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Seagate External Drive works on PC but not mac, sometimes

I've having some trouble with my Seagate USB External hard drive. It's formatted FAT32 and I use it primarily on my Mac (OSX Mavericks) Every now and then (it's happened twice now), It would stop ...
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Windows 7 - play songs contained in external hard drive Mac journaled

I have an external Mac journaled formatted hard drive containing all my music, but Windows 7 doesn't recognize the file system, so I can not open any files contained in it. By searching on the web I ...
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iTunes: How to have the same library on two external harddisks?

I have my iTunes library on an external hard disk at home. I'd like to listen to my music also at work. For this I have another external hard disk at work. Is there a way to have the same iTunes ...
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WD My Passport Reformat

My WD has run out of space. I have deleted all the files on it, but doing this did not free up space; it is still at capacity. Thus, I was thinking reformatting the drive might purge all the old ...
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Why would re-formatting an external disk drive stop random drive disconnects in OSX Mavericks?

My old MacBook Pro Retina was over heating, so after a long story omitted, I got a new MBP Retina with Mavericks pre-installed, and my Seagate Thunderbolt(TB)/USB3 drive started unmounting and ...
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In OSX, external hard drive doesn't automatically mount after computer boots. Fine if unplug/replug

Hopefully that title isn't too long, but I was trying to encapsulate the whole problem. The external drive that I use for my Time Machine backups doesn't seem to mount automatically when the computer ...
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Folders on ext. HDD has been replaced with an mp3 file How get the folder Back?

My external hard drive is in NTFS format and I'm using a mac computer. In order to write to the hard drive I'm using "Paragon NTFS for Mac", have been using this for years without any issues, until ...
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Input/output error in OS X but not Linux on NTFS external hard drive

My external hard drive contains a directory. On my Mac I can't see this folder, neither in Finder nor with ls -la. But I know that it exists, since there is no problem with it on Linux. Because I'm ...
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OSX tilts on creating new dirs, allows new files on external drive

I've an external drive that was working fine until this morning. Now, I'm able to create new files (with copy, touch whatever), but I can not create/move new directories. Any ideas? $ mount ...
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Diagnose external hard drive to see if it still works

About 3 years ago my husband dropped my connected Western Digital external hard drive from the desk and now it will not connect to the computer. I plug it in and I get an error message The disk ...
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2answers
234 views

How to fix external USB NTFS hard drive that stopped working in Windows but works in Mac Os X?

I have an external USB 1 TB hard drive which is formatted in NTFS. After copying of large amount of small files it stopped working. Meaning when I connect it to Windows XP or 7 the OS starts to lag ...
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Troubleshooting slow write speed on external hard drive

THE SITUATION: I’ve been using a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition WD5000C032-002 500Go USB 2.0 for a couple of years to backup another external hard drive I have. I use SuperDuper on a ...
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External drive has strange files “_*” appearing - culprit is maybe rsync or SMB access?

I'm using rsync to back up folders from my iMac to a WD MyBook and the process seems to leave files such as these: _0O1MN~H.MP4 _2C0X2~3.AVI _ALLYW~B.SRT _VUC69~7 The last one is the most ...
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129 views

External disk recognized but reported as “unformatted” and will not mount

I used an external (2.5") disk to do a Time Machine backup one day, and the next day when I connected it again, Disk Utility recognized the drive, but reported it as "unformatted" (OS X however did ...
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1answer
126 views

Can't get rsync to sync two external harddrives

I'm trying to use rsync to copy files from one external HDD to another external HDD. I use the following commands rsync -rv --exclude=.DS_Store ~/Volumes/Backed /Volumes/Hero where Backed is the ...
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How Mount and Share a USB Hard Drive from Kwheezy to Macs Using Netatalk?

