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

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Time machine troubles

I have 2 time machine backups on two different hard drives. One drive is formatted non case sensitive, and the other is formatted case-sensitive. I recently bought a 3rd drive, that I wanted to put ...
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I have to repair my external hard drive each time I plug it?

I have a 2009 320GB Toshiba Hard Drive, and every time I plug it to my macbook pro 13inch Retina, I have to go to Disk Utility -> Repair Disk. Why is that? Whats the solution? Please help!!! Thanks
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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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Disk Utility on Mavericks fails because “disk is too small”

I'm on mavericks and I am trying to delete a partition of an external hard drive. This is its schema Partition1: 50GB "MavericksBackup": Bootable backup Partition2: 187GB "Home Data": Absolutely ...
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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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How do I keep the Recovery HD and EFI partitions from automatically mounting on my MacBook Air?

I've set Finder preferences on my MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.1 to show everything on my desktop: I've noticed that storage partitions called Recovery HD and EFI appear there: What are they? ...
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Put only HD to sleep when possible, without putting SSD to sleep. Its possible?

Can I put only HD to sleep when possible, without putting SSD (inserted in superdrive slot) to sleep? (surfing on some forums I read that some problems may arise with SSD stop mode)
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Transferring iPhoto to iCloud drive

I have been running out of hard drive space on my older MacBook Air. I decided to free up the 91gb of space that is my iPhoto. (I believe) I moved iPhoto in relatively easy fashion. I drug it from ...
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MacBook HDD - keys out of order and disk full error

I have MacBook late 2008 10.6.8 120GB HDD. Lately its been kernel panicing once a week and last panic was really bad. After panic, i booted and verbose log says this: checking catalog file keys out ...
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How do I clone my drive to a external USB drive?

I have CarbonCopyCloner but it cannot see my new SSD in the destination section. The destination drive is a USB-attached SSD. How do I clone to this drive in CarbonCopyCloner?
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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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Data partly lost or hidden on external disk

I have an external disk connected to MacBook via USB. From time to time the system alerts that the disk is unreadable, but sometimes it seems to connect and I can browse it in Finder, and even open ...
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Yosemite Disk Utility: You may only split this volume in two

I just upgraded to 10.10- Yosemite. I have an external 4TB hard drive. These are the problems I see with Disk Utility: No more than two partitions are allowed. Changing the partition size I can ...
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MAC OS X refuses to mount the main volume Macintosh HD, saying that there's an “Invalid content in journal”

I have a problem with my MAC. Yesterday it got stuck while it was trying to connect to a Wi-Fi network, then, since it didn't respond I decided to turn it off using the power on/off button ('). When I ...
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Can the MacBook boot from a second HDD

If I was to install a SSD in my MacBook Pro (Mid 12) where currently the Superdrive is attached and continue to use the preinstalled HDD for other files, can I run OSX from that new drive? Or in ...
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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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Can I Mount a Hard Drive in Mac Pro Tower as Read Only?

I'm trying to recover data from a failed external Fantom RAID Drive enclosure by plugging the drives into a Mac Pro tower, but I'm concerned that OS X might write to the disks and jeopardize the RAID ...
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External HD Accidentally pulled out of computer

A few days ago I accidentally pulled my WD MyBook 1110 Media external HD out of the USB connection on my Macbook Pro. I have tried to repair the HD with Disk Utility, but the 'Repair Disk' option is ...
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Having trouble mounting a 12TB Raid on Ubuntu Server

I am running a Ubuntu server on my off of my 2008 MacPro, it runs great and works really well except I am not able to run any raid setups directly on it. I have a large library that needs to be ...
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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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Trouble with my partitions

I have some trouble with my partitions on my Macbook Pro. I created 2 partitions. One named "Yo" where I have installed Yosemite release. Another one named "Save" where I put all the stuffs I need to ...
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MacBook updated to OS X Yosemite version 10.10 and experiencing problems with hard drive & iPhoto

I updated my MacBook to OS X Yosemite version 10.10. Everything seems to be fine... apart from: My WD hard drive won't open now - it appears on screen, allows me to enter the password to unlock and ...
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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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2011 macbook pro blue screen

I'm trying to determine whether I'm having a ram, drive, or board issue. I used to be able to log in and actually use my laptop but it would run slow and over little time the fan would kick on and ...
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Mac Pro hangs at startup showing white screen with spinning pie wheel

MacPro 1,1; lion? startup hard drive failed (with loud buzzing). Removed bad drive, installed replacement, inserted Lion USB drive, verified new drive using the Lion usb drive, started installation ...
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Option to use airport express with 1 terrabyte harddrive for dropbox equivalent

I have an airport express with a 1 terrabyte harddrive, obviously this airport is connected to the internet and in the next month our house will be conected to the optic fibre network giving us 200 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 install 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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HD accidentally reformatted to MBR, how to get back to GUID?

So in trying to create an MBR partition of my hard drive which I could then use to boot a solaris-derivative OS using rEFIt, I messed up. Rather than a hard drive with a primary GUID partition map ...
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External drives won't mount on restart

One of my staff just got a new Mac mini with the USB 3 ports and Mavericks. It has 2 Seagate GoFlex 3TB hard drives connected: 1 for Time Machine, the other for Dropbox files. When the computer is ...
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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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CoreStorageFamily::unlockVEKs() failed to unwrap the vek, status = e00002bc

I have a filevault2 disk with two partition. One is the boot partition, the other contains data, both are encrypted. Today, after installing the latest 10.8 update (10.8.4 I guess), the computer ...
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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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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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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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Western Digital external hard drive is constantly ejected

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups, and recently my iMac has started to randomly eject the hard drive, preventing backups. It tends to happen while ...
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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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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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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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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 ...