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

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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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Dropped MacBook, lots of disk io errors. How to fix?

My 2011 MacBook just slid off the table and hit the floor face down opened. There was a message saying to reset and I did. After that it wouldn't load OS X Lion; it stays at the gray screen forever. ...
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How to decide on a new Hard drive for macbook pro [closed]

I have been using my Macbook Pro for about 5 years, it was the first model with the Intel chip. The 100GB hard drive is starting to go and I'm ready to replace it. I went over to Cnet to see what ...
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How can I image my Macbook Pro's hard drive prior to sending to Apple for repair?

I don't just want to back up my data. In case the hard drive comes back completely wiped I want to avoid the hassle of reinsalling everying OS X as well as a Bootcamped Windows install. What tools ...
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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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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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Taking care of the hard drive in my MacBook?

Is it bad for my MacBook if I simply close the lid and pack it up? Will this impact the hard drive? What about using it in a moving vehicle, like a car?
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Is my Mac Mini HDD about to fail?

I carried my Mac Mini while traveling a few times, once to a different country and couple of times to different cities. I once noticed the hard disk inside makes noise like its about to fail. But the ...
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9GB com.apple.coresymbolicationd file in Caches

I'm trying to free up disk space, and I came across this: I've read reports of a 600M file, or a 1GB file but never something like this. Is it safe to delete or does rebooting frequently help ...
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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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How to fix “Error: -5341: MediaKit reports partition (map) too small” after upgrading to a larger hard disk?

I recently bought a new SSD drive, as my stored data amounts outgrew the old one a little bit. After copying all data using dd if=/dev/disk0 of=/dev/disk1, I want to enlarge my system partition, but ...
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Grow HFS+ partition at the end of harddrive without partition-manager-cd or moving to another drive

I've got two HFS+ partitions and would like to grow the latter one but neither disk utility nor the commandline diskutil allow that. I don't want copy the whole partition to another drive and then ...
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Space Occupied By Other Files And Folders On Hard Drive

I have been using VirtualBox to create a virtual machine to run Windows 8 on and after deleting the virtual drives and virtualbox due to having issues with Windows 8, I am missing a lot of memory from ...
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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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Selling my broken Macbook. How to make sure there's no personal information on the hard drive?

My Mac won't turn on but I'd like to sell it for spare parts. How can I make sure there's no personal information stored on the hard drive for the buyer to retrieve?
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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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Any way to change the location of Time Machine local backups (./MobileBackups) to another drive?

I am running an SSD boot drive and a HDD drive on my Macbook Pro 5,5 and I obviously cannot have Time Machine filling up my SSD. I was wondering if there was anyway to have time machine create local ...
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Why is it important to keep lots of freespace on OSX? What is the impact?

I have a 500GB drive and have less than 50 GB free. Console is reporting several interesting errors saying I'm too low on space and it's cleaning up "stuff" 1/6/13 4:49:51.475 PM ...
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Macbook Pro - Not picking up Hard Drive

I had a problem when I turned on my Macbook Pro, I would just get a flashing "?" when I booted up. I decided to grab a recovery from another mac I have, I put this onto a memory stick and my laptop ...
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Mac start up - Flashing Folder

Basically, tonight my mac crashed so I re-started and got a flashing folder. I have searched around online for the commands that I need to press when I first hear the chime to get into the disk ...
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Installing hybrid drive in mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro

I'm looking to expand my internal 500 GB 7200 RPM HDD that came with my 17" MacBook Pro (mid-2010) running OS X Lion. I'm interested to hear from other MacBook Pro owners who've upgraded their HDD ...
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Reinstalling Everything after HD Replacement

I'm about to replace my iMac's HD (250GB to 1TB). I'm planning to create an image of my disk right in m Time Capsule, and after the transition I need to clone the HD back. Unfortunately Lion has no ...
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Renaming “A's MacBook” to “C's MacBook”

I see that my Mac is called "A's MacBook" on the network. How do I rename it (i.e., change the hostname) to "C's MacBook"? That's the question. Here are the details: Having read various suggestions ...
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sym linking iTunes Media -> Music to external thumb drive

I'm out of space on my Macbook Air and thinking about ways of removing things. One idea is to put all my music (~100GB) on a big thumb drive (y, and back it up). I pretty much always have my keychain ...
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If I'm using Gmail, can I clean out the space that “Mail Messages” are taking up on my hard drive?

In looking to make some room on my MacBook Pro's Hard drive, I ran the excellent Disk Inventory X As I expected, movies, my Aperture Archive and other media-intensive files took up a ton of my space. ...
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Do persistently incorrect disk permissions indicate a disk should be replaced?

Something is wrong with my Mac, as indicated (and still unresolved) in the question: What is the Sixth Step of MacBook Repair? One possibility is that the main disk is faulty. Disk Utility reports ...
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Do new Macbook Pros come with SATA 3.0Gbps or 6.0Gbps

I'm thinking of buying a SSD or hybrid drive for my new Macbook Pro. Is the SATA connection in new Macbook Pros SATA 3.0Gbps or 6.0Gbps?
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What do Verify Disk and Repair Disk actually do in Disk Utility?

I've recently been suspecting problems with my hard disk and saw another answer here on AskDifferent recommending Drive Genius or Disk Warrior. I thought I'd start thought by using the built in Disk ...
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Mac and Windows dual boot problem

I have a software problem with my Mac laptop: I had made a division in the hard drive some time ago and installed Windows in the other partition using Bootcamp software. But now I think that the ...
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“Other” Storage space in Sys Info [duplicate]

I have MBP with Lion. In my Sys Info it says 170.12GB of space is being used by "Other". How do I determine what this Other space is and how to clean it up if possible?
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Early 2011 MBP Hard Drive Noise - What IS normal?

I bought an early 2011 (the current model at the time of writing) 15 inch, 2.2GHz MacBook Pro. I had a previous generation model, pre unibody model which I loved and performed like a star. ...
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Performance hit of installing a new hard drive in a MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro 5,3 with a 7200 rpm 500 GB hard drive. I am running out of space and I have been considering upgrading with Western Digital's 1 TB laptop hard drive. I am just curious if I am ...
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Photo library on external network drive

I am quickly filling up my hard drive and would like to move my iPhoto library to an external drive. I understand that it must be on an HFS+ formatted drive to properly work. I would prefer to attach ...
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partition map check failed because no slices were found

I own an early 2011 MacBook Pro running Mac OS X Mavericks. Recently, I tried to make 50 GB partition using Disk Utility but the whole process didn't complete, and I had to restart the system as it ...
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MacPro Hard Drive 3 TB or Larger formatted to Logical Volume Group by Disk Utility

I have an Intel MacPro in which I recently installed a new internal 3TB hard disk. I attempted to format it in Disk Utility using the standard GUID partition map and encountered a strange problem. ...