I have successfully set up netatalk to share files from my Linux box to my MacPro and vise versa. My problem is that I cannot access anything that is not in my /home directory on the Linux system. I ...
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1answer
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Sharing external USB drive via Mac Mini with server.app randomly disconnecting

I've got a Mac mini running server and a few people connecting. This is working fine and no issues so far. I bought a sharkoon USB external 5 bay RAID box and connected to the server and setup shares. ...
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1answer
57 views

Disk Utility not finding disk

I have an external drive that was dropped. It doesn't mount anymore on my OS X box and Disk Utility doesn't see it. Is this the point where I'd need to bring it somewhere for expensive data recover?
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Windows C Drive --(transfer to)--> Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted) : Within Windows

I have an external hard drive whose format is Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted), and I would like to copy my friend's entire computer--it's running Windows 7 Home Premium--to the ...
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Encryption of Time Machine backup went wrong

I use an (Mac OS - journaled formatted) external Lacie harddrive to back up my Macbook Air via Time Machine (The external harddrive also contain other data besides my backups). The OS is Mountain ...
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1answer
450 views

How do I make a external drive appear as an internal drive?

I'm running OSX Mountain Lion, and have a firewire drive hooked up for storage. I would like to make it appear as if it's an internal drive as my online syncing software - sugarsync - doesn't allow ...
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2answers
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Recover a corrupted exFAT volume under OS X

I have a external drive that is formatted as exFAT. It does not show up on my system when I plug it in. When I run Disk Utility, the drive appears on my system but I get the following message: ...
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1answer
185 views

Making HFS+ volume available to Windows 8

I need help determining the best way to make several GB of files on an OS X HFS+ volume available to a Windows 8 machine. The basics of the situation are as follows: We have a wheezing G4 Mac running ...
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1answer
1k views

What is the best filesystem for an external USB drive - 2 - 3 TB shared between OSX/Windows/Linux? [duplicate]

I have been using NTFS, but I recently took a drive which is normally attached to a Mac mini running Lion (using Paragon NTFS) and attached it to Windows 7 because the drive was disconnecting ...
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1answer
137 views

Can I run Windows 8 dual boot on a mac using an external drive instead of having both OS's on the internal drive

Basically, I want to keep Mountain Lion on my MacBook Pro's hard drive only, I don't want to partition the drive to install Windows 8. I'm already using Win7 and WinXP in Parallels Desktop ...
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1answer
3k views

Why SMART is passing while it indicates failure for RAW read error rate?

I have an external USB disk (WD Elements Caviar Green 2 To, WD20EADS-00W4B0) that started to fail (slow reads). My system logs didn't show anything unusual, this definitely indicates some supposedly ...
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1answer
304 views

External HDD partitioning - Mac OS X

I'm a Mac OS 10.8 user and I have a 1TB USB HDD partitioned before from my Mac in 3 parts. Now, I want to add another back-up partition but I'm not able to do it : I can't do anything on the HDD, not ...
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1answer
61 views

Ejecting one drive locks disk utility

I have two external USB drives connected to my mac. If I use Disk Utility to eject one then Disk Utility locks-up until the external drive wakes from hibernation (unparks, spins up). Why? This is ...
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190 views

OSX Drive plugged into Win 7 via external

A friend of mine's Apple laptop stopped booting. HDD issues. So he popped out the HDD and gave it to me to see if I could recover any files. I've done this with PCs multiple times. Even if an HDD is ...
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0answers
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Sharing external hard drive for backups and file exchange by Mac and PC through wi-fi

I've had problems using a BUFALLO 1T HDD for both Time Machine backups on the Mac (Intel based) and system backups on the PC (Win 7) as well as for file sharing for both of the computers via wifi ...
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339 views

2.5 inch vs. 3.5 inch drive reliability [closed]

A few days ago I started getting the famous "Spinning Beach Balls" when read/writing to disk on my Mac (this isn't really a Mac specific question but it will refer to Mac tools, FWIW). In any case I ...
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1answer
1k views

How to use my new external HD for Time Machine backup

I use Mac OS X 10.6.8. I have a brand new external portable hard disk, a Seagate 1 TB, formatted as NTFS. I want to use it as backup drive for Time Machine. When I open Time Machine, it does not ...
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1answer
68 views

OS X installation on an external HDD

I am planning to install a second OS X on an external HDD, I was wondering when I boot in external HDD will it in any ways affect my first OS X installation? Will it have the permissions to write or ...
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3answers
3k views

