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

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Trying to install El Capitan via Bootable USB on MBP 2009 using Windows 10, not showing up

I have recently received a 2009 MBP to use with an old video camera. The MBP has no HDD so I formatted an old windows drive to exFAT and have been trying to create a bootable USB for OSX installation, ...
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I can no longer boot into MacOS and it seems like I corrupted my partitions

I'm not sure what I did, but I think I messed up my partitions on my 2TB FusionDrive on a n Intel Based Macbook Pro 2020. I believe I was on Monterey. I think the underlying cause is that I ...
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WD My Passport isn't showing up on the Desktop after disconnecting without ejecting

I was working on a project straight from my external hard drive today (not good) when suddenly my old MacBook restarted (from overheating, possibly?). When it rebooted, I unplugged my external hard ...
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Remove free disk space

After reinstalling the system, a strange free space appeared on the system disk and because of this, the disk size decreased by 40GB. Apparently, we need to increase the size of the apfc container, ...
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exFAT slow on MacBook - how to improve performance?

When I copy data from my MacBook Pro (M1) to my external drive (HDD USB 3.0 - exFAT) it is slow (60 MByte/sec). When I copy the same data from a Windows PC on that drive, I reached a much better ...
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I accidentally formatted my external hard drive (HFS+) for TimeMachine (APFS). How can I restore my data?

I have a Western Digital external hard drive formatted in HFS+ where I keep some of my data. I back it up manually. I have another WD disk, which looks very similar, which I use for TimeMachine. So ...
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How to **increase** drive detection time on boot?

first I realize this request will come across as very odd; why would anyone want to increase boot time? Well the Samsung SSD I have had installed for years in this Mac suddenly died (after warranty's ...
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Cannot allocate free space back to main disk

I've uninstalled Windows 10 from my Mac via Boot Camp and the space that I allocated to it has turned into free space. I can't seem to remove it and add it back to my total disk storage. When using ...
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Resize macOS partition gaining from Windows partition resized

This question is about macOS BigSur 11.6.1 w/ Boot Camp Windows 10. The HDD was partitioned for macOS and Windows 10. Since the macOS upgrade to 12/13 needs bigger size, I resized the Windows ...
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Restoring Time Machine backups of HFS+ partitions to APFS volumes

I have an external drive with two HFS+ partitions, each containing data. Both partitions are fully backed up with Time Machine. I would like to convert the disk to APFS with two volumes, corresponding ...
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TechTool Pro surface scan No bad blocks, SMART failed

I have a HDD which stores pdfs. So far I haven't had problems accessing the files. I ran a complete surface scan using TechTool Pro which said no bad blocks. Right before I ran the surface scan the ...
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Black screen after boot

I am unable to boot my Late 2015 MacBook Pro. After the chime sound, I can see that the backlight comes on, but there is no image. Same thing happens when I plug in an external display - there is ...
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Where do files reside while in the trash bin on macOS from an external drive?

I am using a Western Digital easystore drive which is formatted as exFat on macOS Monterey. I deleted about 600GB of files from the easystore drive which seemed to work fine. However, when I right-...
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Time Machine won't reconnect to existing working TM backup (external HDD via USB and visible in Finder)

The external HDD was permanently powered up and connected via USB to my iMac. I have never had an issue with it and the HDD has twice the capacity of the HD on the Mac. The USB cable got disconnected ...
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Windows_NTFS ExFat hard drive disconnects after any interaction with it

I have a hard drive that won't show up on my computer for weeks now. I have tried a lot, but what is going is very weird. It doesn't show up anymore in my disk utility, and not even in the system ...
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Are there usability advantages to macOS's built-in RAID?

