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

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External hard drive not indexed by Spolight on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

I recently bought a new hard drive and it is not indexed by Finder. I tried to get it re-indexed by following this tutorial: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-10330114-263.html and I even tried ...
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Macbook Air intermittently can't find startup disk

About six months ago, my Macbook Air started having a strange issue where it would often not be able to find the startup disk, giving me the flashing question mark. Initially, I was convinced the hard ...
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How to create a second partition on an external disk and is it safe?

I want to create a second a partition in my hard disk where one (about 900 GB) is used for Time Machine and another (100 GB) is used to store info like a thumb drive. I don't want any existing data ...
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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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What is the best way to clone a disk between two Macs?

What is the best way to clone a disk between two Macs? I ask this every couple years or so and every time I get the same answer. "Use Carbon Copy Cloner", they say. But the unfortunate fact is that ...
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Time Machine Backup to drive shared on BTHomeHub3?

I have a Freeagent GoFlex Drive hooked up to my BTHomeHub3 router. My Desktop PC is backing up to it fine but I'm having troubles with Time Machine. My Mac can mount the drive perfectly fine and use ...
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Error -50 on a partitioned external hard drive

I bought a 4 TB Seagate Expansion external hard drive about a month ago. I intended to use 1 TB as a Time Machine partition and 3 TB for miscellaneous storage. When it arrived I went ahead and made ...
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Time Machine Backup accidentally unplugged, can't repair

I accidentally removed my Time Machine backup without ejecting. It didn't show up in Finder after I plugged it back in and Disk Utility cannot repair it. Disk Utility recommends reformatting the disk, ...
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Internal hard disk requirements will not allow me to update to Maverick

I tried to update to Mavericks, downloaded the update through App Store but the installation stalled with an error message saying my internal hdd didn't meet requirements. I'm using an iMac mid 2007 ...
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Loading Windows 7 on external drive for gaming

I'm attempting to load Windows 7 onto an external hard drive in order to boot from the hard drive whenever I play games. I originally split my internal drive to make a Mac OS side and a Windows side, ...
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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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Where should i look to improve slow I/O performance measured with dd?

I have been measuring my primary disk I/O with the following command : dd if=/dev/zero bs=2048k of=/Volumes/Toshiba/tstfile count=1024 2>&1 | grep > sec | awk '{print $1 / 1024 / 1024 / $5, ...
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Macbook air booting from external hardrive stuck on startup wifi screen

I'm moving over my old macbook computer to a 2010 macbook air, I replaced the hard drive in the macbook air prior to this so there is nothing on the hard drive that is currently in my macbook air. I ...
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Erased hard drive, trying to Reinstall Lion OS X… HOW?

My mac wasn't loading past the boot screen (white, apple logo, spinning gear). So I CMND + R and went to disk utilities and ran Disk Repair. It could not repair. I tried everything. Even a an fsck ...
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Can't figure out what is taking up so much space [duplicate]

When I cd /; du sudo du -h -d1 I get a total of about 160 GB (this is on a 256 GB drive). However, when I look at Disk Utility or About this Mac -> More Info -> Storage it looks like I'm using a solid ...
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My Mac died and I can't access iPhoto on my external hard drive

My Mac died. When I connect my external hard drive to my laptop I can't access my iPhoto – it says iPhoto won't open because it's a machine backup. Any ideas?
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Error: “The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found. (Error code -43)”

I accidentally pulled an NTFS hard drive out of my Mac OSX Mavericks machine several times and realized that I accidentally created multiple entries of many different names in my /Volumes/ folder. Now ...
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How can I let Windows XP read Mac OS Extended (Journaled) drives?

How can I let another PC using Windows XP (Service Pack3) read Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volumes? Windows XP shows nothing.
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How to repair a MacBook Pro 2007 hard drive bus?

Is there a repair I can do to the hard drive bus on a MacBook Pro 2007? I've changed the SATA cable but it still won't see the drive, which I know is good as it boots externally! Disk Utility doesn't ...
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I can't boot into Windows 7 on Boot Camp

I have a mid-2009 MBP. A couple of years ago I swapped out the optical drive for an SSD, made the original hard drive a Boot Camp partition and installed Windows 7 on it. It has been a brilliant "best ...
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external hard drive found only by disk utility, cannot eject or mount

I'm using a Seagate GoFlex that seems to have encountered some trouble. The drive does not appear on the desktop or Finder. I've double checked that Finder > Preferences allows for it to appear in ...
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External USB 3.0 Seagate HDD No Longer Mounting

Out of nowhere my 1 TB Seagate FA GoFlex won't mount my Mac formatted partition (the only partition). I have run repair disk on the drive and on the partition and find no errors. I still get an ...
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Should I enable TRIM in Crucial M500 SSD over Mavericks?

I'm wondering what should I do with my Crucial M500 over my Macbook Pro with the last version of Mavericks. I've read that enabling TRIM also slow down a bit the writting/reading speed of the hard ...
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“Use the purchases page to try again” error while installing mac on a raw harddrive

I want to install OSX Mavericks on a seagate internal raw hard drive. I downloaded "RecoveryDiskAssistant" and installed it on a USB drive. Before installing I made a partition for new harddisk, and I ...
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How To Change Default Installation location on Macbook?

