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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.

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Use an external SSD to make an old Mac feel new (without cracking it open)

When internal surgery of a Mac isn't in the cards, an external SSD can rejuvenate a slow machine.

What's the best media for long-term storage?

Hard drive? Blu-ray? Online servers? Chris Breen looks at the options.

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How to verify a Time Machine backup

You've gone to all the trouble to create a Time Machine backup. Maybe you should make sure it works.


Tips for maintaining your media for eternity and beyond

Wouldn't it be great to pass down the movie you made of your child's first birthday to her great-great-grandchildren? These tips may make that possible.

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How to restore a missing recovery partition

A reader seems to be missing his OS X recovery partition after cloning one drive to another. Chris Breen offers a solution.


The paranoid person's guide to a complete Mac backup

You think you have a complete data backup plan? Then you haven't seen the lengths Rob Griffiths goes to to secure his data.

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How to protect your Mac's most secret stuff with an encrypted disk image

Chris Breen shows you how to stow your most sensitive data in a protected archive.