Mac Pro :: Internal External Hard Vs External Hard Drive

Jul 12, 2010

Looking for opinions or comparisons on performance between an internal mac hard drive vs an external firewire 800 hard drive or better. Is the performance on an internal MP drive or iMac internal drive much faster than connecting to a firewire 800 drive? I'm sure it depends on the drive, I'm wondering about apple factory installed internal drive vs say a WD external firewire 800

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Applications :: If I Delete Files Off My Internal Hard Drive, Will It Still Be On My External Hard Drive

Nov 12, 2009

if i delete files off my internal hard drive (Macintosh HD), will it still be on my external hard drive or will it just add to it?

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Mac Mini :: Will Not Boot From CD Or Hard Drive, Internal Or External

Jan 23, 2009

I have owned a Mac Mini for three years now (my friends convinced me to try the Apple way and this is my first Mac). The CD/DVD died just three weeks after warranty expired and Apple said (in essence) 'tough didn't buy AppleCare'.I have functioned without a CD/DVD drive since then, and everything was fine... until a week or two ago. We installed an update in iTunes, and everything started running S...L...O...W... So, we rebooted the computer! Instead of rebooting, it made the "bong!" sound and then a screen with an apple and a spinning wheel runs indefinitely. We let it run all night the first time and it stays on that screen for as long as you let it.

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Applications :: Running Itunes On External Hard Drive / Internal Drive Space Not Enough

Jan 2, 2011

This is what im trying to do. I have a macbook with 120gb hard drive. thats not enough space from my music collection. So i was wondering how to make itunes run off a external hard drive. I looked around and found was for a PC.

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Mac Mini :: Hard Drive - Hybrid Internal Or 7200 External Via FW800?

Nov 12, 2010

This is in regards to the 2010 mini. I have been reading up on SSD, Hybrids and FW800 with a 7200. What is the easiest AND most effective/cost effective solution? If I went he FW800 route, can I use the same drive as my data storage drive? Will there be enough headroom to run the OS over FW and use the drive to stream movies playing in another room on Apple TV2 simultaneously? Will this give me a performance increase over the internal 5400 if I use the external 7200 for everything over FW800?

That is where my thoughts about the hybrid come into play. I know I can stream the iTunes content over USB2, which I have at the moment for the big drive. I would need to go buy an enclosure with FW800 to run it as a boot drive. I could use that same money and go get a 500GB Hybrid drive and install myself and leave the USB2 as data only. If the install is painless but tedious, I might just do that. If the FW800 route would be robust enough to run the OS and stream data to other devices simultaneously (ie use it as I would the regular internal drive), I might just do that and wait for SSD prices to come tumbling down and do a bigger internal SSD in the future.

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Applications :: Internal Hard Drive - Unable To Move To External Storage

May 2, 2010

I've got my iTunes Library on an external drive, but for some reason all of my Apps download onto my internal hard-drive, and if I move them onto the external drive they all corrupt.Any suggestions? The music/videos work perfectly.

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Mac Pro :: Use Internal Hard Drive As A External Drive That Can Be Accessed By It?

Apr 30, 2012

is it possible to use one of the mac pro's internal hard drives as a external drive that can be accessed by a macbook etc?

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Applications :: Installing ITunes On External Hard Drive / Playing Music From External Hdd?

Aug 19, 2007

In other words... I have moved my music library to the external hard drive, as per an earlier thread I read here on the forums. It worked like quite well. Now that it is working perfectly, I am having a hard time leaving well enough alone. It is never a good idea for me to think too much...Can itunes be installed and run on/from an external hard drive? If so, how?

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OS X :: How To Clon And Copy The Content From One An External Hard Drive To New Hard Drive

Oct 14, 2009

with cloning/copying the content one an external hard drive onto a new external hard drive. Basically, I have a 500GB FW400 drive which I use to store my media files. It's full, so I purchased a 1TB FW800 drive to replace it. Obviously, I thought I could simply copy and paste the media files from the old drive to the new one.I cannot copy the media files to my internal drive first as my internal drive is only 250GB and nearly full itself.I have used Disk Utility to attempt to close the old drive to the new drive, but keep getting "insufficient space" errors.

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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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Mac Pro :: Installing Third And Fourth Hard Drives As External Not Internal

Jun 16, 2008

I just got a mac pro last week. The day i got it i installed a 1TB WD sate drive in bay 2....No problems it works great.....However, today i picked up 2 more 1 TB WD drives and attempted to install into slots 3 and 4... PROBLEM!The drives are showing up as external/firewire drives- not internal drivesCan anyone help with what i should do?Oh, and when i restart, they come up uninitialized.- But the problem anyway is that they need to be seen as internal

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Intel Mac :: How To Transfer All Data From Old Internal Hard Drive To A New Internal Hard Drive?

