Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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

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Can't see HD in disk utility in recovery mode, but can in OS

I'm pretty new to Macs. I got an iMac Pro in 2017 (grey one) and about 6 months ago it started giving me occasional folder flashing icon on startup. It also started occasionally forgetting my ...
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Cannot Open .Sparsebundle

My computer crashed few days ago, I took it to computer store and they told me that the logic board is damaged but the hard drive is fine. So they migrated all files from old mac to a new mac. All ...
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8T external HDD failing to format

Disk Utility is failing to format an 8T external hard drive on my iMac. I keep getting an error stating Unable to write to the last block of the device: (see below): How might I troubleshoot this?
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Can't resize partition [duplicate]

My Disk Utility is showing me some Weird Stuff. My current startup partition is showing as 155 GB, with (I was shocked to discover) 344 GB of unpartitioned free space: I can try to resize the first ...
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Macintosh HD partition missing from startup options [duplicate]

I tried to shrink my Windows Bootcamp partition using third-party software which led to my Macintosh HD partition missing from startup options. Unfortunately I don't have a recent backup for the whole ...
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How to get my old disk back that contains personal data?

I was not able to power on my MacBook Pro 2015. It was getting stuck on the Apple Logo. I took it to the Apple Service Centre, they diagnosed it and replaced the SSD. The kept my old disk with them ...
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Accidentally overwrote encrypted external drive (Mac OS)

So I was rushed (and being careless) and accidentally copied about 80 MB of a Raspberry PI image (SD card formatted extfs) over my external USB drive (4TB) that was formatted and encrypted (using Disk ...
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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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External SSD drive not detected as SSD drive

I've got a Sandisk Extreme SSD drive as an external drive for my MacBook Pro. It has no problems with connecting to the MacBook or being recognized as an external drive. The problem is it is not ...
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SSD Partitioning upgraded MBA (Macbook Air Model A1370) SSD

I would like to 'ghost' a 128GB to a larger M.2 SSD. Based on my experience with upgrading a Macbook to a larger SSD, MS-Office will shutdown. The PC is a MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.6 11" (Mid-2011) ...
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Recovering files from an iMac G3 hard drive (Mac OS 8.6)

I recently purchased an iMac G3 (M2452) running Mac OS 8.6 from eBay for a project I'm working on, and was hoping to recover system sound files (such as startup sound, error sounds, etc) to use in the ...
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Missing HDD space after removing Boot Camp partition

This is probably not the first case, but I have tried various methods to recover the lost 50 GB of space from different threads, but neither one of them work. (After removing Boot Camp partition, took ...
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How to create “firmware partition” on HDD?

I have a problem with internal hard drive in my IMac, it doesn't work, but I have an external hard drive (HDD), and I want to run MacOS on it. I successfully installed MacOS and upgraded it to Sierra....
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Cannot mount external drives or flash drives

I tried multiple file systems and multiple devices, none of them will mount. I also tried looking for fsck (not running), resetting the NVRAM (and restarting the Mac of course) and it still doesn't ...
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Transfer time machine backups from unmountable HDD

I am attempting to access time machine backups on an external hard drive that I have, and transfer them over to a new HDD. Both drives are 2TB. The drive with the time machine backups will not mount, ...
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Hard Drive Full, can't figure out why

My mac recently started to indicate that the startup disk was full. I went thru and cleaned out all the disk images and videos and other large files that I could find. Emptied trash. Emptied downloads....
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Recovering playlists from iPod databases

I am working with my daughter's 80gb iPod classic (mod A1238). The unit crashed during an update / backup. The project is to replace the corrupted HDD (and battery while I'm at it). I am confident ...
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Disk Space - Mac Book Pro

Disk Utility Info Shows: Volume capacity : 250,790,436,864 Available space (Purgeable + Free) : 18,254,333,896 Purgeable space : 1,570,408,392 Free space : 16,683,925,504 Used space : 230,210,576,384 ...
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Erased both partitions of my hard drive and want to merge them. They show up as two different disks so I cant choose the partition option

External hard drive partitions showing as 2 different disks, can't merge or repartition. I have erased both and want to merge into one. EDIT: I have Reformatted both partitions to Mac OS Extended (...
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Merging APFS Containers using the Disk Utility Application

I recently deleted my dual boot from my mac, but I am now left with two partitions that I can't figure out how to merge. I would like it to be normal again with just one container: Macintosh HD. I'm ...
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Help! kernel_task / Mac OS System eating hard drive space

I have a very unfortunate problem. My Mac OS System is eating free disk space right before my eyes till my system becomes unresponsive. I already deactivated and deleted Time Machine backups. Finder ...
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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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APFS Container is corrupt beyond what I can find online - but Data Recovery software finds my things just fine?

I've followed guide after guide and nobody on the Internet has gotten errors as simple as I have. I've managed to use gdisk to change the partition type to the APFS it is meant to be, but it still won'...
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Mac Pro install disk keeps ejecting itself

I am not that savvy with Macintosh computers so I can't figure out why the install disk keeps ejecting when I attempt to boot from disk by holding down the "C" button or the option button. It is not ...
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How do i delete my partitions on my mac? [duplicate]

I have been unable to get rid of all the partitions in my drive, they can't be seen inside of my disk utility and i wondered if anyone could help me. Diskutil list returns: /dev/disk0 (internal): #: ...
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Deleted hard drive results in Windows recovery screen

I have a late 2014 Mac Mini. I did go into recovery mode (Option + r) and did delete the hard drive. Then I screwed up and restartet the Mac Mini instead of going back to the list from Option+r menu ...
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MacBook Pro - can't boot into Windows, how to fix the MBR?

