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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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disk full - Mac OS won't boot

My friend has a problem getting Snow Leopard to run because the disk is completely full. I suggested getting into command line mode (CMD+S on boot) and delete some things, but it didn't work (nothing ...
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Hard Drive full errors when hard drive isn't full [duplicate]

I have a 1TB Hard Drive in my iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2019) runnnig Mojave. My hard drive is showing 19.5GB remaining but I cannot download anything as it says "Hard drive full". I tried emptying ...
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Copying 84 gigabyte file via USB results in duplicate file warning and case sensitive fail where no duplicate exists

I'm attempting to copy an 84 Gigabyte photo library from an external Case-sensitive Journaled HFS+ disk to a newly formatted case-insensitive APFS SSD. The external disk is in an external drive bay ...
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Hard drive full with 200GB of used space that I can't find

All of a sudden I've run out of space. On my 250GB hard drive, 236GB is used up with only 13GB free. I used Finder to find big files. Nothing significant. I used tools like Disk Inventory X, ...
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How to create a second partition on an external disk and is it safe?

I want to create a second a partition in my hard disk where one (about 900 GB) is used for Time Machine and another (100 GB) is used to store info like a thumb drive. I don't want any existing data ...
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Why do I have /Volumes/Storage Drive?

In Terminal, I noticed I have /Volumes/Storage Drive. On my mac, I have no drive named Storage Drive. Furthermore, no Storage Drive appears in Finder or Disk Utility. When I cd inside Storage Drive ...
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How to delete APFS Volume

I am trying to delete a volume and have one whole disk left, without volumes or partitions. I played around with partitioning and deleting multiple times and now it seems, I can't do anything. This ...
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Mac Hangs on boot, Macintosh HD partition intermittent failures

I have the following problem: My 2016 MacBook Pro (El Capitan) hangs on boot. The progress bar loads to near completion, after that it stops. The laptop heats up and eventually shuts down. What I ...
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Configuring SSD over-provisioning on Mac OSX

I'm in early investigation stages of adding a SSD drive to my MacPro. Fragmentation problems can lead to serious performance problems on an SSD. There are a couple answers to this problem: TRIM - ...
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Force mounting an external disk that is not recognized

I recently bought a 4 TB naked (no enclosure) external hard drive that I mount via a Newer Tech dock (the ones where you insert the naked drive like bread in a toaster) and is connected to my MacBook ...
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Cannot mount encrypted time machine drive after unmount

I have an 3TB external HDD with 2 partitions, one of them is 1TB dedicated to time machine (encrypted). It works perfectly, but whenever I unmount the partitions (by using right click, Eject via ...
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Boot menu shows non-existent boot drives [duplicate]

I used to run a Boot Camp partition on my Macbook Air (Early 2015, Catalina). When I didn't need it anymore I deleted the partition using Disk Utility. However, I noticed that when I boot up my ...
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DIY replacement of DVD drive with an SSD?

I have a late 2011 15" MacBook Pro. It has a 750 GB HDD and I'm about to upgrade the RAM from 2x4 GB to 2 x 8 GB. I am looking for do-it-yourself resources/guides to either (depending on difficulty): ...
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Bootcamp “Missing Operating System” on external drive

I've been using an external disk drive to use boot camp on my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012). It's 1TB, so recently I added a partition to store extra files on it (350GB for boot camp, 650GB for ...
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Macbook Air crashed and now won't boot, stuck at Apple logo with loading bar. Disk utility can't unmount the drive to repair

I have a Macbook Air that had what I think was a kernel panic the other day. What I have been told is that while the user was working, it crashed to a black screen with some info on it and then the ...
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Should I partition an external drive before or after using Time Machine?

If I partition my external drive into two parts, I'd like to be able to remove the partition at a later time in case I decide Time Machine should take up the whole disk. Similarly, if I'm using Time ...
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fsck_hfs invalid key length

The HDD is a brand new MyPassport WD 4Tb. I recently used it as my main backup and before I had the time to reformat another drive for a second backup (which means that some data on that drive are ...
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Recover accidentally reformatted encrypted drive

My external USB-HDD formatted in HFS+ (journaled) and encrypted was reformatted yesterday by accident to HFS+ (journaled) - but no encryption. The standard data rescue tools fail to find any of the ...
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imac 21.5 Core i3 mid 2010 - how many SATA ports available?

I've been looking to upgrade to an SSD. And I've read a couple of options: Swapping the mechanical drive for an SSD. Swapping the optical drive for an SSD. My question is, is there another SATA ...
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Error creating bootable USB

For two days my Mac has been "dead"; the hard drive crashed, so I reformatted (twice). I wanted to reinstall Mavericks via Recovery, but at the end of the process it shows nearly 1 million minutes ...
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How to repair encrypted disk image which suddenly stopped recognizing password

I was in the middle of remotely backing up to a mounted encrypted sparse bundle (using rsync) when the machine was rebooted. Since it was an orderly shutdown, presumably the image should have been ...
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Erase macbook hard drive without the use of the mouse

I want to sell my early 2015 macbook pro retina. It has an unknown issue where the mouse input isn't working properly and I can't click (when using either the trackpad or a USB mouse). I have got to ...
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50GB of disk space missing

On a 120GB SSD hard drive in a MacBook only 70GB are available. The missing 50GB are not even shown as free space. Here is what the output of Disk Utility looks like: As you can see on the first ...
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iMac 27“ Mid 2011 - Can‘t reinstall macOS

I‘m trying to reinstall macOS Sierra on my Mid 2011 iMac. I have a single 1 TB HDD and single partition called „OS X Base System“ that takes up 999.35 GB‘s. When I try to partition the Base Volume I ...
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Can I not share external hard drives through my Macbook's standard file sharing system?

