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

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What activated Continuity on my MBP?

My process of upgrading my early 2011 13" MBP (running the latest El Cap beta) to an SSHD was far more complicated than it had any right to be: I got an SSHD from Amazon, put it in the ...
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How to save data from a time machine backup that has gone bad

My 3TB USB disk I use as my Time Machine target has gone bad. I can mount it read only but no set of options I've tried allow me to mount it read/write. The fsck tells me that the catalog btree is ...
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How to clone a damaged HD?

Been through a bit of the suggested answers, nothing has been suggested that I haven't tried (unsuccesfully, as of yet), so I turn to the group for answers. I have a 2.5" HD from an MacBook ...
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osx corrupts usb (exFAT) on restart

So I have this problem with OS X, when I restart my system and it has the USB drive connected (I forgot to unplug it because I know what OS X causes), it corrupts the drive (i.e., on next restart it ...
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Are slow format speeds indicative of more severe hard drive problems?

I have an mid-2011 iMac, that has 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD (not SSD). Over the past few months I have experienced: Fairly frequent beach balls/general system slowdowns A worrying number of errors ...
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How do I access my old files from an old Macbook HDD with Lubuntu?

I wasn't sure if I should put this on the Apple or Linux stack exchange but here's my problem. So my old Macbook died a while back and I realized that it might have had some important information. My ...
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Can't find storage after fixing EFI system partition error

I followed How to fix the error: "This disk doesn’t contain an EFI system partition"? In the final step sudo dd if=/dev/disk1s1 of=/dev/disk0s1 I cloned an existing ESP from an internal ...
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How to stop decryption of external drive

I've searched on the internet for a while and asked my question on apples website discussions.apple.com as well, however I haven't found and answer yet and people aren't responding on apple's site so ...
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Fastest means to copy many drives to one drive

I have data on 16 drives that I want to consolidate to one drive. The 16 drives are external with a firewire connection. Currently I have the one drive connected as an external drive on firewire. I ...
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OS X can't unmount disk

My 1TB LaCie Rugged THB decided it was a good idea to stop working all of a sudden. If I open it in disk util I sometimes see an actual name of a partition, but most likely it's not the real name. In ...
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Lost a Fusion drive boot disk

i can see my Fusion Drive disks (ssd+hdd) in Terminal: But i lost it in the boot and cant boot MAC OS. (please see album with photos on http://imgur.com/a/N5zY2 ) I cant repair my system, when i ...
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Boot Camp partition won't show

I had Windows 10 installed on Boot Camp and updated Mac from Yosemite to El Capitan. Afterwards, I could no longer boot to Windows... I want a way to get to Windows or at least get to data on the ...
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Attaching External HD to Airport - Is It Secure?

I am thinking about attaching an external HD to my Airpot (ac), which I will use to back up my computer using SuperDuper on a nightly basis. However, I am concerned about security. I know that I can ...
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Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 doesn't see NTFS disk (OS X 10.11 El Capitan)

I upgraded my Yosemite to El Capitan few days ago. Also recently Paragon sent me an e-mail with an offer of free upgrade from version 12 to 14. Since I bought ver. 12, I decided to install version 14. ...
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Deleted all partitions on Fusion Drive. Don't know how to recover

I'm kind of a novice here, and I think I got in over my head. I was trying to do a clean install of El Capitan on my 5K iMac. It has a 1TB Fusion drive. I booted from a USB drive, entered Disk ...
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My SSD seems slow, could it be the link speed?

I just replaced my old HD from a late-2009 iMac with a new Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB. It was installed by an official Apple repair store but I am worried because it seems slower than my new macboook ...
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Fixing damaged hard drive after OSX update

I recently tried updating my Macbook Pro Retina to OSX El Capitan, however believing this to be a simple routine update, I did not backup my computer. Of course, the update was unsuccessful, somehow ...
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Can't format new SSHD?

I just got a new SSHD, but when I tried to put it in my early 2011 13" MBP and format it from a bootable drive, Disk Utility kept giving me the error message: could not mount disk0s2 with name (null) ...
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Missing SSD space on MBPr 13, El Capitan

I have the following problem: I had two partitions, one was ~190 GB, and another ~60GB. Then I wanted to delete the second partition and resize the first one. The deletion went well (I suppose), but I ...
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Recovery mode Disk Utility can't see new internal hard drive

Lots of similar questions, but no one seems to be having the exact problem I am. Hard drive on my mid-2012 MBP (Mavericks now, but originally Lion) died; I do have backups (including a clone of the ...
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Unwanted network disk mounts

El Capitan has brought back a problem that I had with Yosemite at first - it disappeared after a later OS update. I have a headless MacMini on my home network, with a daisy chain of firewire disks ...
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MacBook White Unibody doesn't detect new HDD

I'm trying to upgrade a MacBook from mid-2009 (it's the A1342, MacBook 6,1) with a new hard disk. The original one was a 250GB and the new one I'm trying to install has 500GB and it's a Toshiba. I've ...
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How do I use bootcamp or virtualbox to run my windows 7 machine from an external drive on macbook pro?

I already purchased and installed my Windows 7 on an old PC laptop that is about to die. I want to continue using my PC-only programs but I want to upgrade to a macbook pro. I just learned about ...
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MacBook Pro can't mount an exFAT external hard drive when having too many files

I need to share files between Windows and Mac, so I chose exFAT as the file system for my external hard drive. But soon I found a serious problem, when I put too many files (like 5M) in the hard ...
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Repair MBR (Windows 10) from OS X

I've messed up my system yesterday. On my iMac I have installed OS X and Windows 10 using Boot Camp Assistant. The Windows MBR is damaged and I can't start it anymore. I get a black screen with the ...
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Trying to import old video from tape into iMovie 10.0.9, and store it on peripheral drive

I can't control which file or folder to target. I can only name a target an event name, and then that event only shows in the iMovie libraries menu on the left. Cant find the even in Finder to copy it ...
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Format a SSD from Mac OS Extended to NTFS

I have a SSD formated in Mac OS Extended, and I want to format it to NTFS because I will use it on Windows. To do it, I installed Paragon. I rebooted my MacBook. I checked if the driver was actived, ...
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How do merge the free space to my Macintosh HD partition?

