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Questions tagged [ssd]

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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How do I mount an SSD I got from an old Macbook?

I ripped a perfectly fine SSD out of a Macbook with a broken display. So far, all my attempts to access the file system on the SSD have failed. I've tried to put in a nearly identical Macbook. This ...
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Why am I getting “An internal error occurred while preflighting your volume for APFS conversion”?

I have a Mac Mini 2014. I just installed a second SSD drive Samsung Evo 500GB and would like to use as the primary drive for OS. I formatted both drives with disk utility to OS Extended Journaled and ...
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Is it possible to put Windows 10 onto an external SSD and boot it through VirtualBox/VMware?

I am getting a 13-inch Macbook Pro (possibly the 2019 model) on my birthday. I am wondering if I can put Windows 10 onto an External SSD and boot it with virtual machine software on my Mac (ex. VMware,...
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Can't update to Mojave with an external SSD

I have a 2014 Mac Mini. I've seen a number of these issues but haven't found anything that could help. When trying to upgrade to Mojave, I get: you may not install to this volume because the ...
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OSX 10.14.4 now Requires Reboot to see External USB Drive

ENVIRONMENT I'm running OSX 10.14.4 on a mid-2015 MacBook Pro. Plugged into the MBP is the MagSafe power cord, and a Thunderbolt 2 cable connected to a 27" Thunderbolt monitor. That monitor is ...
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Replacing HDD with SSD; what about non-APFS/APFS?

iMac 27-inch, Late 2013, macOS up-to-date I would like to back up my internal HDD (non-APFS) with Time Machine. Then erase the HDD. Then have the HDD replaced with a new internal SSD. Then restore ...
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Connect an external SSD (USB Type-C) to Mac Mini (mid 2011)?

I have a Mac mini (Mid 2011) and I want to use an external SSD (Samsung Portable SSD T5) with it. Now the problem is that Mac mini (Mid 2011) only has: Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps) (not ...
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Macbook Pro Really slow after time machine recovery

I've a 2012 MBP. I recently upgraded to mojave and everything was fine and dandy in terms of speed and everything. However, my hard drive failed. Luckily I had just done a time machine backup a few ...
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Can't format drive to APFS on older machine prior to 10.13 install

I have a Mid-2012 15" MacBook Pro that I've just put a new SSD into. I didn't format the SSD prior to putting it into the computer, my plan was to boot into "recovery mode" (not sure of Apple's term ...
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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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Can you use a bootable macOS USB created on a MacBook pro, to install macOS on another MacBook Pro?

So my friend has a 2011 MacBook Pro. The laptop's hard drive crashed and no longer works. He bought a new SSD as a replacement, but he doesn't have a way to install macOS on this new SSD, because he ...
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Macbook Pro Touch Bar 15 inch 2018 ssd Upgrade

Can i upgrade macbook pro (2018) ssd drive with a new one? When i google it, i found Samsung 970 Evo m.2 "NVMe" 1 tb may be supported. NVMe interface is required by macbook pro but is it enough?
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upgrading drive of 2015 macbook air, such thing as too fast?

I was considering upgrading the drive of a macbook air that i got and was amazed at the difference between some of the NVMe PCIe M.2 drives at around 3,938 MB per second and other SATA drives (which I ...
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After replaced SSD (970 EVO) on MBP mid 2015, Mac didn't start after a workday but after changed back to orig SSD?

I have an Macbook Pro Mid 2015 with an 512GB SSD. Because I alway ran out of storage I wanted to upgrade to an Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB. For reasons I don't know I couldn't clone the system to that ...
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iCloud Disassociation for a Mac Computer

I had a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro that recently stopped booting. I narrowed this down based on troubleshooting of the boot device to likely the SATA/hard drive connector/cable no longer working for ...
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What explains intermittent I/O errors for all attached volumes?

