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

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Parallels Desktop Minimum Hard Disk Space to allocate?

My current hard disk drive 256GB is already not enough for me. Therefore, I wish to reduce the allocation of my Parallels Desktop. I did the "Reclaim" to get 11GB back, but PD still occupies 63.6GB. ...
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Can't format 2nd HDD in optical bay on Mid-2012 Macbook Pro 13

I have recently bought an SSD and a HDD caddy to do a SSD+HDD setup. After installing, I can't format or reliably use my HDD while it's in the optical bay. I installed the SSD in the place of the ...
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AirPort Extreme network drive only uses the free space

I'm trying to expand my network by attaching a hard drive to my AirPort Extreme. The whole setup works and the drive is accessible by any computer connected to the WiFi, but for some reason, the ...
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Boot up error prohibitory sign flashing folder with question mark

3 weeks ago my hard drive failed so I bought a new one. (Macbook pro late 2011) 5 days ago, the new one flashed prohibitory sign, flashing folder with question mark. Every once in a while I could get ...
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External FW HDD not showing up in Finder, but still functional in FCP 7

Okay, so this has been a very baffling issue... We have two OWC Mercury Elite Pro hard drives that have been perfectly functional since we got them a few months ago. We recently upgrade to 10.9 on ...
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How to recover my harddrive if I can't see it in the disk utility

I have a 2007 aluminium iMac which I upgraded months ago to Mavericks. Today it locked up and I held the power button to shut it down and cannot get it to start again. I get the flashing folder ? icon ...
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Hard drive Ejects itself while running ddrescue

I don't know who to blame apple or ddrescue. So Sorry if this is in the wrong place! :) I have -Macbook pro Intel core I7 running Maverick -Failed 120Gb HDD (really old... more then 8 years i ...
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Which drive to I select to completely erase my system's hard drive?

Apple's instructions for completely erasing a system say to "select your startup disk". But my system shows a hardware drive icon and some gobbledygook as a name, and under that another icon and name ...
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Diagnose if corrupted volume is due to hardware problem

This morning when turning on a Mac laptop, it suddenly announced that an external backup disk (which was connected overnight) "can't be repaired". Disk Utility also says: Disk Utility can’t ...
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Hard drive free space discrepency between System Profiler and Finder

System Profiler says the amount of space used on my hard drive is different than what Finder Get Info says. Why are they not the same?
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When does macbook second HD work?

I changed my optical drive with my old HDD and it works great. Now i have a SSD samsung 840 evo 250 GB. The battery doesn't last as long as before, but still works quite well. The only thing it ...
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Difference in disk usage MS DOS vs Extended Journaled

Searches on Google and the Apple forums didn't get me any answers or couldn't clarify this for me, hence this question. I have two following external USB hard drives connected to my iMac: "Lacie1" ...
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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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“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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Is it safe to delete ~/Library/Caches?

Is it safe to delete the file Caches, in the Library of the Mac OS X Hard Drive? It's a pretty big file, 3.56 GB, Caches reminds me of logs i don't need or browser cookies. Is it safe to delete the ...
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How to get Mac App Store to stop thinking app is installed on external drive?

I ran into a problem where the Mac App Store said that a particular app (Numbers in this case) was up to date, but whenever I launched it I would get an older version. I finally did a search across ...
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Monitor disk activity per volume without third-party software

I have many disks/volumes connected to my OS X system. I want to monitor, in real-time, read/write speed for each volume. OS 10.9 activity monitor shows only the cumulative numbers for all volumes, ...
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Can i install OS X from FROM external hard drive to internal hard drive

My hard drive is failing so I put in a brand new 500gb hard drive in my macbook 2008 white 13". I have a retail disc of Snow Leopard but the install keeps failing over and over again. Ithangs at 29 ...
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Error during install Leopard on iBook G4, now can't mount drive

I have an iBook G4 that was running 10.3.9 and I was attempting to install 10.5 via Firewire transfer as the optical drive is not working. During the install, the power lead failed and the laptop ...
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External hard drive un-mounts and mounts itself

I have a Seagate external hard drive formatted to HFS+ that won't stay mounted for more than a couple of seconds however then mounts itself again only to unmount itself again and this keeps happening ...
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Can I move a volume from one computer to another in Time Machine?

I am slowly migrating from an older Mac Pro to a MacBook Air. Both machines are backed up to two different 2TB drives using Time Machine. Recently I decided that I wanted to make the extensive data I ...
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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. ...
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Cannot boot Mac Mini with stripped RAID -fsck hangs

Today we coould not get one of our machines running. After several hours of doing the 'standard' tasks like fixing permissions etc. we hit a dead end. Here's what's going on: Machine starts, we can ...
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Can I enlarge a RAID10 with Disk Utility?

I have a 4TB RAID10 (4x2TB disks) created with Disk Utility. I also have 4x4TB spare disks. Can I enlarge the RAID10 to 8TB (4x4TB)? This post suggests that I can break each mirrored set, and ...
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Cannot erase and reformat Mt Lion on Mac Book Pro

I am trying to erase and reformat my mac book pro. It has mt lion installed already. I have a usb w mt lion ready to go. When I go through the erase steps in the disk utility, the erase button ...
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MacBook will read USB drives with no problem, but will not see the USB drive as boot drive

I am trying to install OS X Lion on a Macbook 4,1 which I've upgraded to 4 GB of RAM. It should support this OS, however I cannot get my Mac to see the USB drive as a bootable option. It's a SANDISK ...
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There is about 60GB of space being used on my HD that I cannot find

Am I just bad at math? OmniDiskSweep isn't picking up what is using my space. I recently deleted a 60GB drive (not partition) that VMWare Fusion was using, and emptied the trash. Now it doesn't show ...
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Can Super Duper perform “smart update” from SSD to HDD?