There is no need for external disk enclosures (whether NAS or not) to have RAID. MacOS supports software-based RAID (striped/mirrored/concatenated). Of the two options (RAID in the OS or outside) I'd ...
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Files on external hard drive from Windows are not visible on Mac, and vice versa

I have a 1TB external hard drive. It's formatted as exFAT using 1024kb allocation unit size. I will be using this hard drive on Mac and Windows both for making backup from time to time. I have a ...
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M1 printing causing USB devices to disconnect

I have an old HP LaserJet 1022 printer (15 years old) that is still alive and doing great. Ever since I bought an M1 Mac, printing to the printer creates an issue. The document prints fine, but after ...
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Recover partition on HPFS/QNX/AUX + Extended LBA drive. Blank TYPE in diskutil

I'm attempting to recover some data from an old 60GB IDE 2.5" drive from an old Windows laptop. diskutil list gives /dev/disk5 (external, physical): #: TYPE NAME ...
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AFPS internal fusion drive corrupted. Looking for help for data recovery

The other day my iMac with MacOS X 10.14 showed a black screen with the no parking sign and reboot did not permit to start the system, it gets stuck on the end of the bar. In recovery mode the drive ...
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Can't find APFS partition on external SSD after trying to merge partitions on Windows with EaseUS [duplicate]

Someone else had a similar problem and seemed to be able to fix it in the Ask Different post "Lost my APFS partition after using EaseUS partition manager on Bootcamp" but the answers are ...
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How to merge container disk into the existing volume

How can I merge the 300 GB Container disk5 with Container disk6 without losing data on disk6? This is a 4TB external drive with two equal-sized volumes, namely EXTERNAL for my personal files and TIME ...
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Fusion Drive split after removing the SSD and HDD from a iMac with a broken power supply / logicboard

Recently, my iMac just turned off and did not start anymore. After countless tries, I opened the iMac and removed the SSD and HHD (Fusion Drive) in the iMac in order to rescue my data. I am not really ...
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Disk space arithmetic

So I am trying to clean up my disk a little and ended up looking at the disk utility. Can someone explain this... "thing". It just confuses the hell out of me. So I have a 256...sorry 250....
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External SSD with SATA to USB 3 not being recognized by MacBookAir M2 while with SATA to USB 2 is working fine

The SSD: Samsung 850EVO 500GB (ExFat formatted) The adapters: SATA to USB 3 type A (ICY BOX IB-AC603a-U3) SATA to USB 3 type A (Sabrent) SATA to USB 2 type A (ICY BOX IB-AC603) USB 3 type A to USB ...
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How to merge "unmerge-able APFS drive" into one partition?

I have a little problem. My MacBook has two spare partitions - 29GB and 6GB. Both are in the APFS format and I cannot remove them with Disk Utility. The 29GB was created from shrinking the Bootcamp ...
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Unable copy time machine back up files- the drive shows as read only

I've got a new hard drive and want to copy my old time machine backups over, but am unable to. When i open the drive info it shows as read only permission, even though I am the admin of this pc. The ...
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Invalid fsroot tree, what it really means and file integrity?

Mac Pro model 5,1 (mid 2012, 3.33 Ghz 6-core Xeon) with 32 GB of stock RAM and the stock video card. I am running High Sierra fully updated. I have a fairly new 4 TB Seagate HDD (3.5") that I ...
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iMac Mojave suddenly became **extremely** slow on login

My 5 year-old iMac has been a rock - until yesterday. Suddenly, it became extremely sluggish with nothing but spinning wheels & beach balls. Even closing an app required 5 minutes or more. I ...
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Problem with internal SSD partitions

I mistakenly used Disk Utility to remove a Bootcamp partition, which has left a ‘ghost’ disk (showing as physical & internal) of 128GB that I can’t seem to remove. I have wiped the SSD and ...
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External HDD ejected improperly, now I can't get it to write/edit

I've looked up a bunch of different sites and forum posts, but I can't seem to fix my issue. I went to sleep with it plugged in, and when I came back there was an error saying it couldn't mount. I ...
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Installing MacOS High Sierra on a Macbook Pro 17 mid 2010, after formatting the drive

There is a 2010 Macbook, in which the hdd disk was replaced with x2 Samsung ssd 860 evo 500gb. Foolishly, I decided to roll High Sierra. I formatted the disk, I'm waiting, but nothing loads (it ...
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Undo a diskutil partitioning attempt?

