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

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Mac disk free space automatically decreases

I am running Snow Leopard (10.6.8) on MacBook Pro. A few days ago I found my free disk space is too low, so I tried to clean un-necessary files form disk myself and using some programs like ...
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Should I Move The Swap Location For My Mac From The SSD To The Larger HDD In My Laptop?

Should I move the swap location for my Mac from the SSD to the larger HDD in my laptop? Background information: I've heard some suggestions in the general PC/Windows world that if you have an SSD for ...
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Can I enable AHCI mode of the SATA controller when booting to Windows on a MacBook with Nvidia chipset?

Is there a way to enable AHCI mode under Windows on a Macbook5,2 (white) on N-Force 730i chipset? If you want to just say 'no', please put it in the comments instead. Thanks. Advanced Host Controller ...
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How to comprehensively benchmark SSDs on OS X?

I want to benchmark my SSD under different circumstances. Connected through USB3, Thunderbolt and internally (S-ATA). Unfortunately I can only find benchmarks which concentrate on measuring read and ...
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“Not enough space” on partitioning?

I have a 320GB harddrive with 95GB free. I boot to a 10.5 disk, open disk utility, and add a 40GB partition. Halfway through the progress bar, though, it tells me that there's not enough space. I'm ...
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What hard drive is used for the 500 GB Macbook Pro option from Apple?

I'm looking to replace my Macbook Pro 13" hard drive. I tried upgrading to a Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB, but returned the drive because it caused the palm rest to vibrate when pressed (I installed ...
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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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An endless supply of 1's for securely overwriting and erasing a disk

I vaguely remember hearing about disk wiping, and that you have to flood the disk with zeros, flood it with ones, flood it with random data, and repeat this quite a few times. This is just a general ...
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Chances of getting my harddrive recovered

I accidentally placed a magnetic mount antenna near my hard drive while my computer was running. It then made horrible noises, and stopped working, and everything froze. Now, every time I start my ...
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MacBook Air: What taking up all my hard drive space [duplicate]

I have a 128gb MacBook Air running Lion. I am constantly having issues with disc space, but have no idea what is consuming it all. When I look at the disc utility break down, it says about 80% of the ...
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What can I do to check the integrity of the hard drive and all its files, to see if they are corrupt or not?

Recently there has been some files disappearing (in iTunes), and I'm not so sure of the extent of this problem yet. Perhaps it may have been an iTunes upgrade bug, but I'm not so sure. What can I do ...
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Hard drive read only access with Mac

I have an external usb hard drive that I used to connect on my old PC laptop. There are some files I created with the laptop on this hard drive. Now, I can only read those files with my Mac notebook ...
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Is there a utility for mac that shows the information of an SSD like the health etc…?

I am wondering if there is a utility for the mac that allows you to see the details of an SSD like the health of the drive, TBW (total bites written), how many running hours etc... In researching for ...
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“Winclone has been discontinued”. Now what?

I just replaced my old 320Gb HHD on my MBP with a 240Gb SSD and I did not wanted to transfer the hole drive as it would not fit, as I have more than 60Gb of music and 110Gb of Photos and HD Videos. ...
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How to create a second partition on an external disk and is it safe?

I want to create a second a partition in my hard disk where one (about 900 GB) is used for Time Machine and another (100 GB) is used to store info like a thumb drive. I don't want any existing data ...
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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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If I take the hard drive out of my macBook Pro and put it in a non-apple laptop, will it boot?

I've just upgraded my (2011) macBook Pro to use an SSD. So I've now got an old hard drive laying around with OS X on it. I've also got an old HP laptop laying around. If I put the drive in the ...
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Attaching 3.5" desktop drive to MacBook SATA

I have a mid-2007 MacBook that, according to the Apple Store, has suffered some liquid damage and requires a new logic board to operate correctly, a ~$750 repair I've been told (would normally be ...
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250GB of hidden space on macbook pro 13"

I have 250 GB of hidden space which I cannot track down. I've tried deleting it on Daisy Disk as an admin but I couldn't delete it. I don't know why it's happening but all I remember is using rEFIt ...
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How can I get my laptop's existing system onto a new replacement drive?

I'm planning to swap out my early 2011 MBP's drive for a larger capacity one. I'm running Mac OS 10.7.5. I have available a 1 TB external USB-connected drive that I'm using for Time Machine backups. ...
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How to copy all files with extension/filetype in terminal?

I want to copy all files in ~/Desktop with the extension .jpeg to my flash drive. How can I do this in the terminal?
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Does mounting a large disk image require a certain amount of free space on the internal drive?

I've got a bunch of Mac disk images (.dmg files) that are 100 GB or larger. I'm currently on an iMac with a few hundred gigabytes of free space, but I'm going to be moving to a Mac laptop with 128 GB ...
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How can I recover the key of an encrypted hard-drive?

I still have access to the disc, but I lost the piece of paper with the key. Can I somehow recover it? I already had a look into Keychain Access Utility, but I couldn’t find it.
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Is Other World Computing's 1.5TB Toshiba Aquarius laptop hard drive legit?

I have pretty high storage needs, which are constantly increasing. Fortunately, the largest drives available seem to be scaling with the amount of space I can occupy. The 1TB disk I currently have ...
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Is it true that any external hard drive made for the PC, can be used by a Mac running Lion?

It seems like Lion supports NTFS (by plugging in a USB Flash drive which is NTFS). So for hard drives such as the WD Passport or Toshiba 1TB, which are made for the PC (running Windows XP/Vista/7), ...
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16, 32, 64 GB iPhone / iPod touch: are there any negative effects of size?

