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

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Backup/Time Machine solution for an office full of iMacs?

In our office we have ~8+ or so iMacs. Currently we're backing up to individual hard-drives via TimeMachine. We're looking at creating a more stable backup solution, one that is kept away from the ...
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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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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 do I temporarily relocate my Time Machine backup files

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external hard drive that I've been using for Time Machine backups. I recently had an issue with it where I can't save to it anymore because it was corrupted. The way to fix ...
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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 ...
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Why does my 3TB Seagate HD keep formatting as a Logical Volume Group

This is really annoying. I have a brand new Seagate 3TB 7200 RPM hard drive that I am trying to format/partition in Disk Utility. Every time I change any settings or erase the drive, it changes it to ...
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Should I stop using my Mac while the hard disk is being cloned?

As one of my backup solutions, I use an app (SuperDuper!, if it makes any difference) to make a clone of my Mac at the same time every evening. Sometimes I am still working at that time. What I want ...
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Is USB 3.0 overkill for Time Machine hard drive?

I have two 500 Gb hard drives. One is USB 2.0, the other is USB 3.0. My intention is to use one of these hard drives for Time Machine, and the other for storing media files on (mp3s, mp4s mostly). ...
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Large difference in reported free disk space

I have a strange discrepancy in the amount of free disk space that's being reported. The finder says: My iStat Menus says: Which is the same as df -h reports: remco@Prosperpine ~ $ df -h ...
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Recovering data off of a dead hard drive

My hard drive died in my macbook and it no longer will start up. It will not mount in an external enclosure but disk utility is still reading that the hard drive is there, and I tried to repair disk ...
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Can I move Applications to another partition?

My Startup disk partition is just 20 GB and I'm running out of space. What's the safe way to transfer Applications folder to the other partition? Can I just move all apps into a folder on the other ...
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Is it safe for the hard disk drive to operate while MacBook Pro is positioned vertically?

There is a nice designed product: Twelve South BookArc. You can save some space and increase wow-factor of your workspace a bit. But is it safe for HDD to operate a Macbook when it is not parallel to ...
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OS X Yosemite installation error: File system verify or repair failed

My Mac has been running fine until I decided to upgrade to OS X 10.10, Yosemite. When it is installing I get the message: File system verify or repair failed. I clicked the restart option to ...
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Unable to extend my partition

I have searched through this site alot and i wasn't able to find any solutions. My situation is the following: I decided to install linux to dual boot with OSX at my 1TB fully encrypted with FV2 hard ...
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How do I get rid of errors for disconnected networked drives?

Every time I log into OSX 10.9.4 (and several slightly older versions since I've been updating) I get several pop-ups asking me to connect to a remote/networked drive that I've previously configured, ...
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Upgrading a 2010 Macbook pro

I have a 17" Macbook Pro, mid 2010, with a 2.66 GHz core i7. It has 4GB of memory and a 500 GB sata hard drive (5400 rpm). With this specification, if I have to update one and only one part of my ...
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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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Make SCSI Appear as Internal Hard Drive

I have the HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL Raid card running on my Mac and it shows as an external drive. I would like to make it appear as an internal drive. Is this possible? From: To: Here ...
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Clone the Windows partition with Carbon Copy Cloner?

I have bought a new Hard Drive and I want to switch from my old disk to my new one. Time machine will do the job for my Mac partition, but not the Windows partition I guess. So I'm looking for way to ...
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How to find where files reside on a partition

I'm trying to use Bootcamp to install a Windows partition. But it gives this error message. I remember there was a program that let you see where all the files are on the partition and how much ...
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How to coerce Lion Time Machine into offering backup history migration?

This article describes a feature I heard about from multiple sources about an automagic backup migration process that Lion will do for you. Essentially, when migrating to a new machine, you can ...
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SSD instead of DVD temperature

just installed Intel 320 instead of DVD in Macbook MC516LL. Does old DVD place is equivalent to standard HDD place in Macbook from temperature (thermal) perspective?
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Bulge in MacBook Pro near Hard drive

I have noticed in that past 24 hours that two rigid and straight "lines" have developed as bulges on my Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 15 inch. They are noticeable when looking at it in the light and you can ...
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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) ...
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External Hard Drive size

I'm using a 13-inch 2013 macbook air with 4gb memory, and after a near disaster with a spilt drink I've realised I need to start backing it up. I don't know what size external hard drive I need ...
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SSD upgrade for mid 2012 MBP

I recently started getting performance issues with my MBP while running apps like Xcode and Eclipse. A quick diagnostic of the system showed that it thrashed over 458k times. Vendor Specific SMART ...
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How do I transfer a file from a guest account on a MacBook Air?

