Don't-Miss Storage Stories

Internal hard drives buying guide

With a little bit of handiwork, you can upgrade the hard drive that came with your Mac. Here's what to look for when buying a new internal hard drive.

External desktop hard drives buying guide

If you’re looking for a quick and painless way to add massive amounts of storage for your music, photos, videos, or system backups, an external hard drive is hard to beat.

Bugs & Fixes: Bugs affect TiVo-to-iPhone transfers

Ted Landau wonders if he can convert TiVo files into an iPhone format. He can, but not without a good deal of time and hassle.

Look before leaping... and formatting hard drives

Rob Griffiths learns—the hard way—the importance of double-checking one’s plans before implementing them, especially when it comes to hard drives.

Bugs & Fixes: Dealing with Data Backup problems

Ted Landau uses Prosoft’s Data Backup to protect himself from data loss. But lately, he’s run into a problem with running the backup program on his MacBook Pro that has both him and the developer stumped.

How to add network attached storage

If you need to back up multiple Macs or share media files on your home (or small-business) network, you might need more than a USB drive attached to your AirPort base station or Time Capsule. Kirk McElhearn explains why network attached storage might be a better solution.

Upgrading a MacBook Pro's hard drive

Unsure about upgrading a MacBook Pro's hard drive? Here are a couple of helpful resources.

Bugs & Fixes: Contacts and calendar events disappear from iPhone

Ted Landau tells you what to do if contacts and calendar events synced via MobileMe suddenly disappear from your iPhone. And he returns to smart flash drives, the subject of last week’s column.

Bugs & Fixes: The trouble with USB ‘smart’ flash drives

Ted Landau discovers that the new generation of U3 smart drives can cause a lot of headaches for Mac users.

In case of emergency

In a summer full of natural disasters how prepared are you (and your Mac) for unanticipated emergencies?

Bugs & Fixes: Time Machine holdups

Ted Landau’s Time Machine backups began sticking at the “Preparing…” stage of starting a backup. So he did some digging to find out what was causing the problem.

Time Machine tips and troubleshooting

Some people will be able to set up and turn on Time Machine with a single click. But you may need to do some manual configuration to get it to work the way you want. You should also be aware of some quirks in Time Machine’s operation, particularly when restoring data.

Is Time Machine all you need?

Although any backup is better than no backup at all, Time Machine may not protect your data to the extent or in the way that you need. A few significant weaknesses offset its impressive strengths.

Excerpt: Picking a hard drive

The inclusion of Time Machine as part of Mac OS X 10.5 shows the importance of good backups for every Mac user. And while backing up and restoring files may be easier than before, you’re still going to need a place to store all that data. In this excerpt from his Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard ebook, Joe Kissell tells you what to consider when shopping for a backup drive to hold all that Time Machine-saved data.

Fitting your files on a MacBook Air

If you’ve ordered a MacBook Air, you’ve got some storage decisions to make. The 80GB of storage that ships with this thin notebook goes against the trend of higher-capacity hard drives. But not to worry—Joe Kissell has some advice on how to make sure all your vital files and applications fit on your new laptop.