2022 Developer Survey is open! Take survey.

Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3 votes
2 answers
4k views

You may not install to this volume because the computer is missing a firmware partition

I have a 13 inch MacBook Pro 2015 model. The Mac had Big Sur installed on the internal SSD. This internal SSD died and thanks to macOS Recovery over the internet (Option-Command-R), I managed to ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
156 views

WD My Passport not showing up

I had a backup on my hard-drive which I wanted to delete (300GB), so I moved to the trash. Deleting most files seemed to be okay, however, it then got to the applications folder and other system ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
38 views

How can I resize these partitions?

I have two partitions on my 2015 MacBook Air, one running El Capitan 10.11.6 and one running Catalina 10.15.7. How can I resize these partitions? There are no resize controls in the disk utility ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
163 views

"DISK NOT EJECTED PROPERLY" every 60 seconds or so

I attached a 2T magnetic, spinning USB disk to my Mac mini today, and started getting: DISK NOT EJECTED PROPERLY Eject "Untitled" before disconnecting or turning it off. But I'm not ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
14 views

Absolutely no keyboard communication between Computer and board? [duplicate]

So I was given an Early 2009 iMac which was running Snow Leopard. I went and tried to install DOSDUDES Catalina Patcher OS on the computer and it failed and all of a sudden I've lost all communication ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
43 views

Absolutely no keyboard communication between Computer and board?

So I was given an Early 2009 iMac which was running Snow Leopard. I went and tried to install DOSDUDES Catalina Patcher OS on the computer and it failed and all of a sudden I've lost all communication ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
33 views

sudo: /etc/sudoers is owned by uid 501, should be 0 not mounting for recovery [duplicate]

I edited my etc/sudoers file to try to disable the requirement for sudo password. Now I can't run sudo commands in the terminal. I get the following error: sudo: /etc/sudoers is owned by uid 501, ...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
277 views

Can I upgrade MacBook Pro mid-2012 with PCIe gen 4 using a SATA adapter?

My MacBook Pro's performance has gone down and sometimes files are unreadable and sometimes MacBook is unable to boot up, so I am thinking to upgrade my MacBook with a PCIe gen4 SSD and use an adapter ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
151 views

Blinking question mark folder icon after Ubuntu USB boot

A few days ago, I booted into Ubuntu from a USB drive on my late 2011 13'' MacBook Pro. The computer has an SSD that was installed about 5 years ago to improve performance. Yesterday, I turned my ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
219 views

macbook pro (early 2015) hangs on startup; disk utility finds problems with partition map

As the title says, my MacBook pro (13" retina display, early 2015) suddenly started hanging halfway through startup (apple logo and progress bar), and there seems to be no way to access the data. ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
22 views

SSD dismounts randomly and doesn't mount at startup

2TB external SSD that dismounts randomly and will not automatically mount when my M1 Mini starts up. For it to mount the cable must be unplugged and then plugged back in. It is directly connected to ...
user avatar
  • 623
0 votes
0 answers
69 views

Granularity of tmutil's associatedisk function

I want to look at options for moving a home directory off a boot drive, and onto a different physical volume. What I need to avoid, is time machine treating it as new data, and doing a full backup, ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
19 views

Not able to partition disk

Why I am not able to partitin disk (button is grayed out) It have 1 TB and I cant see full capacity. I am also trying to restore it to its full capacity, but this command also done work. sudo ...
user avatar
  • 123
1 vote
0 answers
17 views

Assess and Address a failing hard drive - Is there a definitive guide, tool, or protocol?

I'm running a Macbook Pro 2012 with the original internal hard drive. When I run "first aid" on it using Disk Utility, it reports that the drive is okay. However, a SMART Status reporting ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
30 views

Disk Utility says I have free space but when I click partition, the pie chart shows no free space

In disk utility, it says I have 76GB of free space and I want to partition some. When I click partition though, the okie chart shows only one section saying ‘Macintosh HD, 121 GB’ and that I can’t ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
22 views

Smart Folders Search Results have "Ghost" Files that won't go away

Summary: Creating a -F search in a finder window on an external drive will show file results that do not exist. These files have been renamed, moved, and/or deleted, yet the file will remain in the ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
99 views

How to improve Catalina/Big Sur and USB SSD transfer speed

Recently I bought SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD. It is advertised as delivering almost 2GB/s read and and write speeds. Of course, such speeds are only achievable with compatible hardware. I have ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
46 views

New SSD does not show in Disk Utility

I wanted to upgrade the internal SSD of my Mid 2013 MacBook Air. I bought a normal M2 SSD and an adapter. The ssd is not shown by diskutil ls. The output of the command is shown in the screenshot. ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
112 views

Disk is no longer encrypted?

