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

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Backup external hard drive to the cloud via Time Capsule

I'd like to move my photo directory to an external hard drive, but still have that hard drive backed up both locally and to the cloud. This wouldn't be a problem if I was using a desktop machine of ...
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What do I need to know to buy an SSD drive for a 2008 MacBook 5,1?

I'd like to buy an SSD drive for my MacBook aluminium (MacBook5,1 from 2008). What do I need to know to buy one which will work fine with it? I.e. years ago any IDE drive would fit any IDE slot, but ...
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How to securely erase an arbitrary SATA drive, utilizing the drive firmware to do so?

The problem with using Disk Utility or dd if=/dev/zero to erase a disk is that: It applies unnecessary wear to SSD drives. It sends the drive's capacity worth of zeroes over the drive's interface. ...
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Would and SSD or RAM be the better upgrade in this situation?

I feel I'm making this post more for validation than anything, but I want to get some of your opinions as well. My friend contacted me the other day asking how she could make her MacBook Pro run a ...
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Can only one partition of old hard drive been transferred to new MacBook?

I just took the hard drive out of my MacBook pro that broke down a few days ago and put it into an enclosure. My questions; If I buy a new MacBook pro, is it possible to ONLY transfer the Macintosh ...
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Customize external HDD spindown timeout?

It's possible to enable spinning down of mechanical hard drives using the "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" option in Energy Saver, and it's possible to customize the timeout period with sudo ...
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Macbook boots up to grey 'prohibited' symbol

I'm having an issue with my '09 13" Macbook Pro. When I boot it up, it seems to be booting normally until about thirty seconds in, when the Apple symbol is replaced with a kind of 'no-smoking' symbol, ...
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External drives won't mount on restart

One of my staff just got a new Mac mini with the USB 3 ports and Mavericks. It has 2 Seagate GoFlex 3TB hard drives connected: 1 for Time Machine, the other for Dropbox files. When the computer is ...
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Hard Drive Formatting Error in Terminal

I have tried formatting and partitioning this brand new hard drive and it has failed on multiple computers using multiple methods. It is a LaCie Porsche Design 4TB hard drive. Here is the commands I ...
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Will heavy duty testing and development cause my MB Air's SSD to crash soon? How to prevent it?

I just recently bought a MacBook Air 2013 (i7 with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD drive). I am a programmer, and my daily jobs would involve a lot of testing on that machine, including setting up databases, ...
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USB Drive with Mountain Lion Boot-Up Problem

I've tried a few ways to restore the Mountain Lion InstallESD.dmg to a USB hard drive to reinstall on my Mac Mini. I've used Disk Utility Restore, Lion Disk Maker and Carbon Copy Cloner. Each method ...
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How to know if a SSD will work on OS X?

I have a 2010 Macbook pro with a hard drive, and I'd like to replace it with a SSD. Information I've read about OS X and SSD is generally quite old, and not reassuring (not all SSD are supported, and ...
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Editing Partition

When trying to edit a partition on my hard drive, Disk Utility says: Couldn't modify partition map because the file system verification failed. So I booted into single-user mode and typed in: ...
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CoreStorageFamily::unlockVEKs() failed to unwrap the vek, status = e00002bc

I have a filevault2 disk with two partition. One is the boot partition, the other contains data, both are encrypted. Today, after installing the latest 10.8 update (10.8.4 I guess), the computer ...
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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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I cant create partition in mac

hi guys when i go to my disk utility my main hard give me results like this its showing capacity 499gb but only remaining 10mb now please watch second image now tell me whats happening with my ...
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Mac Encrypted HDD Please help!

Hi everyone I have encrypted a partition of an external hard drive from the mac desktop. I pressed that key button then pressed memorable and it changed my entire password unknowingly. I need help. ...
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How to setup and backup in Time Machine when there is only one hard drive showing?

then other window open which shows internet written their and they says no airpot found searching for it....!2 and if i go to disk utility there is only one hard drive shows "machinetosh hd"!2 i ...
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SSD install and user info transfer

I have a iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5-12 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 I have installed a Samsung SSD 850 Pro 128GB drive . I put a new install of Yosemite 10.10.2 on the SSD and have it booting ...
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MacBook Pro SSD boot issues

So I have a MacBook Pro (Late '12), has run seamlessly with all OSes that I have put on it, (not to say that this problem is due to the OS). (I'm trying to be as detailed as possible so bear with me.) ...
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OS X Yosemite always mounts usb-hdd to the new folder

I have a Seagate Free Agent HDD drive with NTFS formatted. Since there was trouble with writing to NTFS partition in Yosemite, I've installed OSXFUSE from dmg package and ntfs-3g from homebrew and it ...
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Apple store question about installing new hard drive

I plan to make a trip up to the apple store tomorrow. I need them to put in a new hard drive in my Macbook Pro mid-2010 15". Do I need to make an appointment with them? or can I just show up and drop ...
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Can I use Firewire or Thunderbolt cable with this hard drive dock?

I'm an external hard drive docking station: http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A4HAFS/. I'm currently using the USB2.0 cable that comes with it. I wonder if I could ...
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Mounting a RAM disk on startup, but seems to be unmounted automatically

I wrote a simple script that mounts a ram disk: %> cat /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ramdisk.plist <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST ...
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Using Windows on another HDD on a Mac

I have a 2011 MBP and I just replaced my optical drive with a hard drive. I wanted to know the easiest and free way to boot up windows 8.1 on one of the hard drives using only the iso and a flash ...
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New hard drive in early unibody 2011 MacBook Pro won't boot

Newbie here! I just replaced the hard drive (to a 1T senate SATA) in my MacBook Pro and upgraded the RAM from 2, 2GB cards to 2, 8GB cards. Hardware install went smooth, backed up old drive to time ...
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I removed Macintosh HD from backup disk how do I set it back?

