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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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RAID + FileVault and startup partition

From this answer: Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume? I learnt that it is possible to have RAID and FileVault together. However it seem that the solution is for a separate data volume not ...
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Booted from Cloned drive works slow

situation is, i have to give up the Mac... Macbook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013), 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM/Memory, Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB graphics, & a 1 TB ...
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Error 43, unable to open files on external hard drive using Preview

Using Snow Leopard 10.6.8 I can't access files with Preview on my 2011 WD myBook 1TB external hard drive. When I try to open a file it says "application can't be found" follows up with "an ...
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Word damaged files after hard disk clone

I tried to clone a hard drive to a new SSD. Something went wrong, and the old hard drive wouldn't work with me and was now called disk2s2. The new SSD seemed to have all the data, but wouldn't boot. I ...
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Loading Any USB Flash Drive onto an iOS Device

I have a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive with 32 GB storage on it, and would like to view its contents on my iPhone. I have seen flash drives that are made particularly for iOS devices and have ...
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MacBook Pro 13" Retina RAM upgrade Yes / No

Current Situation : I am trying to figure out if in my situation a RAM upgrade from 8 GB to 16 GB is worth the $. Here is my specific situation. I am a simple apple user with a lot of Data. I ...
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Time capsule wired backup transfer slow with fast “bursts”

This has been asked already by someone else here, but there was no answer so I like to ask myself again. I got literally the same behavior, a slow down in read mode from initially like 50MB/s to like ...
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Error when trying to move Photos Library

Can't find a likely looking existing question so here goes: I just updated to Yosemite and successfully (?? well -- it seems to work ) migrated my iPhoto library to Photos. Now however, I would like ...
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How to monitor progress of disk decryption in recovery mode

As the title states, I am decrypting an external drive using Disk Utility in Recovery mode, and would like a way to know the progress or completion as well as any errors. Is there a known way to do ...
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MacBookPro 5,4 won't boot with SSD

So my HDD in my MacBookPro 5,4 (2009) would click sometimes, and once it'd done that the laptop would just lock up. Can't really do with getting a new MacBook at this time, so thought I'd buy an SSD ...
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How do I install Mac OS X Leopard on a SSHD?

I am going to get a Solid State Hybrid Drive. How do I install Mac OS X Leopard to it and how do I use my Time Machine backup to move my stuff back over? Using a Power Mac G5 Quad. I am going to use ...
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Windows 7 Installation - Missing operating system

I have replaced my superdrive with hard drive in order to install windows on it. and I have followed the tutorial here - Boot camp install of Windows 7 issue, no bootable devices And after ...
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Hard drive fan making a rhythmic high pitched noise? (Late 2006 17" iMac)

identifier - iMac5,1 I've had this issue going on for a bit and I've gotten used to it, but I'm really wondering what it is. So, the hard drive fan in my iMac makes this constant high pitched noise ...
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hardware status for iOS devices

I have iPad Air 2 with latest iOS 8 update. Recently, I have started experiencing some issues with opening apps on my iPad. It looks bit slow. Even when I press home button, home-screen comes bit ...
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iMAC MC508LL/A new hard drive, cannot install from disc

I was trying to repair a friends iMac with a failed hard disc. I bought a 500GB 850Evo SSD to replace the failed hard disc and installed it using the OWC kit. Now I am trying to get it started up. I ...
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MBP dramatically slowed over the weekend

I have my MBP (13" early-2011 i7) attached to an external screen (not in clamshell mode). I'm not sure what happened over the weekend but the MBP has been possessed somehow; first off it wouldn't wake ...
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How to solve continuing error “internal disk needs repair” after installing a 8 TB HDD in Airport Time Capsule (A1470)

I've replaced the failed 3 TB HDD (SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache) with a model number (ST3000DM001) in my TC (A1470) with a 8 TB HDD (from HGST model no HUH728080ALN600). I've used the Airport Utility to try ...
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Is it possible to install an OS onto a disk drive, then move and plug the drive into a different slot but still have it be totally bootable as normal?

