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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.

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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.