Two external volumes that are both having I/O errors. This is a small bit of console output. One is an SSD and the other is a regular hard drive. Both are relatively new. default 18:46:56.035095 -...
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Macbook pro (mid-2012) startup chime delayed (slow booting) after HDD to SSD conversion

I recently upgraded HDD to SSD on my mid-2012 macbook pro. After the SSD upgrade, the startup chime is delayed, causing slow booting of my mac. Any potential pointers ?
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Compatibility of NVMe and deep sleep in Macbook Pro

Like many others in the community, I am running a Samsung NVMe drive in my Late 2013 15 inch Macbook Pro. [Thanks to the firmware update provided in 10.13 Macs back until around 2013 can work off of a ...
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Different ways to update to SSD with a time machine

I have a MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion. I am updating to an SSD without a SATA to USB cable. , just sticking the SSD in an installing the OS. I have a recent time machine I have done some research ...
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Which SATA cable do I need for a SSD installation in an iMac mid-2011?

1) which SATA cable speed do I need for a SSD installment in a iMac mid-2011? In OWC or iFixit kits, they uses SATA 3, but today I can get quicker SATA 6 cables, does that work or make it quicker? 2)...
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MBP mid 2015 initial Time Machine backup to Samsung T5 blindingly slow

The title pretty much sums it up. Just bought a new 500GB Samsung T5 external SSD, and the first time machine backup is seems like an inside joke. The majority of the time it's backing up at a crawl &...
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Windows 10 - installed on external SSD , gets stuck on Windows logo after installing bootcamp drivers

I installed windows 10 on an external SSD, on my Macbook pro. I saw this method from a 9to5 mac video. I followed each step, and it all worked flawlessly, i was even able to use windows 10, but then i ...
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Does the iPhone support TRIM for flash memory?

I'm asking if TRIM is enabled on iOS because, ever since I ran out of memory on my iPhone (have since cleared a few GB back), it seems to be slower than it was before. My suspicion being that, with ...
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internal SSD crash. macbook retina early 2016. Mac OS X el capitan

My macbook crashed after an ongoing update. I get the "?" file when rebooting it. After several test i decided to reformat my SSD as it was impossible to install a new version of mac OS X on it. At ...
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iMac hard freezes intermittently after booting off an external SSD

I have hooked up an external USB3 Samsung T5 SSD to my iMac model iMac14,2, formatted it as APFS, and installed macOS High Sierra on it, to use as my primary system drive. I can use the system for a ...
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Concerns re: upgrading to an OWC Aura Pro SSD on my 2015 Macbook Pro 15" retina

Looking to upgrade HD space on my 2015 MBP 15" — considering purchasing the OWC Aura Pro 1TB drive, but am quite wary of the many negative reviews I've seen surrounding it (overheating, battery issues,...
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Macbook Pro (mid-2012) battery not identified (shows X) after SSD install

I recently upgraded my MacBook Pro (mid-2012) HDD to SSD. Once SSD install was complete, my macbook did not start, however when plugged into power, it started booting, and worked normally. The ...
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Macbook Pro 2012 MD101 cannot bootup, cannot reinstall OSX

Problem Description About 5 years ago, I upgraded the original HDD to SSD (Samsung 840 evo), everything was ok until last November. After a trip to an examination (4 hours drive, 2 hours out, 2 ...
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Transcend Jetdrive vs OWC Aura

I've just bought a used 2012-era MacBook Air (model MacBookAir5,2). I'm considering upgrading the SSD using a Transcend Jetdrive or an OWC Aura. Going by their specs, both devices are the same. ...
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Slow read/write speed (40MBps) with USB-C external SSD on Macbook Pro

I had a Sandisk Extreme Pro 500Gb PCIe NVME M.2 SSD. I got an USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 Enclosure for it. I have tried it on 3 different 2017 and 2018 macbook pros and an iMac. The Max read/write speed that I ...
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Mount external HDD readOnly option

I have the following problem: I used the optical bay to use a HDD in my mid 2010 13" Macbook Pro in addition to my SSD. It was working just fine until a few days ago, when it started to get "slower". ...
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Can't reboot on external SSD with Bootcamp

a few months ago I bought a new Mac, since this machines are so pricy, I ended up buy a basic model with a small SSD and only 8GB of RAM, for this reason I have been trying to avoid running Windows ...
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PSA: Random freezes/kernel panic on 2013-2015 retina MBP

I've got a Late 2013 15" MBP (A1398) that has been experiencing random freezes/kernel panics for a while now. I was initially unable to pinpoint a cause.
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How do I clone from a Mac OS Extended (Journaled) spinning hard drive to a new SSD on 10.13.6

I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) with a 500GB spinning hard disk boot drive with High Sierra 10.13.6. Disk Utility reports the drive as "SATA Internal Physical Volume - Mac OS Extended (...
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How can I get my 13" MacBook Pro to detect the NVMe m.2 drive that I installed?

