Samsung T7 SSD Drive Out Today Starting at $109

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Samsung announced the release of its T7 SSD drive. It gives you read speeds up to 1,050 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1,000 MB/s. This is almost twice as fast as the older T5 model. It comes in 500 GB, 1TB, and 2TB sizes in red, blue, and gray. “Roughly the size of a few stacked credit cards, the T7 is equipped with 256-bit AES encryption and password protection, so users can rest assured knowing their data is safe. Moreover, with PCIe NVMe technology, the T7 offers users quick performance and little downtime with read and write speeds of up to 1050 MB/s and 1000 MB/s respectively. With a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, it’s also backward compatible with USB 3.0 and Type-A devices with an appropriate cable.”

One retailer offering it for preorder is B&H Photo Video.

Samsung T7 SSD Drive Out Today Starting at $109

What You Need to Know About SSD Layer Configurations

· John Martellaro · Analysis

SSD

Not all SSDs are the same. Some are enterprise class and some are at various levels for the consumer, trading speed for size and cost. John found an excellent source that explains.

Mr. MacSpeedy – Mac Geek Gab 791

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

Sometimes speed is what it’s all about. Many of this week’s topics focus around making sure your Mac is running as fast as possible. That’s not all, though. Learn how to test your network from your iPhone, manage Mail plugins effectively, and recapture all those songs you added to Apple Music before they were removed. Of course, any tangents are bonus gifts from John and Dave. Press play and enjoy learning five new things!

Desirable, Delightful, De-Lovely, or Delicious? – Mac Geek Gab 790

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

Desirable, Delightful, De-Lovely, or Delicious? – Mac Geek Gab 790

Quick Tips include zooming messages in Mail, tweaking Preview Options, more Remote Access, and remapping keyboard shortcuts. But that’s not all, listen for Cool Stuff Found, holiday deals and more just by pressing play. John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton are here to make sure you learn your five new things this week!

Save Your Data...Safely – Mac Geek Gab 769

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

Mac Geek Gab 769: Save Your Data...Safely

macOS Catalina will bring with it a lot of changes, one of which is that a lotof older apps and related hardware won’t work. Dave and John answer your questions and share your tips about how to navigate these waters ahead of time… to avoid surprises. In addition, your archives are only as good as the method and medium you use. It’s time to talk about data safety and reliability. Plus, your other questions need answers, and that’s what happens here on Mac Geek Gab: everyone learns at least five new things!

The 2019 Mac Pro Features Custom SSD Connectors

· Andrew Orr · Link

SSD hard drive

Apple promised the 2019 Mac Pro would be modular, making it easy to upgrade with new components. But AppleInsider found that it will have custom SSD connectors you’ll have to buy from Apple.

The information Apple provides isn’t enough detail to confirm what kind of SSDs are being used by the Mac Pro, but what the image reveals is that it isn’t any standard SSD that is in use with other devices…Sources inside Apple not authorized to speak on behalf of the company say the drives do not use a standard M.2 pinout, but declined to speak about the slot’s pin compatibility with older Apple SSD modules. This does leave open the possibility Apple is using a connector it previously created or has since modified.

Oh people are going to love this.

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.

5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Mac to an SSD

· John Martellaro · Link

SSD in a notebook computer.

This was written a few months ago, by the awesome Steve Sande by the way, but is worth discussing.

Chances are good that if you have an older Mac, it has an internal hard disk drive. Today, we’ll look at five reasons why you should update that Mac to an SSD.

SSDs are very affordable nowadays. If your Mac isn’t too old and ready to retire, this upgrade is a good move.

MacBook Pro SSD Upgrade Options More Affordable

· Andrew Orr · Link

Besides updating its line of iMacs, Apple has quietly made MacBook Pro SSD upgrades more affordable.

2TB and 4TB SSD upgrade options for 13 and 15-inch machines are now more affordable, with Apple dropping prices as much as $400. Upgrading to 2TB of storage on the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models is now $200 cheaper, while upgrading to 4TB on the 15-inch MacBook Pro is $400 cheaper.

The Active Evolution of APFS – Mac Geek Gab 710

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

Evolution of Computers from Apple Lisa to iMac

You know how it goes: your computer’s working fine one day, the next it’s not. That’s what John and Dave are here for… to help! They start today’s episode with some handy tips that aren’t documented anywhere, then they move on to answering your questions and solving your problems, including the path of progress upon which APFS travels. Subscribe, press play, and enjoy!

How to Securely Erase Your Mac's SSD

· John Martellaro · How-To

Apple iMac 2017

If you’re planning to sell a Mac that boots from an SSD, or you have an old Flash drive or SSD you want securely erase, this article has a wealth of resources.

Surprise! The iMac Pro has Upgradable RAM and SSD

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac Pro teardown from OWC

Apple’s iMac Pro has been available for only a few hours and OWC has already cracked one open to see what’s inside. What they found was surprisingly upgradable despite the computer’s sealed body.

How to Bypass macOS High Sierra's APFS Conversion

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

APFS Conversion of an SSD

The Terminal comes to the rescue once again when you want to enjoy the new features of macOS High Sierra, but don’t want to dive into a new file system just yet.