Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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2TB Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive not appearing in Disk Utility

I know this has been asked before but I wanted some help ASAP so recently my Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive was working fine, then all of a sudden it stopped working while I was copying some JPEGs to ...
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Other Volumes issue after a crash/reinstall… Is there any way to recover the data in the Other Volumes?

I had my mac crash last month, and I did a reinstall... But I guess I didn't delete the old volumes first. Now I have most of my internal drive is "Other Volumes". 1) Is there any way to access that ...
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Plugged in hard drive externally and it doesn't show up in Disk Utility but is visible on another computer

My hard drive recently died and I had it replaced on my mid-2010 Macbook Pro (15). The hard drive, when plugged in with a SATA/USB connector does seem to power the 2.5 HDD (the light on the cable is ...
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Missing disk space after failed bootcamp partition

So a bootcamp installation failed and now I'm out 400gb of space on my drive. I have looked and found solutions but unfortunately I don't have the sufficient know-how to apply them to my situations. ...
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Accidentially broke a header - but do I really need to worry?

I was upgrading the memory, SSD and optical drive (modded a blu-ray drive with the original upper shell from the SuperDrive) in a MacBook 2010 White Polycarbonate a1342 when I realized that one of the ...
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Time Machine: copying backup to new disk never ends and goes beyond initial folder size

I am trying since several days to transfer a Time Machine backup to a new larger disk (target disk). I followed Apple Support instructions and formatted the target disk as "Journaled HFS+". But when ...
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macOS not installing properly on A1502 Macbook 13 inch

I'm trying to install macOS Catalina on a new SSD and the hard drive is showing up in my installation however, once the installation is about to complete the computer restarts and goes back to ...
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RAID member needs to be deleted, not showing up in terminal

The drive is 500 GB. Could it be anything besides a messed up connector or something? I've tried multiple SATA connectors. I type diskutil list and get this: /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: ...
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How to use a 2 TB external hard drive containing existing data as TimeMachine backup storage without losing data already on it?

I have an 2 TB external hard drive. It is formatted as NTFS format, supported by ntfs-3g which is installed using Homebrew. There is already about 500 GB data existing on it that I need to keep. I now ...
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How to claim free disk space in APFS after deletion of huge amount of files? [duplicate]

Given: Macbook pro 13 Inch with MacOS 10.15.1 (Catalina), 500 GB SSD built in. Hard drive had 34 GB of free disk space according to diskutil and df -h. Wanted: Reclaim free disk space. What I did: ...
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How Can I Delete Some Disk Images in My Recovery Partition? [duplicate]

When I updated my mid-2011 MacBook Air from Sierra to High Sierra last year I had some installation issues... which resulted in creating at least 2, maybe 3 disk images in my recovery drive. I have ...
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Need to connect multiple 3.5" hard drives to the Thunderbolt port of a 2012 iMac

I have a 2012 iMac that I'm currently using as a file server. I need to connect several 3.5" hard drives to it, and its USB 3 ports are currently used up with other devices. So what I'd like to do is ...
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iMac 27" Mid 2011 — fan issues when removing internal HDD?

My iMac’s internal HDD has died. No big thing, as it was not used anyways. The iMac came with an SSD and HDD from the factory and I’m fine with using the SSD only. (note: this was the pre “Fusion ...
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How to install Ubuntu on original APFS Mac SSD?

I have a 2015 MacBook Pro 12,1 and I replaced the original 128GB SSD with an OWC Aura X2 1TB SSD. I was able to put the original 128GB SSD in an enclosure that they provide. I would like to use this ...
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Partition Map Check failed because no slices were found - External Drive

I have a WD My Passport external drive which is giving me the runaround. Yesterday I unplugged it from a Windows PC I was using without 'safely removing' because there was no icon in the system tray ...
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How to create a disk image from an APFS volume?

I have an APFS encrypted 1TB SSD that I pulled from my now-dead MacBook Pro. I placed the drive into a USB dock and can mount it fine after entering the disk password. I cannot, however, take an ...
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How to move my files to iCloud drive without using my local disk space?

I have a Mac running Mojave and got into a situation where I don't know how to solve: My 512Gb SSD disk is divided into 2 partitions (200Gb and 300Gb each): The first partition is where the OS ...
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Double Erased my 64GB flash drive, but failed both. How to fully erase it again and make it work?

TL;DR I formatted an USB drive on my AndroidTV which failed, and am now trying to fix it from my Mac. Right now I can see the drive in diskutil list but it neither shows up in Finder nor in Disk Util. ...