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Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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

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Which filesystems support symbolic links?

I'm copying a big archive of files from a Linux host to an external USB hard drive, that will then plug into a macOS host. The copy should preserve the archive's many symbolic links (ln -s). What ...
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Macbook disk space show as used photos library space that is stored in an external SD

I have moved my photo library into an external SD card and now that library is configured as the system photo library. The problem is that my Macbook shows that the hard drive is still using an ...
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Stress testing a hard drive with lots of random reads and writes

I would like to stress test a hard drive with a long series of random reads and writes for a specified length of time, but I'm not sure how I can do it on macOS. I'm specifically interested in random ...
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Trying to do an un-bootable image disk backup on a re-formatted 1TB WD Passport external hard drive

I am running macOS sierra on a mid 2012 MacBook Pro, and just recently came across a problem where I can no longer bypass login and got stuck on a loading screen before it eventually goes to a black ...
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Empty AssetsV2 folder in Finder

I was doing some snooping around in the Finder on my mac and found that there is an empty folder titled "AssetsV2"(https://i.imgur.com/ohxkTp6.png). Im unsure of the direct path but it's found by ...
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Empty Drive from update?

Had a user come back from summer break and boot his iMac. Jamf shows that it last checked-in early June. It boots to the recovery partition and Disk Utility shows the drive as empty. It may have had a ...
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What is an OEM SSD for Macbook Pro

I have a Macbook Pro 13" Retina Display (Early 2015). I only have 128 GB of storage. I'm thinking of upgrading it. I've seen a lot of articles about purchasing OWC or Trascend's drives; however, I ...
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Change Partition size on internal AFPS drive

A month or so ago, I added a new partition to my 500 GB SSD drive so I could have MacOS Mojave on a separate partition. After adding the new partition, I was left with two logical volumes that were ...
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Finder Running Slow When Running Big Folders

I have a late 2012, 27 inch iMac, with a 3TB fusion drive and 32GB of RAM. I'm only using around 650GB of my Hard Drive's storage and rarely, if ever, push the limits of my RAM. I also keep my files ...
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What's an SSD and does it help speed up a Mac?

I see where someone recommended an SSD to help speed up a Mac mini but I do not know what an SSD is. What's an SSD and what does it do?
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Tried to install boot camp and now can’t get into my Mac OS hard drive

So I installed boot camp and then couldn’t get windows to boot. So I ran a program called “gdisk” which I must have given the wrong instructions to. Now I can’t access my Mac OS hard drive, but it ...
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Transferring hard drive from an old to a new MacBook Pro?

I have this Macbook Pro which has been working grand other than a terrible Logic Board issue. So I’m jumping ship and wanting to set up a new, refurbished mid 2012 MacBook Pro. How can I transfer my ...
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What is the unit of `Power_On_Hours` in `smartctl`?

Macbook Pro, OS: 10.13.6 (17G65) 9 days ago, my smartctl's output: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE 1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f ...
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VM volume showing up in /Volumes

I notice that if i run a first-aid scan in the Disk Utility app on what's known as "Container disk1", it shows a mounted volume called "VM". To my understanding, VM stands for "VirtualMemory" and its ...
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Remove all partitions and volumes

Trying to merge all my partitions and volumes so I only have the one big one like you would on a fresh macbook pro. I managed to merge a few partitions that were around that I made when I first tried ...
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How to edit files on/copy to an NFTS external hard drive? [duplicate]

I've got a WD MyBook external hard drive formatted in NTFS with files on it. How can I edit files already on it as well as paste files to it? I've installing Mounty and when I try to re-mount it read-...
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Mac book pro 10.13.6 clean install on a year or two old machine

I want to remove the "remote disk" not just from the side bar. I found on this site that from the terminal sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.NetworkBrowser EnableODiskBrowsing -bool ...
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Applescript to turn HDDs off during day, and back on at night

I figure I should ask my first question, I'm curious to see how an Applescript could control my HDD that my TimeMachine is backed-up on to un-mount during the day, and back on before the scheduled ...
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Can I use a Seagate SSHD in my iMac and if so, how do I load OSX (High Sierra) onto it

I'm looking to upgrade my iMac 14.2 (late 2013) by swapping out the existing HDD with a Seagate SSHD Hybrid drive, along with adding another 8Gb memory. I've done a similar upgrade on my daughter's ...
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Stop macOS from accessing external drive at night

I have Mac Mini Mid 2011 with macOS 10.13.5 with a data drive. When I wake up at night, the drive is running. I ran fs_usage and was surprised to find macOS accessing the drive a lot. How do I stop ...
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macOS - External drives doesn't show up in Finder

External hard disks and pen drives connected via USB no longer show up in Finder. What could be the possible reason, and how do I resolve this issue?
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Unknown partitions in diskutil

When I run the command diskutil list, I get the following output: I was shocked to see that there was a partition on my internal drive called Linux Filesystem. I would appreciate it if someone could ...
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How to know what is causing high CPU?

Here is the problem. Pages is causing me a High CPU but one of two things may be causing it: Pages is using memory, computing something or moving/searching stuff on memory. Pages is using the disk. ...
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Could it be possible to have a nonfunctioning ribbon cable but still be able to access files from the drive?

My question is posed at its most brief in bold below. However I was having trouble making it brief. I will edit it as more follow up discussion develops. I have mid 2012 Mac that is not booting. I ...
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Recovery Volume mounts & stays mounted in /Volumes/ in Finder after a restart?

Ive noticed twice now that after i restart my computer i get the Recovery Volume mounted in /Volumes/ without entering terminal commands to mount it like normal. The way i know its mounted and stays ...
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How do I build a partition table from scratch without destroying data on the rest of the disk?

