Category: disk utility

How to Repair the Startup Disk on M1 Apple Silicon Macs

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If you are having any peculiar disk issues or disk errors with an Apple Silicon Mac, you may want to try using the repair tools within Disk Utility, available in Recovery Mode.

For those who aren’t aware, Disk Utility has been an integral part of macOS since the beginning of Mac OS X. In addition to allowing users to erase and format their Mac’s storage drive before reinstalling macOS, it’s also capable of searching for errors related to the formatting and directory structure of the disk. Be cautious about disk errors though, as they can often lead to…

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What it is & How to Free It

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You may find a “Purgeable” storage space when looking at disk storage and disk usage in modern versions of macOS, including Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, Sierra, etc, either within the About This Mac > Storage screen, Disk Utility, or the Storage Management section of System Information.

This curiously labeled disk storage item is similar to the “Other” storage space on the Mac that many users wonder about, so if you’re curious what purgeable storage space is, and how to free it up to clear it out, then read on.

What is the Mac Purgeable…

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How to Make a Disk Image from DVD / CD on Mac

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Need to make a disk image from a CD or DVD right on a Mac? Many Mac users continue to have and use DVD and CD media, whether it’s movie collections, proofs, music collections, files and data backups, old media, medical imaging, or anything else. Despite the fact that no Mac ships with a DVD/CD drive at this point, that doesn’t mean users still don’t need to use the media and occasionally may want to create a disk image file from one of those disks.

We’ll show you how you can easily create a disk image file (dmg) on the Mac, turning any CD or DVD into the…

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How to Create a New Partition in macOS

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Want to create a new partition on a Mac hard disk? Then read on!

As both internal and external storage solutions continue to grow in capacity, the time might come where you want an easy way to split them into multiple partitions. Any partition you create will appear as a different drive on your Mac, both on the Desktop and in Finder. While it’s the same physical device as other partitions on the same drive, macOS and your apps will treat it as a separate one.

Partitioning can be really useful if you need to keep data away from other files. Perhaps it’s…

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