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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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). ...
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How can I clone my internal BOOTCAMP to a bootable USB?

I have problems with a windows game on Bootcamp that used to work fine, and now doesn't. So I tried making a bootable bootcamp on a USB. Bootcamp runs on the USB but I would say it doesn't run as well ...
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Repair of internal SSD?

I can no longer boot from up my Samsung EVO SSD 1TB. I messed it up while trying to install OpenCore on my MBP 2012. I can reach the drive from a docking station on a second Mac. FirstAid of either ...
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Why is Keynote using 10GB of disk space and how do I fix this?

I'm running out of disk space notice Keynote is using 10GB of disk space. Why is this and how do I reclaim the space? I use Keynote once a week for a small presentation that I edit each week. Thanks I’...
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File that keeps ejecting the external drive when merely looking at it

I've looked around for several days and I don't think there's any thing quite like this. I have an SSD from an old boot drive from my last Windows laptop. When pulling all the information from it, I ...
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Mac OSX Short operation system freeze

Symptom: My IMac 5K (Ultimo 2014, Monterey) always freezes for a short time, i.e. no matter if I briefly open the Finder, select folders or open a setting, then the ball icon always appears for about ...
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External hard drive issues and can I fix it myself? [duplicate]

I am having some issues with my external Hard drive. It seems to be the hard drive that is ‘broken’ as its not showing up on my current Mac or my old Mac either. I have tried to do a few things and ...
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External HDD won't unmount

I tried to unmount my external HDD from Finder, but the drive continued to make noise which means I can't plug it off. I checked the output of diskutil list and attempted to force unmount the disk, ...
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Erase Data from Uninitialised External HDD

My HDD has most likely been damaged after one day of usage (WD MyPassport 2TB). Is there any way if I can erase it? I am pretty sure I have something on it. Disk Utility cannot do it, 69825 error, ...
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I accidentally deleted my Macintosh drive and now I'm stuck in boot loop

I can't boot up my MacBook Air M1. When I check in Recovery Mode, it doesn't show any drive. When I hold Option, I don't see any volume in the Apple SSD. In Disk Utility I can't erase it nor do ...
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I was trying to delete Ubuntu from my MacBook Air and now I can't access macOS

I had installed Ubuntu on my MacBook, but I don't need it anymore so I was trying to delete the parts of Ubuntu. When I entered Disk Utility the minus button was greyed out, so I checked some videos ...
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MacBook Air M1, I have a login screen but no account is showing although I have one

I can’t login to my Mac. It gives me the login screen but doesn’t accept my email and password. Also, it’s not using my account nor logging in automatically with my Apple Watch. What can I do? It ...
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2011 21.5" iMac - Clone SSD without having to reinstall Windows10

2011 iMac 12,1 - i5 2,5 - 16GB RAM, 500GB HD with Windows 10 out of the box. Want to at least replace the old hard drive to a 500GB SSD. I understand it is not easy to install Windows 10 on those ...
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Can not claim free space after bootcamp partition, I do not want to remove my bootcamp [duplicate]

I have removed a Container I used to have after bootcamp partition, so now I have 246.1 GB free space as can be seen in the diskutil list below: MacBook-Pro ~ % diskutil list ...
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Accidentally deleted Macintosh HD volumes rather than erasing!

I have accidentally erased the entire drive including the volumes rather than just erasing the contents when doing a clean install of Monterey. Now I cannot run the Monterey OS installer from recovery ...
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MacBook Pro (M1) reports more disk space used than available on system

Hope the title is clear enough. When I go to System settings > General > Storage, the amount of used space showed is larger than the real actual disk capacity. Was wondering why this is so? I ...
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Internal Hard Disk cannot boot - Unrecognized file system (-69846)

My Internal hard disk won't boot after I closed MacBook by holding powerbutton. I've created a bootable HD on USB. Disk Utility can see the internal HD, but cannot see any volumes. Terminal can see ...
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8TB external hard drive filling up after only 3 TB used, 5TB reported as "inaccessible"

I've got an 8 TB expansion drive. When I rsync data to it, it's reporting as filled up after only receiving 3 TB. The gui diskutil shows it as 8TB. The command line diskutil shows this: /dev/disk6 (...
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moving backups between external hard disks

One of the external backup disks I use to back up my personal laptop filled up when I was too busy to buy another, so (in a rush) I grabbed another project's backup disk and added my laptop to it too. ...
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Time Machine HD no longer mounting

After coming back from holidays I discovered that the TM hard disk I connect to my Mac has stopped mounting. The HD was encrypted with FileVault. I tried with Disk Utility to mount it but it does not ...
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What is minimum MacOS version to decrypt external Mac hard disk encrypted through Finder?

If you want to encrypt and password protect an external Mac HD/SSD and don't want to reformat it (because, perhaps, it already has data on it), one can use this technique, which involves right-...
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Replacing a fusion drive with a pure SSD on a Mac Mini

I have a Mac Min Late 2014 with a 1 TB fusion drive I want to replace it with something like this OWC 2TB SSD, but I am a little confused about some of the process. I have watched several videos and ...
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Installing Windows to Mac External Drive - WinToUSB Problem

I followed this tutorial on YouTube (How to install Windows 10 "Boot Camp" on a Mac External Drive the EASY way! (2020 edition)), up to the part where I had to use WintoUSB to install ...
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Would replacing the SSD on a 14" MacBook Pro void warranty or make Apple deny service?

I have a 14" MacBook Pro with 512GB of internal storage, but I feel like this is not enough for my needs. I recently acquired a broken 14" MacBook Pro with 1TB of internal storage and am ...
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Show capacity of unplugged drive

I have a lot of stored drives into my physical desktop and since I’m only using them on my own computer, I want to be able to keep an eye on the space left even if they’re not plugged in. Do you guys ...
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Missing permissions for syncing folders on partition with Google Drive for Desktop (macOS 12.1+)

I currently have folders in a partitioned volume that I would like to sync with Google Drive (without moving them to my startup volume). With the Drive for Desktop app, I can choose folders on my ...
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Is there any possibility of recovering data from a formatted drive that was APFS encrypted?

I accidentally formatted an external drive that was APFS encrypted. The new format is also APFS (Encrypted). Is there any way to restore the formatted data from the old encrypted drive? I know the ...
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Why is the storage of Applications showing incorrectly in mac? [duplicate]

I've had problems regarding my storage on the HDD recently. The applications total shows up as 56GB but all the distribution that I can find is this (in the image). Where else is that remaining 40+ GB ...
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How to “sync” a laptop to an external hard drive if the hard drive is larger than the laptop drive?

I have what should be a really simple question but Google Search is failing me. I have a lot of data (TBs) on Dropbox. My laptop hard drive has only 500 GB. For the last few years, I’ve been using the ...
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Cannot erase internal SSD You cannot manually format an existing APFS Container disk

I'm trying to erase the internal SSD on my Mac as when the computer boots up it goes haywire and stops responding. I've got a Mac installer on USB, but I cannot erase the drive. When I try to erase ...
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How to eject a disk on macOS when it says programs are using it but this is not true?

I want to eject an external 1 TB FAT32 disk on macOS 13.1, but when pressing the eject icon it says: The disk MYDISK wasn't ejected because one or more programs may be using it Is it OK to do "...
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Unlocking Encrypted Drive after too many unsuccessful attempts

I have a FileVault encrypted disk partition on the internal SSD of my Monterey M1 MacBook Pro. I entered the wrong password too many times and now when trying to mount an encrypted drive in Disk ...
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Unbootable old dualboot Macbook Pro

Half a year ago, I got an old Macbook Pro from my dad. I had set up dual boot with Debian. I haven't used the laptop for several months. Now suddenly it didn't want to boot the Debian partition, so I ...
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How to restore Fusion Drive backup to a new SSD alongside an existing blade SSD? (iMac 21.5 4k, late 2015)

My iMac 21.5 inch 4k (late 2015) has been abnormally slow during regular use, so I used Drive Dx to diagnose it. I get a "failing" status on the report, which is understandable. The first ...
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"Could not mount disk2s1 after erase" error for external SSD on mac ventura

I am unable to mount my segate external SSD. Everytime I restart macbook pro, I dont see volumes from my external SSD. If I try to mount manually from Disk utility, I get below error. Could not mount “...
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Disk problem for Mac, partition unaccessible and type shown as FFFFFFFFF

Having a bit of difficulty with my Mac. Was trying to partition to install a Linux mint partition and it all fell apart. On disk utility the command diskutil list shows what is shown in the image, and ...
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Cannot mount Time machine partition on either external Drives on MacOs

very disappointing. i have a new MBP14 and having the same problem i had wiht my prior MBP. the computer refuses to mount the time machine partion of BOTH of my external drives. I have 2 5TB seagate ...
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How to restore a specific file from APFS Time Machine backup drive with tmutil?

I've been using an HFS+ drive for Time Machine, but I recently formatted a drive in APFS as my Time Machine backup drive on macOS Monterey. Now I find the implementation with APFS very confusing. If I ...
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Unable to Access Disk: Weird permission issue allows me to use the disk from Recovery but not from macOS

I have been using an old HDD with a SATA-USB cable for a few months now on a Mac Mini (running macOS Mojave 10.14.6; HDD has one EFI partition and one other partition with Journaled HFS, unencrypted). ...
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Linux messed up GUID Partition Table for APFS container on external drive

I partitioned my 1TB external drive as follows for use with both macOS & Windows: 949GB APFS 51GB Windows NTFS As I no longer needed the Windows partition I tried to delete it through Disk ...
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