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

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Thunderbolt SSD or USB 3 SSD - Need an external SSD drive

I'm planing to get an SSD(500GB) probably Samsung EVO or Corsair(LS,LX,GT) & seagate thunderbolt adapter for my macbook pros' 2011 and 2013 Retina. ⌘ - I've already upgraded my 2011 MBP with ...
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How to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...
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Installing OS X from Recovery - Apple ID needs to be reviewed and nothing happens

I had a problem with my hard drive. I backed-up and erased by disk. Now I can't reinstall OS X. Here's what I did: Went to Disk Utilities on startup Erased hard drive Went to reinstall OS X It wants ...
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Disk Drive Partition: Single vs Multiple

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, from a Software and Hardware stand point prospective, what are the pros and cons of creating 2 (two) partition and saving OS X + Applications on one partition and ...
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Can't see a specific external hard drive

I was trying to make an NTFS hard drive writable on my macbook. I tried the way mentioned in this link: https://www.maketecheasier.com/write-ntfs-partition-os-x-yosemite/ Now I can make changes on my ...
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MacBook Pro HDD corrupted files and bad blocks? Find command running for 4 days; Disk Utility reports no errors

Computer: Late 2011 MacBook Pro 13" Factory 500 GB serial ATA (5400 RPM) HDD Problem: A few days ago my computer started running extremely slow — could barely perform the most basic functions ...
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Finder Reports Disk is Full, Other Tools Don't Account for it

I looked at some of the other Q&A here and didn't see a duplicate of this one (e.g., How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space? and other linked and related questions). Finder reports ...
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Disk issues on reboot [duplicate]

I have a rMBP (Mid 2012) that is having disk issues. When verifying the disk, I get three different errors: Incorrect number of file hard links Invalid first link in hard link chain Invalid ...
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Prohibitory sign on Mac startup running Yosemite

I used disk utility today on my MacBook Pro running Yosemite to create a bootable USB. I don't recall touching the hard drive of my MacBook Pro at all. After I finished the process, I went onto Google ...
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How can I read/write to several hard drives created on windows 7,8 from OS X

My PC's hard drive - running w8.1- crashed. Bought a mac mini and now trying to retrieve files from crashed disk (and others). All drives have read only permissions, with no locks showing in the get ...
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Move single user Time Machine backup drive to OS X Server

I have an external hard drive which is currently used as a Time Machine backup drive for a single machine. I'd like to move the drive to my Server machine and use it for network backups for all my ...
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HD corruption - OS X partition now thinks it's FAT

Well, I've got myself in a bit of a pickle here. I have been trying to do creative (unsupported, of course :^) things with my rMBP. I had been using multiple partitions successfully with OS X 10.9.5 ...
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Backing up Macintosh HD via Disk Utility (error -5344)

I am trying to backup the Macintosh HD, to my external hard drive via disk utility. I created a blank image and tried to restored my MacintoshHD to that image, but the error pops up, "Restore Failure: ...
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Macbook SSD Formatting Problem

I just got my Macbook here, and I got a USB with Yosemite 10.10. I opened up the Macbook, took out the old one, and put the SSD inside. My SSD fits perfectly (Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB). Then I ...
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System Formatter Failed While Erasing External Hard Drive Mac

I have been trying to erase my external Hard Drive "My Passport", however there was a problem and then the Hard Drive disappeared from the Desktop and could't be found. Only Disk Utility would see it ...
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Mac OS crashed! Need help extracting backed up data

I have disk image file on my external HDD. I tried to extract file from mac.dmg file using 7z x mac.dmg and this is what I got: Processing archive: mac.dmg Extracting 0.MBR Extracting 1.Type EE ...
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Boot stuck at Prohibitory screen

I'm using Macbook Pro 2012 running Mac OS X 10.10.3 and earlier today, I was trying to install Linux on a USB drive through Terminal. I first converted the format with this: hdiutil convert -format ...
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Configuring SSD over-provisioning on Mac OSX

I'm in early investigation stages of adding a SSD drive to my MacPro. Fragmentation problems can lead to serious performance problems on an SSD. There are a couple answers to this problem: TRIM - ...
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Want to copy whole data disk to ~/Backup/ and then eject, but having trouble finding the disk

I'm trying to write a script that searches for a disk in the external drive, if present have it rip the disk into a folder with the disks name and then eject, then continue searching for that disk. ...
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Upgrading Mac HD to OWC SSD for a MBP i5 Mid 2012 9,2 . Is Time Machine enough?

The SSD is yet to be delivered but I have already created a bootable USB install of OS X (yosemite) and have done a time machine back up. The question that is haunting me is - Do I need the ...
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Replaced OWC Mercury Accelsior E2 that I am using as a start up disk and it keeps disappearing

OWC replaced my Mercury Accelsior E2 because it stopped being recognized on my computer. They said the old one checked out ok even though I did their tests at home before I sent it in. When trying to ...
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Hard Drive Change SSD - Macbook Pro

My Macbook was slow, and then i've want to make it faster, it is a Macbook Pro from 2011 or 2012, can't remember it. I bought a Samsung SSD 850 EVO. Firstly what i did, was to take out the old ...
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Can I plug my Iomega hard drive into my new BT Home Hub and access the tunes stored in it from my MacBook Pro wirelessly?

We have just acquired a BT home Hub router which has a USB socket. I have my music stored in an Iomega hard drive and normally plug this into the MacBook, which is a bit clumsy. ( I have told iTunes ...
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Seagate expansion drive 2TB not recognized on windows after mac

After i connected my seagate expansion drive to my macbook air, it opened normally as far as i remember But now if i'm connecting it on windows 7, it shows that driver installation and the option ...
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kernel_task filling up disk

Something weird just happened. I got a warning that my disk was running out of space. I knew that it had like 15GB free before and wondered where all the free space went. I checked Activity Monitor ...
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My 2011 Macbook Pro won't start - folder with blinking '?'

