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Speculate on what is wrong with my Macbook Pro

Something is pretty clearly wrong, and it seems to be hardware, but it's sporadic enough that it's hard to say what, and I'd rather not have a repair person just guess. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 31, 2014 - 14 answers

Best practice for living with less computer storage

I'm contemplating a new computer purchase, and one of the options I'm kicking around is a Macbook Pro Retina. Getting one of those with a big SSD is stupidly expensive. So I'm wondering what the best approach is for dealing with less storage on a laptop, and any particular tips or tricks. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jan 31, 2014 - 15 answers

MacFilter: Disk Utility will not let me restore external hard drive.

When trying to restore a FreeAgent XTreme 1.5TB from a Western Digital source, the following error message occurs: "Restore Failure Could not change the partition type for /dev/disk2s1 -error- 3554" [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Jan 28, 2014 - 8 answers

SSD:OSX:SUV::

I would like to upgrade the harddrives on my dad's 2008 macbook pro and my wife's 2010 macbook to SSD. I have questions? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent on Jun 26, 2013 - 16 answers

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

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

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Erasing hard drives without a computer?

How does one erase an internal hard drive when said drive is no longer hooked up to a computer and you don't have access to another computer? Then what's the best way to dispose of the drives? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Help with organizing my hot mess of an external hard drive!

Good ways/ideas/tips for how to organize my external hard drive (because I put it off each time I added things to it...and now it's a hot mess). And ideas for keeping it organized when I add things in the future. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Sep 19, 2012 - 4 answers

I broked my computer in every possible way, how do I fix it?

How do I access the contents of an HDD from an iMac G5 (PPC) without the original computer? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Aug 26, 2012 - 3 answers

is there a low-carb diet for data - help me fit into my macbook air!

Moving from a MacBook to a MacBook Air - where are 20g of gremlins hiding? Also, any other migration tips for not carrying over unused data and applications? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Aug 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Mac brain transplant

Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

How best to restore Macbook Air (OSX Lion) from backup?

What is the best way for me to restore my Macbook Air to full functionality, given that the it won't boot due to a corrupted file? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Jul 24, 2012 - 5 answers

How to stop by harddrive from running after wakeup?

What's up with my Mac? Hard drive runs for several minutes after waking. [more inside]
posted by papercake on Mar 5, 2012 - 4 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

My server of streaming tears

I'd like to use a 2007 Macbook Pro + 2TB FW ext HD as a NAS setup, but the drive keeps falling asleep and slowing and causing video to hiccup. How can I prevent this and get smooth movie playback? [more inside]
posted by miomiomio on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

She blinded me...with thinness!

Can I use a thumbdrive to be my macbook air's only hard drive? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on May 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Time Machine status: stuck in the now

The bad news: catastrophic hard drive failure! The good news: it's my back-up drive. Help me replace it. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Apr 29, 2011 - 8 answers

The New Macbook Pro: Go for the SSD or the ATA?

The New Macbook Pro: Go for the SSD or the ATA? The SSD drives are much more expensive but supposedly a lot faster than standard ATA drives? Any Macbook Pro owners care to chime in on this? [more inside]
posted by bhb on Mar 15, 2011 - 22 answers

Please hope my iMac.

Can't boot up my iMac (2009, 27" aluminum and glass model). Based on the failed solutions tallied after the jump, do you think buying Disk Warrior might work, or am I looking at total hard drive death? (Apple Care conveniently expired six weeks ago.) [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Mar 15, 2011 - 12 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

Mac hard drive probably dead. Help me figure out the next step.

Mac hard drive might be dead. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Mar 8, 2011 - 15 answers

What's your method for archiving home video?

What's your method for archiving home video? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Mar 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Gigabyte Doubling Trouble

The case of the missing Mac HD space, and symlink shenanigans. [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Feb 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Copying over a large DMG backup

What is the best way to copy files out of a 140 GB dmg file from an external USB drive that is a backup from a previous Mac? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Should I reformat external hard drives for a Mac?

