Extra Storage And You – TMO Daily Observations 2021-04-15

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Thursdays with Bob continue as Dr Mac drops by to chat with Kelly about how (and why) to shop for a hard drive, and Bob’s secret for buying them.

Choosing a Hard or Solid-State Disk

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

This week Dr. Mac offers tips and hints for buying hard or solid-state disks to use as replacements, additional storage, or backups.

Full Disks, Slow Speeds, and Low Batteries — Mac Geek Gab 822

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Your questions haven’t stopped, and neither have our answers! How to deal with a full disk? What to do for slow internet speeds? How to best manage your battery? All of these topics are addressed, plus Cool Stuff Found, Quick Tips, and more. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things with John and Dave this week!

Demystifying Disk Space on your Mac

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

After restarting my Mac, my Virtual Memory swap file shrunk to 0 bytes.

Dr. Mac says that in his experience, many Mac users do not understand how close to capacity their startup disk is, so he’s here to offer you a quick lesson in disk space.

Cloud Backup Service Backblaze Raising its Price

· Andrew Orr · News

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Backblaze is a popular service to back up your computer to the cloud. In its first price increase, the company announced it will go from US$5 to US$6 per month. [Backblaze: The Least Reliable Hard Drives] Backblaze Price Increase The price will increase starting March 11 5PM PT for both new and existing users: The…

Backblaze: The Least Reliable Hard Drives

· John Martellaro · Link

Cult of Mac writes about the experience Backblaze has had with its many thousands of hard drives. “Statistics on hard drive reliability just released by data-storage company Backblaze would seem to indicate it’s not a good idea to buy a Seagate hard drive. Of the 104,954 drives it uses, Seagate’s are the least reliable by a wide margin.” But there was one brand that was much more reliable.

U.S. Navy Needs to Destroy 2 Tons of Hard Drives

· Andrew Orr · Link

The U.S. Navy has issued a solicitation asking for an appropriate service to turn 4,000 pounds of storage devices into ash.

The information stored on these devices is highly sensitive, as evidenced by the physical security requirements set forth in the solicitation. The incineration facility must have “at the minimum, secure entry, 24-hour armed guards and 24/7 camera surveillance with recordable date and time capabilities.”

Any interested destruction service has to be located within 10 driving hours of the White Sands Missile Range.