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Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

We answer Mac-related questions about Flashback, network file permissions, Time Machine, and more.

By April 13, 2012

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Weekly Utilities Update: MacKeeper, iDefrag, Checkup, more...

Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week.

By April 6, 2010

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Review: Drive defragmentation and optimization with iDefrag

iDefrag is a small utility with the single purpose of running drive defragmentation and optimization. It does this job quite well, and has become a reputable and complete option for people wanting to defragment and optimize their hard drives.

By December 27, 2009

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Troubleshooting utility news and updates

Our utilities update report is a column on updates for Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. This time there were only updates to two utilities: a popular OS tweaking and maintenance tool, and a file recovery tool.

By March 7, 2011

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Understanding RAM versus hard-drive space via an analogy

When troubleshooting computers many people suggest "freeing up memory" and similar options carelessly without differentiating between RAM and hard-drive space. Here is a quick analogy to illustrate the difference and how each may affect system performance.

By March 4, 2011

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Weekly Utilities Update: Little Snitch, iDefrag, MacDust, more...

Staff Pick: iDefrag

OS X has built-in protection against file fragmentation, but while for the most part this can keep individual files contiguous, there are times when the drive itself may have files scattered all over it which can re

By June 12, 2009

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How to limit user disk space with partitions and quotas in OS X

One drawback to having multiple users on OS X is there is no easy way to limit the amount of disk space used by that user. If a user has write access to a file system, then they can fill the drive until there is no space left for others.

By September 23, 2010

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Weekly Troubleshooting Utilities Update

Our weekly utilities update report is a list of updates for Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though a utility can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems.

By August 23, 2010

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Weekly Troubleshooting Utilities Update

Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems.

By July 26, 2010

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Weekly troubleshooting utilities update

Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week there are a few Maintenance and hardware management utilities that have been updated, along with a few miscellaneous ones for scanning, synchronizing documents, and changing document permissions.

By June 29, 2010