Questions tagged [external-disk]

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

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Nano Memory card does not show up in Finder nor Disk Utility

I have a Nano Memory card working fine. I know it's fine because it contains a bootable ubuntu OS that is being used in a Raspberry Pi. When I plug it to my Macbook Pro (Mojave 10.14.5) it does not ...
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Data loss due to lost connection when transferring from Mac 10.14 SSD to External HDD [closed]

I did a cut and paste (Comd+C then Comd+Opt+V) on my Mac 10.14’s Finder to move some .mov files from my internal SSD to my WD My Passport External Harddrive (connected by USB 3.0 with a USB-C to USB ...
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Why does unplugging a drive lead to data loss when moving files?

I did a cut and paste (Comd+C then Comd+Opt+V) on my Mac 10.14’s Finder to move some .mov files from my internal SSD to my WD My Passport External Harddrive. Alas, after a while, I move my Macbook ...
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Data loss due to lost connection when transferring to External HDD - are they on the HDD actually?

I did a cut and paste (Comd+C then Comd+Opt+V) on my Mac 10.14’s Finder to move some .mov files from my internal SSD to my WD My Passport External Harddrive (connected by USB 3.0 with a USB-C to USB ...
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Unable to mount my WD Easy Store 4TB [duplicate]

I am unable to mount my WD Easy Store 4TB on my Mac. I am using macOS Mojave - 10.14.5. I tried several commands using terminal to unmount, but all in vain. It shows ejected but still shows in ...
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Disk ejected but still show up in Disk Utility?

I have this external (USB) drive that can't seem to be disconnected correctly. Whenever I eject the drive, it won't disappear from Disk Utility. Afterwards when the drive gets re-connected again, it ...
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A WD hard drive can be detected by one Macbook but not another

A WD My Passport hard drive (bought in 2016-7) can be detected by one Macbook (a 2018 15" MacBook Pro) but not another (not even in diskutil) (a 2013 11" Macbook Air). What is the explanation for this?...
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Sharing and Permissions - always shows “Fetching” instead of the user name

I am a basic Mac user, so please bear with me. I have a WD MyCloud EX2 to store large files and videos - over 10000 files, so searching is critical for me. The WD NAS, the iMac are connected via ...
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Why is my external hard-drive is not appearing (most of the time)

I recently bought an external hard-drive, Western Digital 4GB, and I have a MacBook-pro 2015 (15inch). When I received the hard-drive, it worked like a dream, I just re-formatted it to apple's file ...
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Daisy chaining two external HDD

I have two Glyph 1TB external HDDs connected to my Oct 2015 iMac, 27” 5K display, Fusion HDD, OS 10.14.5 1 has a single partition and is devoted to TM backups The other has two partitions: one ...
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Cannot install macOS Mojave on external spinning drive. Error: This Mac can only install macOS on APFS-formatted drives

I am using the Install macOS Mojave.app installer on my Mac mini (2018) running Mojave 10.14.5 to install Mojave on a formatted external spinning disk laptop drive (a Toshiba model with case). I ...
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Tool to objectively test performance various external drives on my Mac via USB & Thunderbolt

I would to test the relative performance of various external storage devices: Thumb drive Samsung MUF-256AB/AM FIT Plus 256GB - 300MB/s USB 3.1 Flash Drive (256 gigs) Spinning metal drive Toshiba ...
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Partition external SSD (Win10 already installed) for Mac

My situation: I successfully installed Windows 10 on a Samsung T5 external SSD (size of 1TB) which I can boot into using my MacBook Pro 13" (2017 model w/ 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports). Under Windows, the ...
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Why is my external HDD active when I'm not using it?

I have a partitioned external HDD (orange LaCie), with one partition for Time Machine. All partitions are Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted). The HDD is GUID Partition Map. I'm not (consciously) ...
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APFS on external drive missing from Disk Utility

When I use Disk Utility app in macOS Mojave to format an external drive, I do not see the new Apple File System (APFS) offered as a choice of format. Does it matter that my external drive is a ...
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External HD (Time Machine) sleep issues

I have a 4TB WD external hard drive with three partitions on it, one being a Time Machine partition. When a Time Machine backup is running and the computer goes to sleep, it triggers a few different ...
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Strange situation in making backup on an external disk

As the screenshot above shows, tonight, while trying to make a backup of the files on my Mac OS X, Version 10.7.5, Processor 2.4GHz Intel core i5, Memory 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 laptop computer, I got this ...
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exfat fsck crash on macos 10.14.4. Any workaround or fix?

