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A storage device attached to a computer, but not enclosed within the computer's casing

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Two separate Time Machine backups on single HFS+ drive?

I have been keeping Time Machine backups for two separate MacBooks on a single external hard drive by having two APFS volumes on the single APFS-formatted drive. No problems there. Both MacBooks ask ...
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APFS vs HFS+ which is better for storage and music/videos creating/editing? [closed]

MBP M1 Ventura. I use multiple external HDDs for storage /editing videos, photos, original music. Should I convert them APFS or stick with HFS+?
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Cannot install macOS Sonoma to an external SSD on MacBook

I want to install macOS Sonoma from my M3 MacBook Air which runs Sonoma as well on the internal storage. My goal is to install a second OS to an external Samsung T7 SSD and then run the computer from ...
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How to troubleshoot an (HFS+) external drive no longer being detected by macOS Catalina

I have an external USB drive that uses HFS+ and it worked fine for more than a year until a few days ago. Last week, I got the error Drive was not ejected properly ... 2 times. It however worked fine ...
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"Device not configured" after external HD improperly unmounted

I accidently unplugged my external HD before the eject was done :-/ /Volumes/Red is still there and can't be deleted. The HD still mounts but as /Volumes/Red 1. How can I remove /Volumes/Red? $ gls -...
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Simple shell commands never finish, but only on external drive

Most of the time, my Mac's Terminal works great. However, when I use it to navigate the file system of my WD My Passport 1TB external drive, it... almost works. Almost. Simple commands like cd and ls ...
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Shell script can't be executed by LaunchDeamon or LaunchAgent

macOS 14.2.1 (23C71) I have this shell script which copies a folder to an external hard drive using rsync: #!/bin/bash SOURCE_DIR="/Users/tristan/Library/Application Support/Postgres/var-16"...
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Receiving error when copying files to external APFS drive

I'm trying to copy a film project from external drive A (formatted with ExFAT) to external drive B (formatted with APFS). This always results in an error message saying: "the item "name"...
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My WD hard drive isn't working after upgrading my system from Big Sur to Sonoma

I just upgraded my Mac from Big Sur to Sonoma. I have a hard drive - WD My Passport (1 TB) - the hard drive LED light is lit but the drive is not showing on my Mac. I tried using a different laptop ...
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TimeMachine Share between MacMini & MacBook

I have an external SSD plugged into a mac mini, this drive is used solely for TimeMachine backups. I'd like to also use this drive for backing up my MacBook. I've done lots of testing & searching, ...
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What happens to existing files when changing the mount points of volumes?

On 7/17/17 @bingbomboom asked this question about creating a permanent /etc/fstab entry for an external drive. My head spun thinking about this next question. Instead of hijacking its thread, I'm ...
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Is there a way to delay the launch of the Finder app when logging in in macOS?

In recent macOS releases (Ventura/Sonoma), I have had this problem where, when I reboot and log in, the Finder launches before macOS has finished mounting my external (Thunderbolt) volumes. I don't ...
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Extremely slow copies from external drive on M3 MacBook Pro but not Intel MacBook Pro

I recently got a 14" MacBook Pro (M3 Pro, running macOS 14.3.1) and I've been trying to transfer my files over. I tried using Target Disk Mode (with two different cables, one USB-C and the other ...
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Spotlight indexing problem with external SSD in macOS Sonoma 14.2

I have a problem with my Sandisk Extreme external hard drive in exFat format; When using Spotlight it does not find the files, and if it does, there are few results when there are many more on my ...
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Recover screen recording that had destination set to SD card that was unmounted

I was using a program called iShowU Instant to create a screen recording on my Mac and the destination was set to the SD card in the Mac's built in SD card reader. The Mac's battery died and the ...
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Western Digital external HDD not showing up in Finder & Disk Utility

I'm running Sonoma 14.2.1 on a late 2021 Macbook Pro. I just purchased a new Western Digital Easy Store 2TB External HDD. I plugged it into my mac (I do need a USB-B to C adapter) and my mac asked if ...
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Lost data on an external hard drive

I wanted to install the macOS Big Sur installer onto a thumb drive however I didn't have any that had large enough storage to fit it so I decided to install in on my external drive which had more than ...
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File picker hangs or is slow with USB drive attached

