Commonly used to refer to Disk Utility.app, an application included with OS X.

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How do you format a 2GB SD card to FAT32? (Preferably with Disk Utility)

I've been looking around for a way to do this for a while, but haven't been able to find the answer. I need to format my 2GB SD card to FAT-32, but I don't see the option in Disk Utility. If I ...
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Mac OS not allowing for disk partition

I tried adding a disk partition through Disk Utility on a Retina MBP under OS X 10.8.4. It was supposed to be a small, ~20 GB ExFAT partition on a 512 GB disk. For some reason, my disk was ...
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Formatted USB flash drive with Disk Utility on Mac and now it is not recognized on any Mac or Windows machine

I have formatted Canyon CN-MP4A USB flash drive with Disk Utility on Mac and now it is not recognized on any Mac or Windows machine. I have formatted with Disk Utility > drive > Erease > ...
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How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive?

How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive? It will not mount or format on Windows Vista or OSX Tiger. Disk Utility sees the hardware, but no partition to mount. Testdisk ...
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zpool: pool I/O is currently suspended

I'm using ZFS on OSX and I've zpool which is active and online: NAME SIZE ALLOC FREE CAP DEDUP HEALTH ALTROOT WD_1TB 931G 280G 651G 30% 1.00x ONLINE - but I can't ...
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Unable to delete or re-partition internal drive using Disk Utility

When using Disk Utility, after booting onto the recovery partition, I can't... Re-partition Delete partitions Repair partitions
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Failed Yosemite TimeMachine “Use Drive (with Encryption)” renders drive unmountable on reboot

I turned on TimeMachine and told it to use my Drobo volume for backups, and checked the box for encryption. It thought about it for a few minutes and then bailed with an error stating that it ...
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Can a Disk Image (Disk Utility) be opened by two users on separate machines at the same time?

I have created a Disk Image to place confidential information into that myself and another colleague will be working on. problem is, we have just discovered that we both can't access the disk image at ...
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Why is Disk Utility / diskutil taking so long to zero out data?

I've tried with Disk Utility.app and diskutil at the commandline to zero out a 3TB external USB hard drive, and both work at about 1%/1hr. In Disk Utility.app I am using the 1-pass mode, and with ...
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Microsoft disk integrity tools like ScanDisk, CheckDisk, and Error-Checking? How do they differ? [closed]

There's been something I've been curious about regarding 'disk integrity' tools for sometime now... Specifically, as regards computers that use an operating-system by Microsoft, there's been 4 tools ...
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Util to check external USB Drive health? [closed]

I tried a few utils and none of them worked. Either USB wasnt supported or the drive was 'recognized'. I am trying to figure out if i should dump the drive or not. Its only a year old but the warranty ...
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Claim Free Space / Unallocated space back Mac OSX

I've got a 1TB internal HD that has 213GB of free space that I can't access. 1TB -> -- Macintosh HD 618GB -- Recovery HD 650MB -- BOOTCAMP 104GB -- Unallocated Space 213GB How can I add that ...
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Mount USB drive as local folder on Mac

I bought an external 1TB USB drive and I want to make my Google Drive use the USB drive instead of my external disk. The reason why I want to do this is because my Google Drive account is 1TB and my ...
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Need to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Without Formatting

My hard drives got converted to Dynamic in order to increase the number of partitions. I tried Partition Wizard Server Version, but its not working. I need to convert the partitions to basic to ...
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OSX Partition failed with the error: The chosen size is not valid for the chosen file system

So I had a failing 1TB drive in my macbook pro, I managed to copy it bit for bit to a new 2TB drive. The new 2TB clone now works fine. I have 2 partitions on the new drive, OSX yosemite and windows ...
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Identify latest added or updated files in Windows file folders

In Windows Explorer, I would like to list all the files in a folder, including those in subfolders, and sort them by the time they were added, or the last time they were modified. I am trying to ...
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Disk Utility Requires Admin Password

I've been experimenting with Disk Utility lately, trying to create a password protected folder. The strange thing is, I tried to make an image out of this folder called "Chess" and it created ...
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How to quickly force-clear the dirty bit on ExFAT filesystem

My ExFAT partition is about 1TB and it takes chkdsk about 10 hours to check and clear the dirty bit flag. There is never an error. It is caused by the drive being disconnected in an unsafe manner (it ...
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Difference between ISO, MDS & BIN/CUE disk image formats?

