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Solid State Disk, a generic term for computer storage devices that have no moving parts and do not involve a "hard disk". A hard disk, in contrast, is a device incorporating a spinning platter or platters that store information magnetically.

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What kind of SSD do I have in my 2017 27" iMac?

Back in 2017 I purchased a 27" "Core i7" iMac, and opted to get the storage upgrade giving it a 500 GB SSD instead of a hard drive or fusion drive. I'm now considering upgrading the ...
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apfs speed of mac mini m1 256GB?

I have the M1 mac mini with a 256GB ssd. It is not a fresh disk---I now have only about 30GB remaining. I am not interested in synthetic raw disk performance, but in performance on the APFS file ...
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Finder corrupt files on copy to external ssd

Problem: sometimes finder corrupts my files when copying to external ssd. Reproduction methodology: copy via finder file to external ssd, then check this file md5 -q ~/Downloads/path/to/source md5 -q /...
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a1466 2012 Air configure Swap space

I have a 2012 Macbook Air A1466. Had it for a decade now and still haven't gotten a new laptop since! It's probably the best investment I've made. However, it's been slow past few years with newer ...
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Macbook Pro Can't Boot From macOS Monterey of External SSD

I have recently decide to install dual OS (macOS and Windows 10) on this newly bought SSD to run both Mac and Windows on my Macbook Pro 2017. What I did was, Disk Partition on Windows. Got three ...
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External Thunderbolt SSDs not showing space after deleting files

I have two external Samsung X5 2TB Thunderbolt 3 SSDs. Both of them work fine after I reformat them. But when I delete files (and empty the recycle bin), the space on them does not increase. In ...
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How can I get fast external ssd safely?

I want to get Thunderbolt speeds for my M1 Mac Mini for a low price, but it's confusing. If I buy a fast external drive, I may get slow speed because of low power. If I buy a powered thunderbolt 3 ...
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Bootcamp no longer sees my internal 2.5" SATA SSD

It seems either Bootcamp and/or Windows have been updating themselves a lot recently... in the last ~4 months (give or take a few months). I only realised this week that my 2TB internal storage drive ...
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What is the process to replace a hard drive in a Mac Mini?

I have a 2011 Mac Mini whose hard drive I would like to upgrade, because it's a bit small, old and slow. I got a 2TB SSD drive and would love to clone my current HD that has my OS on it and everything ...
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How to clone SSD with 2 systems (Mac and Win10) to larger SSD with increasing Windows volume?

Some years before, I created both a system SSD disk with Windows (BOOTCAMP) and macOS (Macintosh HD). After that, I forgot about the way how I did it and now I need to migrate from the old disk to the ...
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High sierra partition lost after deleting windows partition

I previously installed Windows (on a partition in the main SSD, sharing it with High Sierra) on a mid 2011 21,5 inch iMac using this guide. Afterwards I installed Big Sur using opencore legacy ...
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My apple internal SSD has become extremely slow

I have a 2017 13" MacBook Pro with a Apple 500gb SSD, model APPLE SSD AP0512J. I have noticed over the last year that my machine has become more and more frustrating to use - everything just ...
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Install Catalina on top of Monterey, will it mess with everything?

About two years ago I updated the original 256gb ssd on the mbp 15" mid 2015. Installed a transcend 855, 960gb nvme gen 3 x4. I was running Catalina for a long time then BigSur and Monterey, ...
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What SSD drives are compatible with a 2011 Mac Mini? [closed]

I currently have 2 x 1Tb hard drives in my Mac Mini, but would like to upgrade them to make the computer faster. Are there some 1Tb SSD drives that I should avoid? Are there some that are recommended? ...
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Music library on external drive & iPhone sync: how functional is it?

I'm moving to a Macbook after long time on a desktop. I found a good bargain on a basic M1 MB Air, which is powerful enough for me but it is 256gb SSD, which is definitely enough for the useful things ...
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nvme gen 4 on mbp 15" mid 2015

About two years ago I updated the original 256gb ssd on the mbp 15" mid 2015. Installed a transcend 855, 960gb nvme gen 3 x4. In contrast the original have the following specs: Vendor: Apple ...
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Gave Apple SSD disk password after selling. Is my security compromised?

