Questions tagged [hard-drive]

A hard drive is a device for permanent or long-term storage in computers.

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Disks won't stay unmounted

When not using my 2019 MBP, I keep it in a back room plugged into a bank of backup drives. When I want to use it, I want to take it into the living room. So, I go and dismount any drives that aren't ...
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HDD keeps mounting as Read Only

I have a WesternDigital external(usb3) 5TB hdd that keeps mounting as readonly on the mac every time I reconnect it. The drive was formatted ExFat with diskUtil and is only about a month old. I've run ...
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Bootcamp Assistant giving errors and so is Disk Utility. Mac isn't allowing me to install Windows like I have before!

I have scoured the internet for a solution to finally be able to use Bootcamp but nothing at all has worked. I previously used BCA to install Windows 10 on my computer but after about a year or so, my ...
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After converting SSD to APFS MacBook 2016 doesn't boot anymore

Good morning, My MacBook 2016 with TouchBar doesn't boot anymore when going from its original Sierra to newer operating systems, e.g. High Sierra or Big Sur. One morning the computer just refused to ...
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Can't restore Mac from Timemachine on external drive

I am doing time machine of my 2 macbooks on one external drive. That drive has 2TB capacity and I have split it to 500GB for my 13 mac and 1.5TB for my 16 mac. 16x - partition for my 16 inch macbook ...
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Replacing MacBook's SSD with a new one - how to clone?

so I have a MacBook Pro, a new drive (NVMe SSD), PC, and portable USB HDD. The goal is to clone the MacBook's drive to a new drive (which cannot be attached to MacBook at the same time with the old ...
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Experiencing issues with saving documents and accessing user accounts after moving Home folder

Recently I had a larger (2 TB) secondary SATA SSD installed in my iMac (running Big Sur) in order to incorporate data from several external HDDs that are nearing the end of their effective lifespan. ...
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How to reclaim deleted MacOS partition or Container

So a little of background and I have doing research many page but have not found the solution yet. I tried out Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows 10 on my MacBook. Then I accidentally deleted the ...
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Slow transfer between two external drives

Copying data to a USB external drive is much slower than expected. I have a 6TB external RAID drive that holds my photos, and I'm trying to do an archive copy of this data to another external USB ...
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10.13 to Big Sur - HDD APFS System volume and HFS+ User Space

I want to install either 10.15 or Big Sur on a small APFS partiton on an internal 1 TB HDD in a Mac Mini. I've clean installed OSX and many other OSses before and am quite comfortable installing OSes. ...
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Problem with disk repair

I have HDD connected to my Mac which is formatted with HFS and I use for backups. I have noticed a problem while running fdisk and fsck_hfs: sudo fsck_hfs -rd /dev/disk1s1 Password: journal_replay(/...
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Where does Xcode install if macOS is installed on an external drive?

Normally Xcode can only be installed on the internal drive. However, it is possible to install macOS on an external drive. If macOS is installed on an external drive, will xCode still be installed on ...
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Internal SATA drive unmounts by itself

I have a 1TB SSD that was my boot drive in my now-dead MacBook Pro, and I need to recover some files from it and clone it. The idea is to have an exact copy on another HDD that I can clone back to ...
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How to uninstall DaisyDisk?

I followed some advice I found here for a replacement for Disk Inventory X OSX disk space shows 200GB as "other" I installed the DaisyDisk app and it worked very well, however now my machine ...
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Why is my Hard-Drive filling up quickly? [duplicate]

I am running macOS Catalina, on a 2017 MacBook Air Recently I moved the I-Movie Library off of my mac, and onto an External Hard Drive. So I checked My storage and it said 30 gigabytes free. Then 3 ...
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Copying greyed out files between drives

I am trying to copy data from an external NTFS drive to an exFAT drive. However, some files are greyed out and give me this error when I try to copy them: One or more items in “IMGP0029.AVI” can’t be ...
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Quickest way to “destroy” the contents of a drive?

