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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Is it possible to use diskutil to manipulate the read/write buffer of the SSD portion of the fusion drive?

Has anyone been able to use diskutil to manipulate the Core Storage LVM into increasing the size of the read/write buffer of the SSD? Currently the Fusion Drive keeps 4 GB free for new reads/writes. ...
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Encrypted hard-drive I can't reformat in Disk Utility

I have an external HDD I wish to reform (erase) so I can put inside my MBP and make a DIY fusion drive. I've done the fusion drive before but Apple made me remove it for a logic board replacement. ...
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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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Fusion Drive with missing partition

Initially my Fusion drive (1TB data disk + 240 GB SSD) consisted of a single partition where it was installed El Capitan, then I split the fusion drive into two partitions, the second partition I ...
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Dual-booting a Linux distribution on a Mac with Fusion Drive

I'd like to install a Linux distribution alongside OS X on my 2014 5k iMac with a 3TB Fusion Drive (128GB SSD + 3TB HDD). Most guides about dual-booting Linux I've found focus on regular partitioning,...
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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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Boot camp does not boot after El Capitan update

I have a 2008 Macbook 5,1 (aluminium unibody). I had Bootcamp on it. Then, I replaced the DVD with a SSD and made a DIY fusion drive. It was working properly until this year's May, when I cloned the "...
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Lost a Fusion drive boot disk

i can see my Fusion Drive disks (ssd+hdd) in Terminal: But i lost it in the boot and cant boot MAC OS. (please see album with photos on http://imgur.com/a/N5zY2 ) I cant repair my system, when i ...
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Deleted all partitions on Fusion Drive. Don't know how to recover

I'm kind of a novice here, and I think I got in over my head. I was trying to do a clean install of El Capitan on my 5K iMac. It has a 1TB Fusion drive. I booted from a USB drive, entered Disk ...
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How to remove windows partition without having to erase the other one?

I have an imac late 2013 with a fusion drive. I've created a windows 10 partition and I'd like to delete it. I tried with bootcamp and disk utility but as you've probably heard before, it came up with ...
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Why can I only have 2 partitions on my 3TB Apple Fusion Drive?

According to Apple, I can only have 2 partitions on my 3 TB Fusion Drive. I do not understand why. Techtool Pro made an eDrive, their emergency boot drive, and Apple made their Recovery HD. It ...
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Does my late 2012 iMac 21" support fusion drives?

Back in June 2013 I bought an 21" iMac with a standard 1TB HDD. By now OWC offers upgrades for these machines in the form of an SSD expansion board, which can be used to form a fusion drive with the ...
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Broken fusion drive - SSD size is 0B and 'No CoreStorage logical volume groups found'

Some context first: I have late 2012 iMac 27" with 1TB fusion drive. Some time ago, for whatever reason, the SSD drive became visible in Disk Utility. I happily used the drive for Yosemite and ...
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Random freezes during work (Fusion Drive not removed correctly?)

I have a Macbook Pro 13" late 2011 and ever since I've replaced DVD-reader for an SSD my notebook started freezing sometimes. It happens suddenly, for no reason whatsoever and I can only move mouse ...
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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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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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Can I replace the HDD in a Fusion Drive?

I'm thinking about buying a refurbished iMac that has a 1 Tb fusion drive. Is it possible to replace the stock HDD with a 3 Tb drive?
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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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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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Fusion Drive seems to be messed up

I felt that my iMac late 2012 became pretty slow, above all after login. Now when I look into disk utility, it seems that my disk doesn't behave as Fusion Drive any more: An output from terminal: ➜ ...
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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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How do i get full capacity from Fusion drive on vmWare ESXi 6.0 Mac Mini 7,1

I managed to install the free vmWare ESXi 6.0 hypervisor on a Mac Mini 7,1. It's running rather nicely from a USB memory. The mini has a 2TB Fusion drive. My problem is that i can only get the 106 GB ...
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Should I create a Fusion Drive before or after downgrade (from Yosemite to Mavericks)?