What is the difference between these major disk image formats? Are there any specific advantages / disadvantages for any of them?
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Copying a software RAID 1 to a normal SATA II disk

I need to copy my software RAID 0 (GA-P55-UD5, intel controller) to a normal SATA II disk. I've tried Clonezilla but it won't recognize my RAID volume; just the single disks that are part of it. How ...
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System Reserved partition no longer marked as System

I recently posted a question to Super User about accidentally marking my external HDD's partition as Active and how I could undo my accidental mistake. I followed the instructions provided and they ...
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ddrescue failing with very large errsize (hundreds of terabytes)

I'm trying to rip a CD-ROM to an ISO file. I prefer an ISO file to a DMG or CDR file because of cross-platform compatibility. I tried using ddrescue, but no matter what options I use I get the ...
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Why is “/dev/rdisk” about 20 times faster than “/dev/disk” in Mac OS X

According to the rasbery pi documentation, You can load your OS to a flash card with either /dev/disk or /dev/rdisk. rdisk stands for raw disk. /dev/disk is a block level device, why would rdisk ...
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OS X - Disk Utility - “Free Space” on external HDD can't be modified

I have an external 1TB HDD and can assure it's fully working. Now I wanted to split it into two partitions, one for r/w on OS X and the other one for r/w on Windows. However, I selected Free Space ...
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Create .img of a disk from command line?

I need to create a .bin or .img of a disk from the command line. I have tried using rawcopy (an .exe that I downloaded from the internet), but that is rubbish. Does anyone know of other ...
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Recovering data from a lost/deleted HFS partition in Mac OS X

I have a 2TB hard drive with 2 partitions. It got partition by a program into 5gb accidentally. I tried using Disk Drill Pro to recover the lost partitions and it could see it but could not rebuild ...
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diskutil shows Macintosh HD is missing (with Recovery HD occupying the entire space)

So yesterday I managed to screw up my iMac 2012 (with Fusion Drive) by installing the Mac OS 10.2.2 update... The installation stalled and when I tried to restore from an external drive using Time ...
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How to throttle performance of a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk )

I'd like to be able to throttle the performance of Reads/Writes on some of my disks. While I know it might be pretty difficult to control that on actual Physical disks, is there any tool which can ...
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Partitioning issue after HDD to SSD sector copy and swap in Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

Recently decided to replace my nearly full 500GB hard disk drive with a 1TB SSD to breathe some new life into my mid-2010 MacBook Pro. I used a “toaster”-style drive cloner (Dyconn Dubbler) to do a ...
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How to merge a spanned volume?

I have ended up with my D Volume spanned over multiple partitions (On one physical drive) How do I merge them? (They are adjacent). Or how can I safely get my data off some of the partitions (So I ...
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What can I do when I get a “Cannot Allocate Memory” error after restoring a disk image?

I've downloaded Mac OS X Mountain Lion today and wanted to backup the installation image to a USB drive for later. I've created a new empty partition of at least 8 GB size on the external drive using ...
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diskutil rename error: “does not appear to be a valid volume name for its file system”

I'm trying to rename the volume name of a mounted ISO image using the command: diskutil rename /dev/disk15 TEST_DISK_2014_RENAMED I get the error: TEST_DISK_2014_RENAMED does not appear to be a ...
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Perform trim-like operation on a normal HDD?

