Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2 votes
1 answer
84 views

How to safely copy data from Mac to Windows, preferably over network?

I am wondering what the most reliable method is to copy a large amount (1TB) of photos from a Mac computer (external HFS+ drive) to a Windows computer (external NTFS drive)? I am hoping to do this ...
pz99's user avatar
  • 81
0 votes
0 answers
128 views

Disk Utility has no mounted disks in Mac recovery mode

When I start up Mac in recovery mode, none of the disks are mounted and when I try to install Mac OS, there are no disks to install it on. The disks are there, but for some reason they will not mount.
Xenocrates76's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
107 views

Can't remove executable bit from file on a removable volume

On an external hard disk, I have MP3 files. Some of them have the permissions 0777: ls -l 1* shows: -rwxrwxrwx 1 ronaldfischer staff 16246125 Dec 10 18:09 1_SuicidalTrauma__MyMemories.mp3 Since ...
user1934428's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
54 views

Unable to restore 2016 MacBook Pro

I am trying to restore the OS on a MacBook Pro (2016, touchbar). I've looked at all the answers I can find on here but none seem to address my issue. I erased the disk but the restore process isn't ...
grahamlyons's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
29 views

Unmount drives fails

Symptoms significantly different from Unable to unmount drive! I have six external volumes. An 8TB drive is partitioned into 5TB and 3TB.  There are also four full drives named PB, W5TB, 4TB, and ...
WGroleau's user avatar
  • 4,869
3 votes
1 answer
395 views

Incorrectly ejecting archival drive: how worried should I be?

I have a small WD Passport 2 TB HDD on which I’m backing up important and irreplaceable files. It’s not the only backup but as one of three it’s important. It has about 1 TB of data in it. I closed ...
Cerulean's user avatar
  • 321
0 votes
0 answers
103 views

Attempting to repair a split Fusion Drive

I attempted to activate FileVault on a late-2013 iMac, which has a 1TB Fusion Drive. However, the encryption process became stuck after several hours, so I had to reboot. This is when the issue ...
Abd's user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
93 views

iMac Late 2012 Unable to boot. Fusion Drive APFS no HFS+

Reference old question: 2013 iMac with APFS Fusion Drive. Fails to boot. How to recover data? I have removed both the SSD drives from the iMac. Purchased a new Mac Mini M2 running macOS Ventura 13.3. ...
Arun's user avatar
  • 21
0 votes
2 answers
108 views

How to increase transfer speed from problematic external hard disk?

I have a Western Digital HDD 2 TB external hard disk. I had not used it for a while. It seems the drive has been corrupted and turned a bit raw. I believe this to be the case because the hard drive is ...
MALLU's user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
0 answers
72 views

After erasing the external hard drive it becomes 800GB instead of 3TB

This appears to be a quirk that happens randomly with macOS. Usually I would format the external disk again with a Windows PC but currently I do not have one. How would you reclaim the missing disk? (...
aeroxy's user avatar
  • 3,317
0 votes
1 answer
637 views

"Share Disk" MacBook doesn't appear in "Network" section of the other Mac

One of my laptops (MacBook pro with apple silicon) went kaput recently, and I'm trying to back up the files before I reinstall the OS. I can get it to enter disk sharing mode, but I can't get it to ...
Empiromancer's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
181 views

How do I partition an external drive on macOS 13.2.1? [duplicate]

I have an external drive and I am running macOS 13.2.1. I'd like to partition the external drive into two partitions and use one of those for a Time Machine backup. In Disk Utility, it has the +|- ...
irritable_phd_syndrome's user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
241 views

External USB hard drive unmounts itself after an hour or so left idle

This is in connection with the other thread I started today. I have two external USB drives plugged into a Mac Mini (late 2014), running Yosemite. One of them is an SSD (SanDisk), and the other is a ...
hbquikcomjamesl's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
60 views

Failed HDD with no hope? Please help

I have a 1TB HDD that suddenly won't open. Mac asks to initialize it but when I do, nothing happens. Tried formatting it, with no success. Some pictures of the issue: Mac message The disk is turning ...
grounded_'s user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
109 views

Most important tips to protect an external drive on Mac?

Without taking information security tips in general, such as backups, what are some important tips and precautions to protect an external drive when using a Mac?
Timofey Suyargulov's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
204 views

What is going on with my hard drives?

I bought a fairly cheap old MacBook Pro (Mid 2014) from Facebook Marketplace a couple days ago because I wanted to try out using a Mac, but what is confusing me is my hard disks. I assumed there was ...
who.is.artis's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
115 views

How to completely remove unwanted Ubuntu dual boot partition?

I previously had a dual boot (Linux and macOS) setup. I added UBUNTU and SWAP partitions to the existing macOS partition. I no longer need Linux so I deleted the UBUNTU partition but I still see the ...
spuggy's user avatar
  • 263
1 vote
0 answers
126 views

Unable to boot iMac, folder with question mark on boot, failed to format drive

I'm unable to boot an iMac with Mac Os Ventura, every time I switch on the computer a folder with a question mark appears on screen. I just hope the drive is not damage and that I might be doing ...
Asrodlop's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
69 views

How to reclaim disk space of merged HFS+ partition?

On an external USB disk formatted with HFS+, I had merged a 800GB partition with a 2TB one. Now, although disk utility shows the merged partition as 2.8TB, the Finder only reports 2TB of space: The ...
diemo's user avatar
  • 119
1 vote
1 answer
581 views

Unable to access new Macbook Pro (M2) using share disk mode

I need to transfer a large number of files to a new M2 MBP, from another Intel MBP running Monterey 12.4. I have tried transferring over the network and it's taking far too long, so would like to use ...
jessica's user avatar
  • 145
0 votes
0 answers
29 views

Example of "Disk not ejected properly" But Disk Drops Off System Entirely

I'm stuck in a loop with this issue on Ventura 13.2.1 and I've tried all the general suggestions in articles like this. The issue is the disk doesn't stay connected. So I can't reformat or run any ...
Jammer's user avatar
  • 275
2 votes
0 answers
168 views

2013 iMac with APFS Fusion Drive. Fails to boot. How to recover data?

I am unable to use Command (⌘)-R to reinstall the macOS, as the system is unable to detect any drives to install the OS. I have installed the OS X Mountain Lion using an external SSD drive. I get the ...
Arun's user avatar
  • 21
0 votes
0 answers
37 views

How to use a Macbook to duplicate an entire Windows disk

I am visiting my in-laws soon and they have an old Dell laptop that is problematic. It has a very slow 5400RPM HDD that I plan to replace with a SSD of the same logical size (e.g. 1Tb HDD to 1Tb SSD). ...
Rob Moir's user avatar
  • 330
1 vote
1 answer
80 views

macOS alternative for /sys/block/*/stat to get read and written sectors or bytes

I am searching for an alternative of Linux /sys/block/*/stat for macOS to get the number of sectors (or Bytes) read and written since system start for each drive. Native commands like iostat -I give ...
Elektronenhirn's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
21 views

External harddrive enclosure not recognized by MacOS [duplicate]

I have an external hard drive enclosure, which contains two 3.5'' HDDs in a Raid 1. Windows and Ubuntu are playing nice with it, however, my MacBook (13.2.1) does not recognize it. It isn't even ...
Dohn Joe's user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
0 answers
73 views

modifying disk access MacOS 13.3.1

it looks like I can just see what apps have disk access (and what level of access they have) rather than modifying it. How do I actually control access? I have admin on the machine, but nothing was ...
user1256923's user avatar
  • 3,610
1 vote
1 answer
418 views

Is it okay to just throw away the disk image in the trash instead of using Disk Utility to remove it?

I'm having trouble removing disk images. For reference, my Mac is an Apple Silicon. I made a disk image using Disk Utility to create a secure folder, but I want to completely erase the image so that ...
Heart Lion's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
612 views

Is is okay to just remove disk image file by throwing it to trash?

I have trouble dealing with disk utility. I've made disk image folder for security but I changed my mind and I want to remove it. However every time I followed the steps shown in various sites, I ...
Heart Lion's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
87 views

How to delete a file on MacOS that gives error "No such file or directory"?

On an external FAT32 hard drive there is a file in the Bin (.Trashes) which I cannot delete. Even when I try to delete it on the command line using rm offending_file I get an error rm: offending_file:...
Alex's user avatar
  • 2,334
0 votes
0 answers
181 views

diskutil list does not show (free space)

I had an issue with a partition that refused to be deleted. The drive is a 500 GB Samsung SSD with (previously) 2 partitions: Macintosh HD (apfs volume with macOS Catalina) -- 250 GB (disk0s1) ...
TKFD's user avatar
  • 1
1 vote
0 answers
2k views

Disk Utility reports 'invalid internal_flags' on Mac APFS drive

Why doesn't Apple address the 'invalid internal_flags' warning that shows up after running Disk Utility? Disk Utility doesn't fix the issue, and when I called Apple, they pretty much brushed aside any ...
sum2jar's user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
0 answers
59 views

Mac OS X, unable to un/mount Macintosh, password appears

I was trying to reinstall OS on my old Macbook Air 2015. Then, I erased all the data from it and something happened Macintosh HD get greyed out, and get encrypted. I tried many other solutions on ...
bronoq's user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
172 views

External drive twice as big as internal hard drive but cannot backup due to insufficient space

For now more than 2 weeks, I cannot backup my internal hard drive with Time Machine. I have backed up to 2 external hard drive (external hard drive number 1 and 2) that worked fine so far, but the ...
ecjb's user avatar
  • 514
1 vote
0 answers
18 views

How to prevent macOS from popping up "disk not readable" for my external drive without making any change to the disk? [duplicate]

