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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.

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The case of the missing El Capitan hard disk space

A reader wonders where gigabytes (or gibibytes) have gone since upgrading from Yosemite.

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Using iCloud Photo Library with a library bigger than the main hard drive

A reader wants to migrate into the cloud more media than will fit on his Mac's hard drive.

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How to format a startup drive in El Capitan

Disk Utility has a new look in El Capitan, but formatting a storage device is still as easy as it was before.

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How to check your Mac's free hard drive space

Wondering if your Mac has enough storage space for that massive download? Wonder no more.