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

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Macintosh HD not showing up on disc utility

I am trying to do a clean install on my Macbook Pro 13" from 2011. Here is what I did so far: 1) Booted up on my USB Stick with Mountain Lion Installer mounted on it 2) Opened up Disc Utility and ...
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Could two WD Passport Ultra 1TB drives be used in the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini enclosure as RAID 1?

I'm thinking of buying one more WD Passport Ultra 1TB (I have one already) so that in the near future I could disassemble the two Passports and install the 1TB drives into the OWC Mercury Elite Pro ...
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Disable USB Write Caching by default

Is it possible to change OS X's USB filesystem mount behaviour to use the noasync flag to disable write caching? The aim here is to allow USB devices to be safely removed without eject or hdiutil ...
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Two systems and SSD lifetime increase

I bought a Late 2013 iMac with new generation PCIe Samsung XP941 M.2 based SSD 256Gb. Really powerful SSD. But of course, I was scared about SSD rewrite cycles and wanted to check it because I want to ...
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Splitting user and system across multiple volumes

I'm migrating from a large HDD (1.25TB DIY Fusion Drive) to a pair of SSDs (256GB + 1TB). I want the 256GB one to mount as /, and the 1TB one to mount as /Users. In previous versions of OSX, you could ...
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Unable to format pendrive, diskutil error

When I insert my USB Pendrive in my iMac i see this message: I tried to format it both with DiskUtility and with diskutil command in terminal but I get this error: iMac:~ User$ diskutil eraseVolume ...
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How can I copy data from an external HDD that is about to fail?

I have an external HDD that is about to fail. I want to copy as much as I can to a new external HDD before it completely dies. I've been able to start copying files for a few minutes before the drive ...
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How to mount a VMware startup disk as read-only?

I am using VMware Fusion 5. I have several disk images (*.vmdk mostly) that I would like to mount as read-only. They are sensitive disk images that should not be connected to the internet, nor should ...
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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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Using an External HDD as a bootable Windows Disk

I want to use my external HDD as a bootable USB drive so I can install Windows 7 via bootcamp but I am having trouble getting bootcamp to just use one partition of the drive. When I get to the stage ...
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Why doesn't my Mac Pro see my new 4TB SATA drive?

I purchased a Seagate ST4000DX001 4TB SATA Hybrid Drive (SSHD) and installed it into my Mac Pro (six core 3.33 GHZ MacPro5,1) in one of the internal SATA drive bays. However, the system didn't see it ...
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Boot to SATA drive in other computer?

I have a MacBook Pro that does not seem to be booting. If I were to take the hard drive and put it in another computer an select that in the BIOS, would it boot (if the hardware between the two ...
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How to sync 2 hard drives without being connected to them at the same time?

Set-up: 1 external hard drive at work 1 external hard drive at home Macbook that travels between work and home Hard drive contains iTunes Music Library that I like to have synced between home and ...
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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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Cannot completely eject my external hard drive on Mac OS X 10.9

I am using Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9). And wanted to attach my external hard drive to VirtualBox ubuntu virtual machine. To do this, I should completely unmount and eject all external disk partitions ...
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Get the UUID from a mostly dead hard drive?

I have a mostly dead internal hard drive in my '07 iMac. I've switched the machine over to an external FW800 drive but every now and then, on reboot, the mostly dead internal drive will mount on boot ...
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Cannot partition hard disk although file system is OK

Here is what Disk Utility logs when I try First Aid → Repair Disk: Verifying and repairing partition map for “TOSHIBA MK3265GSXF Media” Checking prerequisites Checking the partition list Adjusting ...
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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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How do I get my iPad to show up under DEVICES in iTunes 11.1.3?

I've been having problems seeing my iPad (and my iPhone, haven't tried my iPod) under the DEVICES section on the left (where the STORE, GENIUS, PLAYLISTS, LIBRARY are located) in iTunes 11.1.3. It ...
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USB drives connected to hub disppearing

I've got four external USB drives connected to a 7 port powered dlink hub. All of them are externally powered, save for one of them. The hub is connected to a late 2012 Mac Mini. If I connect the ...
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Backup external hard drive to the cloud via Time Capsule

I'd like to move my photo directory to an external hard drive, but still have that hard drive backed up both locally and to the cloud. This wouldn't be a problem if I was using a desktop machine of ...
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Fresh Install OSX on new hard drive without the .dmg (iso) file

Today my MBP's HDD left me. My issue now is to install OSX (Mavericks) I have purchased to the new HDD. I don't have neither the DVD nor the iso file nor another Mac Device (but I could ask friends) ...
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Can't encrypt external hard drive

I'm trying to encrypt an external drive of mine using Apple's built in drive encryption tool into OS X through Finder. The drive is formatted as Mac OS Extended(Journaled) and I'm plugging the drive ...
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Disk Utility not opening in Mavericks

I had used a Seagate external HD as Time Machine back up for a year or so. Since I got a gift of a better EHD now I wanted to erase all data in the old EHD. I thought a simple Format through Disk ...
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Cant copy because file is too large for format

I too was getting the error that I could not copy some files as there were over 4 GB. I was attempting to transfer .avi files.I reformatted the the thumb drive to Mac OS Extended(journaled) however ...
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Migration Tool VS CCC

