I recently reinstalled OS X, when it asked me to erase the disk I just left it Untitled, since there's no instruction to rename it to whatever on this Apple support page, after restoring with Time Machine the disk name became Untitled, same with the partitioned name, which I easily rename to Macintosh HD.

Here are screenshots of the Untitled HD

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specs: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) - 256GB

AFAIR the original name has something to do with the capacity and SSD brand. Now I can't remember the original disk name and I don't know how to (safely) rename it,

To add up, I think my old disk is GUID, not LVG, did I do something wrong? How can I revert back everything to the default state, I'm quite anal about these things since it might results in problems in the future etc.

Any help would be appreciated.


  • Please add a proper link to the screenshot – klanomath Aug 14 '15 at 10:26
  • Added proper link. – AnotherHay Aug 14 '15 at 10:51

The naming scheme for non-CoreStorage devices/volumes looks like this:

  • (hard-coded) name of the disk device
    • EFI (invisible in non-tweaked Disk Utility)
    • Volume 1 (usually Macintosh HD)
    • Volume 2 (optional)
    • ... (optional further volumes)
    • Recovery HD (invisible)

And the naming scheme for CoreStorage devices/volumes looks like this (a Fusion-disk has an additional invisible EFI partition, an invisible Boot OS X volume and a second invisible Physical Volume):

  • name of the Logical Volume Group
    • EFI (invisible)
    • name of Logical Volume 1 (usually Macintosh HD)
    • name of Logical Volume 2 (optional)
    • ... (optional further volumes)
    • name of the Physical Volume (invisible)
    • Recovery HD (invisible)

The names of the Logical Volume Group and the Logical Volumes usually derive from former volume names or is just "Untitled" for Physical Volume(s) but the hard-coded physical device name is rarely used (I have seen it only once, probably the owner renamed it).

Renaming the Logical Volume Group:

To rename the Logical Volume Group use:

diskutil cs rename lvgUUID|lvgName newName

To get the lvgUUID just enter diskutil cs list. It's the first UUID listed. Alternatively you may use the Logical Volume Name. I don't know whether this works if you have several equally named LVGs or PVs. Therefore I always prefer the UUID.

To get the previous visible disk device name open "About your Mac" -> System Report -> Hardware -> SATA/SATA Express and search for your device.

Reverting CoreStorage to non-CoreStorage:

To revert the CoreStorage non-destructively to a traditional non-CoreStorage volume boot to Recovery Mode/Internet Recovery Mode or an OS X thumb drive.

Open Termínal.app and enter:

diskutil cs list

to get the Logical Volume UUID (usually it's the last listed) and enter:

diskutil cs revert lvUUID

to convert your CoreStorage device to non-CoreStorage.

Though the command converts CS to non-CS non-destructively it's always a good advice to have a current backup of your main volume.

You mustn't do this with Fusion drives or you will destroy all your data.

  • Got it, so which is prefered now; CoreStorage or a traditional non-CoreStorage? Also I saw this and this confuses me support.apple.com/en-ph/HT201723, do I need to make my disk GUID? Or using LVG is the new norm? I could swear my disk looks much like this before: i.imgur.com/oO4KTKg.jpg – AnotherHay Aug 14 '15 at 12:17
  • @AnotherHay You don't have to GUID your disk because it is already whether you use CS or not. GUID partition table is just a partition table standard replacing older ones. CoreStorage is some kind of LVM (Logical Volume Manager) ~ two layers above. You may use it or not. On a single disk without encryption it's almost useless. But your disk will automatically converted to CS if you enable FileVault. – klanomath Aug 14 '15 at 12:53

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