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How to Safely Disconnect An External Drive From Your Computer

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

  We've all done it, just yanking out your flash drive from the USB port when you're done using it. What's the harm, right? Turns out, it could damage files on your drive if you don't properly eject your disk. The odds are low - but they do exist. Why risk it? Here are three ways to eject your drive or disk to ensure your data's safe and sound. Drag the disk icon This is probably the most popular method. All you have to do is click the disk icon on the desktop and drag it to the Trash icon...

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How To Use Custom Shortcuts When Typing Text In OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

You probably use a certain number of links, shortcuts, or phrases frequently. For example, you often find yourself linking to your email address, but need to retype it every time as a shortcut. Or you want your Mac to automatically replace "btw" with "by the way". There is an easy way to go about it: creating custom shortcuts. These enable you to write specific words or phrases that your Mac will recognize and suggest to replace, even with links! Creating the shortcuts First, go to System Preferences, click on Keyboard, and then click Text.   How To Use Custom Shortcuts...

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TarDisk Pear: What is it?

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

We all know MacBooks are great. But even great devices can be improved. Specifically, storage might be a big problem for you, especially if you bought any of the 128GB SSD models. Upgrading can be complicated - not to mention costly. But there's no need to go out and buy expensive upgrades. TarDisk Pear is your solution for a fast, reliable, and safe way to increase your system storage. Small and elegant Pear is the first ever plug-and-play hybrid drive, which means that Pear pairs an enabled TarDisk to your system to create a hard drive that’s up to 256GB...

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What is an "Error -50" And How Can I Fix It?

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

  While OS X is widely known considered to be a very user-friendly interface, its error messages can be a little…cryptic. A typical example is the Error Code -50. An error -50 is usually a parameter error and it occurs in the user’s parameter list. More often than not, it occurs when you attempt to copy, delete, or move files from any external storage devices onto your machine. If you get this error message it probably means that you’re stuck with a file that you can’t copy/paste or even remove from your system. But don't despair: there are some measures...

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3 Ways to Protect Your Files in OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

Our files and documents are probably the most important things in our computers, so protecting them should be our top priority. The good news for Apple users is that Macbooks are excellent in terms of security and privacy. Here are three ways you can take full advantage of the Macbook security features to keep your files safe. Activate the "File Vault" "File Vault" is undoubtedly the best and safest way of protecting your files in OS X. When activated, it encrypts your startup disk, thereby preventing your documents from being viewed, modified, or deleted from unauthorized users. To activate the...

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