Questions tagged [external-disk]

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

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Failed High Sierra update, can't mount drives, how to recover files?

The issue is with Apple MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.6 13" (Early 2015). It had not been backed up in a while but an update to High Sierra was attempted. The update failed and now a regular boot or safe ...
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Filesystem for external hard disk that is cross-platform compatible [duplicate]

All my previous backup disks are either ext3, ext4, ntfs or fat32. I am having tremendous difficulty accessing my files easily from my mac (even with tools such as Tuxera). I did not expect an OS to ...
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How to safely and conventiently have an external drive connected to an OS X laptop [duplicate]

We all know that notification 'Drive X was not ejected properly'. I have a laptop, which I use regularly at my desk with monitor etc, as well as on the go. I want to be able to back up my data to an ...
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Impacts on Hard Drive when boot externally in MacBook Pro

I am using MacBook Pro Mid 2012 and it's been running really slow for the past few weeks and i was able to recover from that when I plugged the hard drive externally, so i think the issue is with the ...
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Why am I receiving this error when attempting to unmount external CF card?

Sometimes I receive the following error when trying to unmount an external USB, CF, or random drive: dissented by PID 17728 (/usr/bin/login) I attempted to cd out of the drive directory, and into my ...
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Backing up external hard drive shared by two macs to network share without duplication

In my household, there is a MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, both of which backup to a NAS via Time Machine. There is also a portable external hard drive that we use for storing large media files. I would ...
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HFS partition fails to mount on Mac after being mounted on Ubuntu

I recently followed the instructions here to mount an Apple-formatted HFS external drive on Ubuntu. I transferred the files I needed, then unmounted the drive. Now the drive won't mount in OSX. In ...
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Avoiding Spotlight to spin up external drive

I have Mac Mini with an external hard drive. The external drive is indexed with Spotlight. Whenever I use Spotlight to start an app on the local machine, the external drive spins up, because obviously ...
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My user preferences are gone after restart

I restarted my computer and it's like I have a new install. The system tells me it can't find a telephony file and my login startup items are gone. All my Finder preferences and other settings are ...
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External hard drive no longer appearing on my desktop or in Disk Utility

My hard drive usually works on my MacBook, but today it has decided otherwise. My hard drive works on the TV and DVD player. However, when I plug it into my Mac the light comes on and I can hear it ...
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How should I migrate my iTunes library to a larger external disk while preserving metadata?

I currently have a set up where my default iTunes Library (of ~550 HD movies) resides on a 2TB external HD. I share this library and use it to serve my Apple TV/other LAN devices. The drive is close ...
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How to keep track of external hard drives?

I have about 7 external hard drives of varying capacities. From time to time, I move files from my MacBook onto those external drives and put Finder aliases where those files used to be. The process ...
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Transferring data to a new external hard drive without breaking links

I'm trying to migrate my data from an old external hard drive to a new one. When I copy and paste from within Finder, the data seems to expand to take up much more space, so I'm assuming some link ...
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How to reformat a hard drive previously used for Time Machine

Previously I had backed up my Mac files on my old external hard drive on time machine. This made the hard drive only visible and usable by Time Machine. How would I reformat the drive so it goes back ...
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Which is more future proof for external HD, USB-C or Thunderbolt 3? [closed]

I'm considering to get a new external HD for my Mac setup. While I have an old MBP 2013, I'm planning to buy a new Mac this year (possibly iMac). Which is more future proof? USB-C or Thunderbolt 3?
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How to download photos from iMac desktop to external drive (WD 1 TB My Passport )

Bought a new iMac desktop and want to download loads of photos to an external drive I just bought (WD 1 TB My Passport. I clicked initialize but still can't figure out how to download the photos to ...
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Finder displays Refresh and X symbols instead of Eject for external storage device?

Typically, Finder displays the Eject symbol next to an external storage device, and an inverted version during mouseover, like this: but today, Finder displayed a Refresh symbol, and an X during ...
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How to store home and applications folder on another drive

I am interested in setting up my home folder and /Applications in another hard drive like you can with Linux. Is there a way how to do this? I would also like to make sure that it won’t cause any ...
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formatting external drive multiplatform compatible filesystem from macOS High Sierra

I have a 160GB external hard drive connected via USB I pulled it from a windows pc to MacBook running MacOS High Sierra, I want to format the hard drive to a file system that should work with Windows, ...
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Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini only getting 250MB/s read and write

I have a Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini with dual 4TB drives in hardware RAID0 (the enclosure has a raid switcher). I have formatted the drive to APFS. I am connecting to a 2016 MBP w/TB using the ...
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Understanding Disk Utility: external drive returns I/O error but Disk Utility says it's OK

Having recently purchased Backblaze, I'm currently backing up to the cloud my 4TB WD external drive (7 months old). The backup process can run without problems for a few hours (ranging between 4 and ...
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Re-formatting a external Western Digital My Book drive

My new Western Digital My Book external drive will not erase to re format for my iMac. That is to say it starts but then goes no where. No green in the bar. What's up?
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Password Hash - External drive encrypted with Disk Utility

don't laugh, but I have encrypted my external drive and cannot remember the password. The good thing is, the password was really bad (only four digits), so I could get it with brute force. You don't ...
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Recovering folders in executable drive converted into 0 byte “Unix Executable” files

I had an, MS-DOS formatted external flash drive connected to my MacBook. It had bent a few files at the next. Most probably because of this, when I accidentally brushed my finger against it, it ...
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Mac and external HD permissions

I'm wondering if my HD gets stolen, and my current permissions are set to: User: R&W Staff: R&W Everyone: R only. Would anyone be able to plug it to a mac (it's a HFS+ partition) and just ...
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sparsebundle reverting to read-only

I have a wireless drive [WD My Passport Pro] and of course I want to encrypt it, but of course there's no way to encrypt the actual drive with FDE and still have it recognized by the Passport's ...
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Time Machine Backup via another Mac? [closed]

Since I have broken Permissions, which can't be fixed now, because my sudo is broken too, I want to create a Time Machine Backup. Now the problem: both of my USB-Ports are broken. After some research ...
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How to merge MBR mapped external drive partitions using macOS High Sierra?

