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

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Apple MacBook 13-inch mid-2010, 4gb RAM, 250 Gb HDD: Can I dual Boot to Windows 10?

I'd like to put a larger hdd into this macbook, and then install Windows 10 onto it. Has Anybody successfully updated their Mac-based Wintel install with Windows 10, and what is involved? I realize ...
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External Harddrive is showing in System Information but not Disk Utility

My harddrive crashed last night and since then I have not been able to access it on my Macbook Pro. I've restarted both my computer and hardrive multiple times and I've experienced the same result. It ...
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Macbook Air (2013), 10.11, & Bootcamp Problems

So I have a mid 2013 Macbook Air and I have it running 10.11. I have had a Windows 7 partition running in parallel (not the program) that I created using Bootcamp a couple months after I bought it. ...
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Hard disk doesn't show on boot after erasing with Disk Utility

I have inserted a new disk. It shows after holding the option key. Then I opened Disk Utility and successfully formatted the disk. I restarted and help option but now I can't see my hard disk. I ...
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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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Why can't I mount a Samsung SSD 850 EVO?

I just bought a Samsung ATA III SSD drive, the Samsung 850 EVO. I installed it in an external enclosure that I know works with an ATA II drive, but I don't see the new drive in Disk Utility. ...
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Transfer SSD from MBP 2009 to MBP 2012

I'm upgrading from a MBP 2009 to MBP 2012. I installed a SSD drive on the 2009 unit. A few days ago, I got the black screen of death due to the logic board failing. I back up every 30 days using Time ...
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exFAT-formatted external drive loses folders

I have an exFAT-formatted 3TB USB drive connected to an iMac running 10.10.3. The system lost power and when it came back up, the drive wouldn't mount. I tried Repair Disk in Disk Utility, and it ...
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Hard disk corrupt twice in 24 hours

My Macbook Pro 13" (2011) had a Seagate 1TB hybrid drive installed as a secondary drive some 4 months ago. Yesterday the volume somehow became corrupt and unable to mount. I managed to format it using ...
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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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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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Initialize 6 TB internal hard drive

I've found it both economical and flexible to use a docking station with internal hard drives (the ones that look "naked", i.e., have no plastic casing) for backups. I use this docking station to ...
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New Hard Drive Install Failure

I got a problem with my 2012 Mac Book Pro, I'm trying to install a new 750 Go Sata 3 with 7200 t/min WD Black in it. The problem is when i try to reinstall OSx Mountain Lion on it, it didn't find the ...
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MacBook Pro upgrade to SSD migrating OSX and Bootcamp partitions

I wasn't able to find the info I needed here or on Apple's own forums or via Google, so here goes. I have a MacBook Pro 15" early 2011 model with a 500 GB internal hard disk drive (non-SSD). ...
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Can I keep my Boot Camp partition when moving to a larger hard drive?

I just bought a 512 GB hard drive to replace my 250 GB hard drive, which currently has a Boot Camp partition (pretty vanilla, just running a standard Windows 7 install). I was planning to just clone ...
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Bulge in MacBook Pro near Hard drive

I have noticed in that past 24 hours that two rigid and straight "lines" have developed as bulges on my Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 15 inch. They are noticeable when looking at it in the light and you can ...
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Logical Volume Group “Available Space”

Can anyone help explain why there is 17gb worth of free space on my LVG I can't seem to do anything with this space. Is there anyway to fix this? I have already reformatted the disk then cloned the ...
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Logical Volume Group 17gb “Available Space”

Can anyone help explain why there is 17gb worth of free space on my LVG I can't seem to do anything with this space. Is there anyway to fix this? I have already reformatted the disk then cloned the ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot with new hard drive, but a different MacBook Pro will

So here are the details. My friend and I both have 13-inch Mid 2010 MacBook Pro's. Same processor and specs since they were purchased at the same time, but originally had 250 GB hard drives. His hard ...
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How do I get detailed SMART disk information on OS X (Mavericks or later)

I'm trying to get a detailed SMART status report on the drives in my Mac. I'm not talking about "Verified," I'm talking about the detailed report that's about 100 lines long listing all the vital ...
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How do i get old external drive data onto new external drive (but not also on computer HD) [closed]

EDIT:Let me try again. Sorry guys I'm fairly adept at understanding things in regards to these machines, but I'm by no means a pro. Just looking for some advice. MacBook Pro 2007 ==> Backed up to G ...
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Can SATA negotiated link speed be set lower in software?

Background: I have a MacBook Pro (late 2011) with a SATA III 6Gb SSD installed in place of the optical drive. Sources say this configuration should work, but I've been having problems (read/write ...
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Is it possible to tell if a Macbook hard drive was booted internally versus externally (usb, firewire, etc.)?

Is it possible to tell from system.log or other logs whether a macbook pro hard drive was booted internally or taken out and booted externally (from USB, for example) ? I'm thinking the "BSD root" or ...
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mid-2009 macbook pro - erased. Now “Mac OS X cannot start up from this disk”. (and cannot install to this disk!)

