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Using an External Drive as Your Startup Drive: Part 1

External drives have long been used for adding more storage space to Macs. They provide a cost-effective means to increase storage for media libraries and documents, as well as backup space.

External storage devices are seeing more and more use as primary startup drives, when there’s a need to expand space on the startup, or increase its relative performance over the internal drive that originally came with a Mac. The reason for this is a simple one: Apple has continued to make replacing an internal drive a difficult, if not impossible, task for most users.


Mac Migration Assistant

How to Use Migration Assistant with macOS Catalina

If you just upgraded to a new Mac, or used the clean install method to upgrade to macOS Catalina, chances are you’re going to need to copy information from your old Mac, or older Mac OS, to your upgraded Mac....

Screenshot of halloween mac desktop saying "customize your desktop" Customizing Catalina’s Desktop
You made it through the macOS Catalina installation, perhaps without any of the issues being reported by some users. Or if you did experience a few hiccups, you were able...

How to Downgrade from macOS Catalina...
Did you upgrade to macOS Catalina and decide it’s not for you? Perhaps a favorite app isn’t Catalina compatible, or changes in some of the apps Apple provides are...

macOS Photos collage of images Photos in macOS Catalina
The Photos app in macOS Catalina underwent a major upgrade, bringing many iOS 13 Photos features to the Mac OS. And while Photos retains much of the same user...

catalina island with install arrow and text saying "Fixing Catalina" How to Fix macOS Catalina Installation...
Installing a new version of the Mac OS is generally a fairly pain-free process; this trend continues with macOS Catalina. Even so, it’s a good idea to review our...

Apple TV Icon The Apple TV App: New, Improved,...
If you’ve been wondering about the breakup of iTunes in macOS Catalina into separate apps, each designed for a specific media type, we want you to know you don’t have too...

Listening in on the New Podcasts...
macOS Catalina brings with it quite a few new features and services but perhaps the most anticipated change is to iTunes. Turns out macOS Mojave was the last version of...

macOS Catalina Tips, Tricks, and More
macOS Catalina includes a number of new features, new ways to perform tasks, and of course a few hidden features and tricks, not all of which have been discovered...

Upgrade Install macOS Catalina How to Upgrade Install macOS Catalina...
If you’re getting ready to install macOS Catalina on your Mac, you have some preparations to make and a few choices to make. While many people just download the...