I am debating between purchasing the 32 vs. 64 GB iPod touch. I would lean toward a smaller hard drive if there is an effect of size on speed or battery life. Aside from cost, are there any reasons ...
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Which SSD to choose for a white late 2009 macbook [closed]

Currently there are many reviews on SSDs, and different types of SSDs as well. What I would like to hear is what cost effective SSDs that exists that aslo has TRIM support and will work well with ...
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Restore OS after Harddrive upgrade

I planning to upgrade my 2010 MBP's Hadrdrive from 160GB to 500GB, I have alrerady lot of data on the existing disk, including Bootcamp partition. Could anyone suggest how to do I go ahead with ...
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Swapping existing hard drive into new laptop

I'm currently running 10.6.6 and my MBP has a nice and speedy SSD in it. My plan is to replace my current laptop with one of the new ones just announced today. Is it possible to simply take the SSD ...
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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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How to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...
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“Other” just ate my hard drive [duplicate]

When I woke up his morning, I had >80 GB of free space on my hard drive. Over the last four hours, in which I wasn't even around, something filled my hard drive completely. I would attach a ...
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Monitor hard drive usage history?

On Mavericks, is there a way to know about hard drive use history? To be clear, I do not only want to know how much space I am using on my hard drive, but to have a history of the evolution of the ...
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“Encrypt backups” disabled for Time Machine on Mavericks; due to partition?

I picked up an external hard drive a while back and have been using it for Time Machine back-ups. Recently I thought to confirm that the disk is encrypted so that it won't be useful if someone nicks ...
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Does it make sense to buy a compatible Mac external disk?

What is the advantage of buying a compatible Mac external disk? Using Tuxera NTFS I can have an external disk for both, the windows partition (or any windows machine) as well as for the Mac one. Does ...
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The safest, most reliable way to move files from drive A to drive B

I am trying to come up with the safest way to move data between two drives, designed to handle the worst possible circumstances. For example: if you were trying to move the only existing copies of ...
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Should I stop using my Mac while the hard disk is being cloned?

As one of my backup solutions, I use an app (SuperDuper!, if it makes any difference) to make a clone of my Mac at the same time every evening. Sometimes I am still working at that time. What I want ...
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Time Machine - Is it backing up system files, preferences, etc?

Problem My iMac is one which falls under a hard disk replacement program due to a possibly faulty disk made by Seagate in 2010. Because of that I will be soon sending it off to Apple for the disk to ...
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MacBook Pro hard disk failure. How to recover and clean install?

I have a MacBook pro, 2009, 13 inch, Original Snow leopard OS. Recently, I was experiencing that my MacBook some times froze or restarted automatically! I didn't care, and one day it did not start! ...
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How does OSX assign disk numbers?

I have four drives inside my Mac Pro. Bay 1: /dev/disk1s3 Bay 2: /dev/disk0s2 Bay 3: /dev/disk2s2 (also, my boot drive) Bay 4: /dev/disk3s2 and /dev/disk3s3 How are the disk numbers assigned? If ...
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MacBook Pro flashing question mark but I can't repair because hard disk not found in disk utility

Today my MacBook showed up some wheel of death and I waited and waited and then after a long time (10 minutes) decide to force shutdown. Ok, I know its not a good idea but I've done this before and ...
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Exact clone of HD

I managed to broke something on my iMac's internal HD. I have now done a successful restore using DiskDrill, but just in case I want to make an exact copy of the internal HD. Not just some partition, ...
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How to fix “512 bytes per sector” to “4096 bytes per sector” for an “Advanced Format” 4K sector USB hard drive?

Mac OS X 10.7.4 has a Sharkoon Quickdeck Pro USB enclosure attached. That USB enclosure contains a 4TB Advanced Format hard drive which has 4096 bytes (4K) sector size. The drive is GPT/GUID ...
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Clone the Windows partition with Carbon Copy Cloner?

I have bought a new Hard Drive and I want to switch from my old disk to my new one. Time machine will do the job for my Mac partition, but not the Windows partition I guess. So I'm looking for way to ...
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Does a Macbook Pro have 1 or 2 Hard Disk Controllers?

If SATA channel 1 (used by the hard drive) is damaged, could it be that SATA channel 2 (used by the SuperDrive) is fine? I would like to know if I can use a hard drive on the SuperDrive channel even ...
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How do I merge System partition with another HFS+ partition without data loss?

My hard drive is split in three visible partitions: System, Data and Backup. I'd like to merge System (OS X Lion) and Data into one partition without data loss. Disk Utility won't let me resize the ...
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Which connection interface should I use with my next external HDD?

I've recently bought a new macbook pro. Since my old backup hard drive is failing, I'm planning on buying a new one. I don't want to spend a lot of cash and I would like a decent amount of extra ...
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Dealing with a dying hard drive

I have a MacBook Pro with a dying hard drive. It was working poorly for the last month or so and the last 4 times I turned it on it booted correctly once, issued a boot sector not found twice and a ...
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Space in Volume Name; can you remove?

I have two drives in my machine: An SSD with the OS on it a HDD with all my data. I have a symlink on the SSD for my home directory on the HDD so /Volumes/SSD/Users/Ross/ points to ...
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Replace my MacBook Pro 15" 2009 hard drive [closed]

I need to replace my MacBook Pro 15" 2009 hard drive with a bigger size. Will this hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136545&Tpk=western%20digital%202.5 be ...