My Mac will not start up. I went to recovery mode and made a backup of everything on an external drive. Now the Mac only starts up from the external drive. I have OS X 10.10, Yosemite. I tried to ...
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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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AppleScript for Dropbox on External HD

Disclaimer: I don't know much AppleScript, but I am a bit of a programmer, so you can go a little technical on me. I am looking for a solution to the issue of putting Dropbox on an external HD. ...
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Airport Extreme: Macbooks cannot connect to disk drive over wifi; LAN iMac can

Just bought an Airport Extreme. Connected a LaCie 2To hddrive (usb 2). I have set up the drive without issue and can indeed see it in the Finder and browse through the files via my iMac (which ...
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Mac boots into log on screen quickly but takes long time to log into account

I just replaced the stock OEM hard drive on my 2010 macbook pro 15 inch with a Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB and installed Yosemite on it from scratch with USB (the first time i am using Yosemite). Now ...
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No NTFS Access Using Paragon and Tuxera in Yosemite

I earlier used OSXFuse/NTFS-3G method to access my Bootcamp Windows partition and my portable drive while using Mavericks. Recently when I upgraded to Yosemite I noticed that NTFS read/write access ...
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Accidentally used dd on my main OSX drive

I've made a bit of a balls up... When attempting to create a bootable Ubuntu usb drive I accidentally ran dd on my main system drive :( sudo dd if=/path/to/image.img of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1m I ...
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Disk Utility Weirdness: Macintosh HD Cannot Be Repaired But Then Has No Problems?

Earlier today, I decided to clean up my hard drive of extraneous files and other materials that might be taking up space. After doing some looking around, I found an application, OnyX, that was ...
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What are next steps when fsck reports “could not be repaired after 3 attempts”?

My Mac Book Pro 13.-" doesn´t get past the grey booting screen with the apple and the spinning wheel (The loading bar appears but when it´s done nothing happens) I have 220 GB in one single ...
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How can I find out what is taking up space on my hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a tiny hard drive - 128 GB. I am not that technical. I see that other files under storage is taking up say 40 GB of space. My boyfriend got me a WD NAS hard drive and I was able to move my ...
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Mac OS is reporting bad free space

I have a MacBook Pro since 2014 and I haven't had any problem in these months. But today I realized that the free space info that gives Mac is wrong. I add two captures, one from the hard disk info, ...
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MacBook Pro HDD won't show in Windows

I've got to send my MBP in for the infamous GPU problem (2011-2013 models) and I would like to back up or at least gain access to my HDD to save some important-ish files. I've hooked the drive up to ...
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How much faster is an external SSD than external HDD if internal drive is SSD?

I'm running intensive animation software and am having speed issues. At the moment I'm just working from an internal SSD. How much faster should it run if I put the project files on an external HDD? ...
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SSD partitioning fails internally, external OK

I bought a Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB for my MacBook Pro 13'' Early 2011, but am unable to install OS X to it. (Yosemite 10.10.3) When installing the SSD internally, OS X doesn't find the drive, and ...
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Making a Damaged USB Writable for Drive Genius?

Apologies for being (sort of) a repost from Unable to be Repaired & Further Problems but I had some further questions and I was worried they wouldn't be answered. I followed Froggard's advice and ...
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Split Macintosh HD into 3

At the moment I have 1 250GB partition on my mac (Macintosh HD). What I want to do is split my hard drive into 3 partitions. This is because I want to dual boot with Windows 8.1 and make a reserve ...
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Where is Rsync's default temp directory?

I'm using rsync to backup files to an external hard drive; my boot disk is pretty full. Rsync keeps failing due to not enough disk space to build the temporary file list, and unfortunately doesn't ...
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Unable to be Repaired & Further Problems

I'll start off with some information about my USB. I use a SeaGate external hard drive USB with 1 TB. About ~250 gb of it is partitioned and formatted to create a Time-Machine compatible partition. ...
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Yesterday I had 6.5GB free; today I have 4.3GB; what happened?

I have a 256GB SSD in my 5,5 MacBook Pro running OSX 10.10.1. It's mostly filled up, mostly with music. When I get close enough to "full" I usually delete the less-important stuff to free up a good ...
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Disk Utility works forever at trying to repair partitions

My computer froze yesterday while I was using a browser. I restarted and never got past a plain white screen. Finally was able to boot from a different drive and ran disk utility on my main boot drive ...
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How to find my Office for Mac key within the program? [duplicate]

I just removed my CD Optical drive from my Macbook Pro 2009 and replaced it with an SSD. I cloned my original drive using disk utility and now boot to the SSD. Everything transfered well except for ...
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SATA3 in a 2007 MacBook Pro?

I have an aging 15" MacBook Pro from 2007: Model ID: MacBookPro3,1 Model No.: A1226 In an attempt to squeeze a bit more life out of it, I've replaced the battery, upped the RAM, and I'm about to ...
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Can I keep 1 specific backup on an external hard drive as it fills up and deletes older backups? [duplicate]

I've just moved 262GB of photos to a new external hard drive (1 TB), freeing up my MacBook Pro, 1 year old, which was dangerously low on space. I first backed them up on an existing external hard ...
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ExFAT partition on External HDD not showing up on Bootcamp Windows 7

So I partitioned one of my external HDD's for my bootcamp windows, just so I could install some Windows files without having to resize my partition by erasing it and reinstalling. Using disk utility ...
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MacBook dual drive is killing hard disks

Towards the end of last year I decided to remove the CD drive on my late-2007 MacBook and replace it with a 2nd hard drive (using an aftermarket 'caddy'). Several months in, my 1 TB WD Blue (2nd) ...