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

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Decrypt an external hardrive FileVault

Recently, I had an accident with my Macbook Pro. I dropped water on it and the motherboard is now dead, which means my Macbook Pro is also dead. Hopefully, the hard drive isn't damaged. When I plugged ...
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I think I messed up the Fusion Drive on my 2TB iMac

I want to ask you how can I get back together my Fusion Drive (merge HDD and SSD together). I was installing Windows 10 and during installation it crashed and I was not able to boot in Windows neither ...
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How to mount a DMG image created with dd?

I created an "emergency" image of my dying HD using the procedure explained in Recover a dead hard drive using dd. Now when I try to mount the dmg file I get the message: "The following disk image ...
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How do I fix a corrupted USB drive on OS X?

I accidentally bumped the drive while repartitioning it and it unmounted. After that when I tried to repartition with Disk Utility I got Partition Failed with the error: Could not open device Now I ...
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How do I ignore ownership on an external hard drive without using Get Info?

I have been trying to set my external hard drive to ignore ownership in permissions, but I can't seem to do it. I am trying to enable the ignore ownership option because I am trying to run Xcode from ...
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Mac HD unmounted and cannot be repaired. Can I still backup to an external drive?

My Mid-2012 MBP running on Mavericks has been slow lately--one day it crashed and I had to force shut down. When I turned it back on, it automatically booted to Utilities OSX without giving me options ...
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Deleted photos from MacBook but storage space not reclaimed

I recently ran out of space on my MacBook Pro because I have a lot of pictures saved to it, so I went out and bought an external hard drive (2 TB). I moved every single photo on my MacBook hard drive ...
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CMD+R wil not start Recovery HD - Fusion Drive

I have recently my Macbook Late 2009 with a SSD crucial 500Mo (Data doubler). I made a Fusion Drive with no problems, then I re-installed el Capitan again with no issue (except I tried to re-install ...
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Finder copying dialog freezing from time to time during transfer

I'm trying to backup 2tb drive I have connected to my mac to another drive using this enclosure via firewire 800: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/M3QX2KIT0GB/ The problem is that from time to time ...
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Files moved partially and the rest gone!

I moved about 100GB folders of pictures from one external hard to another one. In the beginning of the process the finder breaks down and didn't respond. None of the relaunch solutions worked! So I ...
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access crashed mac hard drive through USB connected to PC

i pulled the hard drive out of the mac and connected it via USB to my PC. I have downloaded and tried to view the disc using MacDrive10 and HFSExplorer. neither of them show that the disk is even ...
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MacBook does not mount, does not boot, does not read drive

When i press alt on my MacBook during startup, it only shows a disk that i used to have Windows installed (which is now empty). I erased that disk when i was last logged in on OS X. Then i tried to ...
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What is com.apple.bird? Why does it grow so big?

Trying to clean up their hard disk, some users discover ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.bird is pretty big. In the order of too many Gigabytes. What is it?
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Bootcamp + Custom hybrid MBR = PAIN

I installed OS X to my MacBook from scratch. I mean used USB stick with installer and fully erased disk. Then I created 5 partitions: One for OS X, one for Windows, two for Linux and one for Data: | ...
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Partition map rebuild

I have an external hdd that doesn't mount anymore. I think I screw up with all the research I done and things I try. I have vital info on this hdd and I'm really afraid to lose it. I tried this: ...
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Can't remove partition on Macbook

I can't delete a partition on my macbook. On my main hard disk, I selected the partition I want to delete however I can't click on the '-' symbole. I already read a topic talking about a similar ...
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Can a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) have their hard drives upgraded

My friend has a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) -- she wants to install a magnetic 2.5" HDD. Can I install any such drive or do they have to be apple compatible hardware.
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Time Machine backup from new upgrade [duplicate]

I recently wiped and upgraded my computer to El Capitan, and previously I used MyPassport for Mac to backup my information on TimeMachine from my Yosemite account. Now that my computer is wiped and "...
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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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Why are extenal HDDs attached to my TimeCapsule shown as empty?

I have attached an external USB HDD to my TimeCapsule. The disk is HFS+ formatted and contains some 100GB of data. When I mount this disk on my Mac, via the TimeCapsule, it shows up as empty. When I ...
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Why is my iMac (late 2013) HDD so slow?

My iMac's hard disk has been slow from the start. But recently it is becoming unbearable. Disk read and write speeds are consistently below 50 MB per second, without any applications producing any CPU ...
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How to move my Photos library to internal drive to use iCloud Optimize space feature

I recently finally imported my photo library into Photos from iPhoto. I have my library stored on an external drive since my internal 256gb has been full for awhile. Now that it's in Photos, I went ...
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Time Machine Partition gone from external hard drive, can't repartition

I've got a 1TB external drive which used to have two partitions: One formatted in NTFS to share files between Mac and Windows, and one for Time Machine Backups. I haven't used it in quite some time. ...
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Why my Mac is showing only 250 GB out of 500 GB?