I have approx. 370 GB of free space from which I want to merge 200 GB to my Macintosh HD disk. Can anyone please help me on this? I am not even getting the resize option there. System version: ...
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How to Erase External USB Drive Which Won't Mount & Isn't Recognized

Before starting, let me mention that I have ALREADY read the following thread in its entirety, and it did not help my situation: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4832305?start=0&tstart=0 I ...
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External hard drive won't show up on finder (theres more to this)

So I plugged in my hard drive, and deleted a file on it, a .nfo file. I forgot I had a file in the trash and so when I ejected the disk, my mac prompted me an alert like "disk is in use" with a force ...
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SSD doesn't boot anymore when plugged inside Macbook Pro

I've got two hard-drives in my Macbook. A SSD (connected to the original hard-drive connector) and another drive connected to the optical drive bay with a kit. Since this weekend I can't boot from ...
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MBP freezes for 30 seconds all the time since this afternoon

I'm looking to find the cause why I'm getting the spinning beachball on my MBPro all the time since this afternoon. I can work for like 30 seconds and get a spinning beachball for like 30 seconds. ...
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How to install Windows 7 64-bit to mac-pro whilst 32-bit version already installed?

I currently have 32-bit Windows 7 installed on my Mac Pro and I want to install a 64-bit version, because mac-pro 64 bit and there is 8GB RAM . But the Mac Pro doesn't see it when it restarts.( DVD ...
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Should there be an Apple logo on the hard drive of a MacBook?

I was installing an update on my MacBook Pro mid 2012 when it crashed. Kernel Panic. I brought it to an authorized service center for repair. The following day, I got a call that the center is ...
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Does Time Machine encryption protect the entire backup drive, or only the backup file? [duplicate]

I'm new to the forum, so not completely sure what is/isn't appropriate to ask - apologies if I get this wrong! This question has already been asked and answered, but I'm looking for further ...
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Use external hard drive to install applications to it

I have a 120 GB SSD on my Mac and it is almost 90% full. I have another 500 GB external hard drive and I want to install some big applications to that hard drive so it does not occupy space of SSD. ...
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Installing Snow Leopard on external drive with newer iMac version

I have two computers running different types of OS X. One is an iMac with Mavericks (10.9.5) and the other is a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard (10.6.x). My Macbook Pro isn't working (HDD problem), so ...
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High IO latency in games when loading sounds

I recognized the behaviour of games hanging/freezing for fractions of a second (or up to a second) everytime a sound is being requested from the disk. At least that is my conclusion. One title where ...
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How to create a new partition for OS X, then remove the original one

I want to clean install a new version of OS X, so I was thinking to create a separate partition, transfer all applications and settings from my old system and then remove the old partition and make a ...
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Less RAM and an SSD vs. more RAM and an HDD?

This isn't a question about which part of my computer to upgrade. It's a question about what I should buy in my eventual new computer. I have an early 2011 13" MBP with a 500GB hard drive and an ...
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Cumulative drive access per process over time?

I would like to isolate what processes are accessing drives the most over a given period of time with as much detail as possible as far as even seeing kernel level access. I have thought about ...
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Photos App : Using Photos App on a library that is stored on a USB Flash Drive

I would like to store my Photos library onto an external USB Flash drive. I have found other articles explaining that it was possible to store a Photos library onto an external USB SSD or HDD and ...
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Bootcamp problems have left my hard drive a mess

I have been trying to install Windows 8.1 via Bootcamp, and have had several problems that have resulted in failures (those are perhaps a different post). I'm using Yosemite. Currently when I run ...
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Resizing HFS+ volume after cloning

I cloned a disk containing an HFS+ volume to a larger disk using the command line dd utility. Now I want to grow the HFS+ volume to fill the new disk. There's an EFI partition before the HFS+ volume ...
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How do I fix “Your Disk Could Not Be Partitioned” isssue with BootCamp Assistant?

I'm Alex and I'm attempting to install Windows 10 on my iMac 27" (2012) with 3TB+128GB Fusion Drive, but during install procedure I get the same error "Your Disk Could Not Be Partitioned" without any ...
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My hard drive is broken on my Mac, I have a new one, but how can I install OS X? [duplicate]

I couldn't figure out how to properly explain the issue in my title. Here is the deal: My HDD is broken in my MacBook, every time I boot it up it's freezing. I bought a totally new SSD, but I didn't ...
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Macbook air won't show main harddisc

My macbook air won't show the main harddrive. I have tried to clean it by deleting the disc, but now it won't show up when i wan't to reinstall OS X. I have tried to go to disc utility, but i won't ...
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Unable to install OS X Lion on Macbook Pro's new internal HDD

The model I'm working with is a Macbook Pro A1278, Early 2011 design. This belongs to a friend, whose current drive, a 500GB SATA III which came with the laptop, was shown to be in poor health, having ...
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Unable to repair hard drive - due to volume assignment problem?

Disk utility and fsck [terminal] both agree that there is problem with my HD. I am curious if someone can help me figure out how I can deal with the problem. Terminal - Normal Mode MacBook-Pro:~ ...
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External hard disk not showing up on finder and can't be verified in Disk Utility

My Mac suddendly restarted and now the external hard disk I normally use for Time Machine backups is not working anymore. When I plug it in, it doesn't appear on finder and while it appears in the ...