I follow steps 4, 7 and 8 (I think...) here for a Macbook Pro 13 Late 2013 in order to sell it. I would like to know if my security is compromise for not doing steps 5, 6 and possibly 8. Asking since ...
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What would cause the following error: 'Eject "Apple SSD - Data" before disconnecting or turning it off'

I just saw the message below on my 2015 MacBook Pro running macOS 12.2.1. It seems weird for macOS to be complaining about ejecting an internal SSD that I could never actually eject. What could cause ...
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Troubleshooting: iMac SSD appears then disappears

I have a 27" iMac (18,3) that originally came with a 2TB Fusion drive. Last week, the iMac started showing signs of HDD failure so I swapped out the main drive with an SSD from OWC. After ...
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I can't delete storage "containers" from my disk

I've tried as much as I can find, anything with diskutil in the terminal or in the GUI hasn't worked. Asahi doesn't show up in the GUI or in the boot options now. I want to completely erase all the ...
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Portable SSD listed on USB device tree but neither in Disk Utility nor under diskutil command

I stupidly shut down my MacBook when there's data transferring between my Mac and this external SSD (connected with a USB-C cable). Afterwards, none of my following devices recognize this SSD my ...
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Mac Mini (Intel)'s disk has very large read/write

I bought a Mac Mini (Intel CPU) about two years ago, and its disk "percentage used" is already 12%, and there are 160TB write (and 150TB read). Compared with other programmers, seems that ...
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“No room for PMBR” when trying to rebuild tables

My laptop messed up it’s macOS partition format when it tried to upgrade to Monterey yesterday. I deleted the GPT table so that I could rebuild it, but had to use fdisk to get rid of the “suspect mbr” ...
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MacBook crashing whenever I try to do something

I changed my MacBook Air 2017's SSD to a third-party one, so I tried to install macOS on it using a USB boot key but whenever I try do something with the disk like installing Monterey or erasing disk, ...
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My Macbook’s internal SSD is dying and throwing errors when transferring files. Should I attempt backing it up myself or send to a professional?

The other day I downloaded DriveDx and found out my Macbook’s internal SSD is failing. The reason is related to wear leveling that’s led to a rapidly growing number of retired blocks and I/O errors. ...
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External SSD connected with adapter won't show up in Disk Utility

I recently bought an SSD (SanDisk Plus, 480GB, 2.5", SATA III) and tried to connect it to my MacBook Pro (M1, 2020) by chaining: a USB 3.0-to-SATA III adapter: and a USB-3-to-USB-C USB-C PRO ...
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Am I wearing down my internal SSDs quickly or is it more likely they're wearing out naturally?

A few days ago I learned that my internal SSD is failing. I have a a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) running Big Sur, and my hard drive is an APPLE SSD SM0256G. I got the laptop in 2017 and ...
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Hardware and software to get SMART status from an external USB SSD?

Is there any combination of hardware (any SSD drive) and software (a driver) to be able to get SMART status from an external USB SSD? My development writes constantly to my WD SSD without SMART status ...
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FileVault and erasing SSD: disk utility didn’t ask for any code or password to erase despite FileVault being on

I am trying to sell my MacBook Pro 2011 and want to erase the SSD for good. It’s running High Sierra. Despite what Apple says, I read it’s better to have FileVault turned on and then erase the machine....
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Format SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD V2 on Mac

Formatting (erasing) SanDisk Extreme Pro 55AF Media works but looks unusual in Disk Utility (image): Erase: SanDisk Extreme Pro 55AF Media Name: SD Format: APFS Scheme: GUID Partition Map Result: ...
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Wipe free space on external SSD

I bought an external SSD which is not working fine with my new Macbook Air running under Monterey. I wanted to erase the Disk securely before sending it back but I just noticed that it's not possible ...
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Macbook Air M1 clean reinstall stuck without Macintosh HD

I am trying to reset a Macbook Air M1 and after I was stuck on some issue where I couldn't create the user during the setup process (M1 Mac clean install, getting stuck at "Create a computer ...
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Is this MCA Error Report due to a failing SSD?

