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Having trouble trying to partition the hard drive on my old Mac

I'm trying to partition the hard drive on my old mac (model 4,1 running OS X 10.5.8) so I can dual boot Ubuntu. The problem is that when I go to Disk Utility and and select to partition the drive I get an error saying that the partition failed because there's no space left on the device, even though I have lots of space. This happens no matter how small I make the partition. [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Apr 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Right way to format and partition an external HD in 2013

Best way to format/partition external HD for OS intercompatibility? [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry on Apr 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Mac shows Time Maching but not External HD

Reinstalled Snow Leopard but ejected my external drive before this. Then, when done, plugged back in via USB as my usual custom....and Time Machine still shows up, but the External Seagate drive does not. I made sure that in Finder/Preferences that the external disc box as others was checked. I tried a different cord, and different port. I opened up Disc Utility and the External HD's partioned Time Machine is available but the other part, now renamed something else (a default name from manufacturer?) is greyed out and I cannot touch it. Any thoughts? Should i now go to the boot disc of Snow Leopard? Not sure why TM shows but the rest does not.
posted by chicaboom on Mar 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Backup an image of a boot drive to a RAID 1 & perform restoration?

I have a PCI-E SSD as my boot drive, and a win7-created RAID 1 on two 3TB drives. My boot drive has my user folder on it, but my documents, music, pictures, videos, etc folders shortcut to their respectable folders on the RAID. I would like this to be a full redundancy scheme and it is, but I've run into several nags and I would like to know how to fix them and prepare a fix-it plan before any of the drives fails. [more inside]
posted by ihavearedcouch on Mar 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Best options for retrieving old laptop data?

How do I retrieve data from very old (one is circa 1998) laptop drives? They contain a lot of interesting history from my time in Silicon Valley before the tech crash that I vowed I would one day retrieve. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Sep 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Boot a Mac from an external drive, spinning up only that drive?

Boot a MacBook Pro from an external drive *without spinning up the MBP's internal drive*? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Hard Drive Oddness

Question about odd external HDD behavior--what, if anything, should I be replacing? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 14, 2011 - 2 answers

Is it possible to designate RAM for only "write" purposes?

If one sets up a RAM stick as temporary storage to reduce writes on a SSD (via http://goo.gl/7cem) or for any other reason, can that particular RAM stick to be utilized only in this manner? [more inside]
posted by robobrent on Jan 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Installing an SSD on a HP netbook

I have a HP Mini 110 with a 160 GB HD running Ubuntu. I'm pretty happy with it, but I don't really need all that space (currently I'm filling a tiny portion of it) and would prefer a faster boot time. What kind of improvements in speed should I expect if I swap out the hard drive with an SSD? What is the level of expense and difficulty involved in the install? Would I be better off just getting a newer notebook with an SSD already installed? What is the best source for a suitable SSD?
posted by Artw on May 10, 2010 - 15 answers

What's the safest way of throwing an old hard drive away?

I have a bunch of old hard drives with personal data in them that I want to dispose of. What's the safest way of doing it? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Apr 25, 2010 - 28 answers

What are these plastic rails on my hard drive called?

What are these rails which snap into the side of a hard drive and allow it to slide into a bay called? And also, where can I get some more? [more inside]
posted by billybunny on Dec 7, 2009 - 11 answers

USB SATA HD WTF FTW?

Is my external HD enclosure killing drives? Or is it bad luck? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Since when are harddrives actually the size advertised?

Since when are harddrives actually the size advertised? I just bought a Western Digital 500 GB 2.5'' HD and I was surprised when it actually turned out to be 499.32 GB after the first initialization (on a mac). [more inside]
posted by mathiu on Oct 2, 2009 - 14 answers

PC won't recognize my HD.

My computer is having problems with recognizing capacity of hard drives or recognizing the drives at all. [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 4, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I get my files from Point A to Point B?

I need to move several gigs of music files from one external hard drive to another. But, there are a few problems... [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 23, 2009 - 16 answers

How can I monitor a disc rewrite process in Ubuntu?

