Questions tagged [external-disk]

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

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Very slow Intel 660p 2 TB M.2 in Icybox enclosure

So, i´ve installed an Intel 660p 2 TB M.2 drive into this enclosure. The speed has been good for a while, but it seemed to slow down a lot when i had about 150 GB left on the drive. Speed is down to ...
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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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Under Catalina, should I use HFS+ or APFS when symlinking media folders to external drive

As I'm planning to install an SSD into my iMac with smaller capacity than the internal Fusion Drive its replacing, I will need to symlink my Movies, Music and Pictures folders to an external mains ...
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Is a sparsebundle backup incompatible with making a direct backup at a later date?

I had a backup system set up several years for my desktop Mac and MBP using Time Machine and 2 Seagate portable drives directly attached to the desktop with the MBP backing up wirelessly. So I ended ...
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Cannot access external drive [duplicate]

I have a seagate 2013 or 2014 external hard drive which has been working fine up until yesterday. The drive wont appear anywhere on my mac- not on desktop, finder, disk utility wont ever finish ...
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🚫when booting from usb drive

I have a boot hard drive from an old Mac and a new Mac. I want to boot the new Mac from the old Mac's boot disk (preferably without having to take the new Mac appart) So I attach it via USB, ...
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Apple iPad USB stick showing “External: open dir error, path = / ”

Greetings dear community. I bought a 128 USB stick for my Gilrfriend's Mac which works solely with an app called LUV-Share. The USB was brand new and was supposed to store HD movies, which are above ...
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Folder on external, NTFS formated, drive empty after mounty and fstab changes

I have Mojave installed on Mac and an external NTFS formatted hard drive. a) tried to get writing permission via the terminal sudo nano /etc/fstab LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse b) installed ...
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External SSD not visible to MacPro

Strange one this. I have a new bare SSD I'm trying to add to my system. When installed in the enclosure I have set aside for this drive it will not show up on my system. To confirm the enclosure is ...
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Recover files from a “working” external hard drive

I have an external hard drive with some backup files in it. Today I moved a folder with some Flac files and one jpg from the external HD to my iMac HD. When I tried and open the Flac files on the Mac, ...
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External Hard Drive not recognized after using it in Windows

I have a HFS external hard drive. I wanted to transfer a large file to my brother so I made him install the Paragon HFS+ program to be able to read it. During the process something happened and the ...
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How can I use my iPod touch as an external disk?

I have a 2nd generation iPod touch (8GB), but I don't know how to make it work as an external disk. I think I saw a checkbox somewhere but I can't find it anymore. I've searched the Web, but the way ...
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WD External Drive shows empty in Finder, won't unmount or repair unless unplugged

Symptoms: after coming back from sleep, the external WD drives show empty in Finder. But if you look at the info, it reports the used capacity correctly. Disk Utillity First Aid will fail to check it. ...
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New MacBook with USB-C does not recognize an older DVD drive via USB to USB-C adapter

I just got a new MacBook and a QGeeM adapter between USB and USB-C. Trying to connect an older Apple DVD drive that has the usual USB connector. The new MacBook doesn't recognize that a device has ...
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Auto-mount of the contained disk-image, when the external disk is mounted

I have one external SSD drive that automatically mounts a partition Backup. Inside Backup there is a sparse-bundle disk image called TimeMachine. Backup is not mounted to /Volume but to a specific ...
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User permissions on volume drive

Connecting to my wireless volume external HD, there are 2 users listed for it, myself & "everyone". I have read/write access as admin, but "everyone" has "no access", and I can't change this. I'm ...
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“ignore ownership on this volume” missing on network folder

I have been moving files successfully from a HD USB-connected to my computer, to a new HD connected wirelessly via my modem/router for about a week, and am close to finishing. However, randomly my ...
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How can I install large Apps from App Store on and external disk

I can't download extremely large games, because App Store says there's "not enough space to install the product." This is not unexpected, but I do have a USB-C 2TB SSD always connected and I'd like ...
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Mount volume over a not-previously-existing folder

mount always requires an existing folder path as destination mounting directory. But on macOS the /Volumes folder doesn't have most od the mountpoints and they are created at plug/mount time. What ...
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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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Forgot password for external hard drive

I have an external hdd. I set a password on it to access it. However, now I forgot my password for that drive. Is there any possibility if I could somehow find that password from mac os x log file. I ...
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Backing up an iPhone without the use of a cloud service or a computer

I will soon lead a lifestyle where I'll be required to travel a lot, and at the same time I've decided to ditch (or at least just phase out using) my computers (both Windows and Mac). I will be using ...
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Can I repurpose a 2TB Time Capsule as an external drive?

I have an old Time Capsule, 2TB, Model A1355. Does any way exist to repurpose the device as just an external hard drive? If possible, I'd like to: store my music library on the Time Capsule then ...
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Remove external drive from Time Machine

I bought an external drive several months ago but I haven't used it heavily until now. I discovered today that I forgot to exclude it from Time Machine, and so when I started adding tons of files to ...
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Stop macOS from ejecting external disks on logout

I have a Mac Mini running 10.14.6 and hosting file sharing and Time Machine backups on an external drive. Every time a user logs out of the console, the external drive is ejected. This happens even ...
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External USB3 hard drive has suddenly become slow

The machine is a mid-2012 MacMini that operates as a server (colocated in a remote data center). The MacMini has an external USB hard drive to provide backup storage (WD Elements Portable 2TB, USB ...
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LaCie external disk setup assistant immediately quits unexpectedly on Mac OS X 10.7

In order to upgrade the operating system on my old 2011 MacBook Air running macOS 10.7, I first wanted to back up the contents of the hard drive to an external disk. I already had a fresh, unused ...
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Restoring MBP with macOS that is installed on an external hard drive

A work colleague many many years ago helped me with this setup. I don't know what all he did, I just know it has worked perfectly for years. He connected an external hard drive to my Mid-2015 MBP ...
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Partition won't mount, can't recover files

The partition in question (disk5s3) was previously in Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and has become unmounted. The other partition on the same external hard drive (Time Machine) is not affected. In Disk ...
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Connect an external SSD (USB Type-C) to Mac Mini (mid 2011)?

