Don't-Miss Storage Stories

Creating a cloud-based backup for your image library

Creating your own cloud storage system doesn’t require a degree in computer science. But it does help to choose the right equipment. Derrick Story advises photo pros how to get started.

When a cloud service vanishes: How to protect your data

More and more, we rely on Web services as a matter of course. The key word is rely: We assume that the data we upload to, say, a photo-hosting account or blog will be there. But what happens when a service is shut down?

How to encrypt an external hard drive in Lion

FileVault 2 not onlyencrypts your Mac’s internal drive, but it can also encrypt external drives. Interested in securing your data? We’ll take you through the steps here.

62 things you can do with Dropbox

We asked readers, "How do you use Dropbox?" We were flooded with replies. Boiled down, here are their top tips.

Use Lion's FileVault 2 to encrypt your Mac's internal drive

Apple latest Mac operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion includes FileVault 2, the latest version of Apple’s method of file encryption. In this how-to, we'll go through the steps on activating FileVault 2 for your Mac's internal startup drive.

How to back up your Gmail

Are you one network outage away from losing all your email archives? Joe Kissell shows you how to minimize your chances of losing email by backing up the contents of your Gmail account.

How to enable Target Disk Mode via Thunderbolt

Target Disk Mode is a feature that allows a Mac to act as an external hard drive. Until recently, you enabled Target Disk Mode by connecting two Macs together via FireWire. The new Thunderbolt port on the current iMac and MacBook Pro supports Target Disk Mode. Mauricio Grijalva shows how to do it.

How to create an OS X flash drive installer

Instead of using the system installer disc that came with your Mac, create a system installer flash drive, like the one that comes with the MacBook Air. It's smaller than an optical disc, more reliable, and runs faster.

Disposing of your old technology

How can you responsibly dispose of a box full of floppy disks without sharing your personal information with the world?

How to partition an external hard drive

This tutorial goes through the steps of partitioning a hard drive using Disk Utility, which comes with every Mac.

How to partition a startup drive

When you buy a new Mac laptop, iMac, or Mac mini, the internal startup hard drive is set up with one partition. You can use Disk Utility to partition the startup drive, even while the startup drive is being used to boot your Mac.

How to format a hard drive

This article will show how to format a hard drive using Disk Utility, a helpful application that comes with every Mac. It’s easy, and takes a few minutes.

Replacing an older laptop's hard drive

There's no need to pay Apple over $600 to recover data and replace an old hard drive. You can attempt both on your own for under $200.