Questions tagged [core-storage]

Apple Core Storage (sometimes referred to as coreStorage or CoreStorage) maintains a world of virtual disks that can provide the user with flexibility in allocating their hardware.

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Can I make a DIY Fusion Drive?

I have a Mac Mini with two drives: a 256GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. From what I've read, the new Fusion Drive does all of it's magic in software, using the Core Storage APIs. Can I get my setup to ...
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Resizing or expanding a CoreStorage volume

I bought a new SSD with 750 GB and made two partitions: 600 GB and 150 GB. The smaller one was thought to be a Bootcamp partition one day, but to date it was just another unused partition. When I ...
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Apart from being able to encypt an entire volume, what are the other differences of FileVault 2 over FileVault?

Does FileVault 2 in Lion have any other differences compared to the old version, FileVault in previous releases of the system? Are there any additional benefits to using the new version?
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How can I rename a Logical Volume Group?

I have noticed that while I can safely change the name of the Logical Volume (LM Volume) in /Volumes (currently: Apple SSD), I cannot find a way to change the name of the Logical Volume Group (...
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How can I delete a partition (coreStorage logical volume?) from the Terminal?

I finally understood why Disk Utility will not change the partitions on my HDD, even though I added the most recent one myself (maybe significant: to test Yosemite DP) with it. Now I see it says it ...
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Can't ever remove partition?

Running Mountain Lion. I added a partition with Disk Utility and then had second thoughts about it. I'd like to remove the partition i created, MacSSD2 and hand over its space back to MacSSD. As you ...
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Will FileVault 2 wear out my SSD faster?

I'm considering using FileVault 2 when I upgrade to Lion. Though my understanding of it is weak, it seems as though it shouldn't really increase the number of reads or writes per disk operation ...
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Difference between enabling Time Machine's “Encrypt Backups” option, and encrypting from Disk Utility?

I'm setting up Time Machine backups on a new external hard disk. I chose to first encrypt the disk via Disk Utility: But I also see these options: Is there any difference between an "Encrypted" ...
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What happens when you remove (or lose) the SSD from a Fusion Drive?

After storing data on a Fusion Drive, is it possible to downgrade your Mac to use the hard drive (HDD) by just removing the solid state drive (SSD)? In particular, I was wondering what happens when ...
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DIY Fusion Drive: Adding Recovery HD to a CoreStorage Volume Group

After creating a "DIY Fusion Drive" using the methods below in 10.8, I'm now wondering how to add a RecoveryHD partition to the internal drive. Here's what I did to create a Logical Volume Group ...
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Restore Macintosh HD to its original partition configuration

I seem to have badly botched a Boot Camp installation of Windows 8.1. I used Boot Camp Assistant to create a 200 GB BOOTCAMP partition on my 1 TB Fusion Drive. I then rebooted and failed to install ...
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OS volume shows as type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF' [duplicate]

Yesterday, I have tried to delete an Ubuntu partition. Since, my Mac (13", MBPro mid-2014) doesn't boot. Now, I boot on Mac OS copy with an USB. i follow different subject of this forum (like this : ...
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How do I remove unused partition (El Capitan)?

I have a partition that I no longer use. I've tried erasing with the disk utility GUI, but when I try to remove (with the '-' minus button on the partition view) this feature is disabled. I've also ...
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Unable to reformat/repartition CoreStorage logical volume (Fusion drive)

I created a fusion drive on my MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion and it worked like a charm for a while, but it somehow got corrupted. Now I am unable to reformat or repartition the whole thing. >...
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How can I verify that a DIY Fusion Drive is working as it should?

I installed an SSD in my 2011 Mac Mini to run alongside the stock 500GB HDD. After carefully reading through a number of tutorials, I used Terminal to merge them into a single "Fusion Drive". I cloned ...
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DIY Fusion drive with 3 drives

Is it possible to build a DIY Fusion drive using 3 drives - 2 HD's and 1 SSD? Will the Fusion machinery optimise on three levels i.e. SSD, then fast HD, then slow HD? I have a mid 2011 27" iMac, ...
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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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Can't resize partition: “You can't perform this resize unless it has a booter”

I have an external 1TB disk that I use for Time Machine backups that I temporarily added a second 100GB partition to. After deleting the partition, though, I can't reclaim the free space. Disk Utility ...
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I want to triple-boot Lion, El Capitan, and WIndows. Howto?

I have a late-2011 MBP that currently has two operating systems on it. Those two operating systems were Windows 7 and Lion, for a long time. However, I have to use Yosemite (or newer) for some ...
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Fixing a failed full disk Core Storage encryption

I selected the encrypt disk option from the Finder initially, but after several days without progress (I checked diskutil cs list and it didn't show that it was either encrypted or converting) I ...
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Is it OK for Time Machine to take a long time to decrypt a freshly formatted encrypted disk?

I'm new to Time Machine. I just this week got an external hard disk and am starting to use it. My Time Machine backups were spending a significant amount of time in the encryption phase. Upon reading ...
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Can't mount encrypted HFS volume

I have an external hard drive that is partitioned as a single encrypted HFS+ volume. Here's what's going on: The volume won't mount, Disk Utility won't repair it. diskutil cs list says: However: ...
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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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What techniques for disk, volume and file system management are possible with OS X, but troublesome within Disk Utility?

In the past, Disk Utility was the best starting point for the vast majority of disk-related tasks. As technologies within (or possible with) OS X have developed – without equal development of Disk ...
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What is the layout of a real Apple supplied fusion drive?

Would someone who has a fusion drive that they bought directly from Apple please provide diskutil output sufficient to describe the choices they made? I've seen lots of different sets of advice for ...
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I erased the partition where Windows 10 was previously installed. How can I merge it with my OS X partition?

