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Prevent OS X FileVault keys from being stored in standby mode

As an added measure of security, you can prevent your Mac from storing FileVault encryption keys for the purpose of speeding wake times from standby mode.

By September 10, 2013


Troubleshooting sleep in OS X

Several settings and system features govern the sleep mode in OS X and can prevent normal system sleep if either in use or used incorrectly.

By August 29, 2012


How to prevent sleep in OS X

There are several options available in OS X to keep the system from going to sleep in the middle of tasks.

By September 12, 2012


Caffeinate Mountain Lion to prevent it from sleeping

The "caffeinate" Terminal command offers some quick options for keeping sleep from interrupting your Mac.

By January 22, 2013


Deactivate your Sudden Motion Sensor on your Apple portable

There are a number of reasons users may wish to deactivate their Sudden Motion Senor technology in their Mac portables.

By December 3, 2009


Managing overheating external hard drives in OS X

External hard drives can sometimes continually spin and become exceptionally hot. Here are some ways to manage this to help prolong the life of your drive.

By July 13, 2011


Passware expands to grab Facebook and Google passwords

Password-scanning technology is gaining ground, but there are ways you can help secure your Mac against it.

By February 20, 2013


MacBook Pros not going to sleep, with error: 'Wake reason = PCI'

There is a problem some MacBook Pro users are having where the computer will not go to sleep when the lid is shut or command is given to do so. Instead, the computer will output a "Wake reason = PCI" error in the console.

By August 17, 2009


Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

We answer reader questions on using OS X recovery utilities within a working OS installation, and more.

By September 28, 2012


Customizing hard disk spin-down times

Mac OS X has an option to keep hard drives spinning for quick file access, or to save power and reduce noise by spinning them down when they're not in use. This can be convenient, but is rather limiting for users who would like to customize when their

By September 8, 2009