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What is the state of Thunderbolt drives? (October 2014 edition)

Thunderbolt drive news Apple has left Firewire and adopted Thunderbolt as their recommended high speed connection for external hard drives (and monitors and other devices). With the Late-2013 “tubular” MacPro, Apple is making it quite explicit that there is no longer any … Continue reading

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Q. Where did OCZ Technologies go? What happens to my warranty?

OCZ Technologies (OCZ Technology Group) was a leading edge producer of performance computer products – at first RAM memory and power supplies for gaming and overclocking, then they took on SSD solid state drives and abandoned the RAM and power supply … Continue reading

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Installing hard drives in an Apple iMac

Note: Installing hard drives in an iMac requires disassembling the machine and should be attempted only if you have experience. If you are not confident, please refer the work to a competent technician. Intel iMacs  require the glass LCD screen … Continue reading

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Q. How do I upgrade the hard drive in a Windows laptop?

Most modern notebook machines have hard drives that can be replaced with a larger, faster 2.5″ SATA hard drive or upgraded to a 2.5″ SATA Solid State (SSD) flash drive. Older notebooks may have 2.5″ IDE (Parallel ATA) hard drives, they can still … Continue reading

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Q. Can I replace the drive in my 2012 or earlier MacBook / MacBook Pro?

The MacBook and MacBook Pro Mid 2012 and earlier models (excluding all MacBook Airs and the Late 2012 and later Retina MacBook Pro) have hard drives that can be replaced with a larger, faster 2.5″ SATA hard drive or upgraded … Continue reading

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Q. How do I install a 3TB or larger hard drive?

The largest new desktop SATA hard drives on the market have capacities of 3 TB and 4 TB. This is great for storage, not so great for older machines because it goes beyond what SATA interfaces on older (mid 2011 … Continue reading

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Q. What memory and hard drives fit Macintosh computers?

Different models of Apple Macintosh machines take different types and capacities of RAM memory and hard drives.  We’ve put together charts of all of the models of Macs since 1998 that list the RAM requirements and the hard drive types … Continue reading

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Q. What Memory and Drives fit my iMac Intel?

Apple has released a variety of iMac intel machines, which have used four different kinds of RAM. Different models of iMac have had either two RAM sockets or four RAM sockets. Following is a chart of all iMacs and their … Continue reading

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Q. What memory and drives fit my Mac Mini?

Apple Mac Mini models have gone through several design changes over the years. They have become slimmer, and recently Apple has dropped the Optical drive from the while Mini model line (which they had earlier done with the Server configurations). … Continue reading

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Q. What Memory and Drives fit my MacBook Pro?

Apple MacBook Pro machines feature Intel processors and an Aluminum body Following is a chronological chart of all of the MacBook Pro models, the types of RAM and hard drives that can be installed. Newest machines are at the bottom. … Continue reading

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Q. What is the difference between SATA and PATA?

Serial ATA (SATA) and Parallel ATA (PATA) are two different (and incompatible) connection standards for hard drives, optical drives and other storage media. PATA is also called IDE, EIDE, ATA-5, ATA-6 and UltraATA. It uses a 40 pin (desktop) or … Continue reading

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iMac 2011 models, the end of upgrading?

Apple has thrown a curve ball at iMac owners with the latest 2011 “Thunderbolt” models.  The 2011 models use pins on the SATA power connector to transmit SMART temperature information from the drive to the iMac motherboard (previously, the temperature … Continue reading

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Q. My external hard drive won’t mount

Try replugging the cables and connections first before concluding that it has failed – half of all ‘failures’ are problems with connections.  Or shut down the machine, turn off the hard drive. Now turn on the hard drive first, let … Continue reading

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Q. Will my Intel d945gcl motherboard work with a Seagate 1 TB SATA hard drive?

Yes, as long as a motherboard has a SATA connector it will support any SATA drive up to 2 TB. Here are the support documents on this motherboard www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/highlights/dsktpboards/d945gcl Your board has ” Four SerialATA (SATA) channels (3.0Gb/s),via the ICH7, … Continue reading

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Q. Can I put a 3 TB SATA hard drive in my computer?

Motherboards with a standard BIOS will not support single SATA drives larger than 2 TB, support for 3 TB hard drives requires the new motherboards with UEFI firmware www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2010/06/01/are-we-ready-for-3tb-hard-disks/4 If you have an earlier motherboard, an option is to install … Continue reading

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