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Differences between file-level and block-level cloning

When discussing backup options, frequently we will mention cloning. There are two basic types of clones, block-level and file-level, and here are the differences between them.

By May 25, 2011

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What to do when a Mac won't boot to Safe Mode

If your system hangs when going into Safe Mode, or will not load into Safe Mode at all, there are a couple of things you can do to fix the situation.

By March 11, 2013

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Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a weekly feature in which we answer questions e-mailed in by our readers. We welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your own suggestions in the comments.

By December 8, 2011

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OS X Lion slowdowns; could it be the hard drive?

If you have upgraded your Mac to Lion and are experiencing slowdowns, you might be suspecting faults with the hard drive as a possible reason.

By December 6, 2011

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Tackling system fans that run loudly after updating OS X

Sometimes after updating or upgrading OS X, users may find their system fans running abnormally fast. There are a few reasons why this may happen, and here are the steps to tackle them.

By March 30, 2011

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'Boot OSX' folders appearing in OS X

Sometimes people who have just reinstalled OS X on their systems or migrated to a new boot device may find a folder entitled "Boot OSX" appearing on their desktops.

By January 20, 2011

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How to create multiple Time Machine backups

Sometimes Time Machine in OS X may create multiple backup folders for your system, which can take up space on the Time Machine drive.

By November 5, 2010

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Hands on: A look at Drive Genius 3

A hands-on look at the options and tools in Drive Genius 3 for OS X.

By October 6, 2010

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Intermittent freezes could be a failing hard drive

Older computers will often start to slow down for no apparent reason. Even when not used frequently, slowdowns may occur where the system may pause for a few seconds and then run fine for a little while. In OS X, when these pauses occur you may see the spinning color wheel and not be able to do anything with your system until the problem resolves itself.

By August 27, 2010

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Information and Recommendations on Cloning Hard Drives

Cloning a hard drive is when you create an exact copy of one drive's contents to another, which has been made quite simple with the availability of high-capacity external drives, simple connectivity, and highly developed cloning software. Many troubleshoo

By March 27, 2009