Don't-Miss Storage Stories
How to upgrade the optical drive on a first-generation Power Mac G5, and what kind of results you can expect after the upgrade.
Christopher Breen answers reader questions about blurry iMovie stills, nonprinting printers, syncing select contacts, and iMovie chapters as iDVD clips.
Here are some favorite pieces of low-cost software specifically designed for—or just especially handy for—use on a laptop.
Christopher Breen troubleshoots reader problems with converting unprotected DVDs, diagnosing the Apple TV, iSight alternatives and AirDisk and Apple’s Backup.
The Mac Pro and the previous top-of-the-line desktop Mac, the Power Mac G5, may look alike on the outside—cheese-grater exterior, huge brushed-aluminum handles, and USB and FireWire ports up front—but inside, they’re entirely different beasts.
Dan Frakes decided that 40GB wasn't enough space, so he upgraded his Apple TV's hard drive -- and documented the process so you can, too.
When you don’t back up your data, you choose to live life on the edge. But what sort of media should you use for storing your backups? You have numerous options, depending on your needs, preferences, and budget.
Christopher Breen offers up tips on how to sync your Address Book without .Mac, find missing iPhoto pictures, fix fonts in TextEdit and run Windows safely.
Interested in turning your old Mac into a backup server? There are a number of programs that are up to the task. But if you spring for a .Mac account every year, why not take advantage of Apple’s Backup software?
It’s sad, but true. Few Mac users create backups of any sort, and fewer still have thorough, automated backups. There is no complete and final answer to everyone’s backup needs, but that fact shouldn’t become a reason to put off implementing a backup strategy. The key to making it happen is identifying your needs.
If your computer is stolen, damaged, or incapacitated, you can always repair or replace the hardware and software. But what about your data? Without good backups, you could lose your hard work and precious records forever.
There’s no point in lugging along a laptop on your vacation just so you can archive or organize your digital pictures. A laptop not only adds weight and heft, but is also vulnerable to theft and damage. Luckily, you have other options. Our recommendations will help ensure that all your photos come home safely with you.
Tiger puts a lot of power and intelligence behind its syncing services, but it doesn't offer syncing support to meet all contingencies. When Tiger falls short, you have to jump off the Apple mothership and board a third-party craft. In this excerpt from "Take Control of Syncing in Tiger," Michael Cohen offers all sorts of reasons why you might want to, ahem, sync different.
Sure, you back up your Mac laptop at home or at the office. But what about when you hit the road? If the answer is “no,” you’re only asking for trouble. After all, a hard-drive failure could happen just as easily when you’re traveling. Here are some backup tips geared toward on-the-go users.