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

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The SSD not showing up correctly in diskutil in recovery

I’ve deleted my Macintosh HD partition and don't know what to do, because the free space isn't showing up in the graphic interface of diskutil.
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After disconnecting my external hard disk (WD Elements) from High Sierra and connecting it to Ventura it didn't work

I used my external disk on my Sierra device. When I was done, I disconnected it from the Eject feature and set it aside. A few weeks later I installed it on my Ventura. It can see my external disk but ...
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Restore IMac(Late 2015 - 17,1) from Time Machine gets stuck on HD reformat

I tried to update my late 2015 IMac (27" I7 - IMac 17,1) to the latest MacOS version it will support - Monterey. The upgrade failed, leaving my OS in an unbootable state. I am trying to restore ...
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Will it make a difference if I buy a fast SSD disk for time machine?

Since Sonoma, waiting for Time Machine to finish is a hell. It takes 2 to 4 hours to make a simple incremental hour backup. I've read that Apple throttles down the backup process. I have typed this at ...
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How to free up miscalculating Storage on MacOS that occupies 90GB of my MacOS

I have just reinstalled my MBP on Sonoma but I cannot install any software because of the insufficient storage error. However, the Storage setting shows I still have plenty of space but the Disk ...
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How to debug slow harddrive read/write speed on Mac?

I have been using multiple units of WD 5TB external hard drive with my macOS 10.13.6 on a 2018 MacBook Pro 15-inch. I realised that it is almost always the case that read/write speeds drop when the ...
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Time machine drive wiped?

I backed up an old laptop via Time Machine to an SSD ~1 year ago. Now, I'm trying to browse/restore the files on that SSD, but when I connect the SSD to my current (OSX) laptop, it is not recognized ...
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Cloning 14in Macbook Pro M1 Pro => 13in Macbook Air M2

I'll be traveling for the next few months and have got the chance to swap out my machine from a (IMO quite weighty) 2022 MacBook Pro 14in (M1 Pro) to a new 13in MacBook Air M2. I'm a bit short on time ...
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External HDD doesn't show up in finder/disk utility, but shows up in System Information

I have a HDD that's corrupted. I don't know what caused the corruption, but it's definitely corrupted (it makes strange sounds when plugged in). When I plug it in to my mac via USB-C, it does not show ...
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Booting from a SATA case crashes various operating systems

After installing Windows on an external drive, it crashes when connecting via a SATA case. (Crashes when booting Windows, Linux, and macOS). The installation was based on the answer from Drivers not ...
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MacBook Pro crashes when plugging in external HD

Every time I plug my WD My Book Duo, my MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, MacOS 13.6.1 (22G313)) crashes. I don't think there's an issue with the WD tower; I think there's something wrong with the HDD ...
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How to turn off encryption on previously encrypted HFS+ drive?

The drive mounts as PlexMedia_1 at 18TB. I have another drive that mounts as PlexMedia_2 that is 6TB. I am unclear why the Name field is populated with PlexMedia_2 and not sure how to correct that. /...
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Recovery of APFS volume on external disk accidentally erased by Time Machine configuration on macOS Catalina

Long story short: adding an APFS volume located on an USB disk to Catalina TimeMachine configuration leaded to start erasing not only the volume but the whole disk. I disconnected the disk during ...
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Disk recovery: Error: -69461: Unable to get VEK info for an APFS Volume which is marked as encrypted in the IOKit Registry

I'm trying to recover the contents of a backup disk. It is an encrypted APFS volume with 3 containers. The disk itself is probably okay - SMART reports no problems, and a quick 2 minute disk scan ...
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Is the hard drive data recoverable from this MacBook with extreme battery damage?

