Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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

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Unable to partition external disk after using diskpart in Windows

I was trying to follow a tutorial online that included using diskpart on Windows 10 to format my 1TB external drive, with commands such as clean and partition. But after learning that it would not ...
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Hard Disk problems, unsure of how to proceed

A couple of days ago, I closed the lid on my 2012 MBP running El Capitan with Samsung Pro 830; it had nearly no power left. Power ran out while I was closing the lid, I suspect, so I plugged it in, ...
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How do I make more space on a Macbook air? [duplicate]

I have a bunch of files that I don't need. I'm wondering what's taking up all the space. I am tempted to almost format the laptop and start fresh. What can I do to find out what is taking up all the ...
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I've added a second HD into my Macbook 2011 instead of CD-ROM. Is it safe to encrypt it using Finder?

Years ago I changed my cdrom in my Macbook for a second hard drive, and have been using a SSD as a first drive ever since. This HD is shown in Finder, and, clicking on it with two fingers, there's an ...
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Fix hard disk not detected after force eject

I got an HDD on my Mid 2012 Macbook Pro 13 inch. I decided to upgrade to SSD and I want a clean install of El Capitan. After the SSD ugprade and OS installation I connect my old HDD as an external ...
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How to stop my SSD “ejecting” from my iMac when in standby?

I recently purchased an SSD drive for my 2009 27" iMac to replace the DVD Drive. Everything installed fine, performance is good etc. However when the device (SSD) is put to "sleep", OS X sees it as ...
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Hard Drive Issues with MacBook Pro 13-inch mid-2012

I'm trapped in a HDD nightmare with my MacBook Pro mid-2012. I updated to Yosemite 10.10.3. A couple of days after the update, I was watching a movie on my TV screen via HDMI. In the middle of the ...
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Mac stuck in safe boot

I accidentally did a hard reset on my mac by doing contorl+c when my mac was booting up. I typed /sbin/fsck -fy because it was supposed to fix my Mac so that it is no longer stuck in safe boot. It ...
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2nd HDD in Early 2011 MacBook Pro ejects during large file transfers, but only in OSX

I recently installed a 1TB HDD in my early 2011 13" MacBook Pro using an MCE Optibay. The stock 120GB SSD houses an OSX Mavericks install and a Windows 7 install, done basically via Bootcamp. The 1TB ...
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I have deleted a bunch of music from iTunes on my Macbook Pro, but am not gaining any free space

I am trying to clear off a lot of extra space on my hard drive. I started with about 90 gigs of music today when I had about 45 gigs of space left available. I just deleted almost 40 gigs worth of ...
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Apple Hardware Test gives no issues, but MacBook 8,1 fails to load after login

This MacBook fails to finish logging in after boot ... diagnosis was a "bad harddrive cable", but after replacing that, no change. For reference, an independent, Apple-certified repair center did a "...
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External drive not detected on MBP until it's connected to a Windows machine first

I have a WD "MY Passport" 1 TB drive which I use for my TimeMachine backup on a 15" MacBook Pro (Mid 2014). Sometimes, the mac will not detect when the drive is being connected (it's not showing in ...
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Dualboot on an external hard drive

I have an iMac, its OS (EL Capitan) is located on an external hard drive. I want to install WIndows 10 as a second OS on this drive. But, since it is an external drive, I can't devide it into ...
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El Capitan can´t see or remove partition but it shows up in Terminal

EDIT: managed to reformat the partition to JHFS+, after accidentaly creating another partition i merged the new and the old one i dint want, then it let me merge all of them together. I created a ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot with new hard drive, but a different MacBook Pro will

So here are the details. My friend and I both have 13-inch Mid 2010 MacBook Pro's. Same processor and specs since they were purchased at the same time, but originally had 250 GB hard drives. His hard ...
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Is it safe to shake/move macbook air while its running?

I had this laptop and i know it's flash drive so i dont think there are moving parts, is it safe to shake it or move it without worry ? turn it upside down while its running ? how safe is this ?
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MacBook Air with Mavericks does not start up, no disk utility available

I have a severe problem with a MacBook Air. It does not start up, it hangs at wether a pure white background or white with the Apple logo. I tried to go into disk utility but pressing the option key ...
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Expanding a partition at the end of a drive to fill the entire drive

I have an external HDD connected to a Lion iMac (though I can use my Mountain Lion Air if it will make the process simpler) that was split right down the middle with two partitions. The first was ...
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What sector is Photos folder on hard drive?

I'm trying to recover some deleted photos from my Mac, but the problem is that I'm not able to select what folder it should be looking in. I am, however, able to select what sector it should be ...
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What would be most common cause of hardware failure on a MBP? [closed]

I have a MBP 13" from 2009 (5,5). I use it a lot, it's on most of the time (but not all the time). An apple care employee told me he hasn't seen many hard-disk failures, but isn't it the first piece ...
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MacOS partition doesnt boot up and shows as MBR part 255 [duplicate]

Sadly the post tagged as duplicated does not work for me ——————— Quick specs: Macbook Pro Mid2012 500GB SSD thats been in the Macbook for around 4 years MacOS Mojave BOOTCAMP Windows (100GB) ...
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iMac HDD transfer files to windows PC without affecting Mac OS x

Hi I have iMac a very slow one and it's stops responding a lot and copying data takes ages so I want to transfer my data to a windows PC. My question Is it possible to remove iMac hdd to transfer ...
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why is there a significant chunk of disk space (~124Gb) that Disk Utility isn't able to access?