Background: I got a new computer recently, a new MacBook Pro running High Sierra. My old computer was a 2011 MacBook Pro, and I used an external drive to back it up with Time Machine. The drive has ...
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Using bootcamp on an external drive - Can you run it on different mac computers?

If I were to use a portable ssd as the bootcamp partition, would I be able to use it on different mac computers?
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Corrupted USB Drive - Unable to Partition or Erase Disk

I am heavily struggling with a corrupted USB. The problem I am facing is that I can neither partition nor erase the Disk. The disk is empty and there is not partition created. I can also not find a ...
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USB Hard drive has very small chance of being recognized by Macbook Pro each time it is connected, but works with other machines

I have a WD "My Passport" 1TB external hard drive. It isn't recognized by my Macbook Pro (retina, 2013) or a friend's very similar model, but it works with every other machine I've tried, including ...
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Accidentally ejected External drive while downloading file, now having problems reading

I'm hoping someone can help! I recently downloaded a torrent directly onto an external hard drive, (using a 2009 MacBook Pro and 1TB Seagate Expansion portable Drive) somehow during the download the ...
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2011 iMac with Dead internal HDD. Possible to boot from an external disk?

My iMac HDD just gave up after making a loud clicking noise for several weeks. Since the internal HDD is dead, I want to use another disk, preferably an SSD. I do not want to go to a store at any ...
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Seagate expansion format for mac

I buy a new one. I am trying to format support for my mac air. I tried all the way by seeing some procedures showing on the youtube even no luck. I disk is appearing like this: Need help, please
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Finder displays wrong volume names, drive status (High Sierra)

My JetDrive volume is inexplicably showing as "Dropbox Installer" in the Finder. If I eject and re-mount it, the same. Also "TB Backup" is supposedly mounted, according to Disk Utility, but Finder ...
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After installing High Sierra can't mount external USB drive (TimeMachine), why not?

I installed High Sierra and now my iMac (27" 2011) can not see the external USB TimeMachine drive. The drive shows up in DiskUtil but it's greyed out. I can not mount it. In fact it doesn't respond ...
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USB Drives not showing up after Mac was sleeping

I am constantly encountering the following problem with my Mac(s). This has been happening with two different Macbook Pros (13" late 2011 and 13" 2017) with numerous MacOS versions, including the ...
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How to back up two internal hard drives using Time Machine?

I upgraded my macbook pro and have now two internal SSD drives (I removed the old drive and also the DVD drive). I have been using Time Machine to back up the 1st drive to an external drive, and I ...
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WD Passport not mounting

I copied a number of Adobe Premier Pro movie files and some mixed Pro Tools files onto a WD My Passport Slim from my Mac Pro in order to work on them on vacation. When I plug the external drive into ...
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Is there any danger to relaunching Finder while external drives are connected?

I tried to do a very large copy (2TB) by copy/paste to two external drives. It hung up on the "Preparing to copy" dialog. After about 20 hours of waiting, I cancelled and that also seems to hang. Can ...
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Shortcut Virus: What's the effect on a Mac?

I was at school when we tested a PowerPoint presentation on one of the school's laptops. Apparently, when we got home, many of my classmates told me that the laptop gave a "shortcut virus" on their ...
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Time Machine - “tmutil” syntax to inherit backup set for new drive

My iMac had an SSD startup drive (called SSD) and a 3TB internal hard drive (MacintoshHD) duplicating the SSD as well as containing the User folders and all data. MacintoshHD died last week. I ...
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Time Machine + PC backup to single external hard drive

Does "backing up" read/write data to a hard drive? I'd like to backup both my Mac (using Time Machine) & my PC to a single 3 TB Seagate external hard drive using the USB port on my wireless ...
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Stop iTerm2 from using disk (disk cannot be ejected)

How can stop iTerm2 from using the mounted disk I cd'd into? Sometimes, even when i cd out, it's still blocking the disk. I have to ⌘-Q the entire program which is very irritating. It's just idling ...
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Disk Unable to Mount

I've got this really old external drive which I store files from way back in college (~7yrs ago) in. Recently it has started acting up. I've tried a load of different option to reformat it (...
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Some external hard drives not recognised by mac

Running High Sierra. I used a Seagate external hard drive and a Verbatim hard drive for Time Machine backup. Suddenly they are both not recognised by the iMac. The power lights are on and the disks ...
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Mounting an External HD Accessible Through Finder

Good Afternoon All, I am attempting to mount an external hard drive using ext4fuse. I have installed ext4fuse using the following: brew tap homebrew/fuse brew install Caskroom/cask/osxfuse brew ...
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What is main difference in a portable external HDD and a regular external HDD?

I have an external 3 TB WD drive for backup. I think it is shot so I want to replace it. I don't need a portable drive but if they are more durable I'd like to get one. The cost difference between ...
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External drive with OS X 10.13.2 will not boot from USB 3.0 enclosure

I'm cutting and pasting from Apple's Community support site where I posted this issue today, rather than type it again, since the details are dense: My system, prior to 12/20/2017 was a MacBookPro9.2 ...
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help in writing script to mount external hard drives

Using: MacBookPro (Retina, 15-inch Mid 2015) macOS HighSierra V 10.13.2; Internal HD has 250GB. In order to save space in my HD-internal, I have 5 USB connected external disks which are for backups ...