Is there a way to perform the same thing on a HDD as Trim does on a SSD. I assume the used sectors should be rewritten with 0 or 1.
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Fix bad blocks on Mac hard disk

I have a hard disk that I scanned with TechTool and it reports one bad block. As far as I can tell, TechTool only scans and reports a failure. It doesn't fix anything. Back in the day, Norton Disk ...
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Unlocking FileVault encrypted drive from Terminal (to allow pasting password)

I have a long, complicated password for an external drive encrypted with FileVault that I have securely stored, but OS X doesn’t allow pasting into the password unlock GUI dialog (argh!). How can I ...
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Cant boot MacBook Pro - HDD File System is Read-Only

I have a big problem - I think. The problem seems to be that my HDD is Read-Only so I cant boot and can not erase the HDD to reinstall the system. But here is the whole story. I bougth a used ...
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How to calculate size of a VERY large folder over FTP?

I have FTP access to a web-server which has a large folder (By large I mean ~200GB). How can I get number of files and it's exact size? I have tried 'du -hs' but it takes a life to receive a response ...
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Unable to create disk image using disk utility (Input/output error)

I want to create a disk image of source 100.03 GB Ext Hard Disk Media on destination 5TB Lacie ST5000DX000-1H2170 there is greater than 1TB remaining on the destination disk. The Disk Utility progress ...
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I want to reformat my external hard disk but disk utility said it could not be unmounted

Hi I wanted to reformat my HP 500GB hard disk to MS DOS (FAT) by using Disk Utility but Disk Utility kept saying that the hard disk cannot be unmounted. I tried googling it but nothing seems to answer ...
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Laptop Harddisk not working

I have a segate hard disk (Laptop HD). Which stopped working unexpectedly. I just Google'd and tried few thinks to get it to work. But nothing seems to be happening. I tried connecting the HD to my ...
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Create disk image from flash drive

I have a 16 gb flash drive that is formatted using my mac, made bootable, and an OSX installation image put on it. I'd like to keep that drive around so I can do it again in the future, but I don't ...
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Write back partition being resized

I have problem with my mac it don,t boot. After some research i find out that it mark partition as crashed and want to check it. But while checking it say invalid sibling link and can't repair because ...
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I forgot my encrypted disk password on OS X

My disk is formatted with Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted). I have a super long and random password. It won't let me paste my password in and I keep manually typing it wrong. There is nothing on ...
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Are these unrepairable SSD errors indicative of a SSD hardware error?

Some time ago I got an Apple authorised reseller to replace the SSD in my early-2011 model MBP with a Samsung 512GB 840-series disk. About three months later, booting failed with this error: Please ...
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How can I resolve the error “MediaKit reports partition (map) too small”?

I am unable to expand my Mac's hard disk. diskutility reports this error: MediaKit reports partition (map) too small How can I resolve this?
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Shrink a .sparseimage

I have a .sparseimage that occupies 90GB of space on my hard drive despite only having 30GB of files in it. How can I reclaim the empty space used by the .sparseimage and compact the file?
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Zerofree never ends. Is it doing anything?

I have been trying to use zerofree to reduce the size of my VM. It worked fine for one filesystem, but the other was mounted on / so it wouldn't let me. Then I figured I could use the 'recovery ...
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Backup from HD Image (Mac)

I am trying to recover a system from a dmg. I copied the dmg onto my Documents folder and select the correct drive as shown: I did this by 1. dragged and dropped `MacIntosh HD` onto the ...
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Tool to retrieve information about which hard-disk is connected to which disk-controller (Windows)?

When servicing servers I often find lots of various disks connected to several HD-controllers. To find and replace a specific disk in a server filled with disks often becomes rather tedious. So the ...
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Hard Drive Bad Sector marking utility [closed]

I already have Windows XP, During installing Ubuntu(dual boot) the disk drive just stuck up at one place and doesn't seem to move ahead.. Is there a disk bad sector mark utility that just marks these ...