~124GB is missing/inaccessible from Disk Utility.. I'm unable to resize the main partition, I'm unable to manipulate the missing space (delete, etc without erasing the entire disk). First aid on ...
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Can I use Time Machine for multiple different backups?

I have my Macintosh HD 500 Gb who backs up on two external hard drives (both 500 GB), so i have always two backups! But i have an other external hard drive (1TB) with a lot of footage on it which i ...
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Can naming/running a program “sudo” somehow cause problems?

I hope this is an appropriate place to post this--I have no idea what happened. I named a c++ file (a simple sudoku solver) "sudo.cpp" and then compiled it with "g++ sudo.cpp -o sudo" and ran "./sudo"...
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Securing USB Drive in Place on iMac

The internal drive of my iMac went bust recently, the iMac is not under warranty anymore so I do not plan to fix it anytime soon. At the moment I am using an external drive and I am managing. The only ...
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My system seems stuck on Optimize hard drive in FileVault

Just upgraded to Yosemite. Going through the process it asked about file vault. I said yes to encrypt it, so it started to optimize hard drive it seems to be stuck on 2 hours left....probably been 3 ...
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Boot drive not recognised at all

After doing an update for iPad and open Google Chrome to watch streaming movies the MacBook Pro 13 mid 2012 has started to slow down and Chrome closed. I restarted and a flashing folder appeared ...
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Macbook pro 2015 PCIE NVME HP EX920 M.2 Mojave Disk utility doesn't see drive

As the title says, if more specs are needed. As for right now no matter what I do, I can't get computer to read the nvme disk. What have I tried? 1: Moving around the drive in the socket 2: Trying ...
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How to get back storage capacity from BOOTCAMP_VOL in Mojave without formatting?

I have a hybrid drive version of iMac, and from the start I have bootcamp installed in my iMac but barely ever used it. The OS has upgraded many times and not it is on Mojave. I realized a while ago ...
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4TB Seagate external drive not mounting in OS X El Capitan

I have a Seagate Backup Plus 4TB external hard drive that I had previously been using with this computer. I recently reformatted this drive as exFAT in order to use it to backup files from my MacBook ...
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Time Machine restore with iMac with Two Hard Drives

I accidentally fried my Mac OS. My computer has an SSD for the OS and an HDD for data. Does Time Machine back up the OS too? Does it back up both drives? I didn't see an option for that when I set ...
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When Mac OS freezes is it ok to hard shutdown?

I have a MacBook Pro Retina, so it has an SSD but no HDD. I use Dr. Cleaner and I've often noticed that when 99% of the app memory is being used, the OS X El Capitan freezes. At this point of time, ...
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Something is constantly eating my hard disk space [duplicate]

Something is constantly eating my hard disk space. This pattern happens very often: I free some space by deleting stuff (5-8 GB) In about half an hour I have 0 (zero) free space I have not ...
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Can I move a hard drive from a MacBook 13 to a MacBook 15?

I'm thinking of upgrading my machine to a 15" and wondering if I can just move the hard drive over and put a new one in the 13"? The reason is my 13" Macbook has a 2TB HDD and I'd rather keep that ...
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Partition shown as FFFF and unmountDisk is unable to unmount [duplicate]

My Mac's HDD is not opening. When I enter diskutil umountDisk dev/disk0 shows: At least one volume could not be unmounted sais-MacBook-Pro:~ sk$ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: ...
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Remove all purgeable space? [duplicate]

well the issue is that I use to have ~20gb free in my disk, after updating and removing around 30gb a lot of things, I still have 20gb free in the disk and still says it only has ~20gb free in reality ...
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WD hard drive for Mac Apple to read in Windows OS

Help! Is there any possible way that I can read my files on a WD hard drive on a Windows computer without reformatting the hard drive? Because I know it is needed to reformat the hard drive before ...
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Unknown used space on hard drive

There's an unknown space that is used on my hard drive. I've already use DaisyDisk and OmniDiskSweeper but both haven't detected anything.
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macOS Sierra USB Issues

Has anyone faced any issues with the external hard drives or pen-drives not being detected on a MacBook that has been upgraded to macOS Sierra 10.12?
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“Permission error” when creating files on a new hard drive in Mac Pro

I just installed a 6TB HDD in a 2008 Mac Pro with 10.11.4 and am trying to make a symlink on it, ln -s /origin /destination, but I get Permission denied errors. I then tried to just create a file ...
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Changing from Virtual Hard Drive to Blank External Hard Disk [closed]

I have a blank hard disk (1 TB) that has more space than the virtual disk I am running OS X El Capitan on (89 GB). My OS is running on VMWare Player version 12, being used on Windows 10 single ...
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Hardrive will not mount after deleting Linux partition. Can’t boot into Mac OS X [duplicate]

I tried to delete a Linux partition on my hard drive. My hard drive was no longer bootable and the type turned into FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF. I tried to follow some of the other ...
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Apple MacBook 13-inch mid-2010, 4gb RAM, 250 Gb HDD: Can I dual Boot to Windows 10?

I'd like to put a larger hdd into this macbook, and then install Windows 10 onto it. Has Anybody successfully updated their Mac-based Wintel install with Windows 10, and what is involved? I realize ...