Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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

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disk drive about full. Library folder has over 100 GB

I have an old iMac running High Sierra. I have an internak 250 GB drive and a 4 TB eternal hdd. My internal drive is about full. I was going to clear up some room but I noticed my library folder has ...
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Cannot use Disk Utility to create partition from free space on external USB drive

I have a 3 TB Western Digital red disk in a USB hard drive dock. The drive is GPT, and I have two volumes on it (one volume is "Microsoft Reserved", other volume is NTFS). The other part of my drive ...
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Can I have the iTunes index file in a different location than my media?

I currently use a mid-2012 MacBook Pro as my main laptop. I have replaced the HDD with an SSD and moved the HDD to the optical drive bay. I also have a pretty large iTunes library - ~250GB, 12,000 ...
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MacBook Pro “Core i5” 2.7 13" Early 2015 upgrade factory SSD with Intel 600p?

I researched this all over and it appears that the Intel 600p is the correct form factor/spec SSD, but I can't find any references to anybody using it to upgrade one of these MBPs. The only drives I ...
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Cannot unmount disk0 resource busy

I am unable to wipe my hard drive and install new OS X as the resource is busy. I would imagine this is because I have Recovery open on this disk and that's why it is busy. I've tried: diskutil ...
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Cannot write to boot disk, asks authentication

Problem Suddenly, after rebooting a Snow Leopard Mac Pro (2009), I cannot copy to the main disk, or even move one of its files, without having Mac OS X asking for authentication. Once I type the ...
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How do I recover free space from my logical volume group?

This question comes from this question: Cannot install bootcamp because of disk error, but disk utility says it's fine? I was advised to ask about the 296.6 GB of free space, but tbh I don't ...
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I have deleted a bunch of music from iTunes on my Macbook Pro, but am not gaining any free space

I am trying to clear off a lot of extra space on my hard drive. I started with about 90 gigs of music today when I had about 45 gigs of space left available. I just deleted almost 40 gigs worth of ...
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Could not read LR from frame at 0x0000700005dc3ca8

My MacBook locks up and shuts down. I have read numerous threads but haven't been able to get the info to fix this. I do get this error; Root disk errors: "Could not recover SATA HDD after 5 ...
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How do I copy an NTFS partition to a writable disk image?

I have a drive from an old Windows computer. The drive is now in an enclosure, so it's accessible as if it were an external drive. It is formatted as NTFS. I would like to convert this drive (about 50 ...
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WD external drive won't mount in OSX - partition map rebuild?

I have a WD Mybook Studio 500gb that will not mount. I've tried every possible option in Disk Utility and it see the drive (unlike finder), but won't mount the partition. I also tried plugging it in ...
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Will a standard MacBook Pro optical-bay HDD caddy fit a non-unibody MacBook Pro?

I have an early 2008 A1226 15" MacBook Pro Santa Rosa (ie non-unibody), and I want to put an HDD in the optical bay (replacing my original HDD with an SSD). There are caddies like this that might do ...
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Can damaged hard drive weaken Mac's security?

I heard that sometimes hard drive can get damaged (holding down the power button to force shut down, for example when system is completely frozen - it has happened once or twice for me, no idea why). ...
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Can't find 68GB local backup folder (regular backups on an external hard drive)

A few days ago my local hard drive shows 68 GB of backups. I regularly backup with time machine on an external disk and even after running a backup these file stayed. I tired using SupaView and ...
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How to Erase External USB Drive Which Won't Mount & Isn't Recognized

Before starting, let me mention that I have ALREADY read the following thread in its entirety, and it did not help my situation: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4832305?start=0&tstart=0 I ...
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Erase MacBook hard drive without OSX disc

I would like to erase everything on my Mac's hard drive as I'm going to recycle or sell it. Is there a way to do it without OSX disc?
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How do I change permissions of folders on a hard drive from a booted USB drive

I am trying to save my files on my Hard Drive that has a crashed OS. I created a Bootable USB with Ubuntu and successfully booted. I can see my folders, but I can't actually open them because I don't ...
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External disk - Unrecognized file system (-69846)

I have an external storage with 2TB that was working nicely. But since last week, when I unplugged the USB before eject it, the disk is not readable anymore. When I insert USB, I can actually see ...
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MacBook Pro disk utility - disk0s2 not mounted

I am trying to erase all data from my laptop and reinstall OS X before I trade in. I erased all data on Macintosh HD but now when I go to reinstall OS X there is no hard drive appearing when prompted ...
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Is there a way to recover a disk when FileVault is used?

I'm trying to restore a crashed hard drive. Using Softtote Data Recovery for Mac, I have recovered 8000+ files. I can't use any of them. Brainstorming with the user, he forgot that he has FileVault ...
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I'm planning to sell my laptop, and I need to know if I have my bases covered. Kindly confirm please?

I have a 13 inch MacBook Pro (10.5.8 OS X - I think it's called Leopard). I do NOT have the installation CD - so I cannot reinstall the OS and thus ensure that I have securely deleted everything from ...
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Single User Mode can´t repair my HD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are next steps when fsck reports “could not be repaired after 3 attempts”? Hi Guys I hope someone can save me!!! I´m so stupid that I don´t have a backup of my files and ...
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Adding a photo directly to iPhone disk

I tried to add a picture in the folder /User/Media/DCIM/100APPLE/ (the same as /private/var/mobile/DCIM/100APPLE/), but it doesn't show up in the Camera Roll. How can we make it appear? It's an ...
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Undo/Recover a quick formatted JHFS+ HDD drive

I just have made the biggest mistake in my life, accidentally format ~2TB of my personal data. Here is information about the Disk : 2TB HDD Drive : GUID Partition Map : OS X Extended (Journaled) : ...
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Replaced hard drive - trying to do a clean install of OS-X on 2011 Macbook Pro

