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best way to move volume to another physical drive - OSX

I have a Mac Pro, and I currently have Volume X on a USB 3 drive which I use as a workspace. I'd like to move it to my Thunderbolt drive so I can use the USB 3 drive elsewhere. Can I do this without breaking path references on my SSD? What's the best way?
posted by Ain on Aug 12, 2015 - 2 answers

Thinking about buying an older Macbook pro— is that a terrible idea?

I’m thinking about finally making the switch to a Macbook, but an older version. Is there any reason why this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by a fiendish thingy on Aug 12, 2015 - 20 answers

Spotify to bluetooth, but nothing else?

Can I send a spotify stream through my bluetooth speaker but keep other system sounds (e.g. email arrivals) coming through my computer? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Aug 12, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I view a .gi file on a Mac?

I've got an image burned by a DVD program that was provided to me on a USB drive. There are 3 files: x.gi, x (1_0).gi, and x (1_1).gi. Is there a way to watch these using VLC or to otherwise convert and view them on a Mac?
posted by ajr on Aug 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Getting into iPhone, iPad & Mac of deceased

A friend's child passed away this week. They left behind an iPhone, iPad and MacBook, but no passwords. Looking for recommendations on best course of action to access the devices. [more inside]
posted by lodurr on Aug 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Sorting data in Excel: style information and extra cells left behind.

When I attempt to sort my Excel spreadsheets, some style information is left behind. It also doesn't sort empty cells. I want to fix this. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Aug 6, 2015 - 7 answers

iMac won't internet good

I've got continual internet dropouts, and because it's such a common problem, there's not a lot of help I can get from google. Because it's such a common problem, what's your advice on working out how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by The River Ivel on Aug 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Mid-2012 MacBook Air SSD got corrupted, is it one of the "bad ones"?

Yesterday my mid-2012 MacBook Air got the dreaded flashing question mark and "drive not found" text upon startup. Fortunately, I had a Time Machine backup, and I was able to get the computer running (for now - knock on wood). When I was researching the problem, I noticed that this generation of MacBook Air has issues with its SSD, and Apple will replace the drive at no charge within three years of purchase. To diagnose the issue, Apple's website says, you must install the "Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1" from the App Store. Problem is, that update isn't there anymore... [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Aug 5, 2015 - 6 answers

What is the best to take a photo of a Mac screen for a printed mailshot?

What is the best to take a photo of a Mac screen for a printed mailshot? I need to take a photo of a Mac screen to be used in a photo for a printed mailshot. [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Aug 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me smoothly say farewell to Microsoft and Windows

So, I am finally giving up my last personal connection to Microsoft, my home PC running Windows 7 Home Premium, and switching to a really gorgeous iMac. Everything else in my life -- phone, tablet, watch, and laptop -- are already Apple. What preparations should I engage in while waiting for the new iMac to be delivered? And what do you recommend for smoothly getting my data (photos, documents, Quicken file, etc.) from my PC to my new Mac? And is there anything else you would advise I do as I make the transition? Many thanks.
posted by bearwife on Aug 3, 2015 - 10 answers

2011 Mac Mini DIY fusion drive issues...help please

The stock drive on my mid 2011 mac mini, model 5,2, recently became a brick. So, I got the idea I would create a fusion drive using a 120gb SSD and 1tb HDD. When I start the machine in (command+R) recovery mode, the SSD and HDD appear as separate drives. I had been expecting for disk utility to list the drives in RED with the option to "fix". How can I turn these two drives into a fusion drive? Is a Fusion drive even necessary? (~more info below~) [more inside]
posted by 5lbauthority on Jul 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Why won't this print properly?

Why aren't the text boxes/fields in this PDF file showing up when printed? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jul 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Help with ambiguous Excel for Mac error message?

My other half uses Excel for Mac (14.4.3) to help with work scheduling. When he went to open his treasured scheduling file today for the first time in a few months he got the message "Excel saved changes to the file before the application quit unexpectedly. Do you want to open the last saved version of the file?" What do the choices "cancel" and "open?" mean in this circumstance? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Jul 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me rescue my hard drive!