MacBook Pro, 15" mid-2010. Odd question, I know. I want to shuffle around an HDD and SSD in my laptop. I'm wondering if I can install Mac and Windows onto the SSD, then move it to the optical bay w/o ...
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Macbook Air (2013), 10.11, & Bootcamp Problems

So I have a mid 2013 Macbook Air and I have it running 10.11. I have had a Windows 7 partition running in parallel (not the program) that I created using Bootcamp a couple months after I bought it. ...
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Hard disk doesn't show on boot after erasing with Disk Utility

I have inserted a new disk. It shows after holding the option key. Then I opened Disk Utility and successfully formatted the disk. I restarted and help option but now I can't see my hard disk. I ...
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Initialize 6 TB internal hard drive

I've found it both economical and flexible to use a docking station with internal hard drives (the ones that look "naked", i.e., have no plastic casing) for backups. I use this docking station to ...
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Time Machine Backup to Raspberry Pi NAS crashes when backup being deleted

I hope this is the right place to put this as I'm not sure if it's a RPi issue or a Time Machine issue. Basically, what's happening is I have Raspberry Pi Model B set up with an external hdd to ...
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Macbook Air Mid-2012 not booting

A day ago I got a message on my Mac that It's running out of space, so I ran a program named Omni disk sweeper to show me some files I can delete. I vaguely remember it showing me some temporary files ...
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Windows formatted disks owned by $USER, while Mac formatted disks owned by “root”, right?

I noticed that some disks were owned by $USER and some by root: $ ls -l /Volumes total 88 drwxrwxrwx@ 1 jdoe staff 8192 Jul 14 10:22 USBdrive drwxrwxrwx 0 root wheel 0 Jul 14 15:54 ...
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My SSD works on every computer except mine

I've asked several questions on Ask Different about an Intel SSD that I'd bought and tried to use in a DIY Fusion Drive in my early 2011 13" MBP. The Fusion Drive worked for a few weeks and then quit ...
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Is there any way to disable/turn off the hard drive inside an Apple Time Capsule?

I have an old Time Capsule wireless router, 1st generation (MB277LL/A), and whenever I apply changes to it or have to restart it, I have to wait for the hard drive disk inside it to spin up, every ...
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Installing OS X from Recovery - Apple ID needs to be reviewed and nothing happens

I had a problem with my hard drive. I backed-up and erased by disk. Now I can't reinstall OS X. Here's what I did: Went to Disk Utilities on startup Erased hard drive Went to reinstall OS X It wants ...
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Prohibitory sign on Mac startup running Yosemite

I used disk utility today on my MacBook Pro running Yosemite to create a bootable USB. I don't recall touching the hard drive of my MacBook Pro at all. After I finished the process, I went onto Google ...
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HD corruption - OS X partition now thinks it's FAT

Well, I've got myself in a bit of a pickle here. I have been trying to do creative (unsupported, of course :^) things with my rMBP. I had been using multiple partitions successfully with OS X 10.9.5 ...
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Mac OS crashed! Need help extracting backed up data

I have disk image file on my external HDD. I tried to extract file from mac.dmg file using 7z x mac.dmg and this is what I got: Processing archive: mac.dmg Extracting 0.MBR Extracting 1.Type EE ...
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Want to copy whole data disk to ~/Backup/ and then eject, but having trouble finding the disk

I'm trying to write a script that searches for a disk in the external drive, if present have it rip the disk into a folder with the disks name and then eject, then continue searching for that disk. ...
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Upgrading Mac HD to OWC SSD for a MBP i5 Mid 2012 9,2 . Is Time Machine enough?

The SSD is yet to be delivered but I have already created a bootable USB install of OS X (yosemite) and have done a time machine back up. The question that is haunting me is - Do I need the ...
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SSD partitioning fails internally, external OK

I bought a Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB for my MacBook Pro 13'' Early 2011, but am unable to install OS X to it. (Yosemite 10.10.3) When installing the SSD internally, OS X doesn't find the drive, and ...
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Making a Damaged USB Writable for Drive Genius?

Apologies for being (sort of) a repost from Unable to be Repaired & Further Problems but I had some further questions and I was worried they wouldn't be answered. I followed Froggard's advice and ...
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Files damaged when transferred from external HD

I have backed up my zipped , docs , excels and text files on my external HD , this external HD formatted with mac journaled and encrypted. Some time I work with these files yesterday I transferred ...
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Seagate SSD doesn't work on MBP mid 2012

I have a MPB Mid 2012 and I bought a Seagate SSD ST1000LM014 http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Lapto...34057423&sr=8-1&keywords=seagate+sshd+1tb+2.5 My mac doesn't format the disk if it's connect ...
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Don't have Time Machine back up a file again if a Tag is added to it

If I have a large file, let's say a 1 GB ISO file, and I add a tag to it through the Finder, so that there's a blue circle next to the filename now, then Time Machine will consider that the file has ...