I am trying to mount an external HD with exFAT, but apparently the latest unmount was non-successful, and now the disk requires an automatic fsck. When macos tries to perform the fsck, this happens ...
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EHD has 5 TB capacity but Finder only shows 600 GB

I have a Seagate 5TB external hard drive. Disk Utility shows 5TB, but when I click "Get Info," it only says 602 GB. How do I fix this? My Macbook runs on El Capitan. Thanks.
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Make Mac eject external drives when going to slumber or sleep/wake

I have an external drive, a "Western Digital My Passport for Mac". I usually leave it connected and walk away from my MacBook Pro. The Mac often went to slumber and many times the "not properly ...
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How to recover a corrupted external exFAT hard drive

This is a 3 TB external Seagate hard drive formatted in Mac's Disk Utility as a single non bootable exFAT partition. It got unplugged from the computer and now the computer is unable to read it. sudo ...
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External Disk, extended journaled with password, suddenly starts without password query

my External DiskLaCie hard drive D2 Quadra USB3, extended journaled with password, appears on the screen the next morning without a password query. On my MacBook Pro and on the hard drive no updates ...
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External disk does not show in “diskutil list” after premature eject, what can I do?

This question is related to External drive does not mount after plug off without eject, but the difference is that in my case, the drive did not appear in the Disk Utility application nor in diskutil ...
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Once backward conversion of encryption has started, can it be stopped?

I have accidentally given my external Extended journaled hard drive (with password) the command to "decrypt" the disk. When you restart the decryption starts immediately on the external, how can you ...
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Seagate Backup Plus 5 TB became unresponsive after long period of use

I recently purchased a new Seagate Backup Plus 5TB for data use, because none of my drives are functioning properly. My old Seagate Expansion 2TB hard drive failed ("Unable to repair"); the Seagate ...
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The volume can't be ejected because it's currently in use

After working with an external USB backup disk I want to cleanly unmount the drive. When pressing the 'eject' button Finder warns me with the message: "The volume can't be ejected because it's ...
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Slow read/write speed (40MBps) with USB-C external SSD on Macbook Pro

I had a Sandisk Extreme Pro 500Gb PCIe NVME M.2 SSD. I got an USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 Enclosure for it. I have tried it on 3 different 2017 and 2018 macbook pros and an iMac. The Max read/write speed that I ...
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My Seagate 4TB HDD doesn't mount in OSX El Capitan

My Seagate 4TB HDD doesn't mount in OSX El Capitan on my MacBook Retina. I have been using it for the last week on this computer, but today it doesn't mount. It shows up in Disk Utility, but when I ...
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Mount a previously internal and encrypted HDD as an external drive

I upgraded the hard drive on my late 2015 iMac from the fusion drive that came with it to a 1TB Samsung SSD. My SSD has a fresh install of macOS and I planned on using my fusion drive as an external ...
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I have two bootcamp partitions but not my original 500GB

I have a mid 2014 MacBook Pro running Mojave. I recently tried to dual boot windows on my MacBook but in the process corrupted my original Macintosh HD and am left with a 85GB bootcamp partition. I ...
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Mount FAT32 partition (external drive) on Mac

I have an external disk drive of 2TB with two partitions, one NTFS and another with FAT32 format. The NTFS partition is automatically mounted when i plug the device using Paragon NTFS but I don't ...
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Windows 10 on external drive through boot camp

I've installed Windows 10 on external drive (SSD through USB) on a previous Macbook pro and it was working fine. I bought a new one now, but that same external drive doesn't boot anymore. Instead it ...
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unable to find Paragon NTFS for Western Digital(WD) external drives

I have had Paragon NTFS 15's free version for Western Digital Drives. Just like Seagate offers. Somehow I had to erase my MacBook Pro and the software has been deleted. So now I am unable to find it ...
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external pendrive is read only

When i plug my external pen-drive(FAT32) in macbook pro(OS: Mojave) it is getting detected but nothing can be copied on pendrive. Seems like there has been some restriction on my office mac so that ...
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Are USB ports on a Thunderbolt dock inherently more reliable than USB ports on a USB dock?

