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

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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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MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010 is not seeing internal SATA HDD

I have a MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010 that started to not see it's internal SATA HDD. I can connect the HDD in question to the computer via SATA > USB adapter and it works fine (Mac can even boot from it ...
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Auto unmount time machine drive on sleep

I keep a drive attached to my MacBook for Time Machine backups when I'm at my desk. I also regularly work from places other than my desk. Most of the time, if I close the laptop lid I intend to leave ...
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Mac OS taking more than usual space on external drives

Since when I started using mac os I noticed that I'm having much less free space on my external drives than before. I even tried to sum up the content on my external drive and the total size was less ...
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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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What happens if I have switched the Time Machine off?

Im using the MacBook Pro Retina and currently using an external hard drive to store many datas using the Time Machine, i.e: songs, images, movies, docs and so on. I was wondering what will happen if I ...
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Exact clone of HD

I managed to broke something on my iMac's internal HD. I have now done a successful restore using DiskDrill, but just in case I want to make an exact copy of the internal HD. Not just some partition, ...
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Mount part of a failed Fusion drive

Long story below. I have the rotating 3TB drive part of a fusion drive. Is it possible to fix/mount/access the files on this drive? I have it in a external usb dock. I get the option to "fix" but it ...
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Anything in Mac OS to interfere with using a disk through a USB hub?

Have Modbook Pro with OS 10.10.2 and a powered seven-port USB hub. A 750-GB bus-powered drive has no problems with the hub in-between. But a powered drive with three partitions, one of them a Time ...
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Toshiba 2TB External Drive Stopped Being Recognised

After a lot of searching on the internet I have been unable to find a solution to my problem. There are many people having similar problems, but no solution seems to work for me. I have a 2013 ...
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Slow Finder - Caused by external disks?

I've been finding Finder slow on my brand new Retina MacBook Pro. I've got two external disks connected to my Mac most of the time. One is a Time Machine backup, the other is a Clone, also for ...
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How to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...
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Yosemite Startup Manager After Downgrading to Mavericks

I downgraded from Yosemite Public Beta to Mavericks by: Created bootable Mavericks USB Booted Mac to the Mavericks USB Went into Disk Utility > Selected HD and Erased HD Restored to Mavericks Time ...
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MacBook not able to boot using OS X (Yosemite) after partitioning the Macintosh HD (hdd) while installing Kali Linux

I tried to partition the HDD using GParted but it didn't work out. Maybe because I messed up. So after cancelling the whole process, I rebooted my laptop. When I tried booting through OS X, it did not ...
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USB drive causes “OS X Can't Repair The Disk” error repeatedly

I've got a 2.5" 1 TB external that I've used for a couple years now. Initially it was in an OWC enclosure, and then more recently its in a Sabrent enclosure that I bought off of Amazon to get USB 3.0 ...
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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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Can't erase unmountable external HD

My external HD isn't mounted and can't be repaired by Disk Utility. However, I'm also unable erase the disk: $ diskutil list disk2 /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME ...
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Is there a Byte-By-Byte Duplicate File Removal app for Mac? (not SHA-1 or MD5 hash!)

I recently switched to Mac and spent way too many hours on PC trying every duplicate removal app, eventually discovering that byte-by-byte checking was necessary to get accurate (safe) results, and ...
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My MacBook Pro, gets stuck at boot screen and the graphics look weird

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro i7 and I have upgraded the memory to 8 GB and the HD to an SSD 500GB. The other day I had it running for 3 days non-stop and when I tried to use it it was frozen. I reset it ...
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Late 2011 MacBook Pro Cannot format HDD

I have a Late 2011 MacBook Pro with 750GB HDD. I was running Yosemite 10.10.2. I had about 250GB of partitioned HDD that i wanted to add to my main partition 'Macintosh HD'. It let me remove the ...
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Problems with target disk mode, HD does not show in Finder/Desktop (only in Disk Utility)

I have a MacBook Pro which goes straight to Disk Utility when I try to start it (it totally froze and I forced it off and on). And no luck in repairing the hard disk (Disk Utility can't repair…) I am ...
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New drive won't boot internally

So I purchased a new 2TB drive (Samsung model #ST2000LM003) for my 13" MacBook Pro. No issues with the old one, just getting close to capacity. I connected it with a SATA/USB adapter, formatted 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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Force stuborn drive to unmount

I have a single partition disk whose filesystem will not mount properly. I don't care about the data and I would like to try reformatting the disk but I keep getting errors related to a failure ...
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Disk Utility won't Unmount HD for formatting

I have two internal drives in my 27" iMac (10.8.5). An SSD system disk and a 1TB SATA drive. The HDD has been acting up recently, very slow performance, bad behavior etc. Tech Tool Pro and Disk ...
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Airport Extreme 802.11ac Can't See USB HDD

Hardware: Airport Extreme 802.11ac Transcend StoreJet 250GB HDD Belkin 4-port, powered USB hub Configuration: HDD formatted as MS-DOS (FAT32) via Disk Utility HDD connected to USB hub Airport ...
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External Drive showing only in system profiler

I have had a 1TB Western Digital Ultra external hard drive for nearly year. Out of nowhere it will not show in disk utility but it does show in system profiler. I have a Macbook pro mid 2012 running ...
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Can I use a large external hard drive both as installation media and backup drive?