So I started up Disk Utility and erased my BOOTCAMP partition and set the format to OS X Extended (Journaled). This is how my partitions look like now: As you can see, I have a BOOTCAMP partition (...
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How can I resize a partition on OSX 10.10.5

I have a Mac with OS X 10.10.5 on a HD which had 4 partitions. Using Disk Utility I deleted one of the 4, intending to slightly grow the 3rd (containing the OS), leaving space for a new partition to ...
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Booted to Windows how do I enable access to a Mac CoreStorage volume?

I've installed Windows 8.1 with the Boot Camp Assistant on a solid state drive with a CoreStorage volume. Booted to Windows I can't see the files on my Mac volume anymore. I'm confused since this is ...
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re expand a partitioned disk

The internal disk of my Mac book pro is partitioned as follows: % diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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How do I print my logical volume group UUID to file?

I'm in the process of trying to automate getting the LVGUUID and printing it as a string to a text file, or better piping it in terminal to other commands. All I can do right now is diskutil ...
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Remove Linux partition on Mac. CoreStorage problems

I have a Macbook pro 2015 with a 256 GB SSD and a Linux partition. I would like to remove the partition. Following the steps written in here, I got stuck in the Modify step. Once I execute the command ...
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Messed up 1TB Fusion Drive Partitions (on iMac 5K)

Alright, so I did something stupid today, and I really need some help right now… So kinda like the situation in this post I think I messed up the Fusion Drive on my 1TB iMac (with BootCamp), I messed ...
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Can I have both a case-insensitive system volume and a case-sensitive volume within an encrypted CoreStorage volume?

( seems possibly related to Is it possible to have multiple filevault2-activated partitions on one disk? ) I have a MBP with a single internal SSD and I'd like: to have everything on the disk ...
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Is there a way to change order of physical disks in Corestorage

I upgraded existing system to a "Fusion drive" - corestorage volume - consisting of existing 300GB HDD and new 120GB SSD. Instead of creating a new corestorage drive I went with the route of ...
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Understanding kernel panic error log

My MacBook Pro worked all normal when all of a sudden it went black. It tried to reboot itself but immediately produced a kernel panic. From then on I was never able to boot again. I could only enter ...
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OS X Mountain Lion does not boot after the creation of a Fusion Drive

I have followed a guide to set up the core storage logical volume to use one SSD and one HDD. Since then, I have encountered multiple errors such as: 69822 Couldn’t rediscover disk after operation ...
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iMac disk partion FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF and fusion drive unlinked

I was trying to uninstall linux mint and was trying to restore the partitions back to one. Somehow I ended with the one of the partition labeled FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF. This are the ...
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How do I re-fuse an unfused Fusion Drive, ideally without formatting?

I have a 5k iMac with a Fusion Drive. I had trouble with macOS, so I reinstalled it, and restored from a Time Machine backup using Migration Assistant. After that, the system has been very slow, and ...
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How to repair HFS+ partition?

So somehow my 2013 Retina MacBook Pro's internal SSD went and got its partition map messed up. I was using it, put it to sleep, and when I woke it back up about an hour later I was presented with a ...
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Restoring Fusion Drive after error on partition erase

I think I'm lost and need some help with my Fusion Drive. I have new iMac Retina 5k with 3TB Fusion Drive and preinstalled Yosemite. Things I did so far: I was working on my iMac and had ...
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Resize FusionDrive to fill empty space?

Context: I wanted to install Windows 8 onto my Mac by repartitioning my FusionDrive. Using the partition BootCamp provided didn't work, so I found a "solution" on Apple forums to create empty space ...
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How to add free space to a Logical Volume Group? (Resizing Partitions)

I have two CoreStorage volumes on disk, one is 200GB the other is 50GB. I want to make the 1st 125GB and the second one 125GB. Currently I have been able to use the diskutil cs resizeStack command to ...
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CoreStorageFamily::unlockVEKs() failed to unwrap the vek, status = e00002bc

I have a filevault2 disk with two partition. One is the boot partition, the other contains data, both are encrypted. Today, after installing the latest 10.8 update (10.8.4 I guess), the computer ...
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Name-error when formatting NTFS on OS X 10.8.4 using “diskutil” (Terminal)

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro 13 inch - OS X 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion), which i upgraded with a SSD. I installed the original HDD as second drive instead of the optical. I need to change the filesystem for ...
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How do I see disk usage within a Fusion Drive (CoreStorage Logical Volume)?

I just created a "Fusion Drive" on my MacBook Pro by following "How to make a Custom CoreStorage Drive in OS X". It was created with a 256GB SSD and 320GB HD, with the SSD set as the "primary" disk ...
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Accidentally overwrote encrypted external drive (Mac OS)

So I was rushed (and being careless) and accidentally copied about 80 MB of a Raspberry PI image (SD card formatted extfs) over my external USB drive (4TB) that was formatted and encrypted (using Disk ...
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macOS El Captain missing disk space on Fusion drive on iMac, missing contents for GPT partition

I was formatting my Fusion drive of 3 TB and unfortunately it seems 1 TB is missing. I tried to search the answer on this forum and found some relevant answers here but my situation is bit different ...
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Is it safe to convert Core Storage partition to HFS+?

I just got my new Macbook Pro, I tried to make two new partitions using Disk Utility but I could only create one. After googling I found out that I can't create more than one additional partition in ...
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OS X Partition not resizable

3 weeks ago I installed Yosemite public beta onto a brand new Macbook Air which arrived with Mavericks pre-installed. To carry out the installation I created a new partition for Yosemite and so had ...
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CoreStorage logic volume failed to mount

I have an encrypted hfs+ external SSD. When I plug it into my mac and, it prompts for my password, but after I enter it nothing happens. I tried this in terminal: