Intel Mac :: Its Just Deleted Entire Main Hard Drive?

Apr 27, 2012

I was trying to do some tasks in Windows 7 in VMWare fusion and it was a little laggy, so I shut down the VM and restarted my mac. It took a little longer to restart than I'm used to, but when it came back on 99% of my main hard drive is now gone. All my bookmarks in safari, user accounts, most preferences are still here but all files are gone. How could this have happened and is there any way it can be reverted without a time machine back up? It's a mid 2010 21" iMac i3 8GB ram with Lion installed all newest updates have been done prior to this happening. I don't even know what to do, so much has been lost.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook Pro :: Cloning Entire Hard Drive To An External Hard Drive

Mar 31, 2012

Recently I bought 2 identical WD Scorpio Blue 1TB hard drives for my macbook pro 13 inch 2010. My aim is to replace the internal hard drive with one of the two I just purchased and use it as my system drive with Lion, Windows and Data partitions. And for the other hard drive I want to use it as a full disk back up for the internal drive (now 1TB hard drive).†After I was done with setting up both windows and mac and data transfer, when I booedt into the recovery partition from the internal drive to clone the drive to the external drive, the disk utility gave me this error (Could not validate source - error 254). I also tried using Carbon Copy Cloner but it only could clone partitions, not the entire drive. Yesterday I downloaded a copy of Clonezilla. It worked fine until it had to clone an exFAT partition (my data partition). The exFAT partition appeared as 'RAW' partition in clonezilla. As a result, the whole partition appeared to be full and clonezilla had to copy every single blocks of data in that partition and the estimated time remaining was about 30 hours. So clonezilla is out too. Just want to ask if there is any program/application (bootable or not) which allows can do a full disk clone to an external hard drive.

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Mar 9, 2012

I am using mac OS X 10.6, during the time to create a installation disk using disk utility by mistake I have selected my partition drive and after that I couldn't find any data in that drive, how to get it back data.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)

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Jun 6, 2010

Lately I've been using my external hard drive as the main drive of my imac I5 and every day it freezes when I open 3 or 4 apps or more or while doing several stuff at the same time. This, obviously, doesnt happen when using the internal hard drive of the imac, so I suppose is due to using firewire 800 or usb 2.0. Is it normal for every external hard drive to freeze when using it as the main drive or maybe is it that my external hard drive is bad?

I'm planning on buying a more quieter external hard drive to use as the main drive of my imac, but I wont do so if it also keeps freezing every day. Any suggestions? Is it normal even when using firewire 800? When using the external hard drive I umount the internal drive of the imac. Maybe this is the reason? Its a Lacie Big Disk 500GB. Would an external SSD make a difference or would it still freeze?

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Jan 25, 2009

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Feb 14, 2010

I would like to partition my main hard drive so I can install another operating system on the other one and then use either, whenever I wish.

I would prefer to do this from my external drive (Time Capsule) but I dont think the Time Capsule allows for partitions.

In Disk Utility, it shows that I have a 931.5 GB Hitachi Main Disk. Underneath that, indented, it reads Macintosh HD.

When I click on the Hitachi Disk line, it shows me the partition tab.

I can figure out how to partition it - which is to simply add and name a partition and click apply. But I would like to know if this process will erase any data from my hard drive. If it does, then it may not be worth partitioning.

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Sep 7, 2010

I bought a new internal hard drive for my late 2009 MBP and have completely cloned my existing hard drive to the new one. When I use the new hard drive through an enclosure I am able to boot from this hard drive perfectly, but when I install it into my MBP it won't read properly or something. It loads to my home screen with my dock, but when I try to click something, it just freezes up and I have to restart to the same thing every time. Anyone have any ideas on how this can be fixed?

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MacBook :: Formatting External Hard Drives / Format Main Or Sub-drive?

Apr 8, 2010

got a real basic question to ask and you're gonna think im an idiot for asking...I just bought a 320gb western digital elements hard drive and want to reformat it so that its compatible for both mac and pc's. i intend to format it as NTFS-3G as it would allow me to use it on the 2 platforms without having the 4GB file size restriction that fat32 has, anyway.....

when I go to reformat my external hard drive in disk utility, I see my external hard drive to the left, and there's a "sub" hard drive as a child of the external hd listed uppermost. just wandering which one of the two do i select before going to Erase>Windows NT filesystem (NTFS-3G)>erase? Do I select the uppermost drive and erase that or the lower one? or both

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May 27, 2012

Can I copy entire folder to external hard drive?

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May 13, 2012

Every time I back up to my external drive Time Machine automatically backs up the whole hard drive which is very time consuming. This happens every time I back up. It's supposed to only add new files, not do the whole thing. Haven't changed user name or any of the things mentioned in other discussions that will cause this. Does some setting need to be changed?