Consider a drive protected with the latest iteration of Filevault. If I wanted to make the contents of the disk unrecoverable, I could of course do a security wipe of the entire drive - which would ...
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I have an external 1TB Seagate Harddrive but it shows that only 268MB is available. Why?

I tried to erase it with Disk Utility but unsuccessful. It still shows that only 268MB is available, while another utility program (balenaEtcher) used for writing image files, shows 1TB free space. ...
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Macbook: Other Storage Growing at Insane Rates [duplicate]

I have an Early 2015 Macbook Pro Retina running Big Sur 11.2.3 that has been acting up lately. Essentially my "Other" storage is growing at insane rates. After rebooting, I have 145GB free ...
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How to safely eject a volume when the icon has disappeared?

I was using an external hard drive and the icon has disappeared (the program used to mount the volume hung so I stopped the process with diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk3) - so now I do not know how to ...
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How can I backup old hard drives intact without Finder changing the “Date Modified” attribute inside each of the folders within the drive? [duplicate]

I currently have a lot of old hard drives I am trying to backup. I am backing them up onto a large external hard drive formatted to be HFS+. Each time I do the click and drag method of transferring ...
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automatically reconnect to network drive when it is present

I know how to connect to a network drive on startup via the accounts preference pane, but when I lose my network connection, I have to manually reconnect to the drive. How do I get MacOS to always ...
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What is nvme0n2 on MacBookPro13,1?

While trying to install (dual-boot) Pop!_OS 20.10 I found /dev/nvme0n2 of size 8KiB on my MacBookPro13,1 which made the live-installer of PopOS crash just before loading the partitioning page and the ...
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Cant seem to file share between cloned drives

Im running two macs on my home office setup; a 2010 Macbook Pro and a 2011 Mac Mini. Both have been upgraded in the past with Crucial SSDs and for each I used the Carbon Copy software to clone the ...
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Fixing damaged partition map. Couldn’t modify partition map. (-69874)

I am trying to fix my external hard disk but when I use first aid from disk utility, it throws an error: My Mac was able to read this hard disk till yesterday before I tried to force mount it using ...
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USB drive (Fat32) stuck on read-only. Unable to erase or partition

I bought a SanDisk USB drive about a month ago. It's currently formatted as MS-DOS (Fat32), and it's stuck on read-only and I'm not sure how to fix it. (and there is no physical switch on the usb) In ...
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Unable to access MacBook Pro as im not the Admin Accountant

My previous employers have gone into liquidation and no longer provide business or services. I have my work MacBook Pro which have not been requested to be returned. How can I remove the current Admin/...
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How To Change Time Machine Password - Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)

How may a Solid-state drive (SSD) Time Machine backup password be changed for a SSD formatted as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)"? Expected This is how a Time Machine backup password ...
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Which encryption algorithm do external hard drives use?

if external data carriers are encrypted via the Finder, which encryption do you use?
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I erased Macintosh HD in disk utility, now I can't reinstall macOS Big Sur

So I wanted to reset my 2019 Macbook Pro, so I used CMD + R and went to disk utility and erased Macintosh HD... I then went to reinstall MacOS Big Sur and I got about halfway through the ...
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How to bring back files that are deleted from trash? [without using external software]

I have an external hard drive that contained some folders and I had permanently deleted that by mistake. Is there any way I can get that folder back? MacOS Version: Catalina 10.15.5 Disk Drive: ...
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How to mount .sparsebundle on file server

This is not related to Time Machine. I am seeking a file storage solution where: Only I can access the files (e.g. not iCloud) The files are encrypted I can access the file wirelessly The closest I ...
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Error: -69519 when resizing partition of apfs container scheme

I am trying to resize the partition disk0s2 in my Mac. My diskutil list shows: /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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Include external drive in Time Machine backup: compatible formats?

