Creating a new disk formatting scheme or altering an existing scheme

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Prevent partitions from Spotlight indexing each other

I have a single MacBook Pro partitioned into two drives, each running a copy of Mountain Lion. In Partition X, I would like to disable Spotlight from indexing Partition Y. In Partition Y, I want to ...
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How do I write-protect a partition of a USB drive on OSX that can work cross-platform?

I bought a bunch of USB sticks that I want to give as a gift to friends and clients, with some files on them. I'd like to have the files non-erasable (though I realise they can format the drive, I ...
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Accidentally deleted OS X partition

I was installing Windows 7 using bootcamp on my iMac machine and accidentally deleted the main OS X partition while doing that. So now I when I start the machine I see only an option to choose windows ...
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A 250 GB HDD stuck with one 180 GB partition

I have a 250 GB hard drive in my MacBook Pro, I used to have a 70 GB BootCamp partition installed, leaving the Mac partition to 180 GB. Now I no longer need to have BootCamp, so I deleted it using a ...
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Can I use bootcamp to install another instance of OSX?

Can I use bootcamp to partition my HDD and install another instance of OSX? I want to run a test instance to try out untrusted software. The boot camp assistant seems to insist on installing an ...
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Why does my 3TB Seagate HD keep formatting as a Logical Volume Group

This is really annoying. I have a brand new Seagate 3TB 7200 RPM hard drive that I am trying to format/partition in Disk Utility. Every time I change any settings or erase the drive, it changes it to ...
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Bootcamp and Macbook Pro and TrueCrypt

I am using Bootcamp on my Macbook Pro and have Windows 7 installed. Unfortunately, due to the changing nature of my work, I need to switch to full time Windows, and encrypt my laptop. I'm going to ...
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Password protected partitions on mac os x

I have two partitions first is primary with os x installed and second is empty, I want to password protect this second partition so when I double click it must ask for password and then tell me read ...
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Resizing mac partition on a volume with boot-camp

On my mac I have two partitions, and I want to create a new one. One partition has Mountain Lion and the other has Windows 7 (through Boot-Camp). I want to create a new mac partition, and for that I ...
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sleepimage file size

I'm planning a clean install of my MacBook Pro with OS X 10.6 and I want to make a partition (among others) only for the sleepimage file. Here's the problem: the partition's size. I know that this ...
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How to resize Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partition after linux messed it up?

I've tried to use Ubuntu on my macbook pro (6,2), but it was a total and abject failure, mainly due to poor hardware support. So, I have given up on my little experiment and just deleted ubuntu and ...
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If I put my old mac hard disk system drive with bootcamp in a USB caddy, after replacing it with an SSD, will it appear as 2 drives when plugged in?

I'm going to replace my MacBookPro system drive / hard disk with an SSD. I will then re-install MacOS and Windows via bootcamp. The original drive will be put in a USB caddy to be used as an external ...
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Installing Windows manually

Here's the situation: I've got three partitions on my disk - EFI, OS, and a Data Partition + 40 gigs of free space for a Windows partition. I already deleted the Recovery partition to avoid conflicts ...
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Recover GPT Hard Disk files on Windows

My friends 2008(ish) era macbook pro died recently but the SATA HDD is fine, I have removed it and plugged it into a Windows 7 machine. I can see in Paragon Partition Manager that the drive is a GPT ...
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Hot File Clustering with multiple partitions

I'm planning a performance-oriented clean install of OS X 10.6 and I was wondering if the hot file clustering feature will exists only on the boot partition or if there will be one for each partition ...
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Hard Drive Preview / Disk Utility Used Space Discrepancy? [duplicate]

So I recently cleared a lot of space off of my hard drive as a sort of "spring cleaning," and I got it down to less than 40GB, but my computer doesn't seem to agree with itself on that. If I look at ...
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Help needed with Boot Camp Setup

I have a 2009 27" Core2Duo 8GB RAM iMac. The hard drive is a brand new 3TB with a fresh install of 10.8.3. I want to install Windows 7 64bit. I set up some basic settings and have a backup at the ...
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Help to use HD2 on Mac Pro currently on different OSX to HD1. How to unpartition whole system to one user [duplicate]

2nd MacProHD currently running on 10.5.4 and primary HD is on 10.7.5 - I am running out of space on primary HD & want to use my 2ndHD as well (mainly to store the 300GB of music I have). I need to ...
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Recover a deleted encrypted partition?