I'm using Terminal (Ubuntu 8.04x64) right now to overwrite a 500g external hd with random information. There's been no action aside from a blinking cursor (by itself on a line, not in front of any prompt) since I entered the command yesterday afternoon:
[sudo dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sdc bs=8m]

I understand it's going to take a while to finish. In the meantime, is there any way to monitor the progress of the operation?
posted by carsonb on Nov 8, 2008 - 18 answers

Macbook drive in a PC?

Is there anything that would prevent a working Macbook hard drive from working in a PC notebook? Is there something different about them that makes them not work in a PC?
posted by raddevon on Jul 31, 2008 - 6 answers

Clean me up, Scotty!

What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Feb 29, 2008 - 13 answers

A->B instead of B->A?!?!?

How to recover from sync-ing a RAID 1 the wrong way? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Feb 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me upgrade my MacBook HD!

Help me upgrade my MacBook HD! There have been previous threads covering topics around this, and they threw up a few interesting ideas, but I need some specifics. [more inside]
posted by macdara on Jul 3, 2007 - 11 answers

What's the max size harddrive I can put in a MacBook?

I'd like to put a larger HD in my MacBook, but I can find any reference to the max size I can put in it. I have an Intel Core Duo MacBook (2GHz). I purchased it around Sept. 2006. The stock 60GB HD is full. I saw a recommendation for a Seagate Momentus 160GB at 7200rpm. Can I go above 160GB? Is there a max that this laptop can handle? I'm leaning towards 7200rpm for better performance, but will this impact battery life??
posted by jpep on May 21, 2007 - 12 answers

External hard drive has split personality

Why does the drive letter for my external hard drive keep changing? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Feb 28, 2007 - 10 answers

External HD problem

Trouble with an external hard drive & it's USB connection, possibly. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by jhayes on Jan 21, 2007 - 6 answers

Linux boot from USB HD?

LinuxN00bFilter: Linux and/or dual boot from external USB HD (not pen/flash drive, but a real hard drive) -- how? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Oct 1, 2006 - 5 answers

What is the port on this hard drive?

Attempting to plug my old hard drive into an enclosure, but I don't know what this port is or how it connects. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by sian on Jun 23, 2006 - 5 answers

how can i recover my data?

i lost a partition in a reformat, but the data is still on my harddrive. i want to get the data off. i have r-studio, but not enough disk space on the existing partition to put the other data on it, and i thought i shouldn't create a new partition to put the data on, as that could mess up remaining data. i don't have an external harddrive. is there any way i can safely get the data off? thanks! [more inside]
posted by willmillar on Apr 7, 2006 - 7 answers

All I want is my music back.

Partition Magic Tragic destroyed a partition on my hard drive, is there anyway to get the data off of it? [more inside]
posted by Mijo Bijo on Jan 28, 2006 - 9 answers

Windows 98 detects a new hard drive, but won't boot

Installing new Hard Drive. Trying to install a second, new 80GB hard drive under Windows 98. Will detect the drive, but won't boot... [mi] [more inside]
posted by sinical on Nov 28, 2004 - 10 answers

Is there an easy, automated Windows program to scan for duplicate files and erase them?

so i'm cleaning up the HD after another school year and i know that i have a lot of duplicate file names on this computer. is there an easy, automated windows program that will allow me to scan for these duplicates and erase them?
posted by ronv on Jun 14, 2004 - 3 answers

How to clone a hard drive in Win2k?

Another boooooring computer question - sorry!

How do I clone a HD in a win2k system? My system's boot hd is a 20g 5400 rpm. I'd like to swap it for a 20 g 7200 rpm which is sitting at the moment in an external firewire enclosure. I also have 150g in an internal RAID array.

More inside ... [more inside]
posted by magullo on May 20, 2004 - 5 answers

Is there any way to apply appropriate permissions recursively? Can it be done with chmod?

I backed up my /library/webserver/documents folder to a firewire HD. When I dragged it back, the permissions went all kablooey:

drwxr-xr-x 36 root admin 1224 16 Jan 16:58 Documents

sudo chmod 755 Documents does not give groups write privileges.

1. Do I just need to go read a good chmod tutorial, or is something aberrant happening here?

2. Is there any way to apply appropriate permissions recursively?

Many thanks. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on May 3, 2004 - 8 answers

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