Following the post FFFFFFFF problem with hybrid partitioned drive, not able to fix with the guide in other topics, I was able to fix the FFFFFFFF partition problem and managed to boot into macOS, and ...
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diskutil list shows 20 disk partitions, I only know 3, what are the rest?

Following the post FFFFFFFF problem with hybrid partitioned drive, not able to fix with the guide in other topics, diskutil list gives me the following big list of disk partitions, what are the /dev/...
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Lacie External Hardrive doesn't show up on Mac or in Disk utility

My lacie hard drive was making some strange clicking noises when I put it in my mac. I have also tried this in a PC. It now is just not showing up in the devices and also when I try to access it in ...
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FFFFFFFF problem with hybrid partitioned drive, not able to fix with the guide in other topics

Like many other uses who reported the same problem, I tried to install and delete Ubuntu in my 13' mid-2014 MBP, messed up and got FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFF partition, tried to follow the solutions ...
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Replace hard drive whilst saving installed software

I want to replace hard drive on my 2012 MacBook Pro. I have all the data backed up, but the only thing I want is to keep all my installed software, mainly music software like native instruments, waves,...
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Enlarge APFS container with free space

The container scheme of my hard drive is the following I have more or less 87 GB free, that are not contained in this list. I have removed the container of size 87 GB with the command sudo ...
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External HDD No Longer Accessible (ExFAT formatted)

I have an external HDD Toshiba MQ01ABD100 1TB HDD in an external enclosure. Recently it suddenly no longer accessible. When plugged to a Mac, it will prompt "The disk you inserted was not readable by ...
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Recover Deleted Data from Malfunctioning Hard Drive

I deleted some data accidentally on my Macbook a while ago, and then a couple weeks later the hard drive failed. Now my Macbook can't start normally. I took it to an Apple store and they told me they ...
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Macbook Air 13 - Stuck mid-bar at login, after reinstalling system stuck on apple logo

My Macbook Air 13 has crashed today. I've been playing some games on it and the screen suddenly got stuck. After waiting for about 15 minutes I turned it off the hard way (power button hold), ...
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OS X stopped auto mounting external drivers

My MacBook stopped auto-mounting external hard drives this week. I have to mount them in Disk Utility, which works fine. This has happened with three different drives (which all had Time Machine ...
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Older Mac (2012) Fails to Boot, any ideas?

Guys I'm running out of steam here... how do I copy files from a hard drive in recovery mode to an external hard drive on an older mac. First few things I did: boot into recovery mode and run the ...
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Recover data with file structure HFS+ on Mojave

I'm desperate and trying almost everything. That's what happened. I was having problem with Time Machine. One file was not letting time machine finish the backup. But to discover this took me a while. ...
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How to recover data after Bootcamp utility crash HFS+ Encrypted?

There is internal SSD: 1/4 - HFS+ - Secondary System Volume with macOS Sierra Audio HD 1/4 - HFS+ - Shared Volume between two systems Shared HD 1/2 - APFS - Main System Volume with macOS Mojave Mac ...
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Large external storage stops working after being connected for a long time

I have a 4 TB LaCie RUGGED USB-C external hard drive, and when it's connected to my MacBook Pro (13-inch mid 2014) for a long time without being used, it stops working. I do allow drives to sleep when ...
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New SSD Fitted but Disk Utility Still Showing Old Disk

My 2013 Mac Mini with 1 TB Fusion drive was starting to run really slowly. I got a brand new 1 TB SSD fitted and am trying to restore from Time Machine, now. The restore can see the Time Machine ...
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How to fix MacBook Pro Display which is not working [closed]

I guess the reason you clicked this question is that you thought it was the backlight issue but it is not. This problem puzzles me. ISSUE: My display does not work. What MacBook do I have? ...
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How do I free up space on my Mac?

I'm confused regarding what options I have to be able to keep working on my work computer. According to DiskSweeper, this is how my 500GB disk space is used: Besides from things that cannot be ...
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Replaced SSD won't boot

I have cloned the HDD from an old MBP (Early 2011) to a Kingston A400 SSD. When booting from USB it all works fine, however once installed internally when booting it shows a no entry sign 🚫 (I assume ...
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MacBook Pro 2015 - New SSD, can't install macOS

I installed a 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe M.2 into my MacBook Pro 13" 2015 (128GB). I followed instructions in a youtube video. (Boot-Stick created, case opened, battery disconnected, SSD removed,...
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Why has my hard drive started spinning-up each time I eject it?

When I eject the hard drive, the disk starts to slow down but then the disk starts spinning at full speed about a second later. The hard drive is not mounted but it is still spinning. I’m afraid to ...
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Bootcamp - can't save Windows support software, not enough space on available disk

So I keep getting the above error at the following step, Downloading windows support software - OK Partitioning disk - OK Copying windows files - OK Saving windows support software - ERROR I have ...
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How to fix CoreStorage not mounting? Broken GPT, GUID, volume etc?

I have an external hard drive with two partitions, each one formatted as "OS X Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)". The second partition mounts and asks for a password, but the first one does not. The ...
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My WD passport spins, lights up and connects but doesnt show as an available drive [duplicate]

My external hard drive fell. After that I plug it in and it lights up but doesnt blink, the HD spins then stops. The WD icon in the top right of my screen shows it there as plugged in but it doesnt ...
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Partition Type: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF no backup [duplicate]

trying to delete a disk partition, the disks utility has given an error and now the Macintosh HD volume was not in APFS. But of course, being different, does not match anything with mine. It also ...