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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 can 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. Using the above command can interrupt file read/writes, which can cause file ...


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Place a foot in the door. On each of your disks, create a text file, open it in TextEdit, add some line, and leave the file open unsaved. I think this trick will prevent ejection. Test this trick, try to eject the disk and come here tell us the result. This trick can easily be automated.


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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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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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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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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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If it's every time you log in, it could be in your login items. Check System Preferences → Users & Groups → Login Items for links to those volumes.


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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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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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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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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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If your important external drive is mounted on the following mount point: /Volumes/important_disk Then you can protect it against an accidental removal by locking this mount point as opened. For this one very simple method consists in opening Terminal and doing this basic command: $ cd /Volumes/important_disk To get rid of this locking, you might type ...


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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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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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Connect the external drive or device to the Mac Reboot the Mac and after the startup chime hold down the OPTION key during boot until you see the boot selection menu Click the external volume to boot from it After this steps, you will find that external drives typically are shown with an orange icon, with their interface printed on the icon itself. ...


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Apple's bespoke command line utility to do disk cloning is asr. It is tailored to the specifics of OS X needs to perform file by file as well as block based imaging and deals with differences in partition sizes, allows network streaming (and even multicast streaming) as well as copying between disks that are locally connected. Unlike dd, it knows about ...


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None of the HFS flavors will offer any performance benefit that's measurable. I have seen encryption slow down some storage medium such as slow USB flash and I would expect journaling there to also be more of a slowdown than on storage with fast cache or more responsive write service times. I suppose journaling could in some rare circumstances (bizarre edge ...


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To access the previous backups, press the option key when clicking on the time machine menu bar icon. You'll see an item to browse other time machine disks.


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The 'for Mac' drives usually mean that they've been formatted to be able to be read/write in OS X (therefore almost always formatted as Mac OS Extended). It could also mean that the software that comes with the drive works on OS X. To get a 'non Mac' drive to work in OS X, just Erase it in Disk Utility with Mac OS Extended as the format. You almost never ...


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Yes. However you may want to look inside the folder and selectively delete old caches rather then just dumping the whole folder.



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