Questions tagged [fusion-drive]

Apple's branding of a tiered storage solution where an SSD and HDD are combined using core storage to appear as one fast and spacious drive.

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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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How to determine which files are on SSD on Fusion Drive?

My question is: How can i determine which files are on the SSD "partition" on Fusion Drive? I have an iMac with 1TB Fusion Drive, and it would be good to know which apps or data are on which ...
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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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I think I messed up the Fusion Drive on my 1TB iMac (with BootCamp)

this is a somewhat similar post to this one (Can't create partition on free space with Disk Utility) but not quite... It started with me creating a BootCamp partition (around 145 GB) for Windows ...
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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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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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DIY fusion Drive two identical volumes show up booting with option key?

I've succesfully built a fusiondrive on my late 2009 iMac (256Gb Samung830+2TB HDD). I set the size to 100%, so I have no recovery partion. However when I boot with the option key I get two identical ...
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Fusion Drive: free space on SSD

Is there a possibility to find out how much storage is free on a SSD of a Fusion Drive disk (SSD + HDD as a logical device)? The structure I use is this one here: $ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: ...
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Can I create a fusion drive with an HDD that already has a boot camp partition?

I'm planning to replace the optical drive in my MacBook Pro 9,1 (mid-2012, non-retina) with an SSD and make the two internal drives into a fusion drive, and I know that creating a boot camp partition ...
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How can I create an APFS fusion drive in Mojave using my SSD and HD?

Now that Mojave supports APFS in fusion drives, how can I create a fusion drive from scratch with my SSD and HD? I have a Mac Mini with an 128 GB SSD and a 1TB HD, already updated to Mojave and using ...
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Is there a way to rescue the contents of this messed up Fusion Drive?

I got a Mac in to support with a weird problem with a Fusion Drive. Basically it looks like this admins-iMac:~ admin$ diskutil corestorage list CoreStorage logical volume groups (1 found) | +-- ...
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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 install or port data to a Fusion / Hybrid / SSHD drive

I have a late 2012 Mac mini that came with a 500 GB HDD installed from the factory. It's almost full so I want to upgrade it to a 1 TB Fusion Drive, as the cost for a 1 TB SSD is still steep. The Mac ...
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Can OS X be installed on the ssd part of the fusion drive?

I am looking at purchasing a mac mini and need to decide on a storage option. I want either an ssd or the fusion drive however I am not sure whether OS X can be installed on the SSD part of the fusion ...
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Does this mean my fusion drive has split?

I've been getting the message that my Mac has run out of application memory. I've been trying to clear up some disk space, but some how it doesn't move free space up, in fact it decreased. Then I ...
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Fusion Drive constantly spinning up and down

I've got a 1TB Fusion Drive (with a Seagate 7200 rpm hard drive) in a Late 2013 27" iMac. While the iMac is asleep, the hard drive spins up and down every minute or so (without fail), creating an ...
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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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Why does Apple recommend a 2TB FD over a 1TB Fusion Drive for iMacs with 32GB of memory?

Under the 'Choose Storage' section on Apple's iMac configuration page there is a blue link titled 'How much storage is right for you? (Choose Storage) '. In that dialog it says: For the best ...
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The full size of the Fusion Drive is not available for repartitioning

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I've found so many similar questions but none that match mine exactly. I created a partion on my 2013 iMac in order to test out the Yosemite upgrade. I decided ...
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Boot Camp does not boot after disk cloning

I've got a MacBook5,1, and I replaced the CD drive with a SSD. Then, I made a "DIY fusion drive". Before doing it, I was using the regular setup, with Boot Camp. Then I put the SSD and made the Fusion ...
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Hard Drive I replaced still showing up in Disk Utility and as a Startup Disk

I have a late 2012 Mac Mini running macOS Sierra (10.12.6). It came with a 1TB fusion drive. I recently removed that drive to replace it with a 960GB SSD. All is working fine except for two issues. ...
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3 TB Fusion Drive missing space after unsuccessful Windows installation via Bootcamp

I have been trying to install Windows via Bootcamp on my iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017, 3 TB Fusion Drive; Mac OS 10.12.6) and messed up. Here are the steps taken so far: Ran Bootcamp and ...
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Can CCC clone a Fusion drive and restore it to a new SSD?

