Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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

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How to allow an internal disk to sleep on 10.13

I have an internal disk which is noisy and seldom used. With previous versions of OSX I was able to spin it down by using diskutil eject, but with the latest High Sierra 10.13.4, after a few seconds ...
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External Hard drives not available after sleep

Not finding this question answered anywhere: Recently upgraded to OS10.12 on my iMac. I have 2 LaCie external hard drives attached via USB. As long as the hard drives are awake (spinning, blue light ...
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Folder with nothing in it is still using up space

I have a folder with absolutely nothing in it. Zero. I made sure there was no hidden files in it, by typing "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES." into my terminal. There is ...
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Disable USB Write Caching by default

Is it possible to change OS X's USB filesystem mount behaviour to use the noasync flag to disable write caching? The aim here is to allow USB devices to be safely removed without eject or hdiutil ...
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Time Machine and case-sensitive HFS

Time Machine defaults to formatting a new drive to Journaled HFS+ (case-sensitive), if you set up the drive from within Time Machine itself. However, my main drive (the one Time Machine will be ...
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Can't mount encrypted HFS volume

I have an external hard drive that is partitioned as a single encrypted HFS+ volume. Here's what's going on: The volume won't mount, Disk Utility won't repair it. diskutil cs list says: However: ...
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No space left on device while 50gb is available

I have a problem with my free space. macOS started to run slow, all apps reports that there is no space of device, while I have a lot. From System Information: Available: 53,51 GB (53 506 232 320 ...
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Is my system disk damaged?

Recently I couldn't get my Mac (bought in April - 2009) to boot. The hard disk was quite full and honestly speaking I kept ignoring a number of warnings from OS X to 'free up some space'. I have been ...
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Can I enable AHCI mode of the SATA controller when booting to Windows on a MacBook with Nvidia chipset?

Is there a way to enable AHCI mode under Windows on a Macbook5,2 (white) on N-Force 730i chipset? If you want to just say 'no', please put it in the comments instead. Thanks. Advanced Host Controller ...
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Looking for OpenSource Cleaning / cache deleting application for Mac

In the times of small SSD harddisks, I was looking for an open source software to delete caches and other space wasters like logs, unused application remains and such on Mac OSX, and all over the web ...
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Can't erase hard drive or install new OS onto 2007 iMac

I've tried most things i've read online to try to fix this issues to no avail but I'll explain exactly what's happening. I think I accidentally deleted the EFI partition from my Mac which is the ...
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Accidentally overwrote encrypted external drive (Mac OS)

So I was rushed (and being careless) and accidentally copied about 80 MB of a Raspberry PI image (SD card formatted extfs) over my external USB drive (4TB) that was formatted and encrypted (using Disk ...
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Free Space Differs Between DiskUtility, Finder, TimeMachine, and Storage Tab

The actual question: Time machine calculates the size of my backup as 925GB, while diskUtility shows only 858GB is used, while OmniDiskSweeper and GrandPerspective apps show that I am only using ~...
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How often does the Recovery Volume mount itself?

From my understanding about the new APFS System for macOS High Sierra, the Recovery partition disk1s3 will shortly mount and unmount itself to check for updates in the background. Ive noticed from ...
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APFS - Other volumes in container problem

I ran into issues with my Macbook Pro running High Sierra 10.13.4. The problem is that Other volumes in container metric are showing over 176 GB of space taken and I am not able to reclaim it back. I ...
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kernel_task writes huge amounts of data to disk (> 1TB) - how to diagnose?

My MacBook (2016 with TouchBar) running macOS 10.13 has a 512GB SSD. Looking at the activity monitor after a couple of weeks of uptime (most of it spent in standby), kernel_task shows 1.43TB (!) of ...
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macOS El Captain missing disk space on Fusion drive on iMac, missing contents for GPT partition

I was formatting my Fusion drive of 3 TB and unfortunately it seems 1 TB is missing. I tried to search the answer on this forum and found some relevant answers here but my situation is bit different ...
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As High Sierra does now support 512 byte block sizes, are Samsung 960 NVMe SSD fit in a Macbook pro retina 15 mid-2015 with a Sintech adapter?