I am planning to upgrade my Mid 2010 13" Macbook Pro to Yosemite from Snow Leopard, on a new SSD hard drive. Being more experienced now with UNIX/Mac, I want to have a clean install to get rid of the ...
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How to access the full capacity of hard drives larger than 2TB with OS X Yosemite?

Last week, I bought a 4TB hard drive to connect to my MacBook Pro. My quest to have access to all the 4TB on my Mac was more difficult than expected. After a lot of experimenting, I managed to create ...
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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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Time Machine backup external disk not mounting anymore

I just installed Security Update 2015-002 (Version 1.0) on my MacBook. The latter has a 1.0TB internal hard drive, backed up onto a 2.0TB external USB2.0 3.5 inches hard drive. However, after ...
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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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Encrypted external drive usually prompts for password, despite being in keychain

I have an external encrypted drive, and almost every time I plug it in, it'll ask me for the password, even though it's already in my keychain. If I type the password in, it'll mount as expected. ...
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Hard drive no longer accessible

This is a 4 TB hard drive formatted in Mac's Disk Utility as a single non bootable Exfat partition with the drive letter G. It worked fine before I decided to make a clone drive of my C bootable ...
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MacBook Pro 2010 all of a sudden slow

So literally out of the blue, my MB Pro is giving me the rainbow for minutes at time for 99% of the things I try to do. I maxed out the memory to 8GB last year, and that made a huge improvement, but ...
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How can I browse the hard disk attached to my Airport Extreme from my iPhone?

I have a gen 5 AEBS which has a total of 3 HFS+ partitions across 2 USB hard drives (USB hub in the middle). On my Macbook Pro Retina, I can see all 3 HFS+ partition in the Finder. Finder shows the ...
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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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Mid-2012 MacBook Pro hard drive failure (maybe? not really.)

Mid 2012 MBP with OEM hard drive. I booted it this morning to a flashing question mark folder. I happened to have an external drive with OSX on it, booted to that external drive just fine. I opened ...
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Synchronise/Merge MP3 collections without duplication or huge copies

I have one drive containing about 90GB of MP3s which is used at home, it serves three Squeezebox players though the Slimserver software running on one of the desktop Macs. I have a separate firewire ...
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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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Time machine backups

I recently tried to use the time machine backup but in the middle, it had about 15 minutes left...I shut my laptop (on accident). I got freaked out so I unplugged the external hard drive I was using. ...
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MacBook Late 2008 SSD Upgrade

I have the late 2008 edition of the unibody MacBook. It has a built-in HDD which became unbelievably slow. The other tech-specs are: Now, since its not too bad regarding the processor and the ...
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Target disk Macbook Pro HD not showing on Host Macbook Pro

I'm trying to recover some data such as movies, pictures, etc from my brother's macbook pro before he takes it in for a depot repair. Anyway, like i've been told, I boot his macbook into target disk ...
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Is there a limit on how much hard drive space a computer can handle?

I'm thinking of getting a new SSHD for my early 2011 13" MBP, and if I do, I had the idea to give my 500GB HDD to my friend who has a 2007 MacBook (white polycarbonate). He seems to think that his ...
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iPod classic hard drive upgrade

I was reading online that you can replace an iPod classic hard drive, my question is how do you manage to duplicate the iPod OS onto the new hard drive? How do you mount the iPod classic hard drive ...
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Does a bootable OS X drive need more free space than the installer?

I made an 8GB partition on my HD to serve as a bootable OS X Yosemite drive, but it seems to still have 2.63GB free after the bootable drive-making procedure. Does the bootable drive need that space ...
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Partition on External Hard Drive not showing in Finder

My external hard drive is partitioned into three parts - but somehow I made one of the parts go away/stop showing up in the Finder. I ran a set of recommended commands in terminal, and this is what I ...
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HFS+ invalid number of allocation blocks

Okay so a few days ago I wanted to install Ubuntu GNOME over regular Ubuntu and it gave me the option to automatically overwrite my Ubuntu installation (that I had on a separate partition from my OS X ...
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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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Mid 2009 MacBook won't recognize [any] hard drive

My MacBook had been acting fine. I applied the latest update to Mountain Lion and closed the lid. When I opened the lid, it wouldn't wake from sleep (dark screen with whirring fan for ~5mins). I held ...