My goal is to create a bootable backup of my SSD boot drive on an external HDD. I'm using a Mac Pro mid-2010, so I can swap out the boot drive should my SSD ever get corrupted. Is there any reason ...
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A flashing folder with question mark

I have a rather strange problem with my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011). Whenever I start my computer I see a flashing folder with a question mark. I know this is supposed to be a common problem ...
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How to find file system of external hard drive?

I have plugged external hard drive. It does not show in Normal Mode. I can see its Type Name and Identifier thru terminal. I want to find the file system of the external hard drive. I want to format ...
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2nd HDD in Early 2011 MacBook Pro ejects during large file transfers, but only in OSX

I recently installed a 1TB HDD in my early 2011 13" MacBook Pro using an MCE Optibay. The stock 120GB SSD houses an OSX Mavericks install and a Windows 7 install, done basically via Bootcamp. The 1TB ...
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Set a Volume's permissions to group write for all files and folders

To me this seems like it should be easy but I'm having a hard time finding a very good answer that seems definitive to me. I have a I have a hard drive mounted that my wife and I share (internal ...
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Acceptable and unacceptable speed for an external USB disk

I think my external HDD is running way too slow but I am not sure. Using XBench I get the following results: Seq: Uncached Write 0.79 0.49 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Write 0.21 0.12 MB/sec ...
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What would be a good SSD drive for a MacBook Pro mid 2010?

I'm thinking about updating a bit my Macbook Pro mid 2010 adding to it 8Gb of RAM and maybe a new hard drive, a solid one (SSD) of probably 240Gb. Which SSD would you recommend me? I'm looking for ...
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Setting Up Raid iMac

I have one lacie 2big thunderbolt 4th unit setup as raid 1. I want to add a lacie 2big thunderbolt 4th unit. How do I get it set up so the entire unit 1 is mirrored onto unit 2(Raid1)?
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Hard drive can not be partitioned after shutdown during prior partition

Whilst partitioning my Mac Hard Drive to install Windows 7 via the bootcamp assistant, my computer - oblivious to me until too late - ran out of charge. When I turned it back on, as expected, the was ...
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Which format for external disk for performance?

I'm using OS X Mavericks and just got a new external hard disk. I don't need to share it with a PC (so no need for FAT) but I do want it to have better I/O performance. I'm a bit confused by the ...
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Recover Deleted Files on Mac OSX [External NTFS]

I have accidentally deleted some files on my Mac OS X Mavericks. Actually, I was trying to burn an .img file to my flash drive which was located at /dev/disk1 (at the same time I had connected a NTFS ...
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Rebuilding Fusion Drive

I have a Fusion Drive (10.9.1) with a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The 1TB HDD has started making noises and has reported SMART errors. It is apparent that it will fail any day. I have Time Machine ...
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macbook doesn't recognize internal HDD, only when connected via USB

yesterday something weird happened. After my 13' macbook pro ( early 2011 ) was running all night while playing music, in the morning I just closed it and went home from my friends house. When I got ...
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Debugging Hard Drive Issues

My SSD system disk is apparently unmounting about an hour after booting, causing "drive is not configured" errors when trying to read any files, and the Spinning Beach Ball of Death. Disk Utility and ...
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On external drives

When I shop for third-party external hard drives I'm struck by how much more expensive the drives that are advertised "for Mac" are, when compared to those without such qualification. My question is: ...
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SSD in mid 2011 mac mini

I was thinking about upgrading my mac mini mid 2011 with an ssd, following i-fixit guide. in the mid 2011 do I have enough space for an SSD + HDD configuration using the mounting kit provided by ...
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How to restore Mac OS X on a new hard-drive?

I am going to upgrade my MacBook Pro hard-drive, but before doing so I'm trying to figure out how to restore OS X on it. My DVD drive doesn't work so I cannot re-install from the DVD. I have a recent ...
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MacBook currently has quiet SSD, will adding extra HDD cause constant noise?

My MacBook Pro has an SSD drive that runs silent, which is really great. I am considering removing the SuperDrive, moving the SSD to the optical bay, and adding a 7200-RPM regular HDD in the main ...
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My external hard drive is full, now I can't mount (or see) it

First off, I'm using a 3TB western digital external hard drive with a mac-mini running Mavericks osx. I was backing up a lot of data to my external hard drive, and then I went away for a few hours. ...
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Time Machine - multiple backup destinations for a “separate weekly”

I have a client that I'm setting up Time Machine to backup his Macbook Pro. He's running OSX Mountain Lion, but soon to upgrade to Mavericks. It has been backing up using Time Machine and an ...
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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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Removing OSX without deleting media files

I have two drives on my Mac, Macintosh HDD (Mountain Lion) and Macintosh SSD (Mavericks). I recently installed Mavericks on Macintosh SSD. I still have Mountain Lion installed on Macintosh HDD along ...
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Can't restore to backups after removing disk in Time Machine

I've been using a WD 2TB HD for the last two months to handle my Time Machine backups for my Macbook Air. Yesterday, I wanted to set it up to handle backups through the network. In the Time Machine ...