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It is possible, although not from Apple themselves. A company called OWC seem to specialise in SSD upgrades for macbook's and have upgrades for your model available here These particular upgrades offer greater speed and capacity to some of the stock apple SSD's from 2011.


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The HDD is formatted using FAT32 which has a known limitation of 4GB file size. You need to format it using exFAT which is supported by OS X and Windows.


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I would try using rsync from the command line. rsync -av --ignore-errors /Volumes/failingDrive/ /Volumes/brandNewDrive should do the trick. Mind the trailing / at the end of the source. Rsync will not copy files it finds on the destination, so if you call it a second time it will continue where it left off.


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You could use Apple's OS X Recovery Disk Assistant to create a bootable recovery disk on a USB thumb drive. Since you've backed up to an external disk using Time Machine you could replace the hard drive, boot to the recovery disk on your thumb drive, use the recovery disk to format the hard drive and then reinstall 10.8/Mountain Lion. Once Mountain Lion is ...


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I recently did this very thing. I backed up my OS and files to an external drive (not a thumb drive), installed the new drive with new OS, and restored the Time Machine backup to the new drive. The whole process took a couple of hours. The best online video for doing this operation IMO is here: http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/mac_mini2011_hd/ ...


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You can use force unmount a drive by running the following Terminal command: diskutil unmountDisk force /Volumes/VOLUMENAME Replace VOLUMENAME with the name of a volume on the disk you are trying to unmount. Following this, attempt to Erase/Partition the drive again in Disk Utility. Note: Using the above command can interrupt file read/writes, which ...


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Aside from the speed issues that other people have mentioned, you will quickly kill your thumb drive. One thing that differentiates thumb drives from SSDs is the sophistication of their wear leveling algorithms, the amount of over provisioning of sectors, and the availability to integrate their garbage collection with the host through TRIM commands. ...


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Yes you can repartition without losing data. Using Disk Utility, perform a repair on your drive to make sure the drive is free of errors (even better, use Diskwarrior if you have a copy). Then unmount your drive but don't eject it. Select the drive in the left hand pane, then go to the Partition tab. On the Partition Layout section click on the "+" to create ...


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Photos are not stored on a particular sector on your hard drive, the sectors are maintained by the operating system and the hard drive itself. I would suggest scanning the entire drive for deleted files as your best chance of finding the files you are looking for.


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From the Terminal app you can use the program srm (secure remove). Simply start Terminal, then type: srm <filename> For more info, take a look at the man page. Excerpt: srm removes each specified file by overwriting, renaming, and truncating it before unlinking. This prevents other people from undeleting or recovering any information about ...


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Macs Fan Control can set the fan of an iMac (or MacBook, or other hardware) to any speed. The coolest thing that it can also set a fan to sensor-based control depending on your new HDD by reading its S.M.A.R.T. temperature. This free app is much better and powerful than HDD Fan Control, which is currently deprecated but still costs $35. Macs Fan Control ...


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Indeed, there are some differences between cloning the disk and Migration Assistant. As you mentioned, MA will not migrate all the files, which can be both good and bad… Corrupt system files won't be copied if you use MA since you are installing a completely new OS, then copying certain files over. However, be warned that since they won't be copied over, ...


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It would seem that the drive is no longer "blessed". First, try booting the Mac while holding down the option key and if the drive is in the list of boot devices then selecting it once will "bless" the drive and you should be able to boot off it once again. If that doesn't work then boot off the bootable hard drive you mentioned and run Disk Utility which ...


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According to this page: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11102 If the Encrypt checkbox is available, you can select it to keep your backup disk secure. If the Encrypt checkbox is dimmed, your backup disk doesn’t support encryption. Encryption is available only for Time Capsules and for partitions or disks attached directly to your computer and ...


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It won't boot, building a hackintosch machine takes more effort than just swapping a hdd. Macs have a different bios than windows pc's and this is not stored on your hdd but in the machine itself. Osx needs this special bios to run and "talk to" the components of your mac. Also, osx might not have the drivers available for the components in your pc. you ...


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If you are facing a healthy file system at the level of its structure and want to find files which have disk faulty blocks, here is how I would proceed: Make a full backup of your disk with Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner Check this backup. Run the following heavy and risky (in case you do have bad blocks outside of your filesystem structure) command: ...