I know that there is already some topics on this forum about that but I didn't find a clear answer or if someone have tested it since then. Do MacBooks support NVMe SSD drives via the use of a ...
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Directory is not recognised on macOS but works well on Ubuntu and Windows

I have a removable hard drive in NTFS format that is connected to macbook pro through usb. For some reason finder doesn't show one of the directories. First I thought that I removed it by mistake, ...
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External Hard Drive Corrupted, Invalid Record Count

I have an external hard drive that I unplugged without safely ejecting and now it won't mount. I can see it if I write diskutil list, but when I try to mount it fails. It is a WD My Passport Ultra. ...
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Connecting FAT32 USB Flash Drive on Sierra

I currently own a 32 GB SanDisk flash drive with a FAT32 file system. It's been reliable for years, and on my MacBook Air 2013, I've never had any issues with it. However, I am unable to connect it to ...
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Recovering Corrupted Partition Table on Time Machine HD

I had a loss of power while I was restoring some data from a Time Machine backup. When I brought the computer back up, my 4TB drive was unusable, with OS X prompting me with a dialog that stated 'The ...
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How do I prevent OS X from immediately trying to mount unlocked drive / prompt for password?

Due to a hard disconnect of my encrypted external hard drive, it seems my HFS+ partition has become corrupted. Every time I unlock my hard drive, OS X tries to mount it silently in the background and ...
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Drive disappears from `diskutil list` about 35 seconds after showing up

When I plug in my 1TB 2.5" SATA drive to my MacBook Air Mid-2013 Mac OS Sierra 10.12.5 machine, the drive never shows up in Disk Utility. However, the disk does show up in diskutil list, along with ...
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External USB3 hard disk not mounting (10.11.6)

I have an external USB3 hard disk which used be my Time Machine backup drive. It is not mounting in Finder, but is showing up if I diskutil list. It sounds like it wants to mount - in fact, it sounds ...
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macOS Sierra won't install and complains on the disk

After downloading and running the installer, I met with the problem when the installer is asking "Select the disk where you want to install macOS". My default OS X disk which runs El Capitan normally ...
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How can I repair hdd using Disk Utility if First Aid options (Repair, Verify) are all greyed out?

Would really appreciate any help in fixing an external drive so can use with my Mac again. I had a power loss & when computer rebooted it was unable to see the attached Freecom 320Gig Hdd (FAT32 ...
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Finder reports error code -36 when copying some files

I have a 4.6GB file on my hard drive. Today when I tried to copy it to another machine through network, I got the following error message from Finder halfway through the copy: The Finder can't ...
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Unable to install OS X Lion on Macbook Pro's new internal HDD

The model I'm working with is a Macbook Pro A1278, Early 2011 design. This belongs to a friend, whose current drive, a 500GB SATA III which came with the laptop, was shown to be in poor health, having ...
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Loading Any USB Flash Drive onto an iOS Device

I have a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive with 32 GB storage on it, and would like to view its contents on my iPhone. I have seen flash drives that are made particularly for iOS devices and have ...
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Are repeated FileVault-related harddrive problems a signal that I have greater hard drive problems?

I found a great answer in the forums for an incorrect block count/invalid free block count problem that Disk Utility diagnosed when logged in but couldn't see in Recovery HD mode. Turning off ...
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Missing hard disk space

I'm trying to figure out where my missing hard disk space is going. I'm using du and df from the command line and there seems to be a clear discrepancy. So here's the du output: $ sudo du -h -d 1 / ...
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Mac Mini 2013 wakes immediately after sleep when USB drive plugged in

I have a 2013 mac mini running osx 10.9.3. I used to be able to send the machine to sleep by going to the apple in the menubar and choosing sleep. After a recent update, when I do this the displays ...
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Raid two external hard-drives with read/write support on Windows & OS X

I have a USB 3 HDD enclosure that currently has two 1TB drives in it. I am looking at buying another external USB 3 HDD drive (not an enclosure). I am currently running the external enclosure with the ...
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How do I write-protect a partition of a USB drive on OSX that can work cross-platform?

