Although not discussed in today's keynote, Apple is adding a new "universal" filesystem to iOS and macOS. Apple File System (APFS) will likely replace HFS+ as the default filesystem for Macintosh computers, iPads, and iPhones and brings a wealth of modern features. But judging from the initial developer documentation, that's not going to happen for a few more years. And there's … [Read more...] about macOS Sierra Includes a New Apple File System, APFS
I am lucky enough to have received a Nifty MiniDrive for my Retina MacBook Pro, and am in process of putting it through its paces with a SanDisk 64 GB SDXC card. One of the first concerns I had is the steal-ability of such a small, valuable, content-rich item. So I decided to protect it using Mac OS X's FIleVault 2 full-disk encryption technology. Here's a step-by-step guide … [Read more...] about How to Encrypt Your Nifty MiniDrive
Apple's MacBook laptops have become increasingly desirable and successful, making them a prime target for thieves. Now that Mac OS X includes integrated and efficient full disk encryption, I recommend that everyone with a MacBook enable it. It's easy, nonintrusive, and a potential lifesaver if your machine is stolen! Why Encrypt Your MacBook? Like so many features in Mac OS … [Read more...] about MacBook Users: Encrypt Your Drive with OS X FileVault! It’s Easy and Free!
This morning, Apple introduced the new iMac, with a build-to-order storage configuration called "Fusion Drive". But what is Fusion Drive? Although it could be an off-the-shelf hybrid drive, I believe it is a software driver in Mac OS X. Update: Apple's Knowledge Base article on Fusion Drive for Mac Mini and iMac essentially confirms my conclusion: Fusion Drive is a function of … [Read more...] about Is Apple’s Fusion Drive a Hybrid HDD or Tiering Software?
After I moved my iMac move volume to an SSD, I was left with an internal hard disk drive full of data. Rather than blowing away and start again, I decided to repartition it using CoreStorage. After resizing the existing volume, I decided to create a new drive to store Final Cut Pro data. The CoreStorage createVolume command made short work of this task! Preliminary … [Read more...] about How To Add a New CoreStorage Volume