I have my entire iTunes library on an external hard drive. I have a computer that has no problem accessing the iTunes library on the external hard drive, but for any other purpose refuses to acknowledge the existence of said drive, because it's a powerpc external hard drive. I would like to figure out how to transfer my iTunes library to a brand new external hard drive to use with my new mac. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Jun 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Start recording at Bang

I want to start a few seconds video recording prompted by a gun blast. Plan is to attach a USB camera to a spotting scope and have my Mac start recording a few seconds of video the moment a shot is fired. The start and stop of the Video recording can be done with Automator ad/or Apple script. I am looking for an app or hardware solution to prompt the recording. It could be an application that starts a script once a sound exceeds a certain level. Perhaps even better a motion sensor that will sense the shock in the rifle stock. Thanks for your help. Rogier
posted by Mac-Expert on Jun 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Mac experts: Simple question about doing a clean install

My machine has gotten sluggish, and I think I'm going to try a clean install, which it's never had. I understand how to wipe a partition and do a complete install from a bootable USB drive. What I'm not sure about is getting my documents off my backups. Is it as simple as using Migration Assistant? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jun 20, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I find out what games will run well on my Macbook Air?

Is there an equivalent to Can You Run It for Macs? I'm tired of never knowing ahead of time what games will run well (enough) on my MacBook Air, especially since I'm partial to graphics-heavy stuff like BioShock and Half-Life. If it helps, here are my details: Mid 2011 MacBook Air Processor: 1.8 Ghz Intel Core i7 Memory: 4 GB 1333 Mhz DDR3
posted by gottabefunky on Jun 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Multi-bay SATA enclosure for my Mac?

Multi-bay SATA enclosure for my Mac? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jun 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Can I install Windows 8 on my Aging Mac?

I am hoping to be able to install Windows 8 on my Mac so that I can do a few work demos; I will be using Windows with only MS Office installed, and using it perhaps once a week at most. [more inside]
posted by nanook on Jun 15, 2015 - 14 answers

OS X based approaches for managing large (>1TB) music library?

I use iTunes on a MacBook Pro, and my music library will soon be large enough that it won't fit on my local HD. On top of that, I'll likely be adding another Mac to my home network, and would like to share the library between them. [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jun 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Splitting, speeding up M4A audio file on a Mac

Two part question: I have an M4A audio file that’s about three hours and 90 MB, and would like to split it into three tracks at specific time stamps. What’s the best or simplest way to do this on a Mac without re-encoding? There’s a bunch of stuff that Google returns, but I can’t tell what’s good and what’s not. After that, I’d like to increase the tempo of one file. Any recommendations for tools? Command line or GUI are fine. Thanks.
posted by jroybal on Jun 13, 2015 - 5 answers

The effects of fission on Fusion drives

In hopes of getting another couple good years out of my 2011 Mac mini, I'm planning to do the DIY Fusion Drive thing -- formatting the stock HDD and an SSD drive as a single logical partition. Currently my plan is to keep the SSD in an external FireWire enclosure, with the possibility of installing it inside the Mac mini further down the road if I can get over my fear of hardware. [more inside]
posted by bokane on Jun 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Easiest way to find and copy all all JPEGs on a Mac to a new folder

I'd like to find and copy all image files on my MacBook Air and an external hard drive that copy them all to a new folder on the external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by ndg on May 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Word 2008 suddenly not working on Yosemite Mac

Word 2008 has stopped opening on my mid-2012 Macbook Pro, running Yosemite 10.10.3. Just bounces a couple times in the dock and then hangs; Microsoft Error Reporting hangs too. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on May 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Something like Foobar2000 for mac?

I'm looking for an audio player for my Mac. I really like Foobar2000 on windows, but sadly it's PC only. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on May 21, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I install Unix stuff on my mac?!?