MacBook (13-inch Late 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Why Doesn't Time Machine See Entire Hard Drive

May 27, 2012

I have a 500 GB external drive that uses FireWire.  Recently Time Machine started deleting several backups to make room for new ones.  It now says the oldest backup is May 4th, 2012.  I thought this sounded like a problem.  When I looked into the details, my iMac now thinks my hard drive has 400GB instead of 500GB. 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)

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Feb 11, 2009

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ITunes :: Move Entire Library From Macbook Pro Harddrive To An External Hard Drive?

Jun 13, 2012

How can I move my entire itunes library from my macbook pro harddrive to an external Hard Drive? 

I know apple products are simple, but sometimes I need the simplicity demonstrated to me.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), moving files

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Intel Mac :: CD/DVD Drive Does Not Play Entire Disk?

Feb 24, 2012

I have an iMac (2009 acquired) 3.06GHZ - Mac OSX 10.6.8 - 4GB mem.

I am experience CD/DVD drive problem with some CDs with photos: The drive starts accessing the disk

but at some point (say, midway through a 300 pic cd) seems to stop recognizing the presence of photos on the disk.

At that point, Preview cannot access such "unrecognized" photos and Icon vew does not show such "unrecognixed" photos. It is as if the drive is not able to explore the entire disk.

Same seems to happen when I write to a blank DVD disk: some material ends up not being written to disk. 

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May 27, 2012

Do I have to copy each file individually or can I copy an entire folder to external hard drive?

iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1

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OS X :: Deleted Emails Still Stored On Hard Drive?

Sep 12, 2010

Using spotlight I "accidentally" found emails that had long ago been deleted. I cannot find them using "finder" so that I may delete all of them. Nor does the email show where it resides. How is this possible? How can I find out where all these "deleted" messages are living on my hard drive?

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OS X :: Hard Drive Almost Full - What Can Be Deleted In Library

Oct 8, 2010

Well, a little about me, I'm a proficient computer user, however, in my semi-recent switch to Mac, I am going through the learning curve of the ins and outs of Mac OS X. I'm a video and audio editor and do a lot of graphic design work as well. So, I have a 320GB (~300GB usable) drive with Mac OS 10.5.8 and a whole lot of software installed. This is a production machine, so I don't want to do anything experimental with it. Hopefully someone with expertise in the area of cleaning cache and needless files will drop by this thread.

Here's the basic rundown of what's on the drive:
/Library = 62GB
/Apps = 22GB
/Users.../Library = 87GB
/Users.../Docs&Desktop&Music&Movies&Pictures = 90GB
Other = ~20GB
Free space = ~20GB

I have plenty of external drive space, so I can move a lot of the User stuff off and clear it up for now, but I just can't understand why the Libraries are so big. But this is because I don't know that much about Mac OS X. Are there any no brainer places to clean cache and unnecessary files? I have read around a bit and so I am not going to be poking around in the Libraries unless I know what I'm doing. I'm cautious because like I said, this is a production machine.

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Jun 27, 2012

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MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Sep 23, 2007

I accidentally deleted my entire iTunes library. What happened was that I intended to delete all the songs from just one artist but for some reason, my iTunes deleted everything in my library which I have collected over the past 6 years. It gets worse because:

1 - I can't get my files back from my iPod because it died about a year ago
2 - I agreed to move all files to my recycle bin (at that point I had no idea I was deleting my entire library) and when I went to check the bin, none of the files were there
3 - I attempted a system restore but all it did was to return my folders with no files in them
4 - I tried to use a couple of undelete files software but none of them found the deleted files.

I'm really desperate to get my files back.

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Apr 21, 2010

I tried to install Ubuntu (don't ask me why) onto my G5 dual core 2.5 Ghz PowerPC and after the installation not working as I had hoped (it worked fine on my netbook btw) I switched off the mac using a hard-shutdown from the power button as the whole system became completely unresponsive. I then tried to reboot and found that on my reboot rather than booting into the user screen as per usual I got the dreaded "circle with a cross through it". After fiddling about with a hell of alot of boot options I managed to get into the open firmware (option,o,f) terminal style screen up. from this screen it would seem that on my internal hard drive that pretty much all of my files are still on the hard drive. As I couldn't open them from the open firmware I was then told by a friend that I could run disk utility from the install cd provided with mac os x and I managed to find my internal hard drive using disk utility.

