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

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Macbook Pro can't connect to internal hard drive even after changing the cable to the main circuit board

So I thought my macbook's hard drive crashed last month when a folder with a question mark didn't allow me to use it. I got it replaced, but shortly after, the problem persisted. I thought it would be ...
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When copying a directory from one external HDD to another Finder tells there are more files than in the whole HDD

I have this problem when trying to copy files from one external HDD to another, the thing is that in the first HDD the Disk Util app says it has 10,702,660 items and when I try to copy them the ...
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Install linux to an encrypted FV2 disk

I got a macbook pro 9,2 (non-retina 13'') with mavericks. The HDD is 1TB and I have activated full disk encryption with FileVault2. I want to split this HDD to two partitions, one 800GB that ...
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I can't write to my flash drive, and it is already in the MS-DOS (FAT) Format. Why?

This is my first question on this website. I am using a Mac Air, and I have a flash drive in which I can read from. I am able to copy files from this onto my Desktop, or anywhere on my computer for ...
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fsck and Disk Utility won't repair Volume: invalid b-tree node size

I accidentally wrote some .iso data to a disk through dd by mistake. I cancelled the command after just 2 seconds but that was enough to wipe the first EFI partition (200MB) and a bit of the second ...
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Can my retina MacBook Pro SSD drive go to sleep?

In energy settings there are several options concerning the power consumption of you mac, like dim display, app nap, but also "Put harddisk to sleep when possible". To my knowledge, an HD hard disk ...
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Macbook: Flashing Folder with Question Mark At Startup

So, I've been hearing a clicking sound coming from my macbook for about a week now. The last few days the system has just been locking itself up when I try to type anything. Now, at startup I see ...
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How to automount UDF partition with strange partition ID

I have two partitions on my usb hdd: #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size] ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1: AF 1023 254 63 - 1023 ...
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Does Spotlight index SSDs faster than HDDs?

Ive been thinking about swapping my MacBook Pro's (late 2012) hard drive for an SSD for a while now, as there becoming more affordable at decent sizes. Apart from the read / write and startup time ...
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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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External Hard-disk showing Input/Output error

I have a 1TB External Hard drive which I'm currently not able to access. When I open the External drive in Finder, It shows it's empty. When I use the option to "Get Info", I get the dialog box ...
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MacBook Air stuck with Apple logo and spinning circle

My MacBook Air isn't loading past the screen with the Apple logo and the spinning circle. I have done an OS X MOUNTAIN LION reset via Disk Utility and it installed, but still nothing. I have done the ...
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Files gone after disk utility repair tool. however, space on disk remains

I stupidly repaired my external hard disk without backing it up via mavericks's disk utility repair option. After the repair, all my folders disappeared but at the same time I noticed that the disk ...
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Can't copy folders to NTFS drive with NTFS-3G OSXFuse

I just installed ntfs-3g and osxfuse using brew. I have no problem copying individual files to the external hdd. But every time, I try to copy a folder, I get the following error : The operation ...
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Diskutil can't find Core Storage Volumes

My OSX Mountain Lion will no longer atart up. After the logon screen it spins forever (the Apple logon is replaced by an error sign). When I run in single user mode I get a "still waiting for root ...
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Unable to format pendrive, diskutil error

When I insert my USB Pendrive in my iMac i see this message: I tried to format it both with DiskUtility and with diskutil command in terminal but I get this error: iMac:~ User$ diskutil eraseVolume ...
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Internal SSD compatible?

Since I was not able to find it out does anyone of you know if the following INTERNAL SSD will be compatible with my MacMini Late 2012 (the cheaper one)? Internal SSD from BestBuy Thanks :)
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can't connect two hard-drives to my airport

I have two seagate usb 3.0 4tb drives full of music that I want to access wirelessly. I have my Bites USB 3.0 hub powered by DC 5V cord. I want to connect these to my airport extreme (5th gen), but ...
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I'm planning to sell my laptop, and I need to know if I have my bases covered. Kindly confirm please?

I have a 13 inch MacBook Pro (10.5.8 OS X - I think it's called Leopard). I do NOT have the installation CD - so I cannot reinstall the OS and thus ensure that I have securely deleted everything from ...
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Bootcamp Macbook Air thinks my USB 3.0 ports are USB 2.0

I recently installed Windows 7 via bootcamp on my new Macbook Air. I have a Seagate USB 3.0 drive that works great in OSX but behaves strangely in Windows. Windows recognizes that it is a USB 3.0 ...
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Why is a secure erase 'not necessary' for SSD's?

I'm about to trade in a 2010 MacBook Pro with an SSD. However, I'm unable to do a Secure Erase from the recovery disk (as I used to do with mechanical hard drives before selling or giving away a ...
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Migration assistant to specific folder

I have a 290gb of data on my old mac. It won't boot up. I have a firewire cable and am going to transfer the data to my MacBook pro which has 590gb of free space. I want to use migration assistant, ...
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Is there anything like NVELO Dataplex (hybrid SSD/HDD software) for OS X?

I'm interested in upgrading my old MacBook to using an SSD and moving the data drive to where the DVD drive is using an optibay. Often SSDs come with a licence for NVELO Dataplex software (which is ...
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Using A Windows PC To Recover User Data From HFS Drive (dead Macbook)

I'm a Windows guy. I've worked with Macs at times over the years as an IT guy, but they were always small parts of my environments and this is a new challenge for me. A friend's Macbook is dead. Old, ...
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What kind of encryption does Mac OS X Extended (Journaled, Encrptyed) use?