Similar question: How to get rid of "The disk you inserted was not readable" and auto ignore it? (without installing apps). However, in their case they were able to create an additional ...
charlesz's user avatar
  • 121
3 votes
2 answers
430 views

Mac Pro 1.1 (2006): No Chime, No Boot after SSD Upgrade

I also have a small problem with my Mac Pro... 2x 2.66 GHz dual core nvidia GT 420 1GB 8 original RAM I had a 2.5 inch HDD on which I had windows 10 pro and it ran on my mac 1.1 and I wanted to ...
Forest's user avatar
  • 111
1 vote
1 answer
93 views

the unbootable (unbeatable) imac

have an imac that's been dead since an update tried to reformat the internal hybrid/fusion hdd to APFS. the mac can only boot into single user mode. recovery hangs, safe mode hangs, boot disks hang. ...
austin's user avatar
  • 273
2 votes
1 answer
125 views

Mac Mini OSX disk external disk disconnects

I have this setup Mac Mini Apple M1 8 GB OSX Ventura 13.2.1 Hub Stand for Mac Mini Ssd Sata M.2 Usb-c Usb-a Audio Satechi External disk SEAGATE ONE TOUCH 2TB SILVER STKB2000401 I connect the ...
agusgambina's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
104 views

Is there any way to decrypt a hardware-encrypted internal SSD?

My mid-2019 MacBook Pro has a fault on the mainboard that causes it to crash soon after (sometimes while) it boots. I’m trying to get the data off the internal SSD. When I boot it in target mode (by ...
joriki's user avatar
  • 123
1 vote
0 answers
93 views

A few folders went missing after “Disk Not Ejected Properly” when my Mac went to sleep

I have an external hard disk in exFAT format (WD 500 GB WDBPCK5000ABK-03) for storing important documents. Last week I plugged it to my Macbook Pro to view some documents. After viewing, I did not ...
Raven Cheuk's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
119 views

Is an APFS formatted drive underpinned by HFS+?

When I formatted my drive with APFS this is the output that Disk Utility delivered. It says right at the beginning Formatting disk7s2 as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) with name External HD. So is an ...
Alex Ixeras's user avatar
  • 1,358
1 vote
2 answers
137 views

Forgot password and no recovery options

I've a 2015 MBP, which I've not used for years. I need it and forgot the password. The router was changed, so it's not connected to the internet and apparently I can't update it. The ⌘ Command R ...
User's user avatar
  • 205
0 votes
0 answers
84 views

External disk not readable in different enclosure

I have two external disks with the same size and type of hard disk inside. The LaCie hard disk is used for Time Machine backups. When I put the LaCie Time Machine disk into the Seagate enclosure, it ...
csabigabi's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
47 views

How do I make a time machine backup drive a normal hard drive? [duplicate]

I have been trying to relocate my Logic Pro X's Apple Loops library to a different hard drive. I have everything figured out, except for the problem in which Logic will not accept the secondary hard ...
Seth01Master's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
25 views

What is the correct model/type SSD for an old MacBook Pro 13.3? [duplicate]

I have an old MacBook Pro - it is: MBP 13.3/2.9/2X4GB/750/SD Model No: A1278 So far, it works in peace, it has a HDD of 750GB - in this point is not possible do an upgrade of the macOS itself. An ...
Manuel Jordan's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
420 views

How install MacOS on internal SSD (from fusion drive) and then use external SSD for applications?

I have a 2019 iMac 21.5" which has a 1TB fusion drive. But the HDD is getting old and slow (and it obviously wasn't fast to begin with). Until recently, I also had Windows Bootcamp installed on ...
Alfie Stoppani's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
2k views

How to enlarge a APFS container with free space before it? [duplicate]

/dev/disk2 (external, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk2 1: ...
coolboy's user avatar
  • 13
0 votes
1 answer
224 views

Time Machine Back Up of external hard drive

I have two partitions on my hard drive. One of them is used for the time machine back up. On the other one I've got files that I would like to back up with Time Machine too. Unfortunately I can't ...
Jul224's user avatar
  • 11
1 vote
0 answers
940 views

Is it better for a mechanical HDD to be HFS+ or APFS? [duplicate]

I recently bought a 12 TB external HDD to replace an ageing and free-space-volatilising 6 TB hard drive. This external HDD is meant for user data only, though I might shift data to and fro other ...
Alex Ixeras's user avatar
  • 1,358
2 votes
2 answers
188 views

Seagate USB cannot connect to Ubuntu Server VirtualBox in Retina MBP 2015

Lately I've gotten inspired to practice some self-hosting, and my old Early 2015 MBP isn't doing anything while selling for practically no benefit to me. I want to grab a spare Seagate hard drive and ...
wangf22's user avatar
  • 41
0 votes
0 answers
213 views

Corrupted file on external hard drive

I have installed a file onto my external hard drive, since then my external hard drive has dramatically slow down and files takes too long to load or open (the external drive is not useable anymore). ...
Yali Harel's user avatar

1 2
3
4 5
74