How-To guides for Mac users
How to check your Mac's hard drive health status?
Internal storage is one of the most important components of any computer. This where the operating system and all software resides. Therefore, any crashes on the hard disk (HDD) or flash drive (SSD) might lead to a Mac failure or, even worse, data loss. Periodically checking the health status of the hard drive is a good precaution against any data loss or unexpected software crashes. Note that hard disks and especially flash drives often have a limited number of write cycles. Whether internal or external storage, drives are susceptible to failures over time.
How to restore files and software using Time Machine backup on Mac
Apple introduced Time Machine together with Mac OS X Leopard. This software creates a backup of the Mac operating system including all files and folders, system preferences, installed applications, and others. The tool should be enabled on all Mac computers, since it is one of the easiest ways to protect your data in case of operating system or internal storage failure or corruption. Furthermore, Time Machine's backup is a useful option if you need to replace the hard disk. This software can also help to transfer data between separate Mac computers. Apple's Time Machine stores the backup data on an external storage device, and works with all possible connections, including USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt. It also supports Apple's Time Capsule and backup disks connected through a network.
How to manage and remove website notifications on Mac computers using Safari, Chrome, or Firefox?
With Mac OS X Mavericks, Apple introduced a feature for websites to apply push notifications directly to the computer desktop. This kind of notification appears in the top right corner of the window and also within the notification center. The appearance of these notifications is also now modified. When clicking them, Safari automatically loads the web page. This may seem like a great feature, however, most current websites offer this functionality. Therefore, you might experience a number of notifications that you do not require and are of no interest. Furthermore, if you are not the only user of the Mac, you might experience a number of potentially unwanted messages.
How to fix issue, while Finder displaying Error 36 on Mac computers?
Mac computers are well known as stable, fast devices in terms of overall performance and content management. Many Mac computer users enjoy virtually flawless data management and rapid file transfers. Unfortunately, Finder error code 36 can sometimes appear - stating that an operation could not be completed, since files cannot be read/written to. This is a rare issue that can occur on computers running any version of the Mac operating system. Although this particular issue is uncommon, there are a number of solutions. Fortunately, this error is not generally related to hardware or software crashes.
How to reveal and modify saved log in details on Mac computers and iOS devices?
Today, most websites employ 'user accounts' to improve the browsing experience - browser software can ask you to configure or sign-in with various accounts. In this way, users are free to access their favorite websites and data through all computers or devices. You are, however, advised to use separate passwords for each registration. Naturally, the question then arises: how do you remember all of those passwords? You could take a note of the passwords but this is not very secure and can be a headache when visiting a number of websites daily. Fortunately, Safari can help this situation by 'remembering' details for websites you have visited.
How to find and list all applications that exist in Mac computer storage?
In certain situations, you may need to know the number and type of applications installed on a Mac computer. This could be to check for malicious applications that are sometimes bundled with other software, or to list existing apps that might be occupying excessive storage space. If you have recently acquired a Mac, you may wish to know information about existing applications and this guide can help. Furthermore, if you are a keen or enthusiastic user, you can also manually check versions of installed software.
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