Since my primary hard disk is encrypted with FileVault2, I also wanted my backup drive to be encrypted. I plugged in my external drive, brought up Disk Utility, and went to erase/format the disk. I ...
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Can't mount Macintosh HD volume - journal issue

My MacBook Pro (Mavericks) keeps booting into OS X Startup Utility. Disk Utility shows Macintosh HD volume as unavailable - not mounted. Running fsck_hfs -l /dev/disk0s2 returns: ** /dev/rdisk0s2 ...
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MacBook Pro only recognizes HDD with back cover off

I replaced my 13" Mid-2012 MBP's optical drive with an SSD the other day, but now I'm having problems with the old HDD that was in there. It booted once or twice after installation with the SSD ...
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External Hard Drive Locks Finder

Last week there was a short 10 second power outage and my external hard drive was attached to my laptop (Western Digital 750 MB drive). Message came up telling me the drive was improperly removed, I ...
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Invalid Argument when trying to write to external disk

I have an external USB 3 box on my mini (OSXS 10.9.4) that holds 4 drives (not a RAID). When I try to access either of two drives and write data to them, I get "Invalid argument" (the 3rd drive works, ...
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Updated to 10.9.5, no longer recognises external hard drive [closed]

It works in the TV and it worked before the update. Any tips would be appreciated.
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dd ruined my USB stick, how do I recover?

I tried to copy a Linux distro over to my USB using DD. But half way through it failed because the computer went to sleep or something. I plugged the USB in and I get a message saying it's unreadable ...
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Permanently Disable/Ignore Secondary Disk?

I have a 256G SSD and a 1T HDD in my 27" iMac. The 1T HDD is dying due to hardware failure. Is there a file in OS X similar to /etc/fstab in Linux where I can prevent this 1T HDD from mounting? I'd ...
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Moving file between disks in Mac OS X?

Is there any way so when I drag and drop a file from one disk(A) to another disk(B) the files are moved instead of copied? I have a mac book pro and a mac pro(old cool one) and when I drag and drop ...
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Spinning down hard drives that are not boot drives

If I were to put an ssd in the superdrive of an early 2009 24" iMac and used this as a boot drive while keeping the hdd in it's original place and using as a storage drive, would the storage drive ...
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MacBook won't boot from internal SSD

I got a 2011 MacBook Pro and had a Samsung 840 Pro installed running Mountain Lion, then Mavericks for about a year without any problems. Without any apparent reason the MBP just wouldn't boot from ...
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Move Documents folder to different drive

I would like to move the Documents folder to a different drive. I am running OS X 10.9.4. I am trying to preserve space on my OS SSD.
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2012 iMac stuck at grey screen after reinstall, plus the inability to restore from backup prior to this. Please help!

Okay I'm just going to list out what has happened over the past 24 hours: Lost a bunch of files. Tried to restore from backup. After waiting for about an hour, it just randomly stopped at around ...
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Inheriting a backup on a server

SO! I've spent 2 days doing this so far and I've gotten so close to accomplishing my goal but I'm on the last step. I've attached my Time Machine HDD to my landlords Mac mini (So I didn't have to ...
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Backing up networked iMacs

I have an iMac connected by wire to an external (non-Mac) hard drive which is used to store back-up images via Time Machine. I want to buy a second iMac and network the two together. As far as I ...
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Failing Hard Drive

I have a Mac Pro I got in 2008. The original hard drive is failing. I have purchased a replacement drive and have backed up all my data using Time Machine. I will want to put the Mac OS on the new ...
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Does hard disk continue to run while sleeping?

The question is pretty simple. I just wanted to know for sure but couldn't find an answer on google. Does the hard drive continue to "run" while the computer is asleep? I'd like to know if it does ...
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How to ignore second hard drive

I have a second hard drive in my macbook pro that is bootable into my older os install after installing a new SSD with a clean build of OSX Mavericks. When booted into my SSD, I want my old drive to ...
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1 TB hard drive - with only partition showing only 800 GB capacity

I have a 1 TB hard drive, which is correctly displayed in Disk Utility, but the actual (and only) startup partition only shows 800 GB of space. There is no unallocated space either. According to the ...
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Blinking question mark on folder on boot

I am attempting to boot up my 2009 MacBook Pro, but when it starts it immediately shows a white screen with a 'question mark folder' — it keeps blinking until the computer shuts down (unless I keep it ...
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/dev/disk0 disappears

On my Macbook Pro mid-2014 (have had it for only a week) I am having an issue where the primary hard drive (at /dev/disk0) just disappears from the system, thus crashing. The only reason I know that ...
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Should I put the SSD in the Optical or Main Bay when replacing Optical Drive?

I have 2010 MBP. Wanted to put SSD in optical bay (and use it as main boot drive) because main bay has SMS (motion detection) that HDD would use. The only problem is that optical bay in my computer ...
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Getting rid of “The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer” message at startup

I have a couple of disks in Windows software mirroring RAID in my system, and when OS X (Mountain Lion) loads, the same message pops up (twice) each time: The disk you inserted was not readable by ...
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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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Cannot mount HDD used in Time Machine

My HDD was working perfectly fine until recently. It began when my mac tried to perform a time machine back up, but it failed saying that the back up directory could not be created. So i restarted my ...
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MacBook SSD replacement — sudden motion shock sensor in optical bay?

When looking to upgrade a MacBook Pro with a solid state drive (SSD), one option is to: First, install the SSD instead of the spinning hard disk drive (HDD). Then, install the HDD instead of the ...