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

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Do I need to keep any cautions in mind when transfering an external SSD into my Macbook?

Hi I am now successfully running my MacbookPro off of a bootable external SSD (which is runnung Yosemite and onto which I cloned my whole system) and I would like to switch it out with the old HDD ...
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How can I reclaim the partition's space from this shrunk volume?

I've already reverted the CoreStorage volume. And I've resized my "Macintosh HD" volume (by dragging it) and want to increase the size of my "Yosemite" volume. How do I reclaim the space (in grey) ...
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Help With Lacie External Drive for Mac with TWO Users

My husband and I have one MacBook Pro but we each operate our own 'side' of the computer (as separate users). We are now out of space on our computer so I'm trying to copy over files from BOTH sides. ...
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Time Machine Changed My External Hard Drive's to MBR and now I can't access it!

On Yosemite, I was using Bootcamp to install Windows on a part of my internal hard drive. When, bootcamp was finished (before booting into Windows), Time Machine popped up and asked me if I wanted to ...
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Processes writing over 100GB to disk? [duplicate]

My computer just gave me an alert saying that there was no disk space left. I checked About this Mac, and it says that 400GB or so is used up by pictures, which I know is completely incorrect. I have ...
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How can I ensure TRIM is enabled when installing Yosemite onto an SSD drive?

Im going to update my mid 2010 13" MacBook Pro to an SSD drive (Samsund 840 250 GB). I am currently running Yosemite on my old HHD drive and was simply going to make a bootable USB with Yosemite on it ...
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Do I have a Recovery HD?

I replaced my MBPs HDD with an SSD and put the HDD in the optical bay. Since then, I was missing the Recovery HD partition. That was still on Lion Now I have upgraded to Yosemite, and running ...
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How to recover data from a mac that crash on login?

I have a mac book pro that is crashing everytime I logged in (with every users). The cause may be that my gf put so many pictures and video on the hard drive that it can't even start (from the restore ...
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Does iCloud keychain stores FileVault passwords?

My MacBook Air drowned today and it was connected to an external hard drive encrypted with FileVault. I can't remember password for it. Will new Mac sync that password from iCloud or is the encrypted ...
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change ddrescue log?

I am currently rescuing a 320 GB hard drive by using the ddrescue command on the mac terminal. The hdd is running hot very quickly, so I have to put it outside in the cold before I can go on, but it ...
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500gb take up space on my HD, but don't belong to any visible file or folder

I've got a problem: 500gb take up space on my HD, but don't belong to any visible file or folder. This may have something to do with a disk image of 500gb I created and deleted some time ago. Is there ...
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Disk Utility won't let me create or resize partitions

My MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011 is running Yosemite. I am trying to install a Linux distribution on a partition of my hard drive. I used Disk Utility to resize the main partition on my hard drive and it ...
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MacBook Pro 15" Reoccuring Freezing Problem

I have a MacBook Pro 15" that has been having a reoccurring issue. It gradually starts to slow down while using it, starts freezing, and then will get stuck on the Apple logo loading screen after ...
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How to get my files of a Windows-formatted HDD?

I have a very new MacBook Pro. I have an old Windows laptop that died. However I suspect the hard disk is fine. I also have an external HDD that I had used as a backup for that machine (although I ...
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permissions problem in copying from external drive in Yosemite

Following a failure of Migration Assistant (sigh), I am trying to manually copy my daughter's files from an external Firewire drive to a newly upgraded iMac running Yosemite. I recently put an SSD in ...
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Yosemite: iCloud Drive offline

I'm wondering if it is possible to use iCloud Drive as a 'mounted drive'. As of now, I have a photo's collection of around 50GB. I'm keeping the files on an external HDD as it hogs my Macbooks' SSD. ...
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In order to downgrade to Mavericks from Yosemite do I need to reformat my hard drive and use the internet recovery to reinstall Mavericks?

