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What file service should you use with network drives and Time Machine?

A network-attached storage device needs to use the proper file service with Apple’s Time Machine.

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How to be sure a drive has ejected from a Mac

macOS has several ways to properly eject a storage device.

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A drive and a partition: How to understand the difference when erasing Mac disks

When you want to format a hard drive, it helps to know the difference between a partition and a drive.

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How to encrypt a bootable clone in macOS

A reader wants to protect the bootable clone he makes of his startup volume just as effectively.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes libraries on the new MacBook Pro, orderly audiobook playback

How can you store a large iTunes library on a SSD-equipped MacBook Pro with limited storage? Kirk McElhearn has a few suggestions.

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How to back up large files and collections off site

A reader wants to store 500GB somewhere other than on a local hard drive, and wonders about options.

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How to unmount drives automatically when closing a Mac’s lid

A little Mac app can help attached drives when you put your laptop to sleep.

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How to transfer a Time Machine backup to another backup drive

When you want to switch Time Machine drives, it's fairly easy to transfer your old backups.

How to resurrect a Fusion Drive from a destroyed Mac

When an iMac is physically damaged, how do you get the data from its Fusion Drive.

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How to configure a software RAID in macOS Sierra’s Disk Utility

The ability to set up a software RAID has returned to Apple's utility.

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How to deconstruct a software RAID made with macOS Sierra’s Disk Utility

If you created a RAID using Disk Utility and now you don’t want to use the disks as a RAID anymore, here’s how to delete the RAID.

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How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra

This new feature in Apple’s latest Mac operating system promises to free up precious storage space.

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How to use iCloud Drive’s new Desktop and Documents access in macOS Sierra

With this new feature, files saved to the Desktop and in Documents are automatically saved your iCloud Drive.

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How to make Sidebar shortcuts for removable drives

How to make persistent shortcuts in the Mac's Sidebar even after unmounting and remounting a drive.

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How to turn off iCloud Photo Library when you don't have enough local storage

A reader wants to disable syncing to iCloud, but can't download the full-resolution images and videos. Here's how to fix it.