Should I format my new external hard drives for OS X? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Sep 23, 2010 - 13 answers

Why won't my Mac recognize my external hard drive??

Why won't my Mac recognize my external harddrive? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jun 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Can I get my data back? Or am I asking for a rainbow pony?

My 9 month old Macbook Pro flashed the gray screen of death. Is there any way to recover the data? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on May 29, 2010 - 20 answers

Possible to rescue data from a Mac hard drive that was partially overwritten?

Accidentally started overwriting a Mac's hard drive with a Leopard network-install system image. Stopped it after just a few seconds (the progress bar had gotten maybe 2-3% along). Any chance of rescuing any data that was on the hard drive before? [more inside]
posted by bcwinters on May 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Is it a computer or a doorstop?

Please help me decide whether this laptop should be repaired or tossed. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Painless iMac format and restore?

I am looking help with the process of formatting my iMac (2007) hard drive and restoring it with Super Duper. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Should I be worried about my dropped, but working, hard drive?

I dropped my external hard drive—badly—but it's still working in every way I can think of. How worried should I be that it will still fail? [more inside]
posted by cloudburst on Feb 20, 2010 - 6 answers

If I buy a 1TB hard drive with a SATA 3 Gb/s interface, will my computer be able to use it with it's 1.5 Gb/s SATA interface?

Laptop hard drive filter: I'm in the market for a new hard drive for my laptop, and I want to get the best one my computer can handle. My computer seems to have a 1.5 Gb/s SATA interface; will it be able to handle a 3 Gb/s SATA interface hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Ephilation on Dec 28, 2009 - 5 answers

I'll wipe my ass with a roll of Intel X-25 SSD drives!

I need semi-definitive opinions regarding the real-world lifespan of an Intel X-25M Solid State Drive running in a Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by melorama on Dec 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Seagate Hard drive Mac

How to get a Seagate FreeAgent Desk external hard drive to work with my Mac? [more inside]
posted by yegga on Nov 24, 2009 - 8 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

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my MacPro.

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my Mac Pro. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Oct 17, 2009 - 24 answers

backup --> iPod

Trying to get my music library from my external hard drive back onto my iPod while maintaining my sanity. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh on Oct 15, 2009 - 21 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

How do I rescue files from an internal drive when OS X won't boot?

OS X won't boot. Time Machine stopped working at noon. How can I nab some files before I reinstall Leopard? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Oct 1, 2009 - 12 answers

2 Macs 1 HD

How can I connect 2 Macs to 1 HardDrive [more inside]
posted by Aya on Jul 4, 2009 - 9 answers

Feed my iPhone

A desktop, a laptop, an external hard drive, an iPhone, and me. How should I sync my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by doift on Jun 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Quiet Please!

MacFilter: Help me choose a quiet internal hard drive? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Jun 8, 2009 - 8 answers

What do I need to look at when buying a new laptop?

I'm in the market for a new laptop. Should I get a PC or Mac? What specs are important for me to look at when making a decision? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 2, 2009 - 31 answers

Hard Drive wipeout

Hard drive recovery: my external USB hard drive is mounting fine on both my mac and PC, however, all the files are showing up as garbage characters. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Jun 1, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I figure out what is taking up all the space on my wife's macbook?

How do I figure out what is taking up all the space on my wife's macbook? [more inside]
posted by Grither on May 18, 2009 - 25 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

Disk Utility error: false alarm, or bad omen?

In OS X on my iMac, Disk Utility asserts that my main, internal hard drive is "about to fail" and has been asserting this for several months. But my computer is running just fine... should I worry? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 2, 2009 - 17 answers

My computer is having some difficulties.

Is my iBook G4 dying? [more inside]
posted by Brachiosaurus on Apr 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Pick a Harddrive for my mac

Can anyone help me pick a new hard drive for my first generation MacBook? [more inside]
posted by alan on Mar 11, 2009 - 8 answers

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