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

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External Hard Drive size

I'm using a 13-inch 2013 macbook air with 4gb memory, and after a near disaster with a spilt drink I've realised I need to start backing it up. I don't know what size external hard drive I need ...
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SSD upgrade for mid 2012 MBP

I recently started getting performance issues with my MBP while running apps like Xcode and Eclipse. A quick diagnostic of the system showed that it thrashed over 458k times. Vendor Specific SMART ...
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How do I transfer a file from a guest account on a MacBook Air?

I'm logged into the guest account of a borrowed MacBook Air which is running OS X Version 10.9.2 and I've been trying to transfer a 2.19GB video file to an admin account, a USB or external hard drive, ...
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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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Partition/Volume grayed out but full read/write access

i have a Mac Server and a partition only for files. The volume is grayed out in the Finder sidebar, but if i go to the folder via CMD + G (go to folder) and type "/Volumes/Server_Daten" the volume ...
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Does using “rm” command cause journaling corruption?

Some time ago I had some problems with my Mac drive, so I went to the recovery partition and used Disk Utility to check for problems. It reported a huge discrepancy between the journaled free blocks ...
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In Disk Utility, what advantages do “read/write disk image”s have over “sparse bundle disk image”s?

If I want a read/write disk image, then aren't sparse bundle disk images always the way to go? They start at 0 kb in size, and grow to accommodate whatever you add to them, and if you delete stuff, ...
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Fusion Drive: free space on SSD

Is there a possibility to find out how much storage is free on a SSD of a Fusion Drive disk (SSD + HDD as a logical device)? The structure I use is this one here: $ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: ...
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Mac Hard Drive Testing Tools and SMART Analysis

How good is SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) for really finding and predicting drive problems for regular hard drives and now, for SSDs. From what I understand, different ...
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prevent second hard-drive from spinning up after standby

I have a MacBook Pro with two harddrives, an SSD in the main slot and a larger, normal drive in place of the superdrive. Because of power consumption and noise I managed to get my Mac to not ...
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How can I test if my hard drive is going bad?

I've looked over similar questions and searched the internet to try to find symptoms of a bad hard drive, but I haven't found anything that seems to be related to my problem. I have a late 2008 15" ...
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Can I install OS X lion on a disk that is OS X Extended Journaled encrypted?

Just wondering if I can, using Disk Utility, format the hard drive such that it is OS X Extended (HFS+) Journaled encrypted. Will Lion be able to install on that disk?
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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 can I add some SSD goodness to my MBP?

I have a decently modern (late-2010) Macbook Pro, with a 7200 RPM 500GB HD. I need this much space, but I'd like to have an SSD for compiling code, running the OS, and running games. Is there any way ...
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Is it possible to use Time Machine on a shared USB Hardrive?

I've a iMac with an external HD derserved to Time Machine. I also have a MacBookPro. Is it possible to make this config : Share the disk on the iMac so that the MBP sees it on the network Ask Time ...
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VirtualBox VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED opening Windows 10 partition/vmdk

I'm trying to virtualize my physical Boot Camp partition, so I can do small Windows tasks from Mac without restarting. I followed mostly this tutorial but also read others. But now when I try to ...
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Accidentally changed owner of /var system folder recursively to myself

Long story short, accidentally I ran sudo chown -R myusername /var/ and now my mac won't boot anymore (after entering user password for hdd decryption loading bar is slowly filled and after it gets ...
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2012 MacMini HDD died while installing Win 10 Tech Preview

I have a problem with a 2012 MacMini. diskutil list shows an internal 500 GB 5400 rpm drive as having 0 Bytes. It also states that it is unknown. Would TestDisk be able to reformat the drive? Disk ...
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Interesting partition Map with missing HD space

I have the latest generation Macbook Pro running Yosemite, I bought this computer used I don't know if the last person attempted to install linux or what the story is but I believe my partition map is ...
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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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Error: “The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found. (Error code -43)”

I accidentally pulled an NTFS hard drive out of my Mac OSX Mavericks machine several times and realized that I accidentally created multiple entries of many different names in my /Volumes/ folder. Now ...
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Setting Up Raid iMac

I have one lacie 2big thunderbolt 4th unit setup as raid 1. I want to add a lacie 2big thunderbolt 4th unit. How do I get it set up so the entire unit 1 is mirrored onto unit 2(Raid1)?
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backing up an OSX image to an NTFS drive?

I would like to make an image of my entire OSX install, so that I may restore to it if necessary. I'd LOVE to have incremental backups, so bonus points if anyone can figure out how I can do this! ...
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Unable to adjust partition of USB drive with Mountain Lion Disk Utility

I have a 500 GB USB drive, which I once partitioned into two parts: one encrypted—Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted), and the other not—Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Now I want to change the ...
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Disk Utility: Incorrect number of file hard links

I'm running Mountain Lion on my Mid 2009 MBP. Recently(for last few months) it's acting really slow. Simplest actions are taking forever to perform. So I verified disk using the Disk Utility and it ...
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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 ...
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Is it a good idea to seal off the optical drive bay after installing a second HDD?