My friend's laptop almost literally blew up while charging. There is extensive battery damage -- see attached photos below. Is it possible to recover the hard drive? And/or should they put pressure on ...
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MacBook mid 2012 MacOS Catalina GPT configuration messed up

I had Tripple Boot configured on my MacBook Pro mid 2012 sharing the same 240GB Sata SSD drive in the following order: APFS MacOS Boot Camp Windows Linux POP OS EFI partition or something. I used ...
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Trouble with Read-Only Access on Time Machine Drive and Transferring Snapshots to another drive

I have an external encrypted HDD that I previously used for Time Machine backups. I want to transfer the backup snapshots to another disk, but I'm unable to copy the files from it. Although I have ...
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Accessing 'Other Users'

When I look at 'About this Mac/Storage' nearly half of my hard disk (120GB) is taken by 'Other Users'. I am the only person using this MacBook (OSX 12.6.5) and I have no memory of creating any other ...
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How to eject physical external NVME Thunderbolt enclosure on M1 Mac so it doesn't show in diskutil list / Disk Utilities?

I have an external NVME enclosure with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 4 connection (Acasis TBU405 M1 Pro) with a Samsung 980 Pro 2TB installed, connected to the M1 Mac Mini (2020) Thunderbolt port, running Sonoma ...
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Im tryiing to install mac os on my macbook air m2

I have been trying to install mac os ventura on my mac m2 air from 3days Im geting error in the last 9min and i check the installer logs there are error
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Using utilities how can I format a GPT disk without an EFI

I have 8 disks in a RAID. They are 4TB each so can not be formatted with MBR or APM. The EFI takes up 200MB on each of the 8 disks so 1600 MB for no purpose is wasted. I have tried using diskutil ...
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What is eating my disk space? [duplicate]

I have a 2020 MacBook Air with – theoretically – a 1TB solid-state drive. The Finder says I have only 64.4G free; Storage in System Settings says 935.2G is used, 411.6 of which is "System Data&...
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Resize first partition on MacBook Pro M2, having two partitions with each MacOSX installed

I'm having a MacBook Pro with M2 chip from the company I work for. It is allowed to use the device with a separate OS installed on it. That's why I currently have two partitions, each with another ...
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iMac 2011 10.13.6 High Sierra

Just upgraded HDD to SSD Everything booted fine and recovery mode has opened However before installing the SSD i've made it a bootable device with clean Install HighSierra app so i don't have to rely ...
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Using CCC 6, should I choose "Macintosh HD" or just my "Users/myusername" folder as source?

I just bought a new Mac Mini M1 running Ventura 13.6 (22G120) and want to setup Carbon Copy Cloner 6 to backup my computer to an external drive. My destination is a folder within said drive (as I have ...
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Can one copy some applications from one volume to another on the same iMac(Ventura)?

I have a 2015 iMac with an internal hard drive and an external SSD drive attached permanently to it. I would like to copy some Applications from one drive to another instead of re-installing. I wonder ...
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Recover files from mac in recovery mode - apfs missing

I'm trying to recover files from my mom's mac that is not working. It's a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). Trying to boot it up results in the folder with a question mark. Trying to boot ...
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What is the correct model/type SSD for an old MacBook Pro 13-inch Early 2011?

My uncle has the following MacBook Pro, it according with About This Mac MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Memory 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
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How to change Home Folder from Remote to default local path?

H, dear all i need help question about how to configure my home folder path on Macbook into default local path cause i just see that my home folder is shown that it's Remote Alias i have no idea about ...
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Can I utilize T2 hardware based encryption for external SSD drive?

Or should I preferably get external SSD which contains hardware based encryption baked in? Why asking, because there are drives with and without hardware based encryption. For the latter if I could ...
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Windows 11 keeps redoing intallation steps on VMware

I have a Macbook pro 2019 with Intel core i7. I have successfully installed Linux using VMware. The location of that VM is on a LaCie hard drive. I'm now trying to install Windows 11. I have done it ...
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How to recover "free space" on a Late 2013 iMac Fusion Drive after failed Boot Camp Windows installation? [duplicate]

In my fleet of older Macs, I have a Late 2013 27" iMac fitted with a 3 TB Fusion Drive running macOS 10.15.7 Catalina. I was using Boot Camp to install Windows 10 Pro, when the Windows installer ...
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df reports strange inode info

On my external hard disk I did a df /Volumes/HD_INTENSO and got Filesystem 512-blocks Used Available Capacity iused ifree %iused Mounted on /dev/disk3s1 1953038208 425524480 1527513728 22%...
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Merging free space back with main partition [duplicate]