I want to also back up my external drive to another Time Machine drive, but when I want to stop Time Machine from excluding it, I can't, since it's not clickable: I know the problem is, that it has ...
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How do I reset the snapshots of an APFS external drive?

In the past couple weeks, my time machine is complaining that it's not managed to complete a backup. It turns out it aren't able to create a snapshot in one of my external drives. Error message is ...
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Have raw pbundle data on drive, need it to be recognize as time machine

So I made a home-brewed linux / raspberry pi time machine more or less like this. I ended up with time machine data stored on an ext4 partition shared via samba that was successfully recognized and ...
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Reinstall MacOS or/vs Reformat?

My current install of Catalina has gone a bit wonky. Every other time I start it up it displays the circle with a line through it, so I do a hard restart and it will then boot into Catalina. I'm ...
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macOS BigSur keep booting from external backup disk (made with CCC)

My Mac is on BigSur and I am using Carbon Copy Cloner to create a one on one disk which is bootable also. I have this setup running for years now and never noticed any problems – also on BigSur it ...
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2016 13' MBP - No password accepted after a failed update. How could I possibly recover or get this data back?

FYI, I was at onetime a ACMT. So feel free to talk fast. I have MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016) that appears to have failed an update due to not having enough space. (I'll never understand why the ...
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Mac mini won't restart after erasure with Find My app

I recently had to erase my Mac mini (bought in 2019) using the Find My app on my iPhone. After I did, I switched on the Mac mini and tried to install macOS. However, when prompted to choose a start-up ...
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Seagate External Drive Won't Mount

I am very much a newbie here, but saw something on StackExchange that someone here might be able to help me with. I have a Seagate 2TB portable that I use as a backup drive for my 2017 Macbook. It was ...
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Install macOS onto external drive without rebooting

Do you know if there is a way to install macOS onto an external drive without having to reboot the computer or go into recovery mode? If this is not possible, is there a way to install macOS in ...
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How to open an external hard drive when its detected by Disk Utility but not in Finder?

I have a microSD card that is working on my dashcam. But not mac. (latest Big Sur) It's seeable in the Disk Utility but not in Finder. What should I do? Update: aab-MacBook-Pro-2:~ myname$ diskutil ...
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How to remove a Volume using Terminal?

A few weeks ago I mounted an external hard drive with a volume named "CJ 1TB" I ejected it and thought everything was fine, but my system (11.2.1) has not forgotten about it. When I run &...
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Restore from a Fusion Drive to a standard hard drive

I have an iMac with a built in Fusion Drive. I have switched to using an external Thunderbolt SSD as my boot disk, and I would now like to back up and wipe the internal Fusion Drive so that it can be ...
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Two different Containers after factory reset? Macintosh HD & Macintosh HD Data?

I wanted to start from scratch so I followed the guide that Apple has on their site. After rebooting and logging back in I saw that I have two different containers. Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD Data. ...
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How to get access to hidden folders from another Macintosh HD (Users/Applications)?

I need to back up the main Users folder, as well as all other data, from my main Mac (2013 13" MBP). I've gotten the dreaded UEFI-inspired flashing question mark, and tried running Disk Utility's ...
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GUID_partition_scheme not fully used after SSD clone

I cloned a 750Gb HDD to a 1Tb SSD. I can only access 750Gb on the SSD so 250Gb are wasted. How can I include (assimlate?) the remaining 250Gb so they're not wasted, or create an accessible partition (...
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Is it possible to encrypt an HFS+ disk in MacOS 11.2.1?

I use USB-connected, mechanical disk drives as Time Machine backup media. I have a lot of data. I encrypt them. They are all formatted as HFS+ . In this post, I use the expression HFS+ to mean "...
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Reinstalling Mac OSX Lion on Locked Disk

I have a 2011 vintage MacBook Pro which is not booting at all. It gets to the gray screen with Apple logo and does not move ahead from there. I pressed Command-R at bootup to enter the disk utility ...

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