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

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How can I automatically have my Trash emptied when disk space gets below a certain point?

Sometimes my hard drive gets low on space, and various things don't work properly until I empty the Trash and free up some space. I know there are applications that empty the Trash after a set ...
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After enabling File Vault, OS X doesn't mount disk automatically anymore

I have an external 2 TB LaCie drive connected via FireWire 800 to my MacBook Pro (8,2 – early 2011 model), which runs OS X 10.8.5. It has one big partition which is a Time Machine target, and the ...
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How to fix “Error: -5341: MediaKit reports partition (map) too small” after upgrading to a larger hard disk?

I recently bought a new SSD drive, as my stored data amounts outgrew the old one a little bit. After copying all data using dd if=/dev/disk0 of=/dev/disk1, I want to enlarge my system partition, but ...
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Why is exFAT so slow on Mac?

I tried exFAT in order to use my external hdd on both mac and windows but I found it's so much slower than HFS+. The speed is noticeably different when I tried to fast forward movies (over 4gb). ...
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Synchronize USB hard drive between Mac and PC

I have a large (750GB) FAT32 formatted USB hard drive and two computers - a MacBook and a PC - and I want to keep synched and duplicate versions of my work folders (images, word documents, videos etc) ...
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Is it safe to unplug a drive while MacBook is asleep? (i.e., does sleep unmount drives?)

Is it safe to unplug a drive while MacBook is asleep? (i.e., does sleep unmount drives?) I think probably not, at least if a file operation was running when you put the computer to sleep, I guess it ...
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Apple Sudden Motion Sensor and Hard Drive Upgrade

I'm looking to upgrade a notebook hard drive and wanted to use the Hitachi Travelstar 5K750. Will it work with the Apple Sudden Motion Sensor? Do I have any way of identifying drives that will play ...
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Optimal method to test an external hard drive?

I've got an HFS+ formatted external drive that is starting to act a bit funny, mainly causing my mac mini (finder) to freeze up on occassion when accessing it. Fearing imminent failure, what is the ...
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Can the hard drive in an Apple TV be upgraded? How?

I own an Apple TV, with 160GB of internal storage. I'm interested in replacing that hard drive with a larger one, perhaps 640GB, or else the largest 2.5" drive I can get that would be compatible. Is ...
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Prevent Spotlight from indexing future hard drives

Using Mavericks, how can I prevent Spotlight from indexing all drives except my primary internal drive? In my work, I connect dozens of new drives every week, and I do not want the .Spotlight-V100 ...
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How can I let Windows XP read Mac OS Extended (Journaled) drives?

How can I let another PC using Windows XP (Service Pack3) read Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volumes? Windows XP shows nothing.
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Space Occupied By Other Files And Folders On Hard Drive

I have been using VirtualBox to create a virtual machine to run Windows 8 on and after deleting the virtual drives and virtualbox due to having issues with Windows 8, I am missing a lot of memory from ...
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How can I do a fresh install of OSX Mountain Lion onto my SSD for my Macbook?

So I just got a SSD for my MacBook Pro (early 2011). My macbook is sluggish and has so much stuff that I don't use anymore and just want to start over from scratch basically. I did a time machine ...
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Issues with installing SSD instead of DVD drive?

It is common to replace a MacBook Pro's hard disk drive (HDD) with an solid state drive (SSD), however, that may pose a threat to the HDD if installed in the optical bay instead of the SuperDrive.* ...
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How to load windows 7 directly (without Boot camp) in a Mac Mini with intel processor whose Hard disk crashed and so is replaced?

The hard disk of my Mac mini with 2 GHz intel processor and 4 GB RAM crashed and so I have replaced the Hard disk. How to load Windows 7 without loading Boot camp? Windows 7 original DVD is not able ...
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How can I recover files from a failing hard drive?

