Sometimes you require information related to your Mac storage drive, such as the drive device type, its storage space, partition, format, etc. This blog shares the applicable methods that can help you to know your Mac storage drive efficiently.
It also shares the best ways for:
Repairing your Mac storage drive,
Recovering Mac hard drive,
Monitoring the health status of your storage drive
Stellar Data Recovery Premium software for Macintosh HD
Knowing & Managing Your Mac Storage Drive
To get information about your Mac storage drive, do the following:
(i) Click the Apple menu and then select AboutThisMac.
(ii) From the Overview tab, see the Startup Disk as Macintosh HD.
(iii) To view more system details, click the SystemReport button.
(iv) From the sidebar, select Storage under hardware to see more info about the system storage. Also, check SATA/SATA Express & USB. Close the SystemReport window.
(v) On the SystemInformation window, click the Storage tab. View the space used by file categories on each connected drives. Take your mouse pointer to the different segments to see more information.
(vi) Moreover, in the Storage tab you can view the device type of your start-up disk. In the above screenshot, the Macintosh HD is a flash storage device however in the below one, the device is a SATA disk.
(i) Right-click the storage drive icon present on the Desktop.
(ii) Select GetInfo from the context menu.
(iii) Alternatively, click the storage drive icon and press the Command + I keys.
(iv) View the information related to the storage drive from the popup window.
(v) In the General section, look at the storage drive’s necessary information, namely:
Kind, which specifies the type of storage drive
Created indicates the timestamp when the storage drive was formatted
Modified specifies the timestamp when the storage drive was last modified
Format identifies the file system of the storage drive
Capacity shows the physical space of the storage drive
Available indicates how much space in the storage drive is available for use
Used specifies how much space in the storage drive is currently used
Label defines the storage drive color code
(vi) Click More Info, Name & Extension, Preview, and Sharing & Permission sections to expand the corresponding information associated with the storage drive.
Mac Storage Drive Partition
To check the Mac storage drive partition, perform the following:
(i) Press the Command + Space Bar keys to open Spotlight.
(ii) Type ‘diskutility’ then hit Return to open Disk Utility.
(iii) On the left pane of the app, view the tree structure listing different disks & partitions.
(iv) Select a disk or partition to view related information at the bottom of the app.
(v) To manage drive partitions, click the Partition tab. Here, you can add, delete, or merge partitions.
Mac Storage Drive Icons
Your Mac shows the internal or connected storage drives in the form of icons on the Desktop. On macOS, it’s simple to recognize your storage drive. For instance:
Macintosh HD is represented as
Time Machine as
External USB drive as
Further, you can customize these icons as per your preference.
To customize your Mac storage drive icon, go through the following steps:
Step i) Download Mac icons from the Internet on your Mac. Navigate to the download location.
Step ii) Right-click the icon that you want to use and select Get Info.
Step iii) Select the thumbnail icon and press Command + C to copy. Then, close the window.
Step iv) To apply the new icon, right-click the Mac storage drive icon and select GetInfo.
Step v) Select the thumbnail icon and press Command + V to paste. Then, close the window.
Mac Storage Drive Repair
Your Mac storage drive can get corrupt due to damage of its file system. You can repair issues faced with your Mac storage drive by using Disk Utility’s First Aid.
To perform Mac storage drive repair, carry out the following steps:
Open Disk Utility and then select the affected drive.
Click the First Aid button from the top.
Click Run to initiate the verification and repair process.
Once Disk Utility finishes the process and reports it to be OK, click Show Details to see more information related to the repair.
It the app can’t repair the storage drive or reports failure, try fixing the drive again. If it fails, then recover up the drive, erase it, and restore the backup to the formatted drive.
Mac Storage Drive Recovery
You can recover data from your Mac storage drive in all logical data loss scenarios viz. emptying of Trash, erasure of drive or volume, corruption of file system, deletion of partition, and so forth. For that, you need to download and install the *free trial of Stellar Data Recovery Premium, a powerful DIY data recovery software for Mac.
Steps for recovering data are as follows:
Step I. Select: From the tool’s GUI, select the required file types and location of the storage drive.
StepII. Scan: Toggle on Deep Scan then click Scan. Preview and select the required scanned items.
StepIII. Recover: Click Recover. Specify the location to save the recoverable files then click Save.
*Free trial of the software allows you to select and scan your drive. You can even preview the scanned items to find out what you can recover. If you wish to recover your files and save the recoverable data, then you need to activate your free copy. Activated software also enables you to live monitor your storage drive. <ActivationLink>
Mac Storage Drive Monitoring
You can monitor the health status of your storage drive and get a warning message whenever there is some issue. This proactive monitoring protects your data from impending drive failure.
To live-monitor the health of your storage drive, do the following:
StepI. Launch StellarDataRecoveryPremium.
StepII. Click ‘MonitorDrive’ from the main screen.
StepIII. Once Stellar Drive Monitor opens, click the settings icon present on the top left corner.
StepIV. From the General section, select ‘Showstatusintray’ checkboxes.
The software will now live-monitor the health status of your storage drive. It sends a warning message if the drive temperature, performance, health, or SMART attributes reaches its threshold limit. You can use Drive Monitor to scan the drive for bad sectors and clone the drive for backup or data recovery purpose.
Knowing your Mac storage drive is essential to manage it properly. There are a couple of methods shared in this blog to fetch information related to your storage drive, viz. About This Mac, Get Info, and Disk Utility. The blog also outlined how to customize your storage drive icon. Also, if your drive goes haywire, you can use First Aid of Disk Utility to repair the affected drive.
The best way to proactively prevent data loss is to monitor your Mac storage drive constantly on temperature, performance, health, and other SMART attributes. Stellar Data Recovery Premium for Mac bundles the Drive Monitor module to help you live-monitor your drive, map bad blocks, and clone for backup or data recovery. Plus, the Premium Edition incorporates two unique features – Video & Photo Repair – to resolve digital media file corruption issues.
Vishal is a data recovery expert @Stellar. He addresses data loss scenarios on a Mac. He intends to help people solve their macOS problems. Besides, Vishal prefers to read autobiographies, and his personal favorite is of Steve Jobs.