I have MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) It comes with a 500 GB hard but today when I checked it it's only showing 250 GB. Please tell me why is that? Macintosh HD: Available: 81.57 GB (81,570,...
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Clear “Disk2” “OS X Base System” before USB boot OS X install

Machine is MBP E-2011 500GB hybrid hard drive. Operating system is OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite. I've encountered system issues that are difficult to resolve and have decided to reformat and reinstall OS X. ...
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Error installing OSX El Capitan

I am trying to install OSX El Capitan in a Mac Mini but I get the error: OS X could not be installed on your computer! A disk with a mount point is required Quit the installer to ...
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Cant recover from Time Machine Disk because [UPDATE NEEDED]

I have an external drive with a bunch of backups and I want to make a restore from that disk. I've always been able to restore by starting the computer while pressing the option key and selecting the ...
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Can't erase SSD on main bay

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2011. I've installed a SSD on the main bay, removed the optical drive and installed a caddy with the a regular HDD on it. The OS was installed on the SSD. This setup works ...
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Switching MBP from hard drive to SSD

I have a mid 2010 13" MBP that I am wanting to last me a couple more years. It was suggested I get a SSD to replace my hard drive, so I bought it but need to know some stuff before switching to it. ...
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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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MacPro internal HD unreadable when moved to external USB Dock - and vice-versa

Since I just installed a NAS, and I want to transfer several TB from my Mac Pro's internal hard disks (4 of them), I wanted to make it faster by connecting those hard disks directly to the NAS using ...
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Cannot extend partition after failed bootcamp install

I got an error while trying to install Windows 10 on my Mid 2014 Macbook Pro via Bootcamp Assistant. The error occurred whilst partitioning the disk: Your disk could not be partitioned. An error ...
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diagnose possible issue with MBpro 2012 running very slow

tl;dr Can a MacBook Pro become unbearably slow because of hardware issues, e.g a hard-drive failure? How can I best diagnose this? I own a MacBook Pro from 2012, which recently has become unbearably ...
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How to run current mails from MacBook and access or search old mails from an external hard drive?

I have a large number of emails on my MacBook Air. I want to shift all my old mails into an external hard drive and delete the same from my MacBook to save space (47 GB). Then I would like to continue ...
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External disk - Unrecognized file system (-69846)

I have an external storage with 2TB that was working nicely. But since last week, when I unplugged the USB before eject it, the disk is not readable anymore. When I insert USB, I can actually see ...
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Recover deleted files from MacBook Retina's SSD

I need to recover deleted files from my MacBook Retina. The files were deleted by an app update and didn't make it into the Trash. Is it possible to recover files from an SSD? I have used programs ...
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Can't Delete Partition

I created a partition to run Snow Leopard on my computer running El Capitan and no longer need it. I allocated 20GB to that partition. Here's what I've done. I first go into Disk Utility, select my ...
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Cannot unmount disk0 resource busy

I am unable to wipe my hard drive and install new OS X as the resource is busy. I would imagine this is because I have Recovery open on this disk and that's why it is busy. I've tried: diskutil ...
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Partition Map Failed Because No Slices Were Found

I have an external hard drive that I've used with my Mac for years, with no issues. Today I tried to plug it into my work PC to get some files off it (Windows 8), and it wasn't recognized. I tried to ...
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I just overwrote my folder while mounting a hard disk drive. How do I undo/recover it?

I was trying to mount a Linux filesystem on a Mac and accidentally mounted it to my ~/Documents folder using a utility ext4fuse. Below command is the issued command: sudo ext4fuse /dev/disk2s7 ~/...
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HD fine, SATA cable fine, but MBP internal won’t mount/boot

I’m looking for some advice regarding a specific problem with a MacBook Pro mid-2009 running the latest version of El Capitan. The basics follow, but I have shared details of the troubleshooting ...
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Will it do any harm to cannibalise an old hard drive as an SSD enclosure?

I have an old G-Tech Mini portable hard drive (FW800, bus-powered) that I don't need any more, so as an experiment I took the actual hard drive out and replaced it with a 512GB Crucial M4 SSD. I would ...
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Unable to copy OSX Installer from external drive to Mac

As usual I wanted to prepare bootable USB with OSX. Some time ago I've made a copy of my Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan to external drive. I wanted simply to drag & drop El Capitan to prepare ...
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Running Application From External Hardrive on a mac

I have copied my application to external my hard drive but when I run it it copies the application to the application folder on the mac and then runs.
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MacBook hard drive formatting

I removed Filevault to resize the main partition. I had about 320 GB of data on my hard drive so I tried to reduce this partition. The partition wouldn't budge so I closed Disk Utility and shut down ...
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Macbook Pro late 2011 version won´t boot up

Hi guys I have been searching the forum and haven´t seen a solution to my problem therefore i will start by explaining what happened. Last night all of a sudden my mac froze, the mouse would move but ...
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How can I find what is using the rest of my drive?

I am using a Macbook air. 64GB. My user directory has used 20.47GB Disk Utility shows 'Other' is 41.33GB and I only have 2.9GB free. What tools or command line commands can I use to find out what ...
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I had 250 GB free on my hard drive a week ago, I have done almost nothing and now it's 80GB?

I have only browsed the internet, and added a few files around 2GB. When I look in / (with hidden files) and take all the sizes together it just becomes about 730, but I have a 960GB hard drive with ...
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Is it possible to use diskutil to manipulate the read/write buffer of the SSD portion of the fusion drive?

Has anyone been able to use diskutil to manipulate the Core Storage LVM into increasing the size of the read/write buffer of the SSD? Currently the Fusion Drive keeps 4 GB free for new reads/writes. ...
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My MacBook gets stuck but still has 44 GB of storage left

My MacBook has 125 GB storage space (other 125 GB is for Windows). It still has more than 44 GB available but it gets stuck every two hours. I have tried all the methods I can find and have deleted ...