I'm trying to share an external hard drive through lan file sharing (SMB). The sharing works for folders and file in my Macbook. I have set up a “Sharing” account that I give access to the files I ...
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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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Transfer SSD from MacBook Pro 2009 to MacBook Pro 2012

I'm upgrading from a MacBook Pro to a 2012 model. I installed a SSD drive on the 2009 unit. A few days ago, I got the black screen of death due to the logic board failing. I back up every 30 days ...
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How to read data from an unreadable drive formatted by a GoPro?

I formatted a 128 GB micro SD card from the factory in a National Geographic Explorer 4 4K 30 fps (a camera like a GoPro). It recorded video and I can play it back. On macOS Mojave 10.14.6, I get the ...
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Accessing unmountable APFS Volume on a disk image

I have run into trouble with APFS. I have an external hard drive (spinning plates) with two partitions. Some time ago one of these partitions stopped being mounted. Neither Disk Utility nor running ...
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Merge two APFS containers

I want to know if I can merge two APFS containers. I want to merge Untitled to mac, mac-Data container. If I click - button at the bottom, Untitled container is merged to Workspace. But this is not ...
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How do I fix hard disk “Error: -69845: File system verify or repair failed”

How can I resolve the Error: -69845: File system verify or repair failed error I'm getting when trying to verify my hard drive? So far these are the steps I've taken: In Terminal I ran: diskutil ...
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Unable to format / erase hard drive

I have an external HD that died on me a while ago and I'm trying to see if I can format / erase it to start using it again. The disk does not show up in Finder but I can see it in Disk Utility. When ...
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Does the “Put hard disks to sleep when possible.” option in macOS have any affect on SSD drives?

So, I completely understand the value of putting a hard disk (specifically) to sleep in some cases especially in the pre-SSD days of the past. It can save power, lower noise and such. But in the case ...
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Mac Pro install disk keeps ejecting itself

I am not that savvy with Macintosh computers so I can't figure out why the install disk keeps ejecting when I attempt to boot from disk by holding down the "C" button or the option button. It is not ...
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Transferring Catalina system drive to older Mac — possible?

I have have been running Catalina on my long-in-the-tooth Mid-2012 13" MBP. As I'm now getting a new work MBP, I wanted to give my wife this MBP, and take hers (pre-2012, and therefore can't install ...
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Resizing APFS container and partition

I was tring to increaze the size of the Windows 10 Boot Camp partition with Disk Utility but I made a mess. I decreased the Mac partition with Disk Utility which created a new partition. After that ...
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Uninitialised disk after erasing one partition on HDD

I have a 1 TB HDD and I had three partitions on it. Two partitions had data on them and one was empty. However, when I was trying to move some files to the empty partition, it gave the error "file ...
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How to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...
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Is there a way to format a MacBook hard drive from Windows?

I have an old mid-2008 MacBook, used to work fine until one day I decided to install CloudReady on it, it worked like garbage. I tried all the cmd+[whatever] options to get a boot menu and rollback ...
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Booting from an existing harddrive

I have bought a used MacBook Pro from 2009, but it did not include any installation DVD or hard drive, and I don't have another Mac. I have tried putting a linux SSD in, but that resulted in the disk ...
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Hard drive Ejects itself while running ddrescue

I don't know who to blame apple or ddrescue. So Sorry if this is in the wrong place! :) I have Macbook pro Intel core I7 running Maverick Failed 120Gb HDD (really old... more than 8 years I think) ...
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External drive won't eject cleanly

I have several external drives, all of which work fine, but recently purchased and backed up to a new drive (Samsung T5) which always fails to eject cleanly. Whenever I try to eject it, I'm asked: “...
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How to backup data from one external drive to another (one-way)

I have a 5TB external disk (WD My Book), which I use as my main hard drive. It is always connected via USB to my Mac. I've just bought another 5TB external disk (Seagate backup plus portable), where I ...
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Restoring Mac HD to a Single Volume

I had originally done a Bootcamp install in the past but had to uninstall it for unspecified reasons, which I mistakenly did so using the Disk Utility in Recovery Mode. However, I'm now stuck with an ...
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Bootcamp Partition Help - Container Disk issues? - Trying to get SSD to original state :)

I mistakenly erased my Bootcamp drive through Disk Utility, and now my partitions and SSD are partitioned incorrectly. Trying to get my SSD back to its original state - no partitions. data loss is not ...
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Used my external hard drive as backup and now I can't see files that were previously there

I wanted to save my data (around 150 Gb) on my external hard drive (Toshiba Canvio 1To), which already holds around 700 Gb of movies, old work, stuff that I don't use on an everyday basis. I used ...
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Trying to mount/fix/recover apfs volume(s) with corrupted size

I bought an external disk, and installed macOS on it on March 2019. My user home directory which I backed up from my old Mac is also in that. Since September, I cannot mount this disk on MacBook Pro. ...
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Seagate External Hard Drive locked, can only read not write

What Happened: I plugged in my Seagate backup hard drive today (not Time Machine) after a few months and my computer can read the drive but not write to it. Two obvious problems: 1) The drive is ...
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Is there an external SSD enclosure compatible with OWC Aura SSD?

I have bought an OWC Aura SSD that I have used to expand the memory of my previous Macbook. Now, for various reasons, I would like to use the Aura SSD as an external drive. Is there any enclosure ...
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Harddisk exchange from one MacBook Pro to another MacBook Pro with same configuration and model with different serial no

I am working as a system admin in a corporate company. Today I got one ticket from HR. HR is using MacBook Pro having a 100 GB harddisk. He needs to upgrade the harddisk from 100 to 500 GB. What I did ...