I am in the process of trying to recover files from a failed MacBook hard drive. While I've already replaced the drive in the machine itself and installed a fresh copy of OS X, I have the old drive in ...
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Upgrading RAM/HDD in latest MBP [closed]

I planning to buy a 13 inch MBP this month. Is it a good idea to stick to the standard 4GB of ram and 500GB harddrive, and upgrade it myself to 8GB/1TB? This would save me about $350. I have ...
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Mounting a “Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)” drive formatted in Lion on either Mac OS X Leopard or CentOS 6

I formatted a Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive on a system running OS X Lion (10.7) as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)". Everything works great on the Lion system. However, when I try ...
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Writing to an NTFS volume is disabled on 10.9.2?

Hi I recently upgraded to 10.9.2 and I cannot write to NTFS anymore - in fact I cannot mount NTFS anymore unless I removed the the lines that allow me to write NTFS in the past in /etc/fstab... I ...
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How can I restore my system, using Snow Leopard, after hard-drive replacement?

I had a nearly full 500GB drive in my MacBook Pro, running Snow Leopard. As the near-full capacity was becoming problematic, I bought two 1TB drives, went home, ran Time Machine on one of them, and ...
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Western Digital external hard drive is constantly ejected

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups, and recently my iMac has started to randomly eject the hard drive, preventing backups. It tends to happen while ...
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Should I spin down Mac Mini's drive?

I have a Mac Mini (2010) that I use as a home server with a DAS (2 drives) attached over USB. Everything is on 24/7. From all my research online, it seems that spinning hard drives up and down ...
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How can I write files to iPod's internal disk on Windows?

when trying it I get the "can't do that" icon How can I copy new photos to the iPod?
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OS X Yosemite Hard Disk Errors even after Repairing them

Basically, I do a lot of C programming (for class) so I use gcc a lot on my mac. Recently since two days, whenever I ran it, the entire computer is getting frozen, and a force restart is necessary to ...
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Macbook Pro really slow since Mavericks

I have a 2010 Macbook pro that is running very slowly (Clicking something takes around 4-5 seconds to react even though no graphical lag is observable) on Mac OS X Mavericks but running really fast ...
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Why won't Migration Assistant recognize my old Time Machine backup?

When I attempt to run Migration Assistant, it searches and searches but can't find the backups. When I open Finder, I can clearly see the backups and navigate around in the backups for the different ...
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New hard drive in Mac Book Pro leading to occasional crashes and kernel panics

Ok, this is kind of a long story...it starts with two swedish hitchhiker twins who knocked at my door...not really but it is a long story because I don't know what facts are relevant. Ok, so I fall ...
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How can I find and edit my external hard-drive's .fseventsd folder?

While changing my 'file directory' preferences on Vuze, I accidentally created a folder in the .fseventsd-folder on my Seagate external hard-drive. I can't even find the .fseventsd-folder using ...
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Mac Pro failing to boot

Two times now, over the last 3 weeks my Mac Pro is failing to boot. Once on, it stays on the blue screen with the spinning icon and never gets to the login screen. To remedy this I boot from install ...
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Is it possible to have dual internal hard drives in a 2009 mac mini?

I want to have an SSD for the OS, and the existing disk that came with the unit. Is this possible?
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External disk stalls iMac

I have a weird problem with an external disk connected to my 27" iMac running OS X 10.6.5. It is a 1TB LaCie d2 Quadra and it is connected through Firewire. I use this disk primarily for Time ...
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Why is application switching slow on Late 2013 Mac Mini compared to early 2008 Macbook Pro?

I recently purchased a Late 2013 Mac Mini Quad Core i7 2.6Ghz with 4gb DDR3 ram, 1TB 5400 rpm drive model APPLE HDD HTS541010A9E662 running OSX 10.8.2 I used Migration Assistant to migrate apps and ...
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How to let MacBook Pro recognize my external hard drive as internal hard drive?