So I found this wonderful program unix program, that needs to be installed and used on my macbook (yosemite). OMG. How do you install stuff like this?!? [more inside]
posted by katventures on May 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Trying to remember name of Mac 2D animation program from 1985

I can't remember much about it but I'm trying to remember the name of a Classic Mac-era program that let you create animations in the black-and-white style of Dark Castle. It came with a demo that scrolled and had funny stuff happening in it.
posted by johngoren on May 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Quickbooks for Mac - should I use Online Banking?

I run a one-person S Corporation in California, and am using Quickbooks 2012 on a Mac. My current bookkeeper (as well as a previous one) suggested I not use Online Banking to automatically import transactions from my bank and credit cards, saying there's a lot of potential for it to mess things up. My main question: should I avoid Quickbooks for Mac's online banking? What if I upgrade to the 2015 Mac version - does it handle such things better? [more inside]
posted by mistersix on May 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Apple's Spotlight isn't finding files which I know are on my computer

I rely on Apple's Spotlight search to find files on my MacBook Pro, because I am so bad at organising stuff into folders. But recently, it hasn't been working. I look for a word I know is in the file contents – like a Word doc – and it simply doesn't show up in the Spotlight results. I've tried re-indexing Spotlight but it hasn't helped. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on May 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Password protect/encrypt USB drive readable on both Mac and Win?

I use Macs. I use a flash drive to carry powerpoint presentations and other documents that I need to access on PC's running various flavours of Windows, which are not mine and I will not have administrator access to. Is there a way that I can protect/encrypt the drive in a way that will let me use it on both systems, without having to pre-install software on the Windows system? I do not need government-grade encryption, just something that will stop casual snoopers accessing the data if I lose the drive.
posted by modernnomad on May 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Recommendation for A Good Dock Program for Windows 7

I'm very spoiled by the dock on my Mac, and am hoping for a program that provides the same functionality on my Windows 7 machine. [more inside]
posted by neeta on May 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Gantt charts on a Mac?

All I need is to make, then frequently modify, one long Gantt chart — on a Mac, with a local app rather than a web service. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Apr 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Outlook vs. Mac Mail

I use Gmail and I'm running Yosemite on my Mac. What's the difference between using the newest version of Outlook vs the Mail app?
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Apr 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Mac OS X application crashes, but only for one user. Why?

Fairly gnarly Mac debugging / troubleshooting question, concerning an app that crashes on launch consistently, but only when run by a single particular user. So far, it's stumped everyone. Lots of gory technical details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Apr 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Better ebook sync for my Mac and iPhone

I'm using iBooks to read ebooks on my Mac and iPhone. But I generally don't buy my ebooks from Apple, and iBooks will only wirelessly sync books that one bought from the iBooks store. If I want to copy a new ebook from my Mac to my phone, I have to connect the two over USB and use iTunes to sync. Ugh. There has to be a better way. What apps should I be using to get better wireless sync? [more inside]
posted by Banknote of the year on Apr 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Can you recommend any games for Mac similar to Myst?

That's basically the question. I'm not a gamer AT ALL but decades ago I enjoyed two games, Ceremony of Innocence and Myst and haven't played since. I'm now in the possession of a new three day old 13 " MacBook Pro and thought I'd take advantage of the retina graphic aspect of it with a visually stunning game. Games with riddles and puzzles and stories like the above, the first one in particular are the only ones I've enjoyed. Do you know of any others?
posted by Jubey on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Podcast management

1) What is your podcast management strategy? I need a system that works better than what I'm doing now. 2) Is there an app that will let me organize/subscribe to podcasts or create playlists on my Mac and then sync that with my Android? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Windows on a Mac

What's the cheapest way to get Windows working on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Mar 30, 2015 - 13 answers

How to bring active window to foreground in OS X?