I used 2 backup disks , Macintosh HD and Seagate . My macintosh was unable to perform a backup due to lack of space while my Seagate is unable to perform a backup until the first backup is complete. ...
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Crucial M500 480gb SSD Replacement for stock HDD on Late 2011 MacBook Pro keeps freezing

First, I apologize for the length of this. I want to make sure I get all the facts out so that hopefully I can get some help. There is s TL;DR version below if you don't want the blow-by-blow ...
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Time machine deletes old backups when still >2 TB of 3 TB are free

I get messages that my Time Machine backup volume is full and TM has deleted older backups. But my backup target disk is an external 3 TB HD and Finder reports that over 2 TB of it are free (only some ...
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How can I reclaim the partition's space from this shrunk volume?

I've already reverted the CoreStorage volume. And I've resized my "Macintosh HD" volume (by dragging it) and want to increase the size of my "Yosemite" volume. How do I reclaim the space (in grey) ...
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How to recover data from a mac that crash on login?

I have a mac book pro that is crashing everytime I logged in (with every users). The cause may be that my gf put so many pictures and video on the hard drive that it can't even start (from the restore ...
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Disk Utility won't let me create or resize partitions

My MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011 is running Yosemite. I am trying to install a Linux distribution on a partition of my hard drive. I used Disk Utility to resize the main partition on my hard drive and it ...
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Time Machine Restore Button Greyed Out For External Hard Drive

I guess I will give the short long story to whats going on. I recently brought my computer (Mid 2010 Macbook pro) in to the apple store cause its been crashing for some time. The first time around ...
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My SSD Drive has been converted to a Core Storage drive and cannot be erased/reformatted?

I put an SSD drive into my macbook pro. I should say that this drive hadn't been formatted and was a bootable drive with Yosemite OS on it, taken from another macbook pro... I booted the system up in ...
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Why is my USB drive suddenly read-only and how can I make it read-write again?

I have a 1 TB USB drive. I've been using it for months. My main iTunes library is on it. As of yesterday, for no apparent reason, it has become read only. I can't open iTunes. I also tried ...
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Why is a hard drive not readable anymore after removing it from the Mac?

I have a mid 2010 27" iMac. Until this evening it had an SSD (primary drive with OS X Mavericks installation on it) and a HDD as second drive. The HDD is a Western Digital I built into the iMac in ...
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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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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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Trouble Mounting NTFS drive on OS X 10.9

Mounting NTFS drives works in OS X natively. Mounting drives with fstab is common and can be seen here and here and here. I was able to successfully do it with the following addition to my fstab. ...
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Can't mount (Core Storage) encrypted volume anymore

I use the following setup: SSD: System Internal HDD: Data (Documents, Music, etc.) Both disks are encrypted via the Core Storage utility. It seems I can't mount the "Data" disk anymore. I wanted ...
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Trouble with my partitions

I have some trouble with my partitions on my Macbook Pro. I created 2 partitions. One named "Yo" where I have installed Yosemite release. Another one named "Save" where I put all the stuffs I need to ...
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iMac HDD fan running full speed. What is wrong?

My iMac (27" Mid-2010) and the HDD fan is spinning full speed with a measured HDD temperature of 50 °C. I have removed the dust and dirt from inside and it is pretty clean. Nevertheless even when at ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot with new hard drive, but a different MacBook Pro will

So here are the details. My friend and I both have 13-inch Mid 2010 MacBook Pro's. Same processor and specs since they were purchased at the same time, but originally had 250 GB hard drives. His hard ...
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Time Machine Backup to drive shared on BTHomeHub3?

I have a Freeagent GoFlex Drive hooked up to my BTHomeHub3 router. My Desktop PC is backing up to it fine but I'm having troubles with Time Machine. My Mac can mount the drive perfectly fine and use ...
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Internal hard disk requirements will not allow me to update to Maverick

I tried to update to Mavericks, downloaded the update through App Store but the installation stalled with an error message saying my internal hdd didn't meet requirements. I'm using an iMac mid 2007 ...
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How To Change Default Installation location on Macbook?

I have an external drive, and to install a certain app I have to put it on the external drive due to lack of room on my hard drive. The application tells me i can change the default installation path ...
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Force a read-only mount of startup disk

I want to create a MacOS recovery startup disk on a USB flash drive. In order to maintain the integrity of the drive's contents (and, perhaps more importantly, reduce write wear on the flash drive ...
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Do I need a special external hard drive to use with Time Machine

I am searching for a hard drive but I wonder if just about any will allow me to partition it so that I can use a part of it for Time Machine only. Thanks.
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“Other” storage in Mac 10.9

I have a Macbook Pro, 10.9 with 500GB of hard drive storage and 4GB of RAM. When I access the Utility app "System Information", this is what I got. There is a yellow block called "Other". What does ...
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What is the specification of the extra screws needed to install a second drive to an upper-drive populated Mac Mini 2012?

I ordered the wrong OWC Data Doubler kit. I didn't notice the note saying that some Mac Minis have an upper drive configuration and that it would require a variant of the kit with additional ...