Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Whenever you use the standard delete command for the Trash on any computer, the files are not actually deleted. Instead, the space on the drive is marked as available, and can be written over by future files. Fortunately, you can say “hasta la vista” to these files with a simple command, causing your deleted files to actually be removed from your system.
So the reviews have started coming in for jOBs, Apple TV got an update and so did your other iOS devices, Vine got launched, got pulled, got tweaked, got 25% less sexy, and a whole bunch of other stuff, so let's see what's cooking in the hot pot of news this week.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a fancy NAS set up or a Time Capsule to back up your Mac with, then you need to rely on good ol' fashioned external drives for the arduous task of backing up to Time Machine. Unfortunately, this method isn’t the best because it relies on physically plugging in a drive to conduct a backup and -- let’s face it -- we sometimes forget to do that. Fortunately, with iCal and an AppleScript, you can set timed reminders to remind you to do so.
You can ramp up a hard drive by hooking it up to your Mac via the Thunderbolt port, but that spinning platter can only go so fast. That’s where LaCie’s Little Big Disk comes into play, which truly takes advantage of Thunderbolt’s power. This setup features two solid-state drives inside, preconfigured as a striped RAID array for a total capacity of 240GB. Although that pales in comparison to the less costly hard disk models, the pairing of Thunderbolt with even faster storage gets us excited just thinking about it!
It's a fact: as your iTunes collection gets bigger, the amount of free space on your drive gets smaller. Sure, you could stuff your computer's internal drive to the gills with as much media as you can jam in there, but as Macs require a reasonable chunk of drive real estate to keep on puttering along in a trouble-free fashion, we'd advise against this storage strategy. What to do? You could buy a larger internal drive for a little more breathing room. You could bite a bullet and delete a few thousand files from your enormous collection of music, movies and television shows, but that's a pretty extreme fix. If neither of these solutions appeal to you, how about transferring part of your iTunes library to a spare external drive that you've got laying around? Yeah, that's the ticket! Here's how to do it.
iMovie’s a fantastic editing program that does a good job of organizing your footage. It’ll let you save your media and iMovie Events on external drives if you like, but what if you run out of space and need to move your clips to an even bigger drive? Apple’s engineers did think of this eventuality and provided an easy solution for it, but it only works well if you create one Project per Event and don’t use clips from multiple Events in a single Project. Otherwise, you may encounter problems--and fixing them can be trickier than you might think.
We’ll walk you through the easier, built-in way to move your iMovie files around; then we’ll guide you through the process of fixing your Projects and Events (if needed) once they’ve reached their new home. This should also help you understand why some of your clips may have become unlinked--rendering them invisible to iMovie even though you haven’t deleted them--and then fix that problem too.