I just got my new MacBook Pro and I want to get to work, but I cannot figure out why active windows remain in the background. Clicking on an inactive window doesn't bring it to the foreground. If I want to actually see what's in the active window, I have to minimize the inactive window that's on top. I've looked at different settings but I don't see how to change this. Help is much appreciated.
posted by stinker on Mar 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Options for storing my growing collection of movies/music/TV on my Mac?

I own a macbook with 256 GB of space. I used to have a 1 TB backup drive but it broke, along with the majority of my media files; this is the second time in two years that I've had a hard drive go bad on me. I opted for a smaller 256 GB SSD for backup this time around as I heard they're less prone to failing, but it's too small for me to put on much besides my Time Machine backup. What options do I have to store my other files? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Mar 25, 2015 - 10 answers

Mac upgrade question

My 2011 MacBook Pro seems to be showing its age. I'm on the edge, performance is a little sluggish, but I don't need an upgrade. I am considering switching to a 2014 Mac Mini or holding off another mac development cycle or two. Will the Mac Mini feel like an upgrade? More detailed specs below. [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Mar 21, 2015 - 13 answers

TechSupportFilter: Keyboard is behaving a little strangely.

We've got a mac running OS 10.9.5, with a wireless keyboard. Every time we hit the n key OR the command key, it acts as if we've hit command-n. There is not a shortcut set up, I've already checked the system preferences. This behavior happens in every application. What on earth is going on?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Mar 20, 2015 - 10 answers

help me excel in spite of excel

ran a test that spits out a text file, need to excel it. having issues. more inside. [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Mar 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Same Backup/External Drive for A Mac and A PC?

This might sound like a strange question, but I have two computers, a Macbook and PC. If it matters, the Windows PC is online; the Macbook is almost never online. (This is why I'm not using a cloud service.) I'd like both of them to be hooked up to the same external drive (or some kind of backup drive), so I can pass files between the two, WITHOUT using the wireless network. I'm assuming I need to use hard cables for both, which is fine. [more inside]
posted by neeta on Mar 16, 2015 - 13 answers

How Do I Stop Text Messages Occurring on My Mac?

I recently upgraded my MacBook Air to Yosemite. Everything seems to be fine, except for the fact that my iPhones text messages now happen on my computer (I think this is the continuity feature?). Anyway, I want this to stop. Of course, I Googled it before I posted, here, but the fixes that I found, don't appear to be relevant (they were from 2014 and probably from Mavericks). For example, one fix suggested opening the Messages app on your Mac (which I did) and open the Preferences menu, which I don't see. Can anyone help me stop this?? Thanks!
posted by dbirchum on Mar 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Airplay and Apple TV Not Cooperating

My friend's wi-fi signal drops when she turns on Airplay. Help? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Mar 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Canon Vixia HF G20 mts file format and Mac

I used to use Canon Vixia HF M500 and upgraded to Canon HF G20. The video format is .mts. They open in VLC player and have interlacing lines through them. Why is the quality so bad? The M500 shoots in MPEG4 HD straight from the camera and had high quality large files. Can the G20 shoot in MPEG4 format? If not, what is the best setting to use when shooting? What is the best way to convert them on a Mac quickly while maintaining quality to upload? [more inside]
posted by samoa on Feb 28, 2015 - 5 answers

My external hard drive shows a different capacity than it actually has.

Upon adding up the separate folders within my drive, I can see a large discrepancy between the two amounts. I've utilzied many of the options within disk utilty for OSX. Please help. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Feb 25, 2015 - 10 answers

How to best upgrade my 2006 MacBook Pro?

I have a 2006 MacBook Pro and can no longer upgrade the OS. What do I need to do to get it to run Yosemite? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Feb 23, 2015 - 20 answers

>man grep

I’m trying to write a short shell script for Mac OS X that will disable CoreStorage. To do this I need to capture the first Logical Volume UUID (lvUUID) from the output of "diskutil cs list" and use it in an ensuing command. I am having trouble though and it seems to be a simple issue with grep. Obviously still pretty new to the command line. [more inside]
posted by churl on Feb 18, 2015 - 14 answers

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