Don't-Miss Storage Stories
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.
Tips on the best ways to upload photos, delete pictures, and maintain your memory card.
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.
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.
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.
When the lights go out, what's a Mac user to do? Try these tips.
Time Capsule is on the blink? Joe Kissell will show you how to fix it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Back up your data regularly—it's something you know you're supposed to do, but only until recently have many users start to take it seriously, thanks to OS X's Time Machine backup utility, which comes with the operating system.
When it comes to safeguarding your data, external hard drives are the way to go. In this excerpt from Take Control of Mac OS X Backups, Joe Kissell explains why and shows you what to consider when shopping for an external hard drive.
If you have a Mac with a Combo drive (CD burner that can read but not write to DVD) or a single-layer DVD burner, buying an external DVD drive is an affordable and attractive upgrade.
It may have beaten out HD-DVD in the bloody battle to be the high definition optical drive standard, but in the roughly year and a half since the format wars ended, Blu-ray DVD has yet to gain any real traction in the desktop computer realm. That should change in the near future.