I'm having issues with my Mac Pro 2013 telling me that it's crashed when I wake the machine from sleep mode and needing to reinstate all the open windows and restore crashed tabs in Chrome for example....
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SSD with Big Sur installed in it with an M1 MacBook air

I have an SSD where I installed the OS with my Intel-based MacBook Pro 2017, so normally I log to this SSD "partition" where I have all my work Xcode... I'm asking if this same SSD would ...
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MacBook air's 2017 NVMe SSD Trim Support

I recently upgraded my MacBook air's 2017 SSD to 1TB. I used Crucial P2 NVMe SSD with a 3rd party adapter. And it's working pretty well. Recently I heard about macOS Trip support, I use the Filevault, ...
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External SSD won't boot after Monterey update

Devices / OS (related to issue):  • MacBook Pro 15″ 2018   • Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB - GUID Partition Map Scheme / APFS   • macOS Monterey (12.2) I've been using Samsung T5 SSD (connected via ...
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New internal SSD (WD_Black SN750 2TB) not recognized during setup on late 2013 Mac Pro

I am trying to set up my new internal SSD (WD_Black SN750 2TB) with a Sintech adapter on my late 2013 Mac Pro after my factory 256gb ssd failed a bit ago and am having issues where the new SSD ...
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Is it possible to remove mac os completely and install Windows on SSD rather than HDD?

I've used my old iMac (iMac 17,1 late 2015) for about 6 years now, and I've got the new iMac now, so I have been trying to install windows on this old machine. However, when i use Bootcamp to install ...
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Can a "test restoration" of macOS from time machine be done?

I maintain regular backups of my systems: three (3) Macbook Pros, vintage 2011, 2016 & 2019. I use Time Machine for backups now, and I have so far been fortunate enough to not need to use a backup ...
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Is there a way to see progress on Time Machine Restore, seeming stuck on "preparing to restore" animation?

Short story: Macbook pro Retina 13" early 2015 with 128GB SSD /8GB RAM free space left <5GB I bought a new 512GB SSD I did Time Machine backup on a encrypted external usb HDD (~64GB) I ...
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Is there any to fix or restore data from a Fusion Drive, when it kernel panic loops but drives are ok? Even crashes with cloned drives

iMac 2013 27" 1Tb HD & 128Gb SSD Fusion Drive Error message is: panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff800ec1d80d): "CoreStorage: load_lfs_from_seg: ran out of free segments\n"@/System/Volumes/...
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Best Practice for storing MacOS iPhotos [closed]

Context: macOS Catalina / Big Sur is used to store iPhone photos Photos are not to be stored in the cloud / iCloud Mac has a small SSD compared to the amount of iPhone photos that are to be stored ...
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Format external SSD for transferring files from old PC to mac

So, I bought a SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD thinking I can just plop the old PC files (pictures, schoolwork, old code repositories) onto it and then use the SSD with my new Macbook Pro. Turns out the ...
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APFS disk plugged in newer system gives "Incompatible Disk" warning in original OS

If you plug an external macOS system disk using APFS into a newer version of macOS you will get a warning afterwards back in your original macOS saying: "Incompatible Disk. This disk uses ...
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How can I use an external SSD instead of the built in HDD on a Mac Mini Late 2014?

I want to clone the HDD on a late 2014 Mac Mini onto a Samsung T5 or T7 portable SSD, and use that drive as the boot drive. Is that possible, and if so, how would I even start going about such a thing?...
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Unable to add apps to Security & Privacy Preference on MacOS Mojave

Yesterday. I cloned my hard drive to my SSD for use. One of the essential apps I need to use is EVKey which works fine with no issue before. After I boot up the SSD, I notice that I am not able to add ...
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Mac suddenly boots from dead ssd?

So about a month back i got the question mark folder and couldnt asee the disk in diskutil list so i assumed it died and started working from a sd card but today it suddenly booted from the ssd that i ...
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Where is my iMac A1419 SSD?

I’m trying to upgrade my iMac A1419 (late 2013 iMac14,2) model SSD from 256 Gb to 2 Tb. I watched a lot of videos how to do it, but when I opened my iMac I found the place where usually the HDD is ...
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Converter card for getting data from a MacBook's(MacBook Pro A1502) SSD hard drive

I am trying to get the data off the dead MacBook's(MacBook Pro A1502) SSD hard drive. From my research, I need an SSD adapter as well as a Converter Card. My SSD adapter is Sintech M.2 NGFF 28Pin SSD ...
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Does downloading to an external drive reduce internal drive read/write cycles?

Just wondering, can read/write cycles on a Macbook's internal SSD be avoided by downloading files from the internet to an external hard drive? I'm not sure how macOS handles this so I'm wondering: ...
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