Redditor u/stephenvsawyer found that HEIC photos were given unlimited backups to Google Photos because they are smaller than JPGs. If Google tried to compress them the files would actually get bigger, which would be a waste of storage space. But Google calls it a bug and says it will fix it.
However, what that means remains unclear. Would Google start charging for HEIC images stored in Photos, even if they’re small and don’t take up much space? Would it forcibly re-convert those pics to compressed JPEG, or compress them further under the HEIC format? And will the fix apply to all HEIC images or just iPhones?
I’m not sure how Google will fix it unless they just check if the file extension is .HEIC and arbitrarily limit these files (arbitrary since converting them would increase their size).
So how do these “silent updates” work, anyway? Why can’t I click links in Safari? And will your future self be happy with your past self’s backup-related decisions? These are the hard questions, folks, and your two favorite geeks tackle them just for you. Plus, listen as John and Dave share your tips, Cool Stuff Found, and more. Mac Geek Gab 771 is here just for you. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!
Apple’s Time Capsule and Time Machine are two different products, and Dr. Mac has what you need to know.
Mike Bombich is the founder and president of Bombich Software, the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner. That’s a backup app for the Mac that has saved the day for many users. He’s a former Apple employee.
In this timely post-WWDC show, Mike joins me to explain the structure of APFS drives and the new read-only System files in macOS Catalina. He explained new features of volumes in macOS 10.15, especially how the System is isolated from the Data volume (which contains /Users). He also explained the new firmlinks that tie these two volumes together, making them appear as one. Finally, Mike explained how Carbon Copy Cloner external drives can no longer be HFS+ in Catalina but must become APFS.
Please join us here at TMO in welcoming Carbon Copy Cloner back again as a sponsor of our WWDC Coverage here in 2019. Keeping your data safe is super-important these days, given all the various failures and malware and simple human errors that we all make which can wind up irreparably changing or removing our valuable work.
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest video about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and the Lazy Guide to Backing Up Data.
Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #313 World Backup Day isn’t until March 31, but I didn’t want this public service announcement to wait that long: You are going to lose every file on your Mac’s hard and/or solid state drive(s) if those files have not been backed up. – Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus Notice how…
This is the time of year when many are on vacation. And making new year’s resolutions. It’s good to reflect on and possibly update one’s Mac backup strategy. John walks us through it.
Today’s Quick Tip is an interesting one (if we do say so ourselves). Did you know you can use one Mac in your house as a Time Machine destination for another? How very very odd. We’ll go over the oddness in its entirety in this article!
Our own Dr. Mac created a public service announcement he calls, “Why not having an offsite backup is not an option…” It’s 90 seconds long and makes an excellent point, so ignore it at your own peril…
Running out of iCloud space? Check your device backups! Depending on how you migrated to any new devices, you may have old info stuck on Apple’s servers, and cleaning it out could save you money from not having to upgrade your storage plan.
August 22, 2017 was the last day that new CrashPlan for Home subscriptions were sold, and October 23, 2018 is the last day it is usable at all (even for peer-to-peer backups).
Sometimes it’s time for a deep dive. Today it’s time for three! Listen as your two favorite geeks dive into Photos, NAS (Synology… and more!), and Backups.
If you need to restore a file or folder from Time Machine but want to put the recovered item on an external drive, how do you go about it? In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover how to do that, so you don’t have to take up more space on your Mac than necessary!
If you’re using Time Machine to back up to multiple drives, then sometimes you might need to force a backup to one disk or another (instead of relying on the software’s built-in schedule). In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to do that!
Time Machine now saves what are called local snapshots on your Mac’s internal drive; these can be used to restore files when your backup drive isn’t available or even to roll back your entire system. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll talk about how to take advantage of them!
Bombich Software released version 5.1 of Carbon Copy Cloner on April 24 with snapshot support. There’s a lot to know about this major upgrade, and so some basic Q&A seems in order. Read this first.
Lost some notes out of the Mac’s default Notes app? Never fear—as long as you have a backup! In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll go over how to recover your database from Time Machine, but there are a lot of caveats. A lot. Pay attention to the warnings before you get started!
Apple’s “Field Trip” education event produced a flood of excellent articles about Apple’s standing in the education market. Here are four of the best. And one hits a hot button.