I have a M1 MacBook Pro, 2021, with Sonoma 14. I attached a Seagate 16TB External USB 3.1 drive, to use as my time machine and an archive of video projects. https://www.seagate.com/support/external-...
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external drive not able to start up Mac

Good day, I want to install macOS Big Sur onto a thumb drive but when I try to install it, I am told that 'This disk can't be used to start up your computer'. How can I fix it? Here is the output ...
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Diagnosing why external NVMe keeps disconnecting

I recently purchased a 4 TB TeamGroup MP34 NVMe drive that I am using with an NVMe enclosure as an external drive on my MacBook Pro. I was copying files from another 4 TB drive onto it. The first ...
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After disconnecting my external hard disk (WD Elements) from High Sierra and connecting it to Ventura it didn't work

I used my external disk on my Sierra device. When I was done, I disconnected it from the Eject feature and set it aside. A few weeks later I installed it on my Ventura. It can see my external disk but ...
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One of my Macs suddenly fails to read U-disk

One of my Macs suddenly fails to read my U-disk. I have restarted the machine several times it still shows "0 items, 102.11 GB available". While my other Mac can read the u-disk without any ...
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How to debug slow harddrive read/write speed on Mac?

I have been using multiple units of WD 5TB external hard drive with my macOS 10.13.6 on a 2018 MacBook Pro 15-inch. I realised that it is almost always the case that read/write speeds drop when the ...
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External HDD killing MacBook Air, causing kernel panic attack, then unstoppable shut down mounting HFS+ from a partition on the drive

External portable HDD connected to iPad Pro M1 is only displaying 2 of 4 partitions suddenly. When connected to MacBook Air 2015 (running most up to date OS as the model can - maybe Catalina…?), the ...
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"Untitled" can't be opened because the original item can't be found

Currently, my external SSD can be mounted and showed in finder sidebar. But, I can't open my disk and "Get Info" option is missing, then this error came. Here's my disk info. I tried: ...
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How do I install High Sierra on APFS external hard drives?

How do I install High Sierra on APFS external hard drives? I only want to boot High Sierra off the drive on RARE occasions, for testing purposes. I don't care how slow it is, bad performance, etc.. ...
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Pls help: encountered "input/output error" while trying to duplicate (medical) CD

I have a medical CD that needs to be duplicated (explanation below). While trying to create a disc image, Disk Utility encountered an "input/output error". The complete message was "...
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Disk recovery: Error: -69461: Unable to get VEK info for an APFS Volume which is marked as encrypted in the IOKit Registry

I'm trying to recover the contents of a backup disk. It is an encrypted APFS volume with 3 containers. The disk itself is probably okay - SMART reports no problems, and a quick 2 minute disk scan ...
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Cannot boot a MacBook Air M2 from an USB drive

I tried installing several macOS versions (Monterey, Ventura, Sonoma) on a Samsung USB-C drive (MUF-256DA) using a MacBook Air M2. I disabled the MacBook's security from the startup options (recovery ...
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How to eject physical external NVME Thunderbolt enclosure on M1 Mac so it doesn't show in diskutil list / Disk Utilities?

I have an external NVME enclosure with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 4 connection (Acasis TBU405 M1 Pro) with a Samsung 980 Pro 2TB installed, connected to the M1 Mac Mini (2020) Thunderbolt port, running Sonoma ...
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Should I install High Sierra in external SSD in iMac 2017 model for good performance or I can install latest version as well?

I have an iMac 2017 version with HDD and no fusion drive. HDD has slowed down so I am planning to use an external SSD. In my earlier question a generous user told me that in my model of iMac High ...
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Can too many devices on one USB-C port damage the port

First of all, I know what I had was not a good setup so I changed it. I had two external USB 3.0 2.5" HDDs permanently connected to an passive USB HUB for a long time. Neither the HUB nor the ...
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2018 Mac Mini Can View Some But Not All Files On External Hard Drive [duplicate]

I just bought my first Mac which is a used 2018 Mac Mini with a Core i7 running Ventura 13.5.2. I plugged in an external hard drive which is formatted in NTFS; very strangely it is able to view some ...
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Disk Utility fails to erase new SSDs on iMac 2012, but succeeds on MacBook 2009 (both 13.5.2)

The initialisation of my two new SSDs failed. I tried this on two systems, both with OCLP, macOS 13.5.2 MacBook late 2009 6,2 iMac 27" 2012 iMac 13,2, Time Machine switched off. On the Macbook ...
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df reports strange inode info

On my external hard disk I did a df /Volumes/HD_INTENSO and got Filesystem 512-blocks Used Available Capacity iused ifree %iused Mounted on /dev/disk3s1 1953038208 425524480 1527513728 22%...
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How can I get Time Machine to back up the Photos library that lives on my external drive?