This question refers specifically to the use of external 2.5" drives, spinning or ssd. External drives on usb hubs we all know are very flaky, even for powered hubs. Surprised I couldn't find an ...
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Unable to view Trash on APFS-formatted external drive

I am on macOS Mojave running iTunes with its library stored on an external drive. Both my main machine and external drive are formatted in APFS. When I delete a song on iTunes, the file never gets ...
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I want to install Windows 7 on an external drive

I've read two articles about booting Windows from external drives as opposed to a stock Bootcamp install. Here are the links: http://kevtg-compuproductive.tumblr.com/ http://bleeptobleep.blogspot.fr/...
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MacBook Pro: Erratic Trackpad behavior when an external 3.5" drive is connected

When I plug my external 3.5" hard drive into my 13" 2016 MacBook Pro, the Trackpad becomes very erratic and difficult to use. The drive is housed in a powered enclosure (brand Integral). Other ...
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Why would my external USB3 drive (a Drobo) keep getting disconnected?

I have a mac mini (Mid 2011) running High Sierra (10.13.4) that I've been trying to use a home server. I'm not sure what the cause is, but my external USB drive (a 3rd-gen 4-drive Drobo) keeps ...
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Cannot copy from MAC to Pendrive

I attach pen-drive to my Macbook-air. It is detecting and I can also copy from my pen-drive to my Hard disk. But I cannot copy data from Hard disk to pen-drive. I tried with different pen-drives, but ...
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macOS Mojave Command line: How to mount drive but NOT EFI and hidden partitions

If I connect a external GUID-Formated Mac Drive, the Finder does mount all partitions except the "hidden" ones EFI and if existing "Recovery HD". That's fine so far. If I unmount the disk in the ...
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8T external HDD failing to format

Disk Utility is failing to format an 8T external hard drive on my iMac. I keep getting an error stating Unable to write to the last block of the device: (see below): How might I troubleshoot this?
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if external disk found by terminal applescript

Hey so MacBooks have this nasty habit of not mounting external disks when plugged in before... reference link the solution is quite simple with terminal eject the disk and the manually unplug replug ...
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Why is finder asking to authenticate when copying to my external hard drive?

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 (MacBook Air) I am trying to move a directory/folder from my local disk to an external hard drive. But I get an error that says: Modifying "Remote Disk" requires an ...
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iMac runs from external SSD. How do I use Time Machine to back up the external SSD to the internal HDD?

I am using an external SSD as my iMac boot drive, and that is terrific. I want to back that up using Time Machine and have the back up on my old internal HDD in the iMac. How do I do it?
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External SSD drive not detected as SSD drive

I've got a Sandisk Extreme SSD drive as an external drive for my MacBook Pro. It has no problems with connecting to the MacBook or being recognized as an external drive. The problem is it is not ...
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How to recover Mac Startup Security Utility?

To boot up with external disk, I launched into a startup security utility. The standard startup security utility shows the menus like above. But my startup security utility only shows the Firmware ...
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External HDD keeps ejecting by itself from MacbookPro 2018

I have a 2018 Macbook Pro and am trying to connect an Icydock external HDD (in raid 1 configuration). This external HDD connects without any problems to my older 2014 MBP. On the new MBP, it is ...
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How can I mount a thumbdrive to my iPhone?

I have a jailbroken iPhone 6s running iOS 10.3.3. I'd like to be able to connect a r/w thumbdrive to my phone, but I don't know what kind of adapter I'd have to buy/make. Does anyone have any ...
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Cannot mount external drives or flash drives

I tried multiple file systems and multiple devices, none of them will mount. I also tried looking for fsck (not running), resetting the NVRAM (and restarting the Mac of course) and it still doesn't ...