How to format an external hard drive as UDF on a Mac

I have an external USB hard drive that I'd like to format to UDF for cross-compatibility with Windows and Macs. I tried exFAT, but for whatever reason, because of the block size (56KB) of the format, ...
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1answer
194 views

diskutil mountDisk with password

I'm trying to mount a disk with password from the terminal, i try: diskutil mount Harddrive I Get: Unable to find disk for Harddrive This is because the disk isn't in Volumes until i entered the ...
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1answer
808 views

Segate NTFS hard disk on Mountain Lion

I have Segate external hard disk which can hold upto 1 TB data. I was able to use this hard disk on my Mac laptop even after upgrading to Mountain Lion. However since last 2 weeks I am not able to ...
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1answer
105 views

How to trigger a script when unmounting a hard drive or restarting?

I've recently installed NTFS-3G through Homebrew in order to access NTFS drives from OSX. There's a slight problem with it: after unmounting the drive, if you take a look at /Volumes/, you can still ...
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1answer
1k views

External hard drive to work with Windows, OSX & Linux?

I have an 1 TB external hard drive and I'm going to use it with OSX, Windows XP/7 and Ubuntu, mostly for backup. I'm thinking of creating a bigger FAT32 partition to exchange files between the OS's ...
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1answer
237 views

WD Passport Won't Mount

My WD Passport won't mount. However, it turns on when plugged into my macbook and doesn't make any strange noises. It took a small fall (just a few inches and it was on my couch) and I'm very ...
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0answers
537 views

Why is my portable WD My Passport drive not recognized?

My Western Digital My Passport portable drive is not recognized in OS X. It used to be recognized, but not anymore. It does not appear in /Volumes. The hard drive is recognized by a Linux machine. I ...
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1answer
1k views

What Filesystem should be used for a 4TB drive for both Windows and OSX compatibility? [closed]

Note: I am aware of similar questions. The one's I seen here are for Windows, OSX, and Linux (which I do not need). I also can use Mountain Lion, which the other questions did not mention. I was ...
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1answer
3k views

mount external hard drive in safe boot mode - osx

osx question: Is it possible to mount an external hard drive whilst in safe boot mode? If so, how?
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1answer
243 views

external hard drive not responding

I made a big mistake by unplugging the external harddrive (2TB, western digital) while it was still copying files. I just forgot it was copying files. Now the hard disk won't respond. When I plug it ...
2
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1answer
354 views

Windows can't see the external exFAT partition but Mac OSX Can

I have a 2TB external hard drive that was pre formatted as one giant NTFS partition. I used windows 7 disk utility to partition it into two 1TB partitions and then formatted as FAT. The formatting ...
2
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1answer
950 views

MacOSX: Truecrypt partition on HDDs with larger sector size than 512 bytes

I have an external USB 3.0 HDD which uses a sector size larger than 512 bytes (4kB). In Linux, I created a truecrypt encrypted partition on it, which works fine on any Linux or Windows Computer. ...
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2answers
360 views

How to partition a drive so it can be used for Windows and Mac OS X?

I want to use this 2TB hard drive with this hard drive docking station with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and Windows 7. What file system should I choose for the partition? I plan to do the initial partitioning ...
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1answer
279 views

External USB hard drive acting like internal drive

The power went out and my external hard drive got pretty messed up. After several repair attempts I gave up and tried formatting the thing. I wasn't watching, but I believe Disk Utility hung on ...
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1answer
1k views

Can a hp SimpleSave 2TB External Hard Drive be recovered thats possibly been infected by a Mac computer?

A hp simplesave 2TB external HD owner, recently lent it out. When it came back, it couldn't be used with Windows anymore They thought it may have become too full It went to the 2nd person again with ...
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1answer
792 views

OS X Lion thinks Windows UDF-formatted external drive as exFAT and tells that the drive is invalid

I've recently bought a Mac, and I want to share my Seagate FreeAgent 1.5 TB external hard drive with both my Mac and my PC. I've searched and found that exFAT or UDF is the way to go to have ...
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2answers
321 views

Would it better to partition my secondary drive?

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro (MBP). The main drive is a Solid State Disk (SSD) with OSX. I have removed the SuperDrive and replaced it with a 750GB Hybrid Hard Drive (HHD) (this is the secondary drive). ...