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Sometimes a specific disk image in OS X will automatically mount if a file on it is targeted by the system. Here are some methods for fixing this issue.
Some people have noticed an issue in Snow Leopard where iTunes will query for Audio CD track information and then promptly unmount the CD from the system.
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed from our readers. This week we have questions on SUID file errors when fixing permissions, options for ejecting optical drives, problems with optical drives immediately ejecting, and the lack of a track joining option for audio books in iTunes 10.
External hard drives have become a very popular method of expanding your computer's storage capacity, but despite this convenience they also can become a cluttered mess.
One of the advantages OS X has over Windows is the easy ability to install OS X on practically any supported local volume, meaning that regardless of the hardware, if the volume can be mounted locally (as opposed to a network share) you should be able to install a copy of OS X to that volume and boot to it.
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.
When OS X performs some system tasks that take a little while to complete, the system will present a progress window or similar notification to keep the user informed of what is going on.
Over time it is expected for a system to start running a little slower than it did when the operating system was freshly installed. This can be from having more programs installed and running at once, to filling and using more hard drive space, to various settings that may take time to load and interact with each other. For instance, with use the files on the hard drive will get moved around and blocks of data will be less contiguous than they were with a fresh OS installation. While the small performance hit over time will not be enough to affect most users, in some situations you might want to keep the computer running at its optimum speed. Here are some tips for optimizing the system performance in various areas that can affect the speed of the system.
A while ago we reported on an issue where MacBook users were experiencing an intermittent 30-second freeze on their systems. For many people it was usually accompanied by a small clicking sound, indicating a problem with the hard drive. Apple addressed this issue by releasing a hard drive firmware update, but it appears similar problems are persisting.
Sometimes when a hard drive is improperly unmounted or subjected to software that otherwise modifies the drive's structure, you can end up with a few or all the partitions on a drive being inaccessible.