I accidentally reformatted /dev/disk2 (when I wanted to do it for /dev/disk5...) Users-MacBook-Pro-3:~ user$ diskutil list /dev/disk0 (internal): #: TYPE NAME ...
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macOS Not Showing Internal Drive on Desktop

I'm running macOS Monterey (currently 12.5.1, but this has been happening for a while) and I'm having a problem where one of my internal hard drives is no longer showing it's icon on the Desktop ...
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Completely deleting MacBook Pro hard drive and upgrade to latest OS version

I have a High Sierra (10.13.6) MacBook Pro that I purchased back in 2016. Man its been a great machine! Unfortunately I have beat the heck out of it and made so many systems level changes that its ...
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Recovery mode first aid fails with "resource busy" on APFS partition

My iMac 2012 with 1TB Fusion drive is giving me a lot of trouble. It hangs forever when booting up. So with the help of an external bootable USB (Catalina 10.15.7) I managed to boot into recovery mode ...
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How do I two-way sync to external harddrive?

The problem I'm trying to solve: I don't have wifi at my current studio and won't be able to get it until I move to a new studio, which I won't for at least the next year. I need to backup the ...
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Which options would I have to recover files from a dead MacBook (2022)

What would be the steps to take to recover data from a M2 Macbook Pro (or any Macbook where the hard drive is soldered and not removable), in case one day the laptop just doesn't switch on. I recently ...
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How to transfer terabyte of data faster?

I have a terabyte of data to copy from old external HDD to new external HDD. By the way the new hdd is encrypted via DiskUtility. I'm using macbookpro,two hdd's and two apple's USB-C to USB Adapters ...
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Can't set up time machine with 500G drive and 1TB samsung T7

I erased the external drive (1TB samsung T7) and formatted with APFS (journaled). It backs up the first 220G of 480G or so. Then, it stops abruptly, complaining it has only 99M available. I'm not sure ...
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Will i lose any data if i transfer backups data folders and not the whole backups.backupdb?

I can transfer dates folders (backups from different dates), but I can't transfer backups.backupdb. Will I lose something if I just transfer those files? Is there a way to transfer somewhere backups....
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How to transfer backups from old external HDD to new external HDD? [duplicate]

1.Finder doesn’t work. It shows wrong size,my backup is 27GB,but when I’m trying to copy,it magically become 200GB.When I’m trying to copy this 200Gb file,I get infinity copying because the size of ...
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Mac not booting after moving SSD and HDD to another Mac

I had a mid-2011, 2.5GHz, AMD graphics, Mac Mini with an SSD and HDD using OWC’s dual drive setup. The SSD drive had the OS (10.11 I think) and the HDD had my home folder and an old version of OS X (...
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How do I set password and AES 256 for external HDD?

I want to set a password and AES(128/256) encryption for my external HDD so one has to enter a password to gain access. How can I do this? I’m asking because I don’t see such an option in Disk Utility ...
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How to encrypt the whole external HDD with AES 256? [duplicate]

Mac OS Mojave. When I encrypt the whole external HDD, I click Erase > Format + Scheme, I can only see these options But I don't see such options as if I was encrypting only some files on an ...
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How to partition a hard drive in MacOS?

I am trying to partition a new external drive with 4 TB capacity with MacOS 12.5.1 & Disk Utility to a Windows-compatible format (MSDOS etc.). But no matter how to "erase" the disk, I am ...
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How to transfer backups.backupdb from one external HDD to another?

I have two macOS Mojave macs that back up to a drive. Now, when I’m trying to just grab “backups.backupdb” from one HDD to another,I have this error : copying is almost over and the size of the folder ...
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2 hard drives on MacBook 12 inch

I have a MacBook 12 inch with 1 USB-C port. My MacBook got too small for my Photo's library, so I put that on an external SSD. Now I want to include that SSD into the TimeMachine backup. The only way ...
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Spin down external USB hard drive before removing

On a Macbook Pro M1 with MacOS Monterey 12.5.1, I have an external 2.5" USB hard drive that I use regularly. When done using it, naturally I eject the volume by dragging it to Trash. This ...
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Error code -36 when copying files to external hard drive

Each time I attempt to copy files to a particular HDD, I get the following message: The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “filename.extension” can’t be read or written. (Error ...
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