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

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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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Is there a way to change order of physical disks in Corestorage

I upgraded existing system to a "Fusion drive" - corestorage volume - consisting of existing 300GB HDD and new 120GB SSD. Instead of creating a new corestorage drive I went with the route of ...
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Unable for format / erase hard drive

I have an external HD that died on me a while ago and I'm trying to see if I can format / erase it to start using it again. The disk does not show up in Finder but I can see it in Disk Utility. When ...
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How to restore a deleted HFS+ partition table?

I have an external 2TB hard drive with one HFS+ partition, and accidentally dd'ed over the first ~500 MB of it. I have carelessly placed some new partitions in an attempt to repair it, because I had ...
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Disk Utility reports “missing thread record” on my external HDD

I have an external 500 GB HDD that's about five years old. I just turned it on and it made a bunch of clicking noises and failed to spin up immediately, though it did so after a few seconds. To be ...
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Can't mount primary HD, Disk Utility shows Invalid Node Tree Size

There are similar lines of questioning in the forum, but few valid responses. Apologies for reposting. I've searched for hours on end... I'm a tech consultant (software, not hw) helping my relative ...
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How to set VirtualBox in order to access external hard drives in guest Win7?

I have installed VirtualBox in order to use Windows 7 as guest on a Macbook Air running Mavericks (mainly to be able to use a printer that has no drivers for Mac). Also, I have installed the ...
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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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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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Adding a photo directly to iPhone disk

I tried to add a picture in the folder /User/Media/DCIM/100APPLE/ (the same as /private/var/mobile/DCIM/100APPLE/), but it doesn't show up in the Camera Roll. How can we make it appear? It's an ...
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Backing up OSX and bootcamp for a new drive

I'm getting a new larger size SSD for my MBP and I want to transfer my existing OSX and bootcamp partitions onto it... In preperation, iI've used bootable USB CloneZilla to clone everything onto an ...
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Extremely slow write speed to encrypted external drive on Mavericks

Writing to a fully encrypted USB flash drive on Mavericks is extremely slow. The drive model I used for testing was a Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 (64 GB). I tested transfer speeds by ...
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Is my Mac Mini HDD about to fail?

I carried my Mac Mini while traveling a few times, once to a different country and couple of times to different cities. I once noticed the hard disk inside makes noise like its about to fail. But the ...
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Mid-2012 MacBook Pro hard drive failure (maybe? not really.)

Mid 2012 MBP with OEM hard drive. I booted it this morning to a flashing question mark folder. I happened to have an external drive with OSX on it, booted to that external drive just fine. I opened ...
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Big boo boo on reinstalling OS X Lion. Help!

I have OS X Lion and erased the hard drive to prepare and install Maverick. Can you hear the violin playing? Here are the issues: My hardrive (Toshiba 750G) resized down to its branch hardrive ...
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Repair or reinstall Mac partition

I have a hard drive that is having problems on a Mac that doesn't use Time Machine or another complete backup system. I get this error when trying to repair the disk: Error: Disk Utility can’t ...
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Can I have two Time Machine partitions on one hard disk drive?

I know that someone can use a partition on a hard disk drive for Time Machine, but is it possible to specify more than one partition on a single drive for this purpose? The scenario: My partner and ...
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Is there anyway to expand my MacBook Air's hard disk?

I have a 2011 MacBook Air(11-inch), I am using OS X 10.9, but I only have 64GB Flash Storage, and I want to expand the storage of MacBook Air's hard disk. I asked geniuses at Apple and they told me ...
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External Hard disk 500 GB free but can't copy 8 GB data

I have WD external hard disk, which was working fine. Its MS-DOS formatted. I have downloaded a file in .mkv, which works fine, and isn't corrupted. Upon copying the 8 gb file, it says "The file is ...
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How do I remount USB Flash Drive or SD card?

I noticed that I could remount my USB hard drive through terminal after I eject it by typing diskutil list to find the drive and diskutil mountDisk /dev/disk"X"... So I tried to do the same with my ...
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Size of my Cd-Rom (SATA)

I have a macbookPro 15'' mid 2009 and I want know which size is my cd-rom (SATA)because I have to buy this "component" where can I find this information ? My Cd-Rom is 9,5mm - SATA/SATA ?
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Replacing DVD with SSD - What is the best way to test SSD reliability?

There have been some reports of specific SSD versions/speeds not working appropriately in specific MacBooks. Depending for example on SATA chipset etc. (e.g. saga-3 drives in old early 2011 MBP?). ...
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If I take the hard drive out of my macBook Pro and put it in a non-apple laptop, will it boot?

