Since most MacBooks are SSD-only, one would think Apple would be careful about leaving junk around on the drive. But many people are finding 5 GB wasted for a years-old leftover Mac OS X install image! Here's how to reclaim that space if you're missing it... Lost+Found In a brief DuckDuckGo search, I discovered that it's fairly common for a Mac OS X upgrade to leave … [Read more...] about Check Your Mac’s Drive and Reclaim 5 GB of Wasted Space!
Security is always possible but has rarely been easy. Storing unencrypted files and folders is much simpler and more compatible than going through the effort to use encryption. But the recent security flub at Dropbox set me looking for a secure way to store data there. Here's a quick and easy way to create a secure, Dropbox-compatible disk image for Mac OS … [Read more...] about Mac Users, Secure Your Stuff in Dropbox
The Tech Field Day events I organize generate a massive amount of HD video content, and moving half a terabyte or more of data is a real issue. We had been using luggable desktop drives from Western Digital and Seagate, but preferred a smaller, lighter, USB bus-powered portable solution. The Seagate Expansion Portable USB drive we bought this week packs an amazing 1 TB of … [Read more...] about Review: 1 TB Seagate Expansion Portable USB Drive (ST910004EXA101-RK)
Well, that happened pretty quickly! After upgrading the internal hard drive on my MacBook Pro to 320 GB, I moved the 120 GB disk Apple shipped with the machine to my Verbatim SmartDisk FireWire+USB enclosure to use as a Time Machine backup target. Despite applying some tricks to reduce the amount of data backed up by Time Machine, I filled up the 120 GB drive pretty quickly … [Read more...] about How To Move OS X Time Machine Backups To A New Disk