As my previous external HDD threw some disturbing SMART Warnings, I bought a new Hard Drive. It arrived earlier today, I formatted it and made some backups onto it at it has more space and I wanted to ...
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How can I hide a partition (or prevent it from mounting)?

How can I hide a partition (or prevent it from mounting)? I want an effect similar to the recovery partition: it's completely undetectable outside of Disk Utility/the boot menu.
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diskutil coreStorage in Lion fails to create a concatenated LVG, error -69886

I would like to create a logical volume group (LVG) with two physical disks. Issue The command: diskutil coreStorage create LVGNAME /dev/disk1 /dev/disk2 returns: Started CoreStorage ...
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Deleted Mac OS X boot image but can still access files via Boot Camp Windows

Ok, I know I completely messed up here and it's all my fault, but moving past that -- can anyone help me fix this situation? I used Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on my MacBook the other day. Then, ...
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Can't extend Macintosh HD partition after removing Linux

I toyed around with Linux, and after discovering that the offical Linux NVidia drivers doesn't have EFI support which makes it impossible to make it work optimally on my system (bummer), I wanted to ...
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Fix fusion drive partition mess from bootcamp assistant

I have a self made fusion drive on a 2009 iMac using a 256gb ssd and a 3tb hard drive. After the 10.8.3 update yesterday I tried to create a bootcamp partition but unfortunately it failed after hours. ...
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Can a Time Machine drive have several partitions, or does Time Machine need the whole HDD to itself?

Is it possible to partition and external drive an use only one of the partitions for a Time Machine backup? Or does Time Machine need its dedicated hard drive? (I've never used Time Machine before.) ...
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FreeBSD Install DVD corrupted my Mac OS X harddisk

Recently, I have tried a FreeBSD 7.4 i386 Install DVD, just to see some screens of FreeBSD on my Mac mini Intel 2006. I was going to see (to remember) just several dialog screen of and perhaps I would ...
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Erasing partition doesn't give me free diskspace

I'm using a Macbook Air and until today I had two partitions on it (not counting the restore partition). I had my OSX partition and an Ubuntu partition. As I don't use Ubuntu anymore, I decided to ...
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BootCamp partition disappeared

Running Macbook Pro with snow leopard, I partitioned with bootcamp assistant to install dual boot between MacOS and windows 7. However, now it shows that my Mac Hard Disk is 499 GB, but available only ...
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Resetting MBR on iMac

I installed Ubuntu on my iMac (partially successfully) I had rEFIT installed but it did not recognize the Ubuntu installation. I removed the partition and rEFIT and now when I attempt to install ...
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Unable to adjust partition of USB drive with Mountain Lion Disk Utility

I have a 500 GB USB drive, which I once partitioned into two parts: one encrypted—Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted), and the other not—Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Now I want to change the ...
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50% SSD Space lost issue on MBA

I have an MBA 2009, model A1304. The Hard drive system information says its an "Apple SSD SM128". But when I look at the available and total space, I have one partition 28.8GB (bootcamp) and one ...
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How to remove the use of master boot record from an external hard drive?

I have a 1TB external hard drive and I want to slice it into different partitions. When I try to do so, I get this error: can not modify external drive because it uses master boot record Is ...
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Can Macintosh HD partition be resized while a BOOTCAMP partition resides on the same physical volume?

I have a HFS-partiion, a bootcamp partition and 100GB free unpartitioned space "in between". How can I resize my Mac partition to use it? All resizing controls seem to be disabled, here's the ...
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How do I format an encrypted Integral Secure Key?