I'm helping a friend attempt to recover 250 GB of pictures from an external drive. The drive originally was a Western Digital "My Book" The drive just stopped. Push the power button, nothing happens. ...
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How to always keep a local copy of documents/folder in iCloud?

I'm now using iCloud on OSX 10.12. Many folders and files (for example on my Desktop, etc.) are no more physically present on my hard drive, they have been pushed to the cloud. I have two questions. ...
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Moving Applications to External drive

My computer is an iMac running High Sierra 10.13.6 and my internal SSD is about full. To free up space I've decided to move my Applications to an external HDD with 2 Gigs. I know I can't move the ...
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new 2tb hd not useable

I have a new hard drive which I can't seem to access correctly. It is a 2TB lacie drive and when I connect it I only see ~400MB. This is the output from fdisk: What is wrong and how can I proceed?
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One-mac household, corrupted hard drive, too old for internet recovery

Long story short, a rusty trusty 2009 iMac is in need of saving. I got a bit overeager with partitioning in my youth, and whilst recently trying to undo the damage I managed to make the HDD ...
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2009 iMac harddrive getting error 36 and not mounting properly

I have the hard drive out of a 2009 iMac. It's inside an enclosure and I'm trying to move the entire hard drive over to a new external drive. The hard drive mounted, but then I realized I hadn't ...
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External HD not showing up in Finder

I have an external hard drive, been working perfect as an extra backup. Now all of a sudden I cant see the content in Finder. I can't eject it and it's greyed out in Disk Utility. Any idea what I can ...
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Netgear R6220 + WD Elements to use as Time Machine

I want to use a new drive I obtained on sale as a networked Time Machine drive, but I am having difficulty configuring it to do so. I had thought (and perhaps I am wrong) that I could format my new ...
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Hard drive is corrupted. Trying to fix it with a PC

Test disk managed to fix the partition type but I'm still getting these errors. How can I fix this? I'm not sure if it's bootable yet I have to go to my friend's place for the machine.
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rsync only user directories on old Time Machine drive?

I have an old Time Machine drive that was tied to a couple of different home computers from several years ago. It's no longer used as a TM drive. I'm trying to grab all of the non-hidden, non-...
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Question mark folder on startup, how can I recover?

I have a problem with the iMac 27 2012 .. At startup the folder tag appears Then when you go to Recovery mode and go to disk utility the internal disk is not found so I can’t format or reinstall ...
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External HDD not properly recognized

Today I connected my external HDD (WD elements) to my MBP and it was not recognised properly. The disk has two partitions, one an NTFS partition with some files and the other a Veracrypt partition. ...
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macOS High sierra size constantly changing

I think this question has been asked here before but I got to isolate the problem. I've been having problems with my macbook pro from a few days now. Suddenly I had no space left in my hard drive, and ...
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Huge system file size CloudDocs

Im on a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) running 10.13.5 (Latest High Sierra ) Here is a screenshot of my storage tab : As you can see the system takes quite a lot of space. After using an app called ...
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MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2010 Update Firmware to read APFS hard drive?

Good day everyone, I have a 15" MacBook Pro Mid 2010. It's working well with the current hard drive (El Capitan). However when we swapped in our SSD (High Sierra) and booted, it gave the blinking ...
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Encrypt backups on encrypted APFS drive for Time Machine backup?

I have a 1 TB internal drive (with APFS file system and FileVault enabled) I want to backup using Time Machine to an external USB hard drive. I want the backup itself encrypted so no one who has the ...
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SuperDuper - how to restore a backup?

I have working, bootable backup on external drive called "SuperDuper" and my internal drive where I want it restored is "Macintosh HD". I just reinstalled MacOS to make sure it is not a software ...
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How to fix my external hard drive after connecting it to a pc? Possible USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 problem?

I bought an external hard drive, connected it to my MacBook, put some stuff on it, connected it to a pc, tried to transfer video files to a friend (pc owner), spinning wheel of death, friend pulls out ...
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Failed to verify installESG.dmg on install mountain lion

Have a mid 2012 Macbook pro that last week wasn't able to find the drive to boot from (just saw the folder with a question mark on booting). When I opened disk utilities from macOS utilities the disk ...
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'Other Volumes' storage increases after deleting secondary volumes

Long story short: ive noticed each time i create a secondary volume and removed it after some testing, the storage labeled 'Other Volumes' in the Disk Utility app has increased each time by half a ...
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Is it possible to access files on an internally mounted hard drive with an incompatible OS?

Test: Hard drive is plugged into 2007 Macbook, Snow Leopard I need to access files -- not boot to macOS. It's plugged internally, as it was attempted externally but '...was consuming too much power ...
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Factory reset halfway through filevault decryption?

I am selling my MacBook Pro and was reading through what to do before factory resetting the Mac. One of the recommended steps was turning off FileVault, but now I want to reset the hard drive and ...
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Find corrupted files/folder?

My iMac, running macOS 10.12.6, was* acting slow and at least one application isn't working properly. I believe the issue is the hard drive, possibly corrupted files. I rebooted into recovery mode and ...
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Something prevents me from reaching no space left on iPod

I want to reach the disk space limit of my iPod touch to handle the 'no space left' condition in my app. In order to do that, I've been sending big files to fill the space of the disk. I send the ...
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How to mount disc from RAID 1 OS 10.11.6?

My NAS RAID 1 disappear :/ Crappy Unitek Y-3357 I think that one drive is healthy but ...is there any way to mount the disc and recover data ?