From the research I just did, it seems that I had to upgrade to Yosemity using a different drive!? Where as I added Yosemity into the main drive. Am I right in thinking that I now can only downgrade ...
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Cannot mount encrypted Time Machine

I've an encrypted Time Machine with the password saved on the keychain. Now, trying to plug in, it ask me the password and it's always wrong. I've checked hundreds of times and it also allowed me to ...
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Mac boots into log on screen quickly but takes long time to log into account

I just replaced the stock OEM hard drive on my 2010 macbook pro 15 inch with a Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB and installed Yosemite on it from scratch with USB (the first time i am using Yosemite). Now ...
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how can i reformat the hdd in HFS+ using Ubuntu without using mac

I have input a HFS+ hard drive which is mac osx into ubuntu because while booting up mac there a error of blinking folder with a question mark so i searched in google and the information say that the ...
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Can I Time Machine An External Hard Drive?

I have an external hard drive that I have time machined before but its not current. However, my old iMac has broken down but the hard disk is still ok. So I took out the old hard disk & start up ...
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You can only install this software on the disk that is running os x

I have 2 disks in my Mac - a new SSD which is my boot drive, and the original disk which came with the mac, which still has OSX installed on it (I haven't figured out what to use this drive for yet). ...
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How to unlock disk after unsuccessful upgrade?

I tried to upgrade to OSX Yosemite on my MacBook Pro. I had only 4GB of free disk space. Everything went fine until it said only a minute remaining. This was on for 8 hours. Eventually I restarted the ...
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Macbook Pro i7, Hard Disk space filling up before my eyes (Mavericks)

I have 84GB free on my Flash hard disk but in 3 hours it fills up to 0B. When I restart the 84GB is there again and something starts eating my HDspace again. With Grand Perspective it does not show ...
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Mac stuck in safe boot

I accidentally did a hard reset on my mac by doing contorl+c when my mac was booting up. I typed /sbin/fsck -fy because it was supposed to fix my Mac so that it is no longer stuck in safe boot. It ...
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Can anyone access Time Machine backups from a stolen HDD?

My external drive with all my Time Machine backups has been stolen. Can anyone access this data or will they need my Apple ID and/or password?
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I have a free space in my HD. I can't use it or modify it. I

Whenever I click apply after changing the options in disk utility, nothing happens. I can't also find the free space partition using terminal. What should I do about this?
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What is the proper way to save Application Information Before Reformatting My macbook?

My mid-2009 17" Macbook running Mavericks is running really slow and constantly freezes. I went to Disk Utility and ran "Repair Disk," but after about 3 minutes it said: "Disk utility can't repair ...
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Can VirtualBox prevent Mac OS X Yosemite to boot properly?

After a few days of good experience with Yosemite, my Macbook pro cannot boot anymore. After 30 or 40% of boot, it just restarts. Here are what I did to fix it: Booting to single-user, runnign fsck ...
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Resizing dual boot partitions in Yosemite

I have a dual boot Macbook Air with Yosemite and Ubuntu. I would like more space on my Ubuntu partition and need to therefore reduce the size of the Mac partition. I assume this will cause some damage ...
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Upgrade Freenas hard drive

I have been using Freenas with a 320 gb hard drive and would like to upgrade to 4tb. How can I upgrade my Hard Drive? I only have one hard drive. I want to move everything from the 320 gb drive to ...
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How do I point Sonos to my music on an Airport Extreme connected hard drive?

