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

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How do merge the free space to my Macintosh HD partition?

I have approx. 370 GB of free space from which I want to merge 200 GB to my Macintosh HD disk. Can anyone please help me on this? I am not even getting the resize option there. System version: 10.10....
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How to Erase External USB Drive Which Won't Mount & Isn't Recognized

Before starting, let me mention that I have ALREADY read the following thread in its entirety, and it did not help my situation: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4832305?start=0&tstart=0 I ...
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External hard drive won't show up on finder (theres more to this)

So I plugged in my hard drive, and deleted a file on it, a .nfo file. I forgot I had a file in the trash and so when I ejected the disk, my mac prompted me an alert like "disk is in use" with a force ...
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SSD doesn't boot anymore when plugged inside Macbook Pro

I've got two hard-drives in my Macbook. A SSD (connected to the original hard-drive connector) and another drive connected to the optical drive bay with a kit. Since this weekend I can't boot from ...
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MBP freezes for 30 seconds all the time since this afternoon

I'm looking to find the cause why I'm getting the spinning beachball on my MBPro all the time since this afternoon. I can work for like 30 seconds and get a spinning beachball for like 30 seconds. ...
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How to install Windows 7 64-bit to mac-pro whilst 32-bit version already installed?

I currently have 32-bit Windows 7 installed on my Mac Pro and I want to install a 64-bit version, because mac-pro 64 bit and there is 8GB RAM . But the Mac Pro doesn't see it when it restarts.( DVD ...
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Should there be an Apple logo on the hard drive of a MacBook?

I was installing an update on my MacBook Pro mid 2012 when it crashed. Kernel Panic. I brought it to an authorized service center for repair. The following day, I got a call that the center is ...
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Does Time Machine encryption protect the entire backup drive, or only the backup file? [duplicate]

I'm new to the forum, so not completely sure what is/isn't appropriate to ask - apologies if I get this wrong! This question has already been asked and answered, but I'm looking for further ...
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Use external hard drive to install applications to it

I have a 120 GB SSD on my Mac and it is almost 90% full. I have another 500 GB external hard drive and I want to install some big applications to that hard drive so it does not occupy space of SSD. ...
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Installing Snow Leopard on external drive with newer iMac version

I have two computers running different types of OS X. One is an iMac with Mavericks (10.9.5) and the other is a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard (10.6.x). My Macbook Pro isn't working (HDD problem), so ...
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High IO latency in games when loading sounds

I recognized the behaviour of games hanging/freezing for fractions of a second (or up to a second) everytime a sound is being requested from the disk. At least that is my conclusion. One title where ...
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How to create a new partition for OS X, then remove the original one

I want to clean install a new version of OS X, so I was thinking to create a separate partition, transfer all applications and settings from my old system and then remove the old partition and make a ...
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Less RAM and an SSD vs. more RAM and an HDD?

This isn't a question about which part of my computer to upgrade. It's a question about what I should buy in my eventual new computer. I have an early 2011 13" MBP with a 500GB hard drive and an ...
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Cumulative drive access per process over time?

I would like to isolate what processes are accessing drives the most over a given period of time with as much detail as possible as far as even seeing kernel level access. I have thought about ...
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Photos App : Using Photos App on a library that is stored on a USB Flash Drive

I would like to store my Photos library onto an external USB Flash drive. I have found other articles explaining that it was possible to store a Photos library onto an external USB SSD or HDD and ...
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Bootcamp problems have left my hard drive a mess

I have been trying to install Windows 8.1 via Bootcamp, and have had several problems that have resulted in failures (those are perhaps a different post). I'm using Yosemite. Currently when I run ...
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Resizing HFS+ volume after cloning

I cloned a disk containing an HFS+ volume to a larger disk using the command line dd utility. Now I want to grow the HFS+ volume to fill the new disk. There's an EFI partition before the HFS+ volume ...
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How do I fix “Your Disk Could Not Be Partitioned” isssue with BootCamp Assistant?

I'm Alex and I'm attempting to install Windows 10 on my iMac 27" (2012) with 3TB+128GB Fusion Drive, but during install procedure I get the same error "Your Disk Could Not Be Partitioned" without any ...
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My hard drive is broken on my Mac, I have a new one, but how can I install OS X? [duplicate]

I couldn't figure out how to properly explain the issue in my title. Here is the deal: My HDD is broken in my MacBook, every time I boot it up it's freezing. I bought a totally new SSD, but I didn't ...
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Macbook air won't show main harddisc

My macbook air won't show the main harddrive. I have tried to clean it by deleting the disc, but now it won't show up when i wan't to reinstall OS X. I have tried to go to disc utility, but i won't ...
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Unable to install OS X Lion on Macbook Pro's new internal HDD

The model I'm working with is a Macbook Pro A1278, Early 2011 design. This belongs to a friend, whose current drive, a 500GB SATA III which came with the laptop, was shown to be in poor health, having ...
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Unable to repair hard drive - due to volume assignment problem?

Disk utility and fsck [terminal] both agree that there is problem with my HD. I am curious if someone can help me figure out how I can deal with the problem. Terminal - Normal Mode MacBook-Pro:~ ...
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External hard disk not showing up on finder and can't be verified in Disk Utility

My Mac suddendly restarted and now the external hard disk I normally use for Time Machine backups is not working anymore. When I plug it in, it doesn't appear on finder and while it appears in the ...
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Deleting of old backups in Time machine

I have WD-My book world of 1TB and I struggled for some time to set it up correctly to use it as a disk for usage of time machine on Mac OS X Yosemite. My question is the following-what is the best ...
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RAID + FileVault and startup partition

From this answer: Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume? I learnt that it is possible to have RAID and FileVault together. However it seem that the solution is for a separate data volume not ...
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External Harddrive Permissions Changed / No Access

my external harddrive permissions have suddenly changed. I am getting mount errors in Disk Utility when I try to verify the disk. When I Get Info for the drive in question, it states that I have "NO ...
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Is lowering my ODD fan speed dangerous after installing and SSD?

