Don't-Miss Storage Stories

Backup buying guide

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.

What to look for in an external hard drive

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.

DVD burners buying guide

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.

Blu-ray buying guide

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.

Buy the right SD card for your camera

That new camera won't be much use without a capacious memory card to store photos to videos on. But all SD cards aren't the same. Make sure you're getting the right card for the way you shoot.

"Locking" an external hard drive

You say you have an external hard drive that you'd like to protect from prying eyes? Here are three solutions.

Five reasons to partition a disk

Apple's Disk Utility makes it easy to split a hard drive up into multiple parts called partitions. But why would you ever bother? Joe Kissell shows you five things partitioning a disk allows you to do.

Four ways to access files from afar

If you work in lots of locations, you may find yourself wishing you could access your files from everywhere. Here are four ways to do just that.

Six ways to botch your backups

Shocked that a company as prominent as Danger, Inc. could lose T-Mobile's Sidekick customers' data? Protect your business backups by avoiding these six mistakes.

Shifting large media libraries

It happens to lots of us: Large media files choke our startup drive. Here are solutions for sharing the wealth between an internal and external hard drive.

Restore your old pictures with iPhoto

Return your scanned old photos to their former glory with a few easy adjustments in iPhoto.

Four smart tips for managing scanned photos

Bring order and security to your scanned printed media with these smart iPhoto management and back up strategies

Upgrading a MacBook Pro's hard drive

Laptop in one hand, replacement raw drive in the other. No, you needn't reinstall everything when you install the new hard drive.

Build your own photo booth

Liven up your parties and weddings with an easy DIY photo set-up that won't break the bank.

Identify causes of large Time Machine backups

Learn about possible sources of large Time Machine backups, and tools you can use to identify those sources.