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You are likely doomed. The store gurus will go over data recovery options and explain they don't fix damaged drives, they are simply going to ask about the status of your backup and whether you want them to test the operation and see if it needs to be exchanged under warranty / AppleCare. Some things to try on dead and near dead drives include putting ...


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Step 1: Stop doing anything with the computer. Anything you do will likely make the situation worse. Step 2: How much is the data worth to you? It sounds like your drive had a mechanical failure. In this case, your best bet for recovery is to send it off to a professional data-recovery company. This will cost you about a thousand dollars, and they ...


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As long as the drive connects to your MacBook Air via a connection protocol that the Air supports like Thunderbolt or USB 2 or USB 3 you can format the drive and use it with your Mac just fine. To format an external hard drive on your Mac (paraphrased from here): Connect the drive to your Mac Open Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility On the left ...


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I recently had the same question and found a command line tool www.smartmontools.org which can be installed via brew: brew install smartmontools you can then run it smartctl -a disk0s3 for the full report where disk0s3 is the disks physical baking which can be found in Disk Utility.app by getting info on the drive. (There must be a way to find this ...


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possibilities. A: Unmount the disk from the command line. diskutil unmountDisk Lacie would be the command to unmount a disk that has a file system named Lacie on it. You can also refer to the device itself, but devices can vary from one mount to another. unmountDisk will take any file system name as the object but will unmount all other file systems ...


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From this blog post: A customized .sparseimage file can be made larger than the total capacity of the physical volume on which it originally resides. While the sparse image volume will seem to make that capacity available, attempting to exceed the physical capacity of the underlying volume will result in a disk error: "ran out of space." A couple of ...


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Apple's warranty (AppleCare) is specific about what components are user replaceable/serviceable. The hard drive on an older MacBook for instance is user replaceable, AppleCare used to have the option to send you a replacement hard drive along with a disposable ESD wriststrap for you to install it yourself. The difference though is the hard drive in the ...


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1: Try this before we proceed: Unplug your Time Machine backup device Open Disk Utility (Open Finder > Click Go at Top Menu Bar > Utilities > Disk Utility.app) Click on your main HDD at the left Click Repair Disk Permissions Enter an Administrator Username/Password and Click OK Once complete, plug in your Time Machine backup device and retry If this ...


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Both the paid virtualization apps, VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop for Mac, allow you to boot the Windows partition from within OS X. You could also do this manually with the free Virtualbox solution, but it's a bit tedious and I'm not sure if it works reliably. For instructions on VMWare Fusion and Parallels, see the below, respectively: Launching your ...


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You have eliminated the possibility of a hardware issue on the hard drive by installing a new hard drive and also by installing the operating system on the previous hard drive via USB. You have replaced the cable connecting the internal hard drive to the mother board, so it's not a cable problem. The only thing left seems to be the hard drive controller on ...


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NOTE FOR CASUAL READERS: rm -rf destroys data. Use with caution. rm -rf may appear to go fast, but it is actually recursively going depth-first into each directory and unlinking the files within—the same operation that is used for any file deletion on Unix systems. You can see how rm -rf works by adding the -v flag, e.g. rm -rfv. There's no reason to ...


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Internet Recovery If you installed the Internet Recovery firmware update, hold ⌘ cmd + ⌥ alt + R on boot to begin. An image of OS X will be downloaded from the internet, and can be installed on the internal SSD normally. Once this is complete, you can restore your data from your external drive.


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When you select the SuperDuper script / copy mode, you can change the scripts, that SuperDuper will run during the copy process. As you can see, a couple of files are omitted: So the temporary and cache files, etc. may have taken quite some space on your old disk. Some other possible reasons could be: SuperDuper omits OSX swap files (/private/var/vm), ...


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Do you have the following files? /System/Libraries/Extensions/HighPointIOP.kext /System/Libraries/Extensions/HighPointRR.kext If so, copy both of them to your desktop, then: Open those kexts and edit the Info.plist. Change all the 'External' references to 'Internal' Copy the modified kexts back to '/System/Libraries/Extensions/' from your desktop. ...



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