After Apple added SDXC and ExFAT compatibility to Mac OS X in 10.6.5, I got to wondering if they had added similar compatibility to the iPad in iOS 4.2.1. Although the hardware reader is probably not SDXC-capable, it wouldn't have been too hard to add the ExFAT driver from Mac OS X to iOS. Then, the iPad could import from SD cards formatted as ExFAT and USB-connected … [Read more...] about Is The iPad Compatible With SDXC and ExFAT Cards?
Steve Jobs isn't too keen on USB 3.0, apparently, but other vendors are stepping in to fill the void. CalDigit was first with a USB 3.o driver, but it was tied to the pricey PCI Express and ExpressCards they sell. Now LaCie is out with a free driver for just about any USB 3.0 card, but it's locked to LaCie's storage products. Let's hope we get an unlocked driver soon! Now You … [Read more...] about LaCie Releases USB 3.0 Driver For Mac OS X (But It Only Works With LaCie Drives)
You don't have to buy some expensive DVD burning software just to archive files to disc on Mac OS X; Apple includes this functionality right in the operating system! Although the process isn't exactly obvious (as in, ahem, Microsoft Windows), it works fine. Here's how to burn a data DVD without using any third-party software. Insert a blank DVD into your SuperDrive The … [Read more...] about How To Create a Data DVD Using Only the Mac OS X Finder
Apple is a funny company, happy to go their own way even as the rest of the industry piles on to the latest trend. Such is the case with storage, with Apple ditching floppy drives, optical drives, and even hard disks. On the expansion side, Apple was an early and aggressive proponent of USB but stubbornly ignored eSATA. Now that PC makers are turning to USB 3.0, many are … [Read more...] about Will OS X 10.7 “Lion” Bring USB 3.0 To The Mac?
Time Machine is one of my favorite Mac OS X features. Sure, it's not loaded with features and customizability, but it works for the most part. Plus, it's so easy to set up that it encourages the average computer user to actually have a backup. Anything that encourages backups is great news in my book! But Apple recently rolled out a "Time Capsule Backup Update", and … [Read more...] about “Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you.”