I bought a used Mac Mini late 2012 with installed Yosemite and two drives: SSD 128 GB and HDD 500 GB. I want to create a Fusion Drive and downgrade to Mavericks via bootable USB flash drive. What ...
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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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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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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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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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RAM Disk Fusion Drive?

I've recently started reading up on RAM disks, and they really do sound like they could boost a computer's speed. However, I was wondering if there was a way to go even further and make a RAM disk one ...
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Fix a DIY Fusion Drive

A few weeks ago, I took out my early 2011 13-inch MBP's optical drive, put my 500GB HDD in the optical drive area, put a 120GB SSD where the HDD used to live, and made a DIY Fusion Drive according to ...
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Fusion drive upgrade: how to get my installation back afterwards?

I'm planning an upgrade of my iMac 27". An SSD will be added and combined with the existing HDD into a Fusion Drive. I have just reinstalled everything recently and like to keep this installation. My ...
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Upgrade to Yosemite with two hard drives in iMac

I'm running 10.9.5 on an iMac, where I have two hard drives (SSD + HDD) and Superdrive installed. The way the disks are mounted is not conventional: /dev/disk0s2 on / (hfs, local, journaled) devfs on ...
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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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Double Fusion Drive Volume in Startup Menu after DIY Drive Fusion

After replacing the SuperDrive in my MacBook Pro I copied the Recovery HD to a USB stick and booted from it. Then I ran diskutil cs create MacintoshFusionDrive /dev/disk0 /dev/disk1 (SSD, HDD), ...
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Make an external DIY Fusion Drive

Last year, I created a Fusion Drive in my 13" MB (2008) by replacing the optical drive with a SSD and link it with the internal HDD by some terminal-magic from a computer magazine. It worked like a ...
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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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Can I upgrade the size of my Fusion Drive from 1TB to 3TB?

I bought a new iMac last summer and went with the 1TB Fusion drive. It works well, but is already full. Is it possible to upgrade the size of the fusion drive myself? Can I buy a 3TB internal drive ...
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RAID 0 On 21.5" iMac Late-2012

I am about to get my fusion drive upgraded to a 256gb SSD on my Late-2012 21.5" iMac that I got from work (don't worry I have a company upgrading it, and yes they know its a Late-2012 iMac). When ...
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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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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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Rebuilding Fusion Drive

I have a Fusion Drive (10.9.1) with a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The 1TB HDD has started making noises and has reported SMART errors. It is apparent that it will fail any day. I have Time Machine ...
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Fusion Drive, Bootcamp and FileVault - with working Recovery HD?

since I experimented a lot on this issue without coming to a solution, I hope someone else could help me with it. I've got currently running a setup with those partitions: Fusion Drive (Mavericks) ...
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New iMac (mid 2013) storage options

I recently purchased a maxed out iMac: NVIDIAGeForceGTX780M 4GB GDDR5 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM-2X4GB (upgrading to 32GB myself) 256GB Flash Storage ...and I'm ...
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FusionDrive + Encrypted CoreStorage Volume - Problems writing to volume

Has anyone had experience with encrypted (home made!) FusionDrive volumes and intermittent failure of writes to this disk? I'm on a Late 2011 MBP 13" with (currently) 4 GB RAM, a 128 GB SSD and a 750 ...
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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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Is Mac Mini's Fusion drive useful if I mostly use windows 8 through Bootcamp?

I am considering of buying a Mac Mini with a 1TB Fusion Drive. However I will rarely use OSX (except for iPhone application development) and will mostly be running Windows 8 through Bootcamp. In this ...
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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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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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Fusion-drive on OS 10.7

I have a new iMac, but I need to revert back to OS10.7 for software compatibility issues at work. Will the fusion-drive function properly?
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Fix fusion drive partition mess from bootcamp assistant

I have a self made fusion drive on a 2009 iMac using a 256gb ssd and a 3tb hard drive. After the 10.8.3 update yesterday I tried to create a bootcamp partition but unfortunately it failed after hours. ...
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How do I troubleshoot appalling write performance on DIY Fusion Drive? [closed]

I recently bought a 120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 and stuck in my 2009 Macbook White, together with a optibay-adapter for the old 500 GB HDD and configured them as a corestorage "fusion drive" by using the ...