I'd like to install Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro, but as the internal hard drive cable is not working, I'm using it with an external hard drive plugged in which OS X is installed on. When I try to ...
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How can I reformat my hard-drive?

I am in Disk Utility under the Erase Tab. The Format section is grayed out even though I have my main disk selected. The only buttons active are Erase Free Space, but I want to reformat the entire ...
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How to upgrade hard drive in Mac Mini

I recently bought a new mac mini (my first mac ever yay) with a 1TB hard drive at 5,400 rpm. the guy at microcenter also sold me a 1TB hard drive at 7,200 rpm and said it shouldn't be to hard to ...
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New Larger Hard Drive on MacBook Pro

I have a 500 GB hard drive, and I need more space - I want to go up to 1TB of space. Is it possible to swap out hard drives and carry all my installed software, documents, images, settings, etc. ...
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My external disk made a clicking noise. What should I do?

I have a USB2+Firewire external disk that made a clicking noise, and Mac OS X immediately unmounted it and put up a dialog box saying that a peripheral is misbehaving. The disk made a clicking noise ...
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Use 256GB USB Thumb Drive as main boot drive

My iMac is very slow and I would like to start from a fresh Mavericks install. But instead of spending the time to backup my internal drive, I would rather just get a big 256GB thumb drive and install ...
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Can I use TimeMachine with a Thunderbolt hard drive?

The Apple technicians told me that I needed a specific device to use Time Machine... namely a wireless device that had a relatively small hard drive. Since I use Oracle Virtual Box and have very ...
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How to create a second partition on an external disk and is it safe?

I want to create a second a partition in my hard disk where one (about 900 GB) is used for Time Machine and another (100 GB) is used to store info like a thumb drive. I don't want any existing data ...
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Is my MacBook Pro hard drive dying?

I have an early 2011 13" MBP, i7, 8GB crucial RAM, 500 GB Seagate ST9500325ASG. I've had it for about 4 months. Twice, including last night, the beach ball appears, concurrent with a sound that can ...
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Cannot Unmount Mac OS X Base System Disk

My Mac running Lion was being slow, so I was decided to reinstall OS X. I don't have any Time Machine backups. Everything went file, but in the middle of the installation, it got stuck, and later the ...
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How to make my iMac recognize my USB external hard drive?

I just bought a new Seagate hard drive for Time Machine backups. I plugged it into my iMac and the hard drive never showed up in Finder. The drive does not appear in Disk Utility and the command ...
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How much faster is the flash storage on the MacBook Air than SSD?

I heard that the flash storage in the MacBook Air is faster than SSD since it doesn't need to go through a SATA interface. How much faster is the MacBook Air's hard-drive compared to a traditional ...
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How to copy all files with extension/filetype in terminal?

I want to copy all files in ~/Desktop with the extension .jpeg to my flash drive. How can I do this in the terminal?
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Swap Hard Disks

Is it in principle possible to swipe the hard disk out of a MacBook, swipe a new (blank) hard disk in, install the OS on the new disk, then swipe the old disk back in and find the machine operational ...
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Does Time Machine need a “clean drive”, or can I use an old hard disk

I want to use Time Machine on my Mountain Lion. I have 1TB external HDD I use for storing various stuff. The thing is I selected the drive for Time Machine to work on but nowhere it is mentioned ...
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Why does RAID 1 “Mirroring not provide performance improvements”?

I have always used Software RAIDs, either Apple-provided, or via SoftRAID, etc. I am about to re-zhuzh my arrays and decided to do a little research beforehand… and On Apple's site, there is a ...
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Internal drive on MacBook won't appear on desktop

Why doesn't internal drive appear on desktop after a fresh install of Snow Leopard 10.6.8?
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I think I messed up the Fusion Drive on my 1TB iMac (with BootCamp)

this is a somewhat similar post to this one (Can't create partition on free space with Disk Utility) but not quite... It started with me creating a BootCamp partition (around 145 GB) for Windows ...