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Advice from an Apple Tech: How to replace the optical drive in a Unibody MacBook Pro with a second hard drive

Don't use the optical drive in your Unibody MacBook Pro anymore? Put that space in your laptop to better use by replacing the optical drive with a hard drive or SSD.

Friday the 13th: International Verify-Your-Backup Day

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When was the last time you checked to be sure that you really could restore your Mac's data from your backup drive? Adam Engst at TidBITS says today is the day to check.

What to do about a failing hard drive

You happen to fire up Disk Utility and -- whu oh! -- you see that your hard drive has failed a diagnostic test. What do you do? Don't panic, says Chris Breen. But start planning for a replacement drive.

Mac troubleshooting: dealing with hard drive woes

When you suspect a hard drive problem, it's time to swing into action. Ted Landau shows you what to do.

Should you leave a hard drive running when it's not in use?

Mike Bell asked if he should shut down his hard drive when he doesn't need it. "Will that constant powering up [and down] add wear and tear…?"

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Mac troubleshooting: Be prepared for hard-drive failure

When hard-drive disaster strikes, you need to start up your Mac from another drive to repair it. But, which drive? Take a few minutes now to prepare for emergencies.

How to split up a Fusion Drive

Whether you made your own Fusion Drive and want to go back, or want to split up one you got from Apple, we'll show you that it isn't a difficult or lengthy process.

How to beat the line at the Apple Store

No one likes waiting in a long checkout line. Here are a few tips and tricks for making your holiday visit to the Apple Store a little more pleasant.

How to make your own Fusion Drive

It isn't too difficult to make your own version of Apples Fusion Drive, and it can give you a nice speed boost without taking away from storage.

Fusion Drive: An overview

Macworld Lab got a Fusion Drive, and now we can answer many of the burning questions that folks have asked about Apple's new storage technology.

How to restore data from Time Machine in Mountain Lion

If you use Time Machine regularly, you're ready for whatever technological mishaps life throws at you. Restoring data from Time Machine is just as easy as backing things up in the first place.

Moving a Time Machine backup

The drive you've been using for your Time Machine backups is now full. Chris Breen shows you how to move that backup to a more capacious drive.

What do hard drive-related words like SATA, IDE, and RAID actually mean?

Brainout asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum to explain some of the words used to describe hard drives and storage.

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Security in the iCloud age

Wired's Mat Honan got hacked hard over the weekend, and the attacker wiped out his iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Protecting yourself from malicious ne'er-do-wells requires secure passwords, clever security answers, solid backups, and careful considerations.

MacBook Woe: A tale of a near Mac disaster, averted by good backups

The hard drive in Lex Friedman's MacBook Pro failed after a water-related disaster at 30,000 feet. Good backups and some good luck prevented a true data disaster.