I am attempting to set up a music library to use on my wifi based Sonos system. I have moved a copy of my iTunes music collection to an external USB 2.0 drive (Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Drive) which ...
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5k iMac won't recognize hard drives

Just got a new 5k iMac and none of my Seagate hard drives will work with it. it says it's not recognizing the HD. In Disk Utility it won't allow me to repair or verify. The repair and verify buttons ...
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iMac not letting me downgrade to mavericks via USB [duplicate]

I already asked this question but because I didn't sign up it won't let me respond to anyone, but here it is again *with more info. I made the mistake of installing Yosemite without backing up my ...
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How can change hard disk name (not partition)

The title is self-explained: I want to change the hard disk name (not the partition). I am not able to do it with Disk Utility. Any solutions? I'm on Yosemite
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2010 Mac Mini Downgrade

I have a 2010 Mac Mini with no DVD drive and a 5,400 RPM hard drive. Of late, it's begun to get quite sluggish, and I'm fairly sure it's the slow HDD that's to blame. I took a look at the means of ...
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Should I defrag my SSD before creating a partition for Boot Camp?

I have a 500GB SSD in my MacBook Pro. I have been using my laptop for over three years - and it was migrated using Migration Assistant from a previous laptop that I had been using for five years ...
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exFat Hard Drive not showing up on mac OS X 10.7.5

I formatted a 1TB Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive as ExFat to be used on both a MacBook and a Windows PC. The formatting was done on Windows and there isn't any issue when I access it through Windows. I ...
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Time Machine Restore Button Greyed Out For External Hard Drive

I guess I will give the short long story to whats going on. I recently brought my computer (Mid 2010 Macbook pro) in to the apple store cause its been crashing for some time. The first time around ...
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My SSD Drive has been converted to a Core Storage drive and cannot be erased/reformatted?

I put an SSD drive into my macbook pro. I should say that this drive hadn't been formatted and was a bootable drive with Yosemite OS on it, taken from another macbook pro... I booted the system up in ...
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Cannot locate 173 GB backups on hard drive

About my Mac Storage states that I have used 173 GB of my hard drive in backups. Where are these? My iPhoto library disappeared, and I have been unable to restore through Time Machine because it ...
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Backup keychains from hard drive

During the installation of Yosemite, I got locked out due to my hard drive having some errors. Thankfully I had a Windows partition and am able to access my files. However, how do I backup my ...
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How to let Time Machine automatically delete older backup files to free up disk space?

How to let Time Machine automatically delete older backup files to free up disk space? It does not seem to automatically do it as it starts a backup and failed at the middle complaining not enough ...
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Disk Utility won't let me remove partition. No matter what

Since Yosemite was released this month, I decided to inaugurate it by downgrading from Mavericks to Snow Leopard. I decided to back some files up in a partition (on Mavericks) before wiping the main ...
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Macbook waking harddrives when i walk near it

This might be hard for some to believe but i swear it is a fact. I purchased a brand new MBP Mid 2014, 2.8 Ghz 1TB 16GB. Works well. I have a few external drives connected to it. When i put the MBP ...
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Attempting to revert to Mac OS X Mavericks, now can't get out of OS X Utilities!

Here is my situation: I have an MBP Retina 2013 with an SSD drive which I ran with Mavericks with no problems for about almost a year now. I recently upgraded to Yosemite which seemed to work well ...
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How do I move my System files to another drive without reformatting the destination?

I have a 128G SSD for my main drive and it is nearly full, I'd like to move the OS (Yosemite) and all my data to my second drive, a 1TB hybrid drive which is installed in the DVD drive bay. How do I ...
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Hard disk drive problem with Macbook Pro, can't see and repair it

I have a problem with my MacBook Pro 13'' mid 2012. I have an external HDD and when I insert it, it doesn't appear on the desktop. If I go into Disk Utility I can see it, but it is written in light ...
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How to connect an extra monitor and a thunderbolt (LaCie) harddrive on a MacBook Pro (13" mid 2012)?

I have a 13 inch Mid 2012 MacBook Pro and I want to connect my LaCie Thunderbolt hard drive and my extra 21" Monitor but the MacBook Pro has only one thunderbolt port... How it will be possible ? ...
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Time machine backups on a USB HDD show as “Other”

As the screenshot shows the TM backups are listed as "Other" in the storage overview. The actual backups are shown taking measly 131 MB. The disk is used exclusively for backups and has no other data ...