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

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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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Macbook HD “Other” all the Sudden Almost Full

As you can see in the below image, my HD "Other" category is almost full. A couple of days ago, I randomly kept getting a popup saying that my disk was almost full. Then I went in and noticed the ...
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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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Will a cloned hard drive function exactly as the original?

If I buy a new hard drive and clone my original onto it (using Carbon Copy Cloner or something similar), will my computer function exactly the same as it did before? Will things like licensed programs ...
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OS X Snow Leopard - Can't boot from HD, Target Mode or CD

Today my computer started getting really slow and freezing alot, so i rebooted. HOwever it won't boot up again, keeps getting stuck on the grey screen. Here's what i've tried: Startup in safe mode ...
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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 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 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 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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Can't format 2nd HDD in optical bay on Mid-2012 Macbook Pro 13

I have recently bought an SSD and a HDD caddy to do a SSD+HDD setup. After installing, I can't format or reliably use my HDD while it's in the optical bay. I installed the SSD in the place of the ...
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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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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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Kernel: I/O error on new OWC Mercury 6G SSD

I bought a mid 2011 Mac Mini mit dedicated graphic card along with the iFixit dual hard-drive kit and a OWC Mercury 6G SSD. After I installed the ssd into the Mac Mini with as second hard drive, 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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Airport Extreme: How to share a hard drive over the guest network?

I'm offering my Internet to somebody living in another apartment and used an Airport Express to extend my Airport Extreme signal. Since the Aiport Express only extends the "main" network, the other ...
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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 ...
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Log for the root directory of an external HDD

I really doubt that this would be possible, but is there any chance that OS X 10.7.5 logs the root directory contents of an external HDD that was plugged in through a USB drive a week ago? My ...
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Backing up files from corrupt disk from Windows Bootcamp

So, mysteriously with no previous bad behavior my computer stopped booting, stuck in the gray loading bar cycle and then shutting down, the problem I believe wasn't obvious at first. I booted to ...
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Dealing with a dying hard drive

I have a MacBook Pro with a dying hard drive. It was working poorly for the last month or so and the last 4 times I turned it on it booted correctly once, issued a boot sector not found twice and a ...
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Can you partition the HD of a G3 iMac for OS 9 and OS X?

I have an old Tangerine iMac G3 in nice condition, I installed a clean copy of OS 9 on it and I can run the "iMac Demo Summer 1998" interactive demo which is neat. I'd like to install OS X (Tiger) on ...
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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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What sector is Photos folder on hard drive?

I'm trying to recover some deleted photos from my Mac, but the problem is that I'm not able to select what folder it should be looking in. I am, however, able to select what sector it should be ...
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Can OS X Combine Physical Disks

I have OSX Server 10.5.8 installed on a drive and I would like to combine 2 USB drives together to act as one drive. Is that possible?
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How to fix mounting problem with external drive?

I have a USB external hard drive with AC adapter that works fine with an Ubuntu machine. But when I plug it into my MacBook Air it lists one partition on the finder, and does not mount the other. ...
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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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Don't wake up external hard disk when saving to internal one

My problem is that I have an external hard drive connected to my Mac. Since it is only used for backup purposes, it is sleeping most of the time. However if I now want to save something (e.g. a ...
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My book western digital not recognized on windows after time machine backup

I have an MY BOOK from western digital I used it once for TIME MACHINE BACKUP, now under windows the hard drive is not recognized and theres no way to format it since it not recognized by windows, but ...
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My MacBook Pro mid-2010 won't recognize new hard drive

I was forced to change my HD since the old one gives me I/O error on boot. I bought a Western Digital Blue WD5000LPVX, connected by USB to another Mac and format it using Mac OS Extended (Journaled) ...
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Time Machine - multiple backup destinations for a “separate weekly”

I have a client that I'm setting up Time Machine to backup his Macbook Pro. He's running OSX Mountain Lion, but soon to upgrade to Mavericks. It has been backing up using Time Machine and an ...
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Disk space disappeared, what happened?

So yesterday I had to jump through some hoops getting Xcode set up, in the end I had to install it once, uninstall it and then install a different version. At the start I had ~78GB free. After the ...
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Boot up error prohibitory sign flashing folder with question mark

3 weeks ago my hard drive failed so I bought a new one. (Macbook pro late 2011) 5 days ago, the new one flashed prohibitory sign, flashing folder with question mark. Every once in a while I could get ...
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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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Parallels Desktop Minimum Hard Disk Space to allocate?

My current hard disk drive 256GB is already not enough for me. Therefore, I wish to reduce the allocation of my Parallels Desktop. I did the "Reclaim" to get 11GB back, but PD still occupies 63.6GB. ...
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New harddrive on a macbook pro 13 inch, dvd drive doesn't work, what do?

What I don't have: An USB dvd drive What I have: Another working, up to date, Macbook (with snow leopard). purchased Mountain Lion on the app store A desktop PC A 4GB usb stick. A USB harddrive ...
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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 ...
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External FW HDD not showing up in Finder, but still functional in FCP 7

Okay, so this has been a very baffling issue... We have two OWC Mercury Elite Pro hard drives that have been perfectly functional since we got them a few months ago. We recently upgrade to 10.9 on ...
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Hard drive Ejects itself while running ddrescue

I don't know who to blame apple or ddrescue. So Sorry if this is in the wrong place! :) I have -Macbook pro Intel core I7 running Maverick -Failed 120Gb HDD (really old... more then 8 years i ...
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How to recover my harddrive if I can't see it in the disk utility

I have a 2007 aluminium iMac which I upgraded months ago to Mavericks. Today it locked up and I held the power button to shut it down and cannot get it to start again. I get the flashing folder ? icon ...
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Which drive to I select to completely erase my system's hard drive?

Apple's instructions for completely erasing a system say to "select your startup disk". But my system shows a hardware drive icon and some gobbledygook as a name, and under that another icon and name ...
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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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Copying files from a failing drive

I have a 2008 iMac in which the drive is failing. SMART status seems ok although AHT reported 4hdd/11/40000000 SATA (0,0) which is the code for disk failure AFAIK. Normal boot fails, Firewire target ...
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Hard drive free space discrepency between System Profiler and Finder

System Profiler says the amount of space used on my hard drive is different than what Finder Get Info says. Why are they not the same?
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Diagnose if corrupted volume is due to hardware problem

This morning when turning on a Mac laptop, it suddenly announced that an external backup disk (which was connected overnight) "can't be repaired". Disk Utility also says: Disk Utility can’t ...
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Cannot boot Mac Mini with stripped RAID -fsck hangs

Today we coould not get one of our machines running. After several hours of doing the 'standard' tasks like fixing permissions etc. we hit a dead end. Here's what's going on: Machine starts, we can ...