I swap between two external drives for Time Machine backups. I swap every few weeks. I just swapped back to a disk that used to be encrypted but it isn't anymore. The backups are working but I no ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
47 views

Strange: Disk space is not free after removing file

I have a strange problem and hope I can find a solution here. I'm using a VPN to connect a linux server. When I downloaded ~2Gb binary file from the server to an extra data disk, I found the system ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
22 views

Windows to Mac: Should my home folder act now as my entire D drive?

I am migrating from Windows to a new Mac, and I just noticed that after Mac OS Catalina, I can not create any folders under root directory (/). Should all my data go to my user's home folder, as if it ...
user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
0 answers
13 views

Can I disable auto-mounting of *all* external USB-connected storage media? [duplicate]

I’ve got an external USB storage device (hard drive) which I’m using for backups. Unfortunately manually deleting some old backups seems to have destroyed the hard drive, and now whenever I connect ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
33 views

iCloud files unrecoverable after transfer to external disk?

I had a 90GB directory on iCloud in my Documents folder, of which maybe 85GB was offloaded to cloud with only 5GB on disk. I transferred the whole directory to my 4TB external drive, and it seemed to ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
533 views

All my data is located on Macintosh HD while Macintosh HD - Data is empty

I have recently noticed that on my 2019 MacBook Pro running Big Sur (11.4) all files including applications, user data, desktop folder, etc. are located on Macintosh HD. Everything works fine, but ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
59 views

Missing storage on macOS Big Sur

I have a 2017 Mac with 250 GB of storage. Recently, I noticed it was all but full. I scanned the main drive with Grand Perspective and became very confused. There are 4 folders: Apps with 73 GB ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
113 views

Q: Can I access the drive on a Power Macintosh 7200/75 as an external drive?

I was recently given an older Power Macintosh 7200/75 that was owned by a family member, with the task of trying to access it to see what is on the hard drive. It's just the base machine, no keyboard,...
user avatar
  • 21
2 votes
0 answers
568 views

I am looking for assistance with achieving remote management bypass on a MacBook Pro 2020 13 inch intel

I have referred to many threads on the internet. Essentially it comes down to this. I have purchased a MacBook Pro through Offer up. I went to activate it and it has a remote management lock on it. I ...
user avatar
  • 21
1 vote
2 answers
146 views

Can the hard drive on MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) be replaced to bigger size

I currently have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014, 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3). The current internal drive is 128 GB SSD, but I need a bigger internal drive. I have contacted a ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
50 views

Macbook USB Hub - Device ejected not properly error

I have been using a MacBook Pro 2019 with a Fitfort USB-C-Hub-Multiport-Adapter 7 in 1 (technical data below) for the last 2 years. I really like this USB Hub for its multiple ports as I use external ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
35 views

External Hard Drive is only recognized as a USB-device

When I plug in my WD Elements Hard Drive, it is only recognized as a USB3.0 connection (see image). I don't see any drive showing up in the Disk Utility, but I do see the USB showing up. Could this be ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
189 views

Killed my old MacBook Pro. Any recommendations to help extend the life of my M1 Macook Air internal SSD?

I recently killed my old (2012) MacBook Pro's hard drive by doing something I didn't realize was a problem. I've now purchased a nice little M1 MacBook Air to replace the old workhorse MBP, and it's ...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
1k views

Unable to mount External HD - Mac OS Extended

UPDATE: I am able to recover quite a bit with Disk Drill it seems. I'm hoping this proves fruitful. Thanks to those who offered insight! For context, I've been asked to provide footage for a client ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
2k views

Can't delete files and folder from external driver

A completely Mac Newbie here. I just bought iMac 2021. I have Samsung SSD 1TB. And I can't delete Files or Folders, there is no option to delete. I checked Get Info, it shows that I have Read and ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
14 views