I have a mid-2009 macbook pro, and the original 10.6.8 installer DVD that it came with. I booted up in recovery mode, and erased the HD (whether or not that was a good idea). My intention was to get ...
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Software to duplicate external hard drive formatted ExFAT

I have an external hard drive with a 2.9TB ExFAT partition that I keep my photos and other media on. (ExFAT so that I can also see and edit my media on Windows computers.) I just bought a second hard ...
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MacBook Pro not booting, lost partition

I have a big issue with my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.10.4). I tried to enable yesterday the TRIM on my SSD disk (a Crucial I replaced myself). Everything was working fine since months but after restarting ...
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Time Machine Backup to Raspberry Pi NAS crashes when backup being deleted

I hope this is the right place to put this as I'm not sure if it's a RPi issue or a Time Machine issue. Basically, what's happening is I have Raspberry Pi Model B set up with an external hdd to ...
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Classic ipod 120gb hardrive crash

When I turn my ipod on I get the red circle with an X in it that tells me to contact apple support. I accessed the diagnostics and when I try to run either of the hard drive test the display says ...
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Late 2006 iMac Issue: Logic Board or Hard Drive?

I have a question. I have a late 2006 17" White iMac, and it is having issues. I don't know if it has a bad hard drive (again..), or if it has a bad logic board, and I have no idea how to check it. I ...
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My macbook pro troubleshoot reset with grey screen

My macbook pro is MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), 8G ram, and run OS 10.10.4. I have upgraded storage from 500GB HDD to Crucial M550 SSD. I removed dvd drive and use optical bay to keep 500GB HDD as ...
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How do I encrypt an external drive with FileVault 2 in OSX Yosemite

Ok, so according to https://www.apple.com/osx/what-is/security/ I should be able to encrypt ANY external drive..."with ease" using FileVault 2. I have a brand new (empty) 2TB Fantom Drive model: ...
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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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Can files be exchanged between FAT32 and HFS+ partitioned drive?

I just got a LaCie 1TB external hard drive and I have a MacBook Air with OS X 10.8. I often exchange movie and music files with friends that have PCs. If I were to partition my drive to have 250 ...
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Problems reinstalling OS X Mavericks on Macbook Pro (hard drive displays “locked” and I get “live file system repair is not supported” when repairing)

I'm trying to fix someone's Macbook, and I am a Windows user so I'm having trouble confirming that his hard drive is ruined or unfixable which is what I think is the problem. When you boot it up it ...
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Macbook Air Mid-2012 not booting

A day ago I got a message on my Mac that It's running out of space, so I ran a program named Omni disk sweeper to show me some files I can delete. I vaguely remember it showing me some temporary files ...
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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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Why won't my Mac Mini with boot camp Windows 7 boot if I plug in a thunderbolt disk drive

I have been using a previous generation mac mini server as a Windows 7 machine for the past two years without any issues. It was set up with boot camp and Windows 7 professional loaded on the internal ...
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SSD w/ brand new clean in stall of Yosemite fails to boot

I've just installed a new version of Yosemite on a third party SSD (Crucial). When I boot it up it hangs on a gray screen. Steps that got me here: Connect SSD to Macbook Pro (with existing HD) ...
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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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Is there a way to automatically update a folder in external hard drive without deleting missing files?

I have a 250GB macbook air. I do a lot of photography, so my SSD gets filled up with photos really quickly. I've been using a 2TB external hard drive to archive the older photos that I no longer need ...
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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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Why is a secure erase 'not necessary' for SSD's?

I'm about to trade in a 2010 MacBook Pro with an SSD. However, I'm unable to do a Secure Erase from the recovery disk (as I used to do with mechanical hard drives before selling or giving away a ...
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Third party SSD optimization Yosemite

Unaware of the current issues with Third-Party SSD support on Yosemite I went ahead and bought a 128 GB Crucial MX100 SSD. I hear a lot of problems about enabling Trim on Yosemite etc. I recently ...
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How does my core drive have less storage available than the partition?

When I open Disk Utility, I have a core drive and a partition underneath it. But the core drive shows only 19 MB of storage left. on the other hand, the partition shows 55 GB free. My computer is slow ...
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Windows formatted disks owned by $USER, while Mac formatted disks owned by “root”, right?

I noticed that some disks were owned by $USER and some by root: $ ls -l /Volumes total 88 drwxrwxrwx@ 1 jdoe staff 8192 Jul 14 10:22 USBdrive drwxrwxrwx 0 root wheel 0 Jul 14 15:54 ...
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My SSD works on every computer except mine

I've asked several questions on Ask Different about an Intel SSD that I'd bought and tried to use in a DIY Fusion Drive in my early 2011 13" MBP. The Fusion Drive worked for a few weeks and then quit ...
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size of OSX Yosemite, don't understand who only 40 GB let on HD

I installed Yosemite 10.4 on my 500 GB MBP hard drive. I only have 40 Gb left. Though i have : Pictures 88 GB Music 60 GB Movies 5 GB Documents 4 GB Dropbox 6 GB Desktop 0 GB Downloads 1 GB for a ...
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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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Mac mini hard drive recovery w/ encrypted partition

My Mac mini failed recently, and after taking it to the Apple store, they said it was the logic board that failed, and it would be $350ish to replace, which was not worth it to me, so I took it back. ...
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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 ...