When installing a HDD instead of the SuperDrive: Does the bracket, which holds the HDD, seal off the optical drive slot in the unibody? If not, it seems that debris and dust could get in. (I guess ...
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iBook G4 opening procedure (for hard disk replacement)

I am about to replace the hard disk of an iBook G4 (a 12" 1.33 GHz model) with a SSD. The guides I find online, such as this one, describe a rather long procedure where both the bottom and top covers ...
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Why is Outlook 2011 constantly writing to my hard disk?

I recently installed a hard disk write monitoring program (MenuMeters), and for some reason it was reporting that my drive is constantly being written to. By closing programs one at a time, I've ...
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Occasional system hangups after upgrade to Lion: is it a disk or software problem?

I have an 13 inch MacBook unibody Alu (early 2009, before they started to be called MacBook Pro) that I use every day for many hours (it's my work and life computer). Few weeks ago within few days I ...
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Is there a way to monitor which disks are spun down in a Mac Pro?

I have an 2009 Mac Pro full of disks, most of them seldom used (boots on a SSD). Is there a way to see which disks are spun down at a given time (currently running 10.6.8)?
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RAM Disk gets unmounted when coming out of sleep

I have a script set up to create a RAM Disk at login. But I have now noticed that the RAM Disk (And sometimes other networked disks) get unmounted when I put the laptop to sleep and wake it up again. ...
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Synchronise/Merge MP3 collections without duplication or huge copies

I have one drive containing about 90GB of MP3s which is used at home, it serves three Squeezebox players though the Slimserver software running on one of the desktop Macs. I have a separate firewire ...
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How to convert a DVD to ISO?

On Mac OSX 10.9, how do you convert a DVD into an ISO that I can use with players such as VLC. I wish to achieve this without buying a program. Steps I have tried: Downloading Mac app Burn. It ...
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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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How can I log OS X Server disk performance?

I know Activity Monitor exists to view disk i/o and other performance metrics. However, does Activity Monitor have the ability to log any of these metrics? If not, how can I log these metrics into a ...
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Is there a way to change order of physical disks in Corestorage

I upgraded existing system to a "Fusion drive" - corestorage volume - consisting of existing 300GB HDD and new 120GB SSD. Instead of creating a new corestorage drive I went with the route of ...
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How to delete partition disk0s4?

A while ago, I dual booted with ubuntu linux and followed a tutorial on youtube to do so, but later I wanted all of my hard drive to be for osx, so I deleted the ubuntu partition, but now I am left ...
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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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Finder Reports Disk is Full, Other Tools Don't Account for it

I looked at some of the other Q&A here and didn't see a duplicate of this one (e.g., How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space? and other linked and related questions). Finder reports ...
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How do I transfer Boot disk from External HDD to newly inserted SSD?

I'm trying to upgrade from my MacBook Pro's original HDD to a SSD. Right now my external HDD, which I installed OSX Mountain Lion on, has to be plugged in to boot. If I unplug it, I get a white screen ...
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Unable to read last block of the device

I'm mid way through replacing the hard drive in my MacBook Pro (mid-2009). I've created a boot disk (10.8) on a SD card which I am booting from. On trying to format the new drive with disk utility ...
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Can hard-drive benchmark apps damage your hard-drive?

I want to measure the read/write speed of my hard-drive. I came accross this page recommending Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. There is a frame saying this: Note: Blackmagic Disk Speed Test puts hard ...
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Time Machine wiped my external drive despite pressing “Don't Use”

I have an external hard drive(formatted as FAT32) that has been in use on/off for years. I even had backups on it (not using time machine). I mounted this hard drive, it was taking a while to mount. A ...
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Macbook Pro early 2012 SSD retire block count

I've recently bought an OCZ Vertex3 480 GB SSD (VTX3-25SAT3-480G) for a drive upgrade. This is what I did after I purchased the drive: Backed up my system with Carbon copy cloner Installed the SSD ...
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Disk utility on Mac and free space dispatching

I have a physical hard drive that is split into 3 partitions. The second partition is running out of space and I want to give it some free space that I have on the third partition. While, this is ...
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Why won't disk utility let me remove a partition from my external hard drive?

I have an external 1.5 TB hard drive split evenly with a partition for backup and a partition that was used for Time Machine on my previous computer (OS X Lion). Now I'm using this hard drive with a ...
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How to force a readonly volume to remount as read-write?

I have an external Firewire volume with some filesystem problems. One problem is that Disk Warrior can't fix these errors because there is not enough space left on this volume (in fact, it is ...
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2 Disks with the same name, how do I delete one?

I initially boot-camped a disk into a windows partition, and wanted to delete it. Initially I thought formatting it to free space would work, but it didn't. I tried again and accidentally formatted it ...
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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 ...