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

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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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Large difference in reported free disk space

I have a strange discrepancy in the amount of free disk space that's being reported. The finder says: My iStat Menus says: Which is the same as df -h reports: remco@Prosperpine ~ $ df -h ...
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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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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 ...
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Permanently Disable/Ignore Secondary Disk?

I have a 256G SSD and a 1T HDD in my 27" iMac. The 1T HDD is dying due to hardware failure. Is there a file in OS X similar to /etc/fstab in Linux where I can prevent this 1T HDD from mounting? I'd ...
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After enabling File Vault, OS X doesn't mount disk automatically anymore

I have an external 2 TB LaCie drive connected via FireWire 800 to my MacBook Pro (8,2 – early 2011 model), which runs OS X 10.8.5. It has one big partition which is a Time Machine target, and the ...
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Can't find backup files on Macintosh HD?

When opening the OS X System information it says I have 67 GB backups: But when I'm using Disk Inventory X to find large files on my Mac i can't find any backups files: I don't know anything ...
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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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Run a Windows Virtual Machine on Mac OS X 10.8 with a real Hard Drive partition

I have dual-boot setup on my MacBook using bootcamp. I have 2 partitions: 1 is Windows 7 and the other is Mac OS X 10.8. I have all of my stuff personal stuff setup for the Mac side. I have ...
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Where to target when doing a Brute Force attack on an extended mac OS drive?

I forgot the new password to my external hard drive (Mac OS Extended Journal Encrypted). I know. Stupid. I got my hands on John the Ripper and I know some parameters that will help narrow down the ...
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How to back up Boot Camp before upgrading my hard drive to an SSD?

I have a Macbook Pro which has a 750GB HDD. I'm currently using Bootcamp to run Win 7. If I want to upgrade the HDD to a SSD but keep my stuff from both the OS X side and the Win 7 side what are the ...
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How to move all of my mails to external HD and make them appear only when its connected

I have 200 GB of mails, and I would like to place them in an external hard drive, and to make the appear, in the Mail.app, only when this external HD is connected. Is this possible?
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Is it necessary to eject an external drive before sleeping? [duplicate]

I have a question similar to a previous one about ejecting before shutting down. Is it necessary or recommended practice to eject external drives before putting a Mac to sleep, whether it be via an ...
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How do I reinstall the OS when buying a MacBook Pro since no install media was delivered to me?

I just bought a refurbished MacBook (through a reputable retailer) and 3rd party external drive for Time Machine backups. There are no install discs and my concern is that after the warranty ends (90 ...
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Completely erased my Leopard machine from another computer, how do I install an OS on it?

I started up my computer in Target Disk Mode and erased it from a friends Mac thinking that I could then install Mountain Lion without installing Snow Leopard. Do I have any way of getting my machine ...
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What doesn't get cloned to new hard drive in Super Duper?

I recently upgraded my 2010 Macbook Pro HDD to an SSD. I went from a 500GB HDD to a 512GB SSD (Crucial M4). I formatted the new SSD using Disk Utility into Mac OS X Journaled file system. I then used ...
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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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Mountain Lion Installer detects hard drive damage

I downloaded and ran the Mountain Lion Installer today for my mid-2007 iMac. After rebooting and preparing to install, I receive an error message that the hard disk was damaged and the installer could ...
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Can I manually put an external hard disk to sleep?

Is it possible to manually put an external hard disk to sleep? Right now, I've already got "Put the hard disks to sleep when possible" checkmarked in the Energy Saver preference pane, and so they ...
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Best file system for an external hard drive sharing between OS X and Windows

I would like to buy an external hard drive that I'll use on Mac OS X and on Windows, but I don't know the best file system for it (reading and writing on the both system). I know I can used FAT32 ...
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Hard Drives shows up in Finder, but not Desktop

In the past when I have plugged in external hard-drives they would always show up on the desktop. I'm not sure if it is because of a software update or the drive itself but it's no longer showing up. ...