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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 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.

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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 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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What to do when your Mac can’t mount, repair, or erase a drive

A reader can't get a drive working again, but the problem lies within (the computer).

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How to hand off your Mac for repair without worrying about insecure data on an SSD

A reader would prefer to not send his computer off to get fixed with all of the contents of its drive being accessible to a technician. What to do?

How to fix a Fusion drive that has come unlinked

A reader sees only 121GB of storage on her iMac, and wonders what happened.

USB-C Explained: Why some devices are 5Gbps and others are 10Gbps

USB-C promises up to 10Gbps data transfer, but the first generation of USB-C devices aren’t as fast as they could be. Here's what to look out for.

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What to do when a hard drive won’t unmount in OS X El Capitan

When OS X won't let you unmount a flash drive or external hard drive, here’s what you can do.

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5 quick ways to recover storage space on an overstuffed iPhone or iPad

You'd be surprised at how quickly your iPhone or iPad can chew through storage, particularly the tiny 16GB model. If you're feeling jammed, try these easy ways to find a few gigs of breathing room.

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How to disable Wi-Fi base station features on a Time Capsule

A reader would like to use his Time Capsule only for backups, not as a Wi-Fi gateway.

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9 ways to share files between Macs

Need to transfer files from one Mac to another? There are many way to do it.

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What happens when your Time Machine drive icon changes

A reader wonders why the color changes between yellow and green on his Time Machine backup volume.

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Considering a hardware RAID? Here’s what you need to know

A hardware RAID can be pricey but it helps prevent data loss and improve performance.

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The case of the case-sensitive formatted drive and Adobe Creative Cloud

A reader found his lack of sensitivity prevented him from using certain software, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud. But there's a fix.