I bought a bunch of USB sticks that I want to give as a gift to friends and clients, with some files on them. I'd like to have the files non-erasable (though I realise they can format the drive, I ...
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Macintosh HD missing after failed catalog btree rebuilding

There is an I/O error in the hard disk in my MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion and as I start it up, a progress bar fills up and then it shuts down on its own. I attempted to recover the files in ...
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Customize external HDD spindown timeout?

It's possible to enable spinning down of mechanical hard drives using the "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" option in Energy Saver, and it's possible to customize the timeout period with sudo ...
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Is my HDD throughput normal?

I am a musician, and was finding my 2011 iMac was getting sluggish with more complex tracks. It was topping out the CPU so I bought a second hand 2015 iMac with a much more powerful CPU. I am finding ...
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Can't add shared drive as Time Machine drive

I have a Mac Mini on my network with an external hard drive mounted on it. I use this external drive for Time Machine for a couple computers. All was well until today, when I got a new Mac Mini. I ...
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Large amount of disk used by “System”. Time machine not to blame. What's taking up so much space?

So, I found a number of threads related to System files on Macs taking up to much space, and it seems for most people they are related to Time Machine snap shots. However, when I run sudo tmutil ...
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MBP mid 14 won't boot post kernel panic? Frozen on Apple logo

Suspect: Macbook Pro Mid 2014 13" Retina on macOS High Sierra Symptoms: suddenly frozen under normal usage (Chrome browsing), similar to a kernel panic, Shut down by holding the power button. Not ...
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Help! Have I Messed Up My Fusion Drive?

Last week my late 2012 iMac was running slow and generally not working well, I erased the hard drive to reinstall a fresh copy of Mac OS but somehow messed up the erase (Reading online I think the ...
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Moving hard drive to another laptop. (similar model)

I am trying to take the hard drive from a Macbook Pro 13-inch Mid 2012 (Model Identifier: MacBookPro9,2) and put this hard drive into a Macbook Pro 13-inch Early 2011 (Model Identifier: MacBookPro8,1)....
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Why do I have 2 drives with the same used space?

this is a weird one. I just bought a 2nd hand macbook retina and turns out that when I re-installed macOS, the storage dialog showed up a 2nd drive. The very first thought was that the main drive is a ...
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Replaced SSD won't boot

I have cloned the HDD from an old MBP (Early 2011) to a Kingston A400 SSD. When booting from USB it all works fine, however once installed internally when booting it shows a no entry sign 🚫 (I assume ...
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Bootcamp - can't save Windows support software, not enough space on available disk

So I keep getting the above error at the following step, Downloading windows support software - OK Partitioning disk - OK Copying windows files - OK Saving windows support software - ERROR I have ...
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Accidentally deleted disk, how to restore data?

While installing bootcamp I accidentally deleted (clean) the entire disk, now my entire data is gone. I saved it as it was in an image on an external disk. Disk utility won't mount the file and even ...
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Mid 2015 retina MacBook Pro: Startup slow after SSD Upgrade

I've recently upgraded my Mid 2015 retina MacBook Pro's original 500 GB SSD to a 2 TB Samsung EVO 970 NVMe M.2 coupled with a recent model Sintech SSD adaptor. I am running macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. ...
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HFS external drive aways mount read-only

I am having a problem with an external HFS+ USB drive on a MacBook Pro running High Sierra: When I plug the drive into the computer, it gets automatically mounted as read-only. I have to manually ...
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Recovery Volume mounted in `/Volumes` after checking for updates

From my understanding, with the new APFS system for macOS, the Recovery volume mounts itself briefly when it checks for updates; however the Recovery Volume on my MacBook Air is still mounted in /...