I have a 2012 Mac Mini with a 1TB Fusion drive. The noise of the spinning disk has been increasing lately and I want to replace it with a Crucial MX300 1TB SSD. Carbon Copy Cloner makes a complete ...
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Can't delete Logical Volume Group on Fusion drive

I have a 2014 iMac Retina running OS X Yosemite and a 3TB Fusion drive. I am attempting to restore it from a Time Machine backup, but when I try to do so, I get the error message, "The disk can't be ...
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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 not delete Free Space on iMac 5K: Partition doesn't appear in CS list

I recently tried to install a bootcamp instance of Win 8.1. The install failed for some reason (wasn't clear from the error message). This left me with an unaddressable partition. I erased that ...
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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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Selecting a SSD for Fusion Drive

My aging Early 2009 Macbook White is getting a bit long in the tooth, so after learning about Fusion Drive, I'm considering combining the existing 500GB HDD with a budget-to-medium-class SSD drive, ...
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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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how to prepare two SSDs after upgrade (merge to fusion drive or not, terminal commands)

I just upgraded the CPU of my 2015 27" Retina iMac and while I was in there I took out the 1TB HDD and replaced it with a 512GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Now I'm ready to set it all up, but I'm not sure ...
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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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FusionDrive seems to not use SSD

I'm trying to make a homebrew FD of 500GB HDD and 128GB SSD. I'm using Maverics 10.9.1 and MD101 MBP. What I did was: install HDD into superdrive bay install SSD into HDD compartment use diskutil cs ...
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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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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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diskutil fails to fix Fusion Drive

My iMac suddenly stopped booting, failing to mount the disk at boot. Running diskutil repair fails with this error: bash-3.2# diskutil repairVolume disk3 Started file system repair on disk3 ...
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Fusion Drive with SSD and HHD Hybrid Drive (e.g. Seagate Momentum XT 750 GB with 8 GB SSD): Good idea or plain nonsense?

I’ve seen numerous instructions on how to setup a Fusion Drive from your own SSD and HD, e.g. Can I make a DIY Fusion Drive? Very silly question: How would a Fusion Drive built from an SSD and a ...
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diskutil shows Macintosh HD is missing (with Recovery HD occupying the entire space)

So yesterday I managed to screw up my iMac 2012 (with Fusion Drive) by installing the Mac OS X 10.10.2 update... The installation stalled and when I tried to restore from an external drive using Time ...
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Does MacOS Support a Snapshot-Style Filesystem?

I would like to perform daily snapshots that I can revert to if someone: downloads Malware installs buggy software etc. Does such a thing exist? Is there a roadmap for it? I have a Fusion drive ...
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Upgrading to SSD on 2010 MBP

I have a mid-2010 MacBook Pro, which I want to upgrade with an SSD in the Optical Drive slot and create a Fusion Drive (using the Terminal diskutil command in Recovery Mode) and then re-install OS X ...
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Reuse an iMac's fusion drive?

I have a 2013 iMac with a broken logic board and display. It's too expensive to repair, but I'd like to salvage the fusion drive. If I put the drive in an external case will it work?
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Does a Boot Camped Windows alongside a Mac OS X partition profit from a Fusion drive like Mac OS X does?

While writing an answer to this question Should I defrag my SSD before creating a partition for Boot Camp? i wondered if a Boot Camped Windows profits from a Fusion drive like OS X on the same drive ...
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creating APFS fusion drive / conversion to APFS from HFS+ fusion drive fails - “you are trying to create an upside down Fusion”

I have 1TB Internal SSD and 512GB SD card in a SD slot. I can create a fusion drive in HFS+ format, and the drive was running fine on my previous El Capitan system. Now that I upgraded my system to ...
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Is encrypting then deleting the same as securely erasing?

So, recent versions of macOS no longer offer the option to Empty Trash Securely. From what I am reading here and here it seems the general consensus is that it is now best to encrypt files and then ...
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Replace Hard Drive in iMac with Fusion

We have a Late 2012 iMac in the shop that needs the 3TB hard drive replaced. Turns out this model has a Fusion drive with an SSD that is on the backside of the logic board. The drive has been swapped ...
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Messed up my 1TB Fusion drive on my iMac with Disk Utility

Soooo something bad happened recently with my 1 TB Fusion drive on my 5K late 2015 iMac. I was creating a new 100 GB partition on my disk. So while the disk utility was busy scanning etc (doing its ...
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Hard-Drive Storage size issues after partition Disk Utility

I wanted to create a partition on my iMac for Windows to be able to play Windows games. I have used Disk Utility to create a 20GB partition on my 1,12TB Fusion drive. This caused a problem on my ...