When your Mac is your constant companion, it’s nice to have something made specifically for it. Yes, even an external hard drive. Iomega’s Mac Companion Hard Drive is made specifically for Apple products--the USB port on its left side is intended for charging and syncing your iOS device. Fancy, right? Maybe even fancy enough to charge a premium.
Whether it’s cars, dog breeds, or plant species, it seems like there are hybrid versions of just about everything these days. It’s not a bad idea—why not mix two generally wonderful things to create something even better? That’s what Seagate hopes to accomplish with its next generation of hybrid drives. The Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive packs the storage of a standard hard drive with the speed of an SSD. It’s totally worth it if you can’t afford a high-priced, low-capacity SSD, and are sick of the slow read and write speeds of the standard platter-based drive.
Videos and music make long flights and arduous commutes bearable. But if there’s just not enough room on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad for everything you want to hear or see, the Kingston Wi-Drive tacks on an extra 32GB by streaming directly to your iOS device.
When you find a hefty folder of files on your Mac with a name you’ve never heard of, don’t assume you don’t need it. As a rule, unless you’re completely sure, don’t delete files within the System or Library folder on your Mac unless they relate to a specific, non-Apple application. Never blindly get rid of fonts that the system uses, and never try to move your user account or any of the files within it from its original location.
You know the symptoms: applications don’t open as fast as they used to, and you always seem to be running out of space on your hard drive. It’s painful to admit, but your MacBook Pro that was so shiny a year ago may finally be showing its age. But you don’t have to put your faithful companion out to pasture––or make another $2,000 trip to the Apple Store––just yet. Save those pennies while you work (and play) more productively by upgrading your MacBook Pro yourself.
I have a confession to make: I’m a document pack rat. In all other areas of my life I’m meticulously organized, but when it comes to files and folders, my stuff is all over the place. Digital spring-cleaning is not my forte, which is why I’ve got a bunch of portable hard drives strewn about with various data. Thankfully, Seagate’s 4TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk will let me consolidate onto one single hard drive with enough space to back up my Mac and iOS devices and store my media files.
If you're running room out of your hard drive and would rather not bother with the task of upgrading it, you can try relocating your iTunes and iPhoto libraries to an external drive. iPhoto’s pretty open to the idea of moving home. Simply close it and copy your iPhoto library (located in your Pictures folder) to an external volume. Now re-open iPhoto while holding down the Option key and select the library you just moved from its new location. Check all is working okay, then you’re free to delete the original iPhoto library in your Pictures folder.
So we’ve looked at the basics when it comes to freeing up drive space, but if that didn’t do the job, several Mac apps will help you to detect and remove space-wasters. These tools range from system scans that will pick out very large files and list them in order of size to very specific apps that target common drive space thieves (like app-related files that linger after you’ve deleted an app) and bring them to justice via the Trash can. Then there’s the third kind of tool—one that’s part software, part service. Rather than removing large files completely, these offerings provide a way for you to move them to a secure storage space on the web. We’ll show you the four most effective ways to use these apps.