Don't-Miss Storage Stories

Access alternate Time Machine drives

Although it's not obvious how, Time Machine makes it easy to access and browse other drives containing Time Machine backups.

Make exact backup copies of your DVDs

Want to make a copy of your wedding DVD for family, or protect your store-bought movies from sticky fingers? Here's how to make exact backups of your DVDs.

Back up iDisk with Time Machine

Yes, you can so backup your iDisk with Time Machine.

Simultaneously save files to iDisk

With Automator you can save files to both your Mac's hard drive and iDisk.

Protect data with encrypted hard drives

If you want to encrypt the contents of an external hard drive to protect its data in case of loss or theft, you’ve got a lot of options.

Four memory card maintenance tips

Tips on the best ways to upload photos, delete pictures, and maintain your memory card.

Unclutter your hard drive

Old, unneeded files do more than just waste space. They can also slow down searches, backups, and other basic chores; sometimes, they cause crashes. Joe Kissell explains how to clean out the cruft.

Migrate a Time Machine backup

Moving to a bigger backup disk can mean losing all your existing Time Machine backups. Joe Kissell shows you how to keep what you've got while upping your space.

Build your own home media server

Do you more storage, and for it to be accessible across your network? Ben Long shows you how to put together a Drobo-like home media server for less money and with more flexibility.

Tips for weathering power outages

When the lights go out, what's a Mac user to do? Try these tips.

Treat a misbehaving Time Capsule

Time Capsule is on the blink? Joe Kissell will show you how to fix it.

The unbootable Mac mini

Why would a perfectly good Mac mini suddenly refuse to boot? Dan Frakes takes you through the torturous path to the solution, which ended up being obvious in retrospect.

Add an ExpressCard solid state drive to some MacBook Pros

Rob Griffiths talks about his experiences adding an ExpressCard solid state drive (SSD) to his 15-inch MacBook Pro, and then using it as the system boot drive. Learn how well it works, what to watch out for, and the benefits and risks of making the move.

How to upgrade your Mac's hard drive

On some Mac models, upgrading the hard drive is easy. On other, it isn't. Kyle Wiens explains how to swap in new drives on most recent Macs.

Troubleshoot an ailing hard drive

Do your applications quit without warning? Is your Mac stalling during start-up? Are you finding unusual numbers of corrupted files? You may have a faulty hard drive. Joe Kissel explains how to diagnose and fix the problem.