I have a Mac mini (Mid 2011) and I want to use an external SSD (Samsung Portable SSD T5) with it. Now the problem is that Mac mini (Mid 2011) only has: Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps) (not ...
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How to make APFS option available in disk utility? [duplicate]

I want to reformat an external harddisk For some reasons there is no option of APFS. How can I enbale APFS for an external harddisk? Here is the detail of the external harddisk My Passport 0837: ...
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MediaKit reports bad partition or no map found (-5324)

I am trying to recover an external drive (Western Digital, MyPassport, 4TB, WDBYFT0040BBK-0A) formatted in HFS+. /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME ...
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External hard drive deep freezing Macs

A quite nice problem: I have an external USB 2.0 harddrive (Lacie Starck with 512GB) which was working fine during the last years. But now everytime I connect it to a Mac 3 seconds later a total crash ...
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Sometimes Mac doesn't recognize my external hard drive

This question has been asked on here many times before but I cannot find a solution that actually works. Macbook Pro: 2015 MacOS 10.14.6 External Hard Drive: Seagate 4TB (2 TB partitions) (No ...
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MacOS Catalina: How to move the pictures folder to an external drive

How can I move my Pictures folder (users/me/Pictures) to an external flash drive (volumes/"SD UltraFit 256GB (Fotos)") using MacOS Catalina and "link" the new folder back to its original destination. ...
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Why does the finder refuse to eject SOME of the external drives, saying “finder is using it”? [duplicate]

Some of my external drives (of various types, sizes, and age) can be ejected w/o any issue. Others refuse, saying they can't be ejected because "Finder is using it". I have to close the Finder window ...
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Start/stop external hard drive? [duplicate]

I need to start/stop an external hard drive (USB) from a shell or python script. Actually the external hard drive automatically stops when ejected. So, is it possible to programmatically eject / start ...
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Does the Transcend JetDrive Lite 360 fit on iMac? [closed]

Transcend JetDrive 360 is a nice option to expand storage on mbp 15" Mid 2015. I'm wondering if it can be used on iMac also, can someone confirm? Or somewhere else besides mbp 2015.
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Can I fusion an external Hard Drive with the integrated hard drive on a macbook?

I'm a newbie here and i'm trying to save as much space on my hard disk as possible. I purchased an external hard drive and I was wondering if I can fusion it somehow with the internal disk on my ...
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Trying to recover data from an external RAID drive

I have a 1 TB Western Digital external hard drive that is old but works fine, I also have a 4 TB WD RAID (2 x 2 TB hard drives in one casing) that stopped working which I'm trying to recover. I must ...
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diskutil not showing a particular external hard disk drive

I am facing an odd problem. I have a WD Elements 2TB external hard disk drive, which used to work fine on my MacBook Air running macOS Catalina 10.15.3. The HDD has 4 partitions - one for time machine,...
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iTunes Library - Help with transition to new computer - Backup Catch 22

Situation: Old version of iTunes Old version of Windows Operating System. Cannot backup library because I cannot access my account without updating iTunes and iTunes will not update until I update my ...
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Mailbox set as read-only when symlinking from an external storage

I have multiple mailboxes and I want to save space by moving some of them in an external storage. I'd like to still be able to view the email using Mail.app even if said mailbox is now located in an ...
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Repairing Mac SSD from Windows when HFS/APFS viewers don't work

My friend's 2015 13" MacBook Pro had water spilled on it, and no longer works. I want to extract the files contained for him. I removed the SSD from the Mac, and connected it to my Windows 10 laptop ...
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Please help: Win7 on external FireWire drive results in “No bootable device - insert boot disk…” error

I'm trying to get Win7 working from an external FireWire drive (Macbook pro mid 2009, OSX El Capitan). I've tried the two tutorials below; the installation seems smooth either way and mac recognizes ...
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How do you clone an internal drive to an external one, and why?

I am trying to fix my hard drive so that it can be formatted as APFS. Another Stack Exchange post suggests I must do the following: Full clone of internal drive to external drive using ...
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How to rename an external hard drive in Mac OS X?

I have 2 external hard drives supplied by the same vendor. They both have the same name. Using them with the mac is problematic when they have the same name. Time Machine, for example, tries to back ...
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How can I find out the IO throughput of an external storage device connected to a MBP?

In 'Disk' of Activity Monitor' I can only see the aggregate numbers However I want a way to measure an individual connected device. Reason: I have recently purchased a Sandisk SSD drive and used it ...
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How to move time-machine backups to a new external disk?

My 4TB external hard drive has 2x2TB volumes. I use one of these for time-machine backups. I have ~6 months of backups on here. The drive is beginning to die so I want to transfer the data from each ...
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Recommended disk format for external SSD running as system drive for a 2019 iMac

I'm setting up a new 2019 iMac with an internal Fusion drive. I have an external 1TB Samsung T5 SSD drive that I'd like to use velcroed to the back of the iMac as the main system drive in order to ...

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