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7 October 2020

Difference between WD My Book, WD My Passport, WD My Passport Ultra, and WD Elements

The technology and accessories manufacturer Western Digital offers various external SSD hard drives. But what do the individual names mean? What is the difference between the WD My Book, WD My Passport, WD My Passport Ultra, and WD Elements? [...]
16 July 2020

Samsung T7 Touch SSD: External hard drive with fingerprint sensor

The Samsung T7 Touch is an external SSD hard drive that, in addition to 500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB of storage space, also has a fingerprint sensor. This is an advantage if you save sensitive data [...]
16 January 2020

Mac tip: Encrypt the USB stick or external hard drive and secure it with a password

If you want to encrypt a USB stick or an external hard drive on your Apple Mac, you don't need a special app. Only an operating system from macOS 10.13 High Sierra is required. With this, as well as with one or two conditions that are still met [...]
3 October 2019
USB Type C to Micro USB Type B connection cable

Connection of an external hard drive with USB-A connector to USB-C port

You probably know this: You want to connect an external hard drive to a Mac with USB-C sockets, but the plug does not fit into the socket because the hard drives usually only come with a connection cable for a [...]
30 January 2019
Deactivating macOS hibernation does not always work with external hard drives. In this article I explain how to get them not to go to Spindown (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Mac: Set hibernation for internal AND external hard drives

I recently had an interesting conversation with a reader who asked if you can disable external hard drives from hibernation on Macs. My first thought was the system setting "Save energy", which is available under [...]
24 November 2018
Format hard drive as APFS volume

Disk Utility: The Mac hard disk cannot be formatted in the APFS file system

It's a bit embarrassing when, as Sir Apfelot, you have to ask others why a hard drive (in my case an external SSD) cannot be formatted in the APFS file system - but hey, I'm [...]
19 October 2018

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Hard Drive in Tests and Reviews

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is a USB-C 3.1 hard drive with either 250GB, 500GB, 1TB or 2TB storage capacity. In addition to the extensive memory, it also offers a transmission speed of up to 550 MB / s - ideal for [...]
20 December 2017

SanDisk Extreme 500: External SSD hard drive with 500 GB storage

The SanDisk Extreme 500 is an external SSD hard drive with 500 GB of storage and space-saving dimensions for on the go. The FP with USB 3.0 is currently the second largest model in its series in terms of storage volume. However [...]
20 June 2017

My Passport SSD: Mobile hard drive from Western Digital

The My Passport SSD from Western Digital is an external hard drive that is made for Windows as well as macOS and OS X and has up to 1 TB of storage. Western Digital has the [...]
2 June 2017

External hard drive enclosure with USB-C for 3,5 and 2,5 inch hard drives

External hard drive enclosures with USB-C for 3,5 and 2,5 inch hard drives are particularly well suited to external use of an HDD or SSD that would otherwise be built into the housing of a computer. By connecting via [...]