I have a 2010 Mac Pro. Still running Snow Leo, as there are still quite a few programs that are PPC and I'm not prepared to update all of them. My current boot drive is 1.5TB and I'd like to swap it ...
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Filesystem not showing correct size

I installed a new HDD and transferred my old data to it by using dd on my old HDD and then dd again to the new HDD. However, when booting from the new HDD, it does not recognize the new, larger disk ...
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Unable to create new partition with Disk Utility on external drive

I'm trying to create space on an external drive to clone my mac as a bootable volume with CCC. With Disk Utility I cannot modify it for some reason (probably because the same disk is used with Time ...
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How to make bigger Macintosh HD partition

I installed OS X Mavericks Server as a virtual machine to ESX. I'm doing some testing and now I need more space. Macintosh HD partition is 50 GB and I have expand it to 100 GB total in ESX but I need ...
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My Lacie 'Rugged' external hard-drive no longer mounts

My Lacie 'rugged' 1TB external hard-drive has stopped working. I have always been sceptical about the USB connector cable, and more specifically where it joins the hard-drive. It just seems poorly ...
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Used iMac with lion installed, no discs. Do I upgrade to Mountain Lion? Rename HD?

Just bought a used iMac (mid 2011) with Lion installed on it. I do not have the install disc so I am wondering if I should upgrade to mountain lion or continue as is and hope I never need the system ...
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Make SCSI Appear as Internal Hard Drive

I have the HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL Raid card running on my Mac and it shows as an external drive. I would like to make it appear as an internal drive. Is this possible? From: To: Here ...
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How to Erase Hard Drive Mac System (this partition can't be modified/unmount)?

I want to erase a disk (Mac system) to resize OS X Mountain Lion to the max volume but I couldn't resize it nor unmount the other disk.
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Why is Intel 520 SSD slow in my Mac Pro?

I have a 2010 Mac Pro running OS 10.9 on an Intel 520 SSD. I've noticed read/write times are much slower than Intel claims. Is there anything I can do about this? Intel's claim: Sustained sequential ...
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Install Mavericks from usb drive on new HDD

I replaced my old HDD with a new one. Also I created a bootable usb flash (8GB Toshiba) with Mavericks using DiskMaker X. I restared Mac and pressed Option key, but I see no option to boot from. I ...
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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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Copy/Migrate FileVault 2 encrypted hard drive

I'm running OS X Mavericks and have the entire hard drive encrypted with FileVault 2. I intend to upgrade to a larger hard drive (actually an SSD). In the past when not using FileVault, I used Carbon ...
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Is there a “windirstat”/“Disk Inventory X” type iOS app? (ie app for visualizing hard drive usage on iOS)

This is a pretty simple question. Assuming you know what WinDirStat &/or Disc Inventory X do, which is visualize the usage of your hard drive on a file-by-file basis, sized in proportion to the ...
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Entering Time Machine on an external drive does not work

If I open an external drive, or an folder on that drive, in the Finder, then enter Time Machine by clicking on the menu bar icon and selecting "Enter Time Machine", then Time Machine runs, but it ...
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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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Time machine restore failed to fix boot

After connecting MacBook Pro running 10.8 to video project, the system crashed and after restart it booted into recovery (OS X Utilities). I tried to fix the problem with checking disks and disk ...
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Macbook freezes, disk errors, symptoms of SSD death?

Macbook freezes, system disk "disappears" from system, I get errors about reading/writing. Spinning ball of death appears on the screen, I am able to move pointer for a few seconds after first ...
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Delete and merge Partition

My MacBook's HDD has 2 partitions. One has OS X 10.8 installed, the other one 10.9. I'd like to delete the first partition and merge the free space afterwards to the 2nd partition. What's the easiest ...
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OS X Mavericks upgrade - disk/partition failure

I'm on OS X Lion on my Mac, I have downloaded OS X Mavericks and executed the upgrade. My Mac restarted and executed the upgrade process, but after a few minutes the update stopped because my OS disk ...
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Identify disk manufacturer in Macbook Air

I wonder how can I know which is the disk's manufacturer for my Macbook Air. Is there a way to know whether the disk is one of those faulty SSD disk that Apple has recalled.
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Diagnosing what's wrong with “vintage” iMac

I have a "vintage" iMac with the following spec: I've been told by an official Apple store that they won't touch it and neither will any Apple resellers so it's left me with two options: Buy a ...
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Transfer data from one iMac to another

I have an iMac that sounds as though the hard drive is about to fail. It has the following spec: I then have a newer iMac with the following spec: Is there a way I can transfer all the data from ...
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Upgrade Firmware on Samsung 840 when part of a Fusion Drive

I have successfully created a fusion drive using an 256GB Samsung 840 Pro and am loving it - but am experiencing (my first) system crashes (on my mac) ever since when I send my MBP to sleep. I read ...
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CPU really busy every time I plug in an external HDD

I have a white MacBook, from 2010. I recently upgraded its software from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. Now, I am experiencing 2 problems (not sure if related with the OS upgrade or not, but looks ...
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Copying files from a failing drive

I have a 2008 iMac in which the drive is failing. SMART status seems ok although AHT reported 4hdd/11/40000000 SATA (0,0) which is the code for disk failure AFAIK. Normal boot fails, Firewire target ...