I've just installed a new SSD in my mid 2010 27" iMac. I put it in place of the disk drive (ODD) so now there is no optical disc drive in my computer. After I did the installation I noticed that the ...
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Dual boot Macbook Pro MD101 (Mid 2012), with OSX and Bootcamp windows and a FAT32 shared partition

I tried this and my hard disk looks something like this: Vikrams-MacBook-Pro:~ Vikramguria$ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER ...
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Booted from Cloned drive works slow

situation is, i have to give up the Mac... Macbook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013), 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM/Memory, Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB graphics, & a 1 TB ...
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Disk Utility reading disk incorrectly; viewing ext4 as JHFS+ and seeing Recovery HD

This is imported from Superuser, I felt like I would have an easier time getting an answer here than in Superuser - it is copy pasted, as below. So, I have some strange issues in Disk Utility and ...
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Error 43, unable to open files on external hard drive using Preview

Using Snow Leopard 10.6.8 I can't access files with Preview on my 2011 WD myBook 1TB external hard drive. When I try to open a file it says "application can't be found" follows up with "an ...
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How can I swap the contents of my two MacBooks?

I have two MacBooks (an old one mid 2009 with a 150 GB drive (128 GB used) and a newer from 2011 with a 300 GB drive (30 GB used)) and a 1 TB Hard Disk. What is the easiest way to move the content ...
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RAID Disk Space not Recovering

I have a RAID disk where I keep my virtual machines. Recently I created and deleted a few and noticed that the space taken up was not being reclaimed. I tried deleting the .Trashes directory via ...
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How do I wipe the hd on an old iMac that is pretty well bricked?

I have an old iMac that I got probably sometime in 2000. It's the kind that has a big old CRT monitor built into it, so I dare not take it apart myself. I haven't used it in a very long time, but it ...
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Formatting hard drive

I scavenged a hard drive for my currently lifeless 2009 Macbook Pro 13. The scavenged drive (from a 2010 white Macbook) had been working because it was taken to an electronics store to have its data ...
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Since Yosemite upgrade, I always need to “force eject” drives?

Whenever I have a hard drive plugged in the computer (mid-2011 iMac) that I want to eject, I get the message "unable to eject the volume, an application is using it, would you like to force eject?" I ...
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Word damaged files after hard disk clone

I tried to clone a hard drive to a new SSD. Something went wrong, and the old hard drive wouldn't work with me and was now called disk2s2. The new SSD seemed to have all the data, but wouldn't boot. I ...
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MacBook Pro 2012 HD locks on boot

Today my laptop has started to lock the HD. When booted it either stays black with the fans going nuts or it loads up a dialog to reset pw. In this window I can choose startup disk from the top left ...
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Loading Any USB Flash Drive onto an iOS Device

I have a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive with 32 GB storage on it, and would like to view its contents on my iPhone. I have seen flash drives that are made particularly for iOS devices and have ...
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Encrypting from the Disk Utility vs Finder

I am testing two methods of encrypting a new hard drive. Using Disk Utility, I erased it and created two equal partitions (10GB each, the rest free space), both "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". 1) From ...
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MacBook Pro 13" Retina RAM upgrade Yes / No

Current Situation : I am trying to figure out if in my situation a RAM upgrade from 8 GB to 16 GB is worth the $. Here is my specific situation. I am a simple apple user with a lot of Data. I ...
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macbook pro question mark on start up -no harddrive?

Am having an 13" macbook pro from 2011, recently during dj-ing my software just stop working. After the restart I've only got the question mark sign .I've try to fix it via internet recovery but my ...
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how to fix GUID hard drive corrupted to MBR

I am on OS X 10.9.5 with a late 2013 iMac. I have a 3TB hard drive that has an unusual problem. It is a Western Digital 3TB Red WD30EFRX. I formatted it with two partitions, both 1.5TB. One was a ...
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Time capsule wired backup transfer slow with fast “bursts”

This has been asked already by someone else here, but there was no answer so I like to ask myself again. I got literally the same behavior, a slow down in read mode from initially like 50MB/s to like ...
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I cannot do bootcamp but my hard disk only have machintos HD and Data

The bootcamp said that my disk cannot be partitioned or restored as single partition. I am using macbook pro 15" but idk the version but the graphic card said gt320m 256 MB and 350 GB HDD i5 do i ...
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How to get a full backup of a hard disk from a dead MacBook?

My MacBook is not booting up due to some short circuit problem. Apple Store has promised that they can repair but there would be data loss. I want to take out the hard disk from the MacBook and take ...
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How to enable FileVault after upgrading SSD on a MacBook Pro with no Recovery Partition

I have been using a 1 TB SSD with my 17" MacBook Pro Early 2011. With the recent availability of 2 TB SSD's, I wanted to upgrade to the larger size. I have upgraded my HD several times since I ...
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Mount external HDD readOnly option

I have the following problem: I used the optical bay to use a HDD in my mid 2010 13" Macbook Pro in addition to my SSD. It was working just fine until a few days ago, when it started to get "slower". ...
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recover partial backup data from a (potentially damaged) Time Machine disk

I am on a MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, late 2013, with OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks. First of all, to clarify the question, my goal is to create a new, working Time Machine (TM) disk, that has as much as ...
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Error when trying to move Photos Library

Can't find a likely looking existing question so here goes: I just updated to Yosemite and successfully (?? well -- it seems to work ) migrated my iPhoto library to Photos. Now however, I would like ...