I've just upgraded my (2011) macBook Pro to use an SSD. So I've now got an old hard drive laying around with OS X on it. I've also got an old HP laptop laying around. If I put the drive in 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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Will 'Internet Recovery' necessarily erase my hard drive?

My Mac is booting to the 'question mark' folder. I option-booted to 'Internet Recovery'. Before I proceed, I would like to know: Will 'Internet Recovery' necessarily erase my hard drive? Can anyone ...
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9GB com.apple.coresymbolicationd file in Caches

I'm trying to free up disk space, and I came across this: I've read reports of a 600M file, or a 1GB file but never something like this. Is it safe to delete or does rebooting frequently help ...
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How to delete partition disk0s4?

A while ago, I dual booted with ubuntu linux and followed a tutorial on youtube to do so, but later I wanted all of my hard drive to be for osx, so I deleted the ubuntu partition, but now I am left ...
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What is filling up my hard drive so fast?

Last night (Because my hard drive was almost full) I freed about 4GB. Then I came back to my Macbook about 3hrs later (I left it idle) and Its was full again. Is something is eating my mac? If I go ...
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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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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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MacBook Pro updating to SSD

I have a 15-inch, Late 2011 macbook pro, i mainly use for programming, and occasionally watch a movie or two. Its getting a bit sluggish, and i reckon its time to update the HD to a SSD one. So my ...
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RAID 0 and 1 combo?

If I understand correctly, RAID 1 is two drive that mirror each other, and if one fails, it can be replaced and some hours later, it's a mirror of the good drive. Raid 0 combines 2 drives in a way ...
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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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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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Hard drive backup issue in Mavericks

My hard drive had some bad sectors recently, so I backed up, re-formatted, and clean installed Mavericks. Everything seemed to work fine until couple days ago when I tried to look at some photos I ...
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How can I wipe a disk from a Mac with firmware password set?

I'm in a somewhat odd situation: I need to wipe the disk of a MBP, but I can't boot into Recovery Mode/from a CD/etc. as there is a firmware password set. Is there a way to wipe the disk from within ...
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Encrypted external drive usually prompts for password, despite being in keychain

I have an external encrypted drive, and almost every time I plug it in, it'll ask me for the password, even though it's already in my keychain. If I type the password in, it'll mount as expected. ...
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Reformat / resize an external hard drive removed from a NAS

I have a 3TB hard drive that I removed from a NAS that is only showing as 800MB on my Mac. Have tried Disk Utility (and terminal diskutil) but the hard drive keeps showing at the wrong size. ...
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How do I keep the Recovery HD and EFI partitions from automatically mounting on my MacBook Air?

I've set Finder preferences on my MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.1 to show everything on my desktop: I've noticed that storage partitions called Recovery HD and EFI appear there: What are they? ...
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How do I stop my external hard drive from using all my RAM?

I'm running OSX Mavericks, and have an external 500Gb HD connected via firewire. I have 24GB's of RAM, and fairly often my RAM usage will spike to 23.95 GBs in use and literally leave me with only 50 ...
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Videos/Movies filling up my HDD

Am a bit of an adrenaline junkie and have 2 GoPros that I use to create movies with in iMovie. At the moment I can't seem to make any as my startup disk is full of 575 gb of Movie data, despite ...
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What does it mean when Repair Disk takes just a few seconds to complete?

I have the flashing finder icon problem. When I boot from DVD, I cannot choose the disk as Startup Disk. However, it appears in Disk Utility. When I run Repair Disk I can see the disk, and that it has ...
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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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Time Machine: Mobile incremental Backup

Imagine I do backups using Time Machine at home just like everybody else. But as I travel often and of course also work on the road I also need to have a mobile backup solution. I thought about the ...
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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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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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I want to install Windows 7 on an external drive

I've read two articles about booting Windows from external drives as opposed to a stock Bootcamp install. Here are the links: http://kevtg-compuproductive.tumblr.com/ ...
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Monitor hard drive usage history?

On Mavericks, is there a way to know about hard drive use history? To be clear, I do not only want to know how much space I am using on my hard drive, but to have a history of the evolution of the ...
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Mac Boot Option not Showing Base System

Whenever i hit ⌥ or ALT when I boot up my Mac only the Boot Option "Mac Hard Drive" shows. "Mac OS X Base System" or "Recovery 10.9.1" doesn't show up. Can someone help me on this? Do i need to make a ...
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Can't find backup files on Macintosh HD?

When opening the OS X System information it says I have 67 GB backups: But when I'm using Disk Inventory X to find large files on my Mac i can't find any backups files: I don't know anything ...