It seems as though during the ubuntu install I've deleted all partitions on the hard drive and therefore on the "partition" section under "current" it has no partitions set up and I have the option to set one up. It also gives me various different formating options; Mac os x Extended, Mac os x Extended (journalled), Mac os x Extended (Case sensitive journalled), Mac os x Extended (Case sensitive), unix file system and free space. I think it was originally on Mac os x Extended (journaled) but I'm not certain. Before I hit that re-partition button do u think that this is the right thing to do and if so which formatting option should I use? Presuming that the re-partitioning goes well, will I then have to re-install os x? Also will I loose all the data on the hard drive? Although I have the vast majority backed up there are still a few odd files that I wouldn't mind keeping if at all possible and obviously I didn't think to back up those hundreds of apps I've acquired over the years.

An embarrassed Dc
Power Mac G5 dual-core at 2.5 GHz (OS X 10.4.11)
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Feb 8, 2012

I had achived data from another computer (windows platform) and I decided to back up my data of my mac book from using time machine. After I did that I lost all the data I had before. how do I restore the old data back I had in it?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), External hard drive

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ICloud :: Deleted Duplicated Contacts Now Lost Entire Address Book

May 3, 2012

I have a Mac Mini, iPhone 4s and iPad 2. I noticed in the address book on the Mac there were two of each contact so I deleted one of each. This has wiped the entire address book on iCloud and lost contacts on all devices can I get them back? I expect the Cloud has been erased and that I am not able to retrieve my contacts.

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1

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MacBook :: Memory On Hard Drive Did Not Change After Erasing Deleted Messages

Jun 24, 2014

After deleting about 500 emails and going to erase deleted messages the memory available on my hard drive did not change.  Should it?  Do emails not take up any memory?

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Intel Mac :: Installed A New Hard Drive In 20" (2006) And Now The Hard Drive Does Not Show Up?

Mar 9, 2012

I have just installed a new hard drive in my imac intel 20" (2006) and upgraded the memory and now the hard drive does not show up in the 'select destinations' folder of the install program. I can see the hard drive in the disk utilities window however it wont let me do anything.It is a seagate 1TB SATA II drive however it is displaying it as a 7.3 TB.I have tried to erase and partition and get the same error message each time, 'Input/Output error'.
I have tried starting the thing with the install disk which is Mac OS X (Tiger?) which came with the computer


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MacBook Pro :: Deleted Startup And Recovery Drives - How To Get Back All Info From External Hard Drive

Jun 2, 2014

I deleted my startup and recovery drives.  I still have every thing on external hard drive but cannot get my drives back on internal drive.  Is there anyway to get those drives back and get all my info from my external drive back on my computer?

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Dec 6, 2008

I just got an external LaCie hard drive with FireWire 400 to use when the HD in my iBook G4 dies (any moment now...). But now I'm wondering if I can use the LaCie as the main drive (boot from it, install Leopard on it) or was it built to handle just occasional back ups?

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Mac Pro :: Replace The Main Start Up Drive?

May 17, 2012

My main drive is full and I want to replace it with a larger drive. How do you go about upgrading the hard drive as a start up disk?

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May 2, 2012

I recently bought a new hard drive for my 2006 MacPro, intending to use it as a new startup disk. Trouble is, the drive it replaced, a 2TB drive has too much info I want to keep to move it out and reformat.  So I figured if I deleted all of the old system files I'd be ok. Since then I've been plagued with problems, mostly permissions changing in the core services folders.  There are other minor issues as well, like my apple keyboard function keys not doing what they're supposed to, and if I accidentally hit the eject button in the menu bar I get the beachball of death, with no way to force quit. 

I have done everything I could, and a lot of research, and I stumbled upon the answer.  In the startup disk utility "Reset password' I noted that the admin account, and user account from the old drive were still being recognized as existing.  So basically it's like my computer is having an identity crisis! 

I've been searching for a way to get rid of those phantom accounts, and my best lead turned up some apparent glitch in Leopard regarding old accounts.  But how to get rid of them? It would be very difficult for me to safely backup the sheer amount of data on that drive in order to reformat, but I can't seem to find how to rid myself of these accounts.  I tried logging in as the root user, but didn't see any tell-tale files on that drive.   

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Oct 12, 2009

I am looking to copy one hard drive, partitions and all, to another drive, while maintaining the boot integrity of all bootable partitions.

Here's what I have:

Two 320GB HDD's, one that I am booting from, and one to copy to. It has two partitions - one containing OSX, and one containing my Boot Camped Windows 7 Ultimate install.

How can I copy the entire drive to another drive, block by block?

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Feb 10, 2012

How do I transfer all data from my old internal hard drive to a new internal hard drive? I have an iMac with a 320gb internal HD that is full and I am replacing it with a 2tb internal drive. I have several external drives; 1 tb, 2tb and 3 tb. The 2 tb is being used for Time Machine. Do I have to buy an enclosure? If so, where would I get an inexpensive one? I also want to partition the new internal drive for Windows, and I'm not sure how much space to use for that. I plan to use Windows to check my work in PowerPoint created on my Mac for clients on PCs.

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