I created a partition for Linux that I do not need anymore. I deleted that partition and now am left with this free space. Am I able to merge this back into my main storage? diskutil list disk0 /dev/...
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Mac won't mount a new disk when formatted to APFS, but will when formatted to Mac OS Extended

I have 2 new Samsung 4TB SSDs. I am trying to format them as APFS as for me speed is of upmost importance. When I do so, initially everything seems fine, however after ejecting the drive it will never ...
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White screen - MacBook 15” early 2011

I have a MacBook Pro 15" early 2011. It has been slow and full since a long time so I decided to upgrade it with a Samsung 870EVO 2.5 SATA SSD. Since then, I can't access anything. I can't boot ...
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Cannot boot Mac OS via USB (created via M1 chip) on 2012 MacBook Air, freezes for a while and then just ignores it

I am trying to revive my old 2012 MacBook Air (Model A1465) to use an older version of MacOS for a program that could only run on MacOS High Sierra or earlier. Luckily the Mac comes with a ...
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Applications folder refers to file that don't exist

I have a corrupt hard disk I am looking at through Recovery Mode. I initially wanted to just create a tar of the disk on a backup and call it good. When trying to do so, tar started failing because of ...
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Is it possible somehow recover HD on a MacBook Pro 2015? FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF Partition type [duplicate]

I tried to play with Ubuntu as a second OS on my oldish laptop and was not successful in getting a bootable OS. I faced some problems during installation and decided to go back, but now my Mac shows ...
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Retrieving Notes data using time machine on external hard drive to a new laptop [duplicate]

I'd like some help pleases. I have a time machine backup of my old macbook air (purchased 2013) which is no longer operational. I have a new macbook air purchased 2022 and I would like to transfer ...
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External HDD disconnects (new cable)

I use an external HDD to keep original raw photos. When I’m processing a large queue of photos, the HDD routinely disconnects. It may work for up to 20 minutes, then the volume is gone (in fact, ...
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How can I mount my external linux booter to my mac, so that I don't need to plug in the USB every time I want to boot linux?

When booting from Mac to Linux(Kali) on my early 2015 Mac air running Big Sur, I need to have the USB plugged in. There are absolutely no problems with booting, I can even disconnect and reconnect the ...
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Estimate "true" APFS disk usage of folder without counting cloned files multiple times

I would like to compute how much "true" APFS disk space is used by a folder. This folder has many APFS "cloned" versions of the same files. A "true" count of the disk ...
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External drive with Time Machine not visible

mac os monterey 12.5.1 My external drive 2to is split into two partition of 1to One called backup001: it is formated mac os, and it uses for timemachine for a long time. it works ok. Another ...
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Can't access to one partition of the external hard drive after rename it

My external hard drive has two partitions. I renamed one and after that, I have a problem accessing that partition. When I connect the hard drive to my Macbook, only the partition (named HeiHei) that ...
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USB flash drive/stick for MacBook Time Machine backup

I'm looking for a USB flash drive/stick for my MacBook Time Machine backup. It looks like people commonly use SSD, HDD or NAS, and I'm wondering if I can just get a small 512GB drive. Does a USB flash ...
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Disk utility needs TLC to show drives?

It seems that in my macOS 13.4.1 (22F82), Disk Utility 22.6 (DU) cannot find an external drive until an OS reboot.  Maybe I'm missing something. A: 30GB Hitachi, 2.5", IDE B: 30GB Toshiba, 2.5&...
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iPod Classic 4th Generation drive failure?

My iPod Classic 4th Gen has worked well for many years. However, recently the hard drive has gone finicky. It will start sometimes, not others. When it doesn't boot, it just hangs on an Apple logo. Is ...
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Accidentally Disassemble AppleRAID RAID0

I accidentally disassembled a RAID1 via Disk Utility. The two disks were originally formatted to APFS. The Apple official website claimed the data recorded on the disks is not deleted. However, after ...
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How to recover an erased external drive partition?

I have a 2009 iMac running Ventura 13.4. I was messing with a USB key and accidentally erased my 3TB external media drive using Disk Utility. I originally used Disk Utility to create a single large ...
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