I just bought an Integral Secure Key from the Apple store but am fed up with having to use its own software just to transfer files to it as it does not appear as a normal USB drive in Finder. How can ...
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What to do when my Time Machine drive is getting disk errors?

My Time Machine drive is getting disk errors. I used Disk Utility and ran "Repair Disk" on my Time Machine partition (NOT the drive) and I got the error "Incorrect number of directory hard links" ...
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How can I modify an existing FAT partition without losing its data?

I have a 1tb hard drive. Long a go I split it it into two partitions. One I left as a Mac OS extended (journaled) with 990GB and one as FAT with 10GB. Now I would like to add about 100GB to the FAT ...
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Formatting OSX partition

I have a Macbook Pro with 3 partitions: HFS (OSX) FAT (Ubuntu) NTFS (Windows 7) and I want to format only the OSX partition and do a clean install without touching the other operating system ...
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Boot Camp Assistant crashes when partitioning drive (exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS)

I run Mountain Lion, a fresh install, brand new Macbook Pro. HD: Samsung 840 Pro 512 GB SSD. When trying to go through Boot Camp Assistant / Setup it works fine until it wants to repartition my ...
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Time Machine and Storage

I have a 3TB external HD that works both Mac and PC for storage. I understand the "best" way to back up the Mac would be partition the external as explained here: Time Machine - can it share external ...
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Why should I observe a limit of sixteen partitions per disk with OS X?

I read things such as: Mac OS X may be unstable with more than sixteen partitions up to sixteen partitions on a external drive. Also I understand that in a sixteen-slice environment, the full ...
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Upgrading Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion and preserving Bootcamp partition

I have a 2010 MacPro running SL with a bootcamp partition (on the same bootdrive) containing a Windows 7 x64 installation which I use for work. I was about to upgrade the Mac to Mountain Lion but I'm ...
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How can I add an HFS+ partition to an MBR-partitioned external drive

I have a 1Tb external drive that currently has two partitions - 64 Gb NTFS 524 Gb ext2 The remaining 414Gb is unused and shows as "Free Space" on the Mac's Disk Utility. I'd like to take 250Gb ...
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Can't I resize my existing partition?

I tried installing Win 7 into my Mac so I can dual boot and use Win 7 but then again changed my mind about it but i have already partitioned a separate drive for windows. I deleted it and tried ...
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How to create third partition after Macintosh HD and Boot Camp partitions?

I have a mid 2009 MBP. I am going to install Boot Camp beside Snow Leopard. I would like to have a third partition, DATA, and format it FAT32, where I will keep my data files easily and safely ...
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Resize Boot Camp partition

I installed Windows 8 on my MacBook Pro using Boot Camp. Now I've figured out I should have made the Windows 8 partition bigger. Is this safe to attempt using Disk Utility? If not, how do I go about ...
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Couldn't Modify Partition Map using external disk

Seems the most common relationship to this error is using Windows on a separate partition. Here is my problem. I have a 1 TB external disk that was used half for Time Machine and half for general ...
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How to extend bootcamp partition?

When I was installing windows 7 on my mac I allocated 55GB to my bootcamp partition, I now realise that it is not enough for me. is there a way to extend it, without loosing any data and re-instaling ...
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Is it possible to install and boot Windows on a Thunderbolt drive?

I know the BIOS emulation of the EFI firmware in Macs does not support booting from FireWire or USB drives, and the EFI version of Windows doesn't seem to be compatible with Apple's EFI ...
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Are there any advantages to partitioning a SSD on a Mac?

I have a Macbook Air with 128GB SSD. It's used to be a best practice to put the OS on a separate partition from data. Does that make any sense? What are the advantages to partitioning an SSD?
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My New Internal HD is mounted as /Volumes/hdd

I replaced my optical disk with an SSD for startup and Mountain Lion and upgraded my HDD to a larger one. I also moved my home folder to the new disk. But one thing is still bugging me. My mid-2010 ...