(I see that this has somewhat been brought up in other unresolved questions, but I've gathered information that I think justifies it as a new question.) As with a lot of people, my on-board Mac SSD ...
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USB Flash drive not mounting (shows up in diskutil)

My 16 GB USB flash drive works perfectly on Windows and Ubuntu OS. On plugging into my Macbook Pro, I don't see it fully mounted. On running $ diskutil list I see the following output /dev/disk5 (...
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Why do external Time Machine backups appear on internal drive in /Volumes/.timemachine?

I'm trying to use Time Machine to back up my Mac (Ventura 13.5) onto an external SSD ("BackupSSD"). Strangely, most of the backup folders appear to be on the internal hard drive in /Volumes/....
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How do I replace my smaller Time Machine Drive with a New Drive on macOS Ventura (Encrypted)

How do I format my New Drive and Move the old backups from my Old Time Machine?... Now it would seem straight forward at first with a simple drag and drop from old to new drive, but my old drive is ...
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External HDD disconnects (new cable)

I use an external HDD to keep original raw photos. When I’m processing a large queue of photos, the HDD routinely disconnects. It may work for up to 20 minutes, then the volume is gone (in fact, ...
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Python script unable to access external drive under cron

My desired cron job consists of a bash script that does the following: Create a new Python environment (with a new python executable) Use that Python executable to run a Python script, which accesses ...
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On Ventura do I still open a .itl file after Option-clicking on the Music app?

After a few steps: Connect external drive to (old) macOS running Big Sur. Format drive (APFS). Still on macOS running Big Sur: cp -pr ~/Music /Volumes/MyDisk/ Connect external drive to (new) macOS ...
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There is an extra "volume" in /Volumes with a similar name to an external hdd, that persists even when HDD is disconnected

Here is the output of terminal with external drive connected: eric@Mac f0 % cd /Volumes eric@Mac /Volumes % ls Backup Macintosh HD Heiffer Heiffer 1 eric@Mac /Volumes % ls -al ...
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Disk utility needs TLC to show drives?

It seems that in my macOS 13.4.1 (22F82), Disk Utility 22.6 (DU) cannot find an external drive until an OS reboot.  Maybe I'm missing something. A: 30GB Hitachi, 2.5", IDE B: 30GB Toshiba, 2.5&...
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The attached disk cannot be read from this computer. No treatment/recovery. Is there a way to fix an external hard drive without data loss?

Currently I'm using 1TB of SanDisk Proportable SSD. Actually, this SSD had a lot of problems. At first, it was used as exFAT, but an unrecognized situation occurred on the Mac, so it was recovered ...
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Best way to import user profile on Mac from external HDD after data recovery on Windows?

For an iMac that had a crashed fusion drive due to damages in fusion data structures, I had to perform a data recovery on Windows. From the data recovery software, the user profile (let's call it &...
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Incorrectly ejecting archival drive: how worried should I be?

I have a small WD Passport 2 TB HDD on which I’m backing up important and irreplaceable files. It’s not the only backup but as one of three it’s important. It has about 1 TB of data in it. I closed ...
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Cannot Access my Files on External APFS SSD in "Other Volumes"

On my external SSD, which is formatted as APFS (Case-sensitive), there are a lot of important personal files (around 219 GB). When I plug the drive into my MacBook Pro (M1 Pro, 2021) and open it in ...
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How can I check what's wrong with USB stick?

I plugged a USB stick into my MacBook 5 minutes ago, put 4 files on it. After putting the files on it, I ejected the stick inside of Finder, waited for that to complete successfully, then took it out ...
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How to discover/choose RAID "Chunk Size"

question: when using Disk Utility to create a RAID 0 of two external HHD's, it asks to choose a Chunk size. the options are: 16K, 32K, 64K, 128K, or 256K. i would like to discover what another two ...
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