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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PowerBook :: External USB / Firewire Holder For Internal Hard Disk

Jun 29, 2014

I want to get one of those hard disk 'holders' that allows you to plug an internal-type hard disk into the USB or Firewire port of another laptop. I want to know if they need to be specific to the type of hard disk/laptop or if they're more of a one-size-fits-all type of thing. The hard disk is a solid state type that I installed in a mid-2010 model MacBook which has now failed. I want to connect it to a 2005-model PowerBook G4. Can this be done and what do i need to buy to do it?

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IMac PPC :: Make Hard Drive Into An External Hard Drive

Mar 1, 2012

I've had a lot of problems with my iMac G5 power supply and since I have newer computers I've decided to get rid of this computer. 

I want to save the hard drive and put it in a case, then use it as an external drive on my other Macs. 

What sort of case do I need to shop for? Should I look for SATA or what exactly is the proper nomenclature. 

Is USB 2 the preferred choice, or Firewire, or what? Is there a USB 3? I use a mid-2010 27 inch iMac with the intel processor, and I needed to buy an adapter to use my older Firewire external drive. Is Firewire a dodo? 

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Power Mac :: Back Up Hard Drive To An External Hard Drive?

Apr 12, 2012

I need to back up hard drive to an external hard drive. How can I do this automactically? 

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PowerPC :: G-5 Quad With An External Dvd Drive And A External Hard Drive And 2gb Of Ram?

Aug 9, 2006

i have a power mac g-5 quad with an external dvd drive and a external hard drive and 2gb of ram. on my ext. hard drive i downloaded mac the ripper and that is where i put all my dvds, now today on my pmac i was using mac the ripper, popcorn, itunes, safari all at once and it froze up on me?why? could the ram be an issue? how may programs can i use at once with my pmac?

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IMac :: External Hard Drive Or External Dvd Drive

Dec 31, 2009

my mac has a pioneer dvd drive in it and it wont read my dvd+r dl and I am wanting to burn a mac os 10.5.dmg to it and install 10.5 but the dang thing is ejecting it. So what should I do to get it to work get the external dvd and run it from it or get a external hard drive and try it that way.

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OS X :: Can't Use External Hard Drive

Oct 2, 2010

I have a SimpleTech - 160G external HD.

I've used this on a Windows Vista and MacBook before.

When I try to add or delete a file to the HD, this message is displayed:

"The item "________" could not be moved because "SignatureMini" cannot be modified."

Any suggestions?

I heard that possibly re-formatting the HD using disc utilities could work, but it's worked on my MacBook before.

As well, doing this could erase everything on the HD, and I do not have enough storage on my computer to store all the files.

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OS X :: Run Cs4 Off An External Hard Drive?

Apr 29, 2010

im considering upgrading to snow leopard, and i was thinking to save space maybe i could install my cs4 on an external? i wasnt sure if this was possible because of the software, much less speed issues. i'm assuming i'd have to use a firewire, and im looking to get a 1tb external.

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Desktops :: External Hard Drive Won't Appear On MAC

Nov 8, 2008

When I plug in my 250gb Wester Digital external hard drive into my mac, it just makes some starting up noise, and clicks and then does it again, and again,... never appearing on my desktop or in my finder. My mac is an Ibook from 2002. I need to back up my data on an external drive to move to my new PC computer (it was free.)Is the drive bad? Or am I not doing something correctly? There's no user manual.

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OS X :: Using An External Hard Drive On A PC Platform And A Mac?

Jun 12, 2010

I wanted content from some miniDV tapes to be transferred to my computer. I don't have a miniDV camcorder/reader so went to a friend who has it and is using Mac OS X 10.5.8 and does not have machines running Windows at all. I took my miniDV tapes(each an hour long) to him with my external hard drive so that he could copy the content of tapes to the external hard drive. The external hard drive was formatted using NTFS as I was using it on my Win XP. I took it to him and he formatted the external drive using FAT so that his Mac could write to it. Problem was the miniDV tapes of 1 hour content would translate to 16GB or so content and since he formatted the external hard drive using FAT, the tapes are about 3.6GB. I suspect since FAT cannot hold more than 4GB the tapes got clipped. I asked my friend to install [URL] -NTFS 3g so that his Mac can read/write to NTFS. He did that and then tried to format the external drive to OS X Journal Extended mode, but the formatting failed at various times quoting "Unmounting failed".

1. Did what I suggest(have my friend install MAC -NTFS 3g so that his Mac can read/write to NTFS) a proper choice or is there another method which I should have pursued?

2. What could be the reason for Unmounting failed when he tried to format the external drive to OS X Journal Extended mode? Could the hard drive have gone bad(hardware issue) or because he was trying to format a disk having FAT file system to OS X Journal Extended mode there could be issues? What other file system should I ask him to try to format which might work?