Mac HD Clear Photos Storage

I store my Mac Photos library on an external drive. The Storage Manager displays the Mac hard drive as using large amount of data for photos. I need to clear space on my HD for an upgrade. Running ...
user avatar
  • 121
0 votes
1 answer
233 views

How to improve badblocks read/write performance in macOS

I'm running a 2016 MacBook Pro with Big Sur and testing a USB 3.0 hard drive with badblocks. A simple test with 1GB pattern takes ~1 min to write (16MB/s). When testing the same drive with a Finder ...
user avatar
  • 517
0 votes
0 answers
77 views

Trying to disable “ignore ownership” option on NTFS partition, not much going right

Cloned a Boot Camp partition from my old Mac with dd (both thus being NTFS), but, unlike the original, it does not show in the boot menu. Research suggests this is because ownership is disabled. Thus ...
user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
1 answer
80 views

SSD's "Used" space growing after each Erase / Format & ejecting!

I bought a brand new Samsung T7 SSD, and I used macOS's Disk Utility to format (erase) it in APFS(Encrypted), scheme: GUID Partition Map. Before erasing (brand new), "Used" space was 108,5 ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
16 views

How do I upload files to an external hard drive using terminal? [duplicate]

I'm currently trying to upload some files off of my device onto an external hard drive using Terminal, and I've run into some issues. Using these steps: https://gist.github.com/kwcto/...
user avatar
  • 11
-1 votes
2 answers
282 views

What is necessary to boot Linux on a Mac?

I've seen some various guides online about different ways to boot Ubuntu from an SD card or a USB stick. They have some variation with regards to making it always boot from the external memory or ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
85 views

Bootcamp - Windows 10 - No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key

I have got a problem with booting into Windows 10 after changing Superdrive to SSD - "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key". It works if i leave only old hard drive, ...
user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
0 answers
43 views

Cannot see drive when trying to factory reset

I'm currently trying to factory reset my 2015 macbook pro, but when I start it up, click cmd+r and try to erase it from disk utility, it doesn't show up. I also tried doing a diskutil list command, ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
71 views

Big Sur and Seagate 2TB Expansion Drive Slow

I've been using these 2TB Seagate Expansion Drives for a while with Logic Pro, but today it the HD usage in Logic Pro keeps maxing out: The specific model of the one I just purchased is the ...
user avatar
  • 455
3 votes
1 answer
96 views

In a copy operation why does macOS Big Sur send a lot of packets to the hard drive it is copying from?

Copying a large file from an external hard drive to a Mac, shows a lot of packets first going to the hard drive. Then there is a period of no disk activity. Then what I expected happens, packets ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
61 views

Uninitialized external drive cannot be erased

I have a StoreJet Transcend hard drive. It suddenly stopped working. When I plugged it in my mac shows that it's not readable. I tried restarting my Mac. Then when it didn't work, I clicked ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
890 views

Secure erased drive - always one file can be found

I've been going through some old HD drives, secure erasing before sending to recycle. I periodically run Disk Drill over one of them, just to make sure I'm doing the job right. No matter whether I do ...
user avatar
  • 97.5k
0 votes
0 answers
164 views

Where is the Application Support folder if your App is on a external hard drive?

I have downloaded Logic Pro 10.6.3, but since it is almost 2 GB I moved it to my 2TB external hard drive. I need to access to Application Support to install plug-in's, but I cannot the support folder ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
49 views

Using Big SUr 10.6.3 with external seagate 5tb HD

So im using the mentioned HD as my second travelling drive. Everythings been working fine, no drops of the device, no sudden disconnects in general until one night, after some work, off to sleep, ...
user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
31 views

External HDD listed in call to diskutil, but not in Disk Utility ot Finder

My question is similar to this one, except that my HDD does not appear in Disk Utility, nor Finder. The drive fell about a foot onto the floor. After that, I connected it, it mounted, and I started to ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
1k views

"Macintosh HD - Data" and "Macintosh HD - Data - Data" but no "Macintosh HD"

I recently upgraded from High Sierra (10.13) to Big Sur (11.4). My Mac is functioning fine as far as I can tell; however, I noticed that I no longer have a "Macintosh HD" disk. Instead I ...
user avatar
  • 53
0 votes
1 answer
73 views

Adding Free space to Container disk2

Is there a way to move (free space) and add it to Container disk2 in /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme ...
user avatar
  • 3

1 2 3
4
5
69