I'm logged into the guest account of a borrowed MacBook Air which is running OS X Version 10.9.2 and I've been trying to transfer a 2.19GB video file to an admin account, a USB or external hard drive, ...
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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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Can I boot Mac from an external hard drive (internal hard drive+hard drive closure)

Model: Macbook Pro 2010 mid OS: OS X 10.9 Hard Drive: WD5000BPKT 500GB For some reason I need to change my perfectly working internal bootable drive to external bootable drive. I took out my ...
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Partition/Volume grayed out but full read/write access

i have a Mac Server and a partition only for files. The volume is grayed out in the Finder sidebar, but if i go to the folder via CMD + G (go to folder) and type "/Volumes/Server_Daten" the volume ...
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Does using “rm” command cause journaling corruption?

Some time ago I had some problems with my Mac drive, so I went to the recovery partition and used Disk Utility to check for problems. It reported a huge discrepancy between the journaled free blocks ...
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In Disk Utility, what advantages do “read/write disk image”s have over “sparse bundle disk image”s?

If I want a read/write disk image, then aren't sparse bundle disk images always the way to go? They start at 0 kb in size, and grow to accommodate whatever you add to them, and if you delete stuff, ...
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Fusion Drive: free space on SSD

Is there a possibility to find out how much storage is free on a SSD of a Fusion Drive disk (SSD + HDD as a logical device)? The structure I use is this one here: $ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: ...
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Mac Hard Drive Testing Tools and SMART Analysis

How good is SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) for really finding and predicting drive problems for regular hard drives and now, for SSDs. From what I understand, different ...
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prevent second hard-drive from spinning up after standby

I have a MacBook Pro with two harddrives, an SSD in the main slot and a larger, normal drive in place of the superdrive. Because of power consumption and noise I managed to get my Mac to not ...
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How can I test if my hard drive is going bad?

I've looked over similar questions and searched the internet to try to find symptoms of a bad hard drive, but I haven't found anything that seems to be related to my problem. I have a late 2008 15" ...
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Can I install OS X lion on a disk that is OS X Extended Journaled encrypted?

Just wondering if I can, using Disk Utility, format the hard drive such that it is OS X Extended (HFS+) Journaled encrypted. Will Lion be able to install on that disk?
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How much will adding an extra hard drive to my MacBook Pro affect battery performance?

I have a current MacBook Pro 15" i7 2.2Ghz with a 500GB 7200RPM (default) hard drive. I am thinking of replacing both the current hard drive and the superdrive with two Seagate Momentus Hybrid 500 GB ...
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How can I add some SSD goodness to my MBP?

I have a decently modern (late-2010) Macbook Pro, with a 7200 RPM 500GB HD. I need this much space, but I'd like to have an SSD for compiling code, running the OS, and running games. Is there any way ...
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Is it possible to use Time Machine on a shared USB Hardrive?

I've a iMac with an external HD derserved to Time Machine. I also have a MacBookPro. Is it possible to make this config : Share the disk on the iMac so that the MBP sees it on the network Ask Time ...
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How to empty MobileBackups.trash content

I noticed that OSX reports a wrong disk space amount, reporting that "Other" space is near to 170Gb. Digging into the issue here "Huge inconsistency in disk space measurement, missing 50% of the ...
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2012 MacMini HDD died while installing Win 10 Tech Preview

I have a problem with a 2012 MacMini. diskutil list shows an internal 500 GB 5400 rpm drive as having 0 Bytes. It also states that it is unknown. Would TestDisk be able to reformat the drive? Disk ...
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Interesting partition Map with missing HD space

I have the latest generation Macbook Pro running Yosemite, I bought this computer used I don't know if the last person attempted to install linux or what the story is but I believe my partition map is ...
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backing up an OSX image to an NTFS drive?

I would like to make an image of my entire OSX install, so that I may restore to it if necessary. I'd LOVE to have incremental backups, so bonus points if anyone can figure out how I can do this! ...