument when trying to write to external disk

I have an external USB 3 box on my mini (OSXS 10.9.4) that holds 4 drives (not a RAID). When I try to access either of two drives and write data to them, I get "Invalid argument" (the 3rd drive works, ...
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Spinning down hard drives that are not boot drives

If I were to put an ssd in the superdrive of an early 2009 24" iMac and used this as a boot drive while keeping the hdd in it's original place and using as a storage drive, would the storage drive ...
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Fixing a failed full disk Core Storage encryption

I selected the encrypt disk option from the Finder initially, but after several days without progress (I checked diskutil cs list and it didn't show that it was either encrypted or converting) I ...
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1 TB hard drive - with only partition showing only 800 GB capacity

I have a 1 TB hard drive, which is correctly displayed in Disk Utility, but the actual (and only) startup partition only shows 800 GB of space. There is no unallocated space either. According to the ...
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Cannot mount HDD used in Time Machine

My HDD was working perfectly fine until recently. It began when my mac tried to perform a time machine back up, but it failed saying that the back up directory could not be created. So i restarted my ...
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Gained space on reformat and restore?

I was killing a Ubuntu partition, and had to do a full reformat to repartition properly. The operation would recover 20GB of space. I then took the following steps: I made a recover disk I backed ...
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Unable to view files in hard disk after editing /etc/fstab

I have followed a tutorial to make my NTFS formatted HDD editable (now I regret doing so). I have edited fstab using these commands without knowing much what they do. sudo nano /etc/fstab LABEL=NAME ...
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ntfs-3g not working on my fresh OS X install

I have got a new Macbook Pro with Mavericks on it. I wanted to be able to write to my external HD which is using an NTFS file system. So I installed the ntfs-3g driver as usual. But unlike before, ...
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Cons of the native NTFS write support (osX)

I'm currently using the NTFS native write support this way (look at LosephJG's reply): https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5544031?start=45&tstart=0 It works great with a 1tb HDD and a 32gb ...
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Can one mount a FileVault 2 encrypted drive from Windows?

I encrypted an external drive with FileVault 2. Now it would be great if I could access it from a Windows PC. Is this outright impossible? I found no definitive answer either way.
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Restoring a backup HD on a Mac without restoring OS X Mavericks

I recently downloaded Mavericks and this made my Mac slow down a lot. So I took it to the technical service and they reinstalled 10.8.5. Now I want to restore my information on the Mac through Time ...
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Find mount points from network mounts in Disk Utility

I know lots of ways to find mount points for my mounted drives, both locally or on the network. This question is specifically about 'Disk Utility'. Disk Utility does a fine job of telling me info ...
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I need a background process which redirects a link based on whether or not an external hard drive is connected

Basically I have two iTunes libraries. One is my complete iTunes library which I store on my external hard drive. The other is a smaller version that I keep locally. I want to have a symbolic link ...
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Drive speeds … PCIe vs external thunderbolt SSD

I have a new 2014 MacBook Pro with 1TB internal PCIe SSD. Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is reporting read/write speeds of over 900MB/s. I am debating whether to swap this machine for a 512GB one (saving ...
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External drive in constant use the moment a track from it is added to iTunes

Adding tracks to my manually managed itunes library takes ages. I've noticed that the drive goes into a "constantly-in-use" mode (from the blinking led and spinning noise) the moment I drag a track ...
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Error -50 on a partitioned external hard drive

I bought a 4 TB Seagate Expansion external hard drive about a month ago. I intended to use 1 TB as a Time Machine partition and 3 TB for miscellaneous storage. When it arrived I went ahead and made ...
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“Use the purchases page to try again” error while installing mac on a raw harddrive

I want to install OSX Mavericks on a seagate internal raw hard drive. I downloaded "RecoveryDiskAssistant" and installed it on a USB drive. Before installing I made a partition for new harddisk, and I ...
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Warning “disk full” while more than 100 GB space free in disk utility

Why does the system warn me for "startup disk full" while "disk utility" shows there are still more than 100 GB space free? The warning is in the form of a pop-up dialog. Not sure how many ...
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Clone whole partitioning scheme to smaller disk

I have the following on my secondary disk. As I am not satisfied with it I would like to clone everything to the other one which is smaller unfortunately. /dev/disk2 #: TYPE ...
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How to fix permissions with Repair Disk Permissions?

I just installed Xcode 5.1 and the latest round of updates. I followed that with a Repair Disk Permissions. For some reason, Apple installs its software with broken permissions. I then ran Repair ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Duplicate PERMISSION SCHEMES in “Get Info” window for HDs /in OSX -on new /newer Macs

I am running Mavericks (booted from external drive): from a super-fast solid-state HD (Thunderbolt v1 cabled); I reinstalled the 10.9.2 OSX a while ago - due to permissions rebuilds /other weirdness, ...
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Macbook often won't shutdown if external not manually unmounted first

If I don't have my external hard drive plugged in, or if I eject it first, the computer shuts down very fast thanks to my SSD. But if I don't eject it first, it either takes much longer to shut down ...
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Mid 2010 MBP 15" - Manually Upgraded MBP, what should be my next steps?

I've been reading up on what to do after manually upgrading my MBP, and answers vary per individual/profession. I replaced Optical Drive with an 120GB SSD, and made SSD into bootdrive, HD into ...
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Recovery of Deleted Partition That Has Been Partially Overwritten

I refer to How to recover a deleted/replaced HFS+ partition from external drive?, which provides an easy way to recover partitions that have been deleted but are still intact. I have a harddrive ...
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Reclaim unallocated disk space on macbook pro?

I had portioned my hard drive into two (mac and Windows). Later I portioned the primary (mac) into two but figure my Windows were not loading so I changed it back into one. The problem is there is ...
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Time Machine, Drive not available

My friend has a MacBook Pro. I've wanted to do some backup on an external drive (Lacie 1TB) with Time Machine. Now, since the backup is in the external HDD, I can not use the internal drive of the ...
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Throttle local file transfer speed in OS X

I have two high speed disks (250MBps) attached to my Mac Pro. For testing purposes, I want to copy files from one disk to another, with a defined speed limit, for example 100MBps. In other words, I ...
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Why does the diskutil shows I have two local hard drives?

I was trying to get my NTFS drive to work today and I discovered that the diskutil thinks I have two local hard drive. This phenomenon is not occurred on my Macbook Pro. Do anyone know why? Here is ...
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Migration issue - duplicate user account

I've got a situation that I don't know how to resolve. I've had a Mac setup and all worked fine. I've bought an SSD drive, installed Mavericks and used the migration assistant to move all the stuff ...
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iMac14,1 disc: 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s?

Does anyone have an iMac14,1 with the following disc? ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB This is a 5400 RPM Sata-II interface drive. I am curious regarding it, as I went in to the Apple Store to see what the ...
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Something like MHDDFS for OS X?

I'm trying to have my Mac Mini take over all my server's functions (I'm recycling the server hardware into a Linux workstation). Its pretty much all done, except for the file-serving portions. ...
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How to read apple HDD on linux without root privileges?

My question is very simple. I just want to read my Apple HDD on my linux computer without root privileges. My goal is only to read and copy some file from my home directory (in Documents). Currently ...
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FileVault drive asks for password, doesn't accept it, but mounts

I have an external drive that I use as a bootable clone (using Carbon Copy Cloner). Sometimes, though not always, when I connect the drive, I get an alert saying "Enter a password to unlock the disk". ...
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AirPort Extreme network drive only uses the free space

I'm trying to expand my network by attaching a hard drive to my AirPort Extreme. The whole setup works and the drive is accessible by any computer connected to the WiFi, but for some reason, the ...