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Short answer: yes, it's because of FileVault (well, actually Core Storage, but that's required for FileVault). It's normal for the startup manager (Option key at startup) to only show one volume in this mode, but Command-R should still work to start in recovery mode. If Command-R is not working, I'm not sure what the problem there is. Long answer: starting ...


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Basically the same applies as in this question and the accepted answer. The only difference is that you have a fusion drive and therefore some DiskIdentifiers differ. Additionally you have a blocking partition on your HDD with certainty which has to be removed. There is one undocumented command to resize or expand a CoreStorage volume group and an inherent ...


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Windows 7 will not run from an external USB hard drive. This is a limitation of Windows, not your Mac. Windows can ONLY run from an internal, non-removable hard drive. That limitation applies even on a real PC.


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Essentially you have a CoreStorage Volume Group instead of an old-style partition scheme. You shouldn't use Disk Utility to modify the CSVG. To shrink your CoreStorage Volume Group to get some unallocated space to install Linux or EFI-Windows just use an undocumented diskutil command: diskutil cs resizeStack LVUUID size The command expands or shrinks the ...


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I'm assuming that the port in your macbook air has been confirmed to be in working condition. Another consideration is that the hard drive's port has been damaged. Are you able (perhaps through a friend) to test the hard drive functionality on another mac or windows system? Even if you had to reformat on a windows system, that would (hopefully) get the ...



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