I've seen plenty of how to's on how to upgrade if you have a working installation of OS-X, however I purchased this macbook used, it needed a hard drive and a keyboard. So I put a new hard drive in ...
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OS X Mavericks upgrade - disk/partition failure

I'm on OS X Lion on my Mac, I have downloaded OS X Mavericks and executed the upgrade. My Mac restarted and executed the upgrade process, but after a few minutes the update stopped because my OS disk ...
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EHD has 5 TB capacity but Finder only shows 600 GB

I have a Seagate 5TB external hard drive. Disk Utility shows 5TB, but when I click "Get Info," it only says 602 GB. How do I fix this? My Macbook runs on El Capitan. Thanks.
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Filesystem not showing correct size

I installed a new HDD and transferred my old data to it by using dd on my old HDD and then dd again to the new HDD. However, when booting from the new HDD, it does not recognize the new, larger disk ...
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How to recover lost partition after diskutil erasevolume noformat

I previously had 2 partitions on my 1TB hard drive... - Partition 1 (disk0s4): Macintosh HD (which had OS-X and all my data) - Partition 2 (disk0s2): Apple HD (which was a back-up partition) I erased ...
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Free space on hard drive going up and down too much

On my laptop with macOS Sierra 10.12.5 (but it was happening with previous versions of the OS too), I get pinged by the system that I have only a few GBs left, I clean up, reboot, go from 4 GB left to ...
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Can I put a 1TB HDD in my optical Bay

I have a 2011 17" Macbook pro with a 1TB HDD installed and running the latest OSX. I am looking at installing a SSD in the original HD bay for my OS and Programs and moving the 1TB drive to the ...
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Copy complete partition mapping

How do I copy the whole partition map for a drive 'cloned' with DD? Same size hard drive for input and output of DD. Device block size was 4096 Bytes on input disk, 512 Bytes on output disk. Filevault ...
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Seagate Backup Plus 5 TB became unresponsive after long period of use

I recently purchased a new Seagate Backup Plus 5TB for data use, because none of my drives are functioning properly. My old Seagate Expansion 2TB hard drive failed ("Unable to repair"); the Seagate ...
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Recover folder hierarchy, file names, file metadata from drive?

I'm posting this on AD because I'm using a Mac (Yosemite) to do the job. This is the situation: Friend 1 has a 600GB external HDD (FAT 32 formatted) that he has been using with Windows 7. With ...
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Can I delete the Apple_KernelCoreDump partition in High Sierra?

In MacOS High Sierra's Disk Utility, the partition is listed as Kernel Core Dump Storage (655MB). Its type is Apple_KernelCoreDump in the result of diskutil list. There is also a description, "You can ...
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Flashdrive stuck at 200 MB

I’m a Mac OS 10.11. I've tried to build a bootable images USB flashdrive on 2 of my flash drives, now I want use them as a storage again. I want to format them. But they seems to stuck in 200 MB ...
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I am trying to clone a 2TB drive that has mac os x 10.6.8 onto a smaller drive but dont know what I am doing

I have a Mac Pro that I cant install an OS onto at the moment because I do not have snow leopard. I do have a bootable 2TB Western Digital drive that comes from an identical Mac Pro that has 10.6.8 ...
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Need advice: should I open the back of a 2013 Retina MacBook Pro as a means to recover data?

A Late-2013 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina (MBPr) of mine was fried by a water spill and some very important data is on the hard drive. My most recent back up doesn't include this data. I know the ...
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SSD compatibility with adapter

A Sintech M.2 NGFF SSD 18Pin Adapter Card adapter was purchased for Macbook Air MacBookAir4,1 (11-inch, Mid 2011). It is unclear to me which of these drives is compatible: Amazon indicates that ...
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how do I create an ISO/CDR file from a hard disk?

Presently I am attempting to back up my whole computer's primary hard drive to an ISO file. When I attempt to do this using Disk Utility, I perform the following steps: Open disk utility and choose ...
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Nvidia MCP79 SATA controller caps link speed

Why is my SATA controller capping the link speed? This is what it says in my System Profiler under the Serial-ATA page: Vendor: NVidia Product: MCP79 AHCI Link Speed: ...
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Less RAM and an SSD vs. more RAM and an HDD?

This isn't a question about which part of my computer to upgrade. It's a question about what I should buy in my eventual new computer. I have an early 2011 13" MBP with a 500GB hard drive and an ...
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Cannot boot Mac Mini with striped RAID 0 set

Today we could not get one of our machines running with 10.9 and RAID 0 which stripes the data on the boot volume. After several hours of doing the 'standard' tasks like fixing permissions etc, we've ...
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Can't encrypt external hard drive

I'm trying to encrypt an external drive of mine using Apple's built in drive encryption tool into OS X through Finder. The drive is formatted as Mac OS Extended(Journaled) and I'm plugging the drive ...
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Replace Recovery HD with a “bootable drive” formatted partition?

A while ago, I had the idea to use the bootable Mac OS X USB drive-making procedure on a hard drive partition, so that I could basically have a version of the “Recovery HD” that doesn’t need to ...
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My system seems stuck on Optimize hard drive in FileVault

Just upgraded to Yosemite. Going through the process it asked about file vault. I said yes to encrypt it, so it started to optimize hard drive it seems to be stuck on 2 hours left....probably been 3 ...
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Hardrive will not mount after deleting Linux partition. Can’t boot into Mac OS X [duplicate]

I tried to delete a Linux partition on my hard drive. My hard drive was no longer bootable and the type turned into FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF. I tried to follow some of the other ...