I have an external drive, and to install a certain app I have to put it on the external drive due to lack of room on my hard drive. The application tells me i can change the default installation path ...
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Warning “disk full” while more than 100 GB space free in disk utility

Why does the system warn me for "startup disk full" while "disk utility" shows there are still more than 100 GB space free? The warning is in the form of a pop-up dialog. Not sure how many ...
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iMac hard disk partially erased - now stuck

My iMac, about four years old, started playing up badly - went from being very slow to not doing anything (grey screen at start up). I tried resetting PRam without success, and then started up in safe ...
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Upgrading a 2010 Macbook pro

I have a 17" Macbook Pro, mid 2010, with a 2.66 GHz core i7. It has 4GB of memory and a 500 GB sata hard drive (5400 rpm). With this specification, if I have to update one and only one part of my ...
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Unable for format / erase hard drive

I have an external HD that died on me a while ago and I'm trying to see if I can format / erase it to start using it again. The disk does not show up in Finder but I can see it in Disk Utility. When ...
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1TB ssd in late 2013 rMBP 2.4 i5

I bought a 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display (Late 2013, 2.4GHz i5), and it only has 128GB storage. I found a 1 TB PCIe that will fit into the rig, but I'm a little confused from what I was reading ...
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What format for my external drive allows use with Mac and Windows?

How can I use my external hard drive on Mac OS so I can modify/edit files on both OS's: Mac and Windows? How should I format it?
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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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How to set VirtualBox in order to access external hard drives in guest Win7?

I have installed VirtualBox in order to use Windows 7 as guest on a Macbook Air running Mavericks (mainly to be able to use a printer that has no drivers for Mac). Also, I have installed the ...
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Restore Recovery HD partition from Yosemite downgrade

I recently got back to Mavericks from Yosemite, everything went fine. As I normally do, I checked my HDD with the Disk Utility and found some trouble, then I boot on recovery mode to fix my HDD. I ...
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How can I find and edit my external hard-drive's .fseventsd folder?

While changing my 'file directory' preferences on Vuze, I accidentally created a folder in the .fseventsd-folder on my Seagate external hard-drive. I can't even find the .fseventsd-folder using ...
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Macbook boots up to grey 'prohibited' symbol

I'm having an issue with my '09 13" Macbook Pro. When I boot it up, it seems to be booting normally until about thirty seconds in, when the Apple symbol is replaced with a kind of 'no-smoking' symbol, ...
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Run OSX as normal off external HD?

I'm continuing to hatch a plan to keep running whilst emergency repairs are carried out on my MBP. Further to a question I posted on Monday I'd like to know if anyone could shed light on whether this ...
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Clone whole partitioning scheme to smaller disk

I have the following on my secondary disk. As I am not satisfied with it I would like to clone everything to the other one which is smaller unfortunately. /dev/disk2 #: TYPE ...
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Move data from 1 hard drive to the other

I have a bootable partition on an external drive with some old data that I want to move to a new external hard drive. The partition on the old drive is 500GB however theres only 320GB of data. So i ...
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Extremely slow write speed to encrypted external drive on Mavericks

Writing to a fully encrypted USB flash drive on Mavericks is extremely slow. The drive model I used for testing was a Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 (64 GB). I tested transfer speeds by ...
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Finder Reports Disk is Full, Other Tools Don't Account for it

I looked at some of the other Q&A here and didn't see a duplicate of this one (e.g., How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space? and other linked and related questions). Finder reports ...
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I have large amount of “other” data on HD that is tying my computer down. [duplicate]

I have an issue that I can't seem to solve. My laptop (2009 MacPro) has listed on the HD diagnostic 80+ GBs of "other" data. I cannot find this data anywhere. In December the "other" was about 30-40 ...
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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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Error while erasing my system disk in recovery mode

My macBook Air failed to start. I have the grey screen and when the progress bar is at 100% it shutdown. I tried 4-5 times with same result. I try in recovery mode pressing Alt key during boot. I ...
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Usb drive is constantly active: why?

I recently bought a large USB drive and stored about 300GB of new data on it.1 I haven't changed anything on the drive, and I'm not reading any files right now. But the drive is active -- I hear the ...
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Hardware issue on iMac, flashing question mark

I have an iMac 2008/2009 issue and recently the computer would not boot and I would get a flashing question mark. Ran through all the usual steps, try boot in safe mode, flash RAM, try single user ...
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How to fix permissions with Repair Disk Permissions?

I just installed Xcode 5.1 and the latest round of updates. I followed that with a Repair Disk Permissions. For some reason, Apple installs its software with broken permissions. I then ran Repair ...
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Disk problems and reinstalling Mavericks!

This started after I installed a BootCamp Windows 8.1 partition. That partition ran out of space so I decided to not heed any warnings and tried to format my Macintosh HD into free space, 10G of free ...
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how can I delete a partition (coreStorage logical volume?) from the Terminal?

I finally understood why Disk Utility will not change the partitions on my HDD, even though I added the most recent one myself (maybe significant: to test Yosemite DP) with it. Now I see it says it ...
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Error-“Unable to write to the last block of the device.”

I am trying to setup a new hard drive into my Macbook Pro. However, I keep getting an error in disk utility that states, "Unable to write to the last block of the device." I saw another person was ...