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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 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 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 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.

Nine ways to transfer files from one Mac to another

If you have two Macs—for instance, a desktop and a laptop—you may often find yourself transferring files between them. You might also need to send files to friends or colleagues, and, in some cases, file size could make this difficult. Here are nine ways to get a file from here to there.

My backup plan: Kirk McElhearn

We’ve covered the basics of how to keep your Mac backed up, and Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes has written about his own setup for backing up. Here’s the setup for Macworld contributor Kirk McElhearn.

Apps vanish; backups save the day

Ted Landau's heart skipped a beat when he discovered an empty Applications folder. Thanks to a redundant backup strategy, however, his bacon, heart, and data were saved.

How to back up using MobileMe's Backup utility

Time Machine is what most Mac users think of when it comes to Mac backup. Apple actually has another backup application called Backup that's available to MobileMe users. It's a good idea to have another backup method besides Time Machine, and if you have available iDisk space, MobileMe's Backup is an easy way to achieve backup redundancy.