Today I installed a Samsung 970 Evo 1TB on my 13" mid 2014 MacBook Pro. I used an adapter that is not the small sintech one that everyone else seems to be using but is a different sintech similar one ...
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Install OS for new SSD [duplicate]

I bought a new SSD for my old macbook pro mid 2012. Can I clone my current OS on other Macbook to SSD and bring it to my old Macbook 2012? Thank you!
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2012 Macbook Pro second SSD

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro with a 500GB Samsung SSD running Mojave. I replaced the optical drive with a hard drive and everything worked fine. Recently, I replaced the old hard drive in the optical ...
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Do i need to allow free space as an over provision on an Macbook Pro's inbuilt SSD?

I have a 2017 15" MBP with an in built 1TB SSD. As i understand with SSDs the best practice is to leave a portion of them free as an "over provision". Do i need to do this the the SSD inbuilt to ...
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One of my start-up drives is missing

I have a Mac Pro (Early 2009) in which I am running two OS's. 10.10 on a Mercury Accelsior SSD and Snow Leopard on a conventional drive. Before upgrading the SSD from Mavericks to Yosemite all was ...
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Installed a new SSD into MackBook. Flashing folder icon shown at startup

A1342 New SSD. Flashing folder icon on start up, no key commands working I’ve just fitted my MacBook A1342 with a 850 Evo SSD. The recovery mode keys and others will not work. I have managed to rest ...
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How can I restore macOS on a MacBook if all the data on the hard drive is wiped/corrupted?

I want to be secure against a worst-case scenario because I'm about to start tinkering with my SSD (going to try installing Linux). What backup methods would allow me to perform a clean reinstall (I'm ...
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Unable to boot or do internet recovery

I have with me a Mac Mini Late 2012 model (Core i5, 6630M). It was running like a champ despite its age but recently while watching Netflix, the screen had a glitch and hung. I force restarted it. ...
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WhatsApp using huge space on my Mac SSD

My parents gave me a MacBook for Christmas with a 256GB SSD and a few days ago I notice I only have 40GB left on the SSD. I tried researching this and according to this question (How can I figure out ...
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Aura Pro X SSD upgrade for MacBook Pro Mid 2014 issue

I have recently upgraded my MacBookPro with an OWC SSD after the original SSD crashed. I have not seen any issues with the system performance after performing the SMC & PRAM reset after the ...
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MacBookPro 2015 not booting from a copy of the disk of my old MacBookPro mid 2012

I have a MacBookPro 13'' mid 2012, 2.9 GHz, which I have given to my partner, as I bought a second-hand MacBook Pro 2015 (beginning of 2015, 3.1 Ghz Intel core i7) Before giving the MBP mid 2012 to ...
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Is it a good idea to run MacOS off of a flash drive?

I have an old 2013 iMac and it is very slow because the hard drive is corrupted. I want to replace the hard drive with a new ssd, but before I do that I want to see how the computer would run with an ...
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Is there a way to update a Mac to High Sierra or Mojave if OEM SSD is unavailable?

I have a late 2013 Mac Pro that had been running Sierra before its internal SSD died. I'd like to replace the internal drive, but OWC's site indicates the following: "macOS 10.13 and later versions ...
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Can't write to Seagate external hard drive on other macbook pros

I have a "new" 2gb Seagate external hdd. I used it to copy files off of my old Macbook pro, circa 2014, which worked fine. I just plugged in the drive into my new Macbook pro, circa 2018. I can ...
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Macbook Pro internal hard drive issues, any way to get this working?

Apologies for myself, I'm a new member and clueless about Macs in general. I have inherited a 2010 Macbook Pro and I've been hoping to use it for some light work. The old password to the computer ...