3. Are there any other methods we should look into for what I need(digitizing the miniDV tapes to an external hard drive so that I can edit them on my Win XP machine)? I don't know anyone else who has a miniDV camcorder/reader.

4. If he transfers the tapes into the external drive having a OS X Journal Extended mode file system, the way I can read and copy them(miniDV content as AVI files) from the external drive to my Windows machine is using Macdrive [URL] or are there some other better/free utilities available. This is a one time job so if there is a trial version fully functional for 30 days, I can download it and use it..

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Hardware :: Looking For External Hard Drive For Both My Mac And My PC?

Jun 4, 2008

I am looking to buy an external hard drive that I can use to store files from my iBook laptop as well as my desktop PC. I'd like at least 250GB of storage, and it would be great if it were very simple to use, since I'm kind of clueless.

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Hardware :: Using External Hard Drive With XP And Mac OS

Jun 26, 2008

I have a MacBook with Leopard on it. I recently bought an external hard drive (WD with 500GB). I also have a Dell Lattitude 810, Microsoft Windows XP. Originally, the external drive was only formatted for the MAC. The guy at the MAC store told me I could reformat my external hard drive by going into the disk utility option, changing the volume format to MS-DOS (FAT). I did that and my Dell recognized the external hard drive and I was able to save information on it. However when I went back to put information from my MAC on the external hard drive it, it shows that the backup is delayed, and in time machine it says the backup has failed. I tried re-formatting the external drive back to MAC (Journaled). It still failed. I need to back up my MAC as it has the more important information on it. Also if there is a reliable and easy way to back up both using the same hard drive.

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OS X :: Hooking An External Hard Drive Up To Both A Mac And A Pc?

Oct 7, 2010

Basic dumb question. My buddy has both a pc and a mac at work. He has music spread across both of them. What he'd like to do is colelct all his media files and put them on one external hard drive, then be able to connect both his PC and his MBP to the hardrive to access his music.

What would be the best way to do this? Is there something exceedingly simple like a hard drive with two USB outs that could feed both computers at the same time?

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OS X :: External Hard Drive For Storage?

Oct 7, 2010

I just bought an external hard drive (My Passport for Mac) because my Macbook's hard drive is almost full. I did not want it necessarily for backup purposes, but rather I wanted to be able to store music, docs, etc. that I might want to access in the future, but want to remove from my computer for now.

Should I use Time Machine? Will time machine let me access my hard drive to obtain certain files when needed? Or is Time Capsule's sole purpose to backup everything on my computer?

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MacBook :: Looking For External Hard Drive?

Oct 15, 2010

i just got the new WD5000BEVT 3.0 Gb/s in order to replace my old HD but found out that my previous one has 1.5 Gb/s interface. i'm wondering if the new HD can be replace. if it can't fit, i plan to use it as an external hard drive but have no idea what kind of drive enclosure i should looking for.

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OS X :: Reinstall Mac From External Hard Drive?

Jan 2, 2011

My MacBook does not start. Have Failed all suggested methods. I decided to reinstall Mac OS X, but my laptop does not like the installation dvd, which was scratched badly. I have the Mac OS X image file, but do not have a super drive to burn double layer dvd. With a functioning PC, a iPod touch and thumb drives. Can anyone tell me a method to reinstall the system to my MacBook.

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OS X :: External Hard Drive Not Powering Up

Jan 5, 2011

I'm running 10.6.5 on a 2.4ghz Macbook Pro, but I don't think this info is necessarily relevant because my problem is with an external drive. I left the country for four months, and on my return, my hard drive (which had been sitting on a shelf in untouched for months) would not power up. It is a WD MyBook 750 gb. Since the problem was in the power, I assumed that the enclosure, not the drive, was faulty. I ordered a hard drive dock so I could test it out, and it finally arrived today. The dock powers on when the drive is not in the slot, but when the drive is inserted (before power on) the power light does not turn on. Is anyone with some hard drive knowledge able to point me in the right direction? What could the problem be? Is it fixable? Is my information recoverable?

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OS X :: How To Unlock External Hard Drive

Jan 6, 2011

External 120Gig firewire Hard drive became locked during one of the several swelling battery failures on my 17" MacBook Pro.

System info:
Mac Book Pro 17"
2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo

I have done the best I could with the available threads. Drive is still locked. I may be missing a critical step in the process. Is it possible for someone to walk me through it?

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OS X :: External Hard Drive Ejecting Itself?

Apr 21, 2008

i have a Beyond Micro mobile disk USB external hard drive connected to my imac running Leopard. Once in a while during it randomly ejects by itself and i get the "Unsafe Removal" warning pop up. I don't do anything to the drive at all. Is it a software thing? or is it about to bail?

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