Sir Apfelot Blog

28 April 2022
Mac internal hard drive full

Internal Mac hard drive too small – 12 practical tips and tricks

If you have bought an iMac, Mac Mini or a MacBook Pro or Air where you have saved on the size of the SSD or hard disk, then you will quickly run into problems because the […]
3 August 2021

A dead M1 MacBook Air and what you can learn from it

No technical device, no matter how well made, is immune from having a defect and from now on stop working. A story by Tan Han Wei at Medium shows this very clearly [...]
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 [...]
9 April 2020

Solution: Apple Mac does not recognize the built-in SSD

If you have given your Apple Mac, MacBook or iMac a new SSD hard drive or replaced the HDD with it, it may not recognize it. This is especially annoying if you are using the new storage medium to use the computer [...]
20 August 2019
Win the ADATA SSD SD600Q with 480 GB - used, but hand-checked by Doc. Sir Apfelot. ;-)

ADATA SD600Q Durable: external SSD with 480 GB in the test

The selection of SSDs that can be plugged into the Mac as an external drive has increased massively in recent years. Another positive development is the price per gigabyte, which is falling steadily. In order to […]
7 August 2019
DriveDx hard drive monitoring

DriveDx: View hard drive health on the Mac in detail

Only recently I came across the small tool "DriveDx" through a report in the English Macworld (here the download link). With this Mac app, internal and external hard drives can be monitored by the SMART status (Wiki) [...]
27 April 2019
Personally, I'm a friend of the adapters with connection cables, like here on the Minix. These do not come off by themselves during operation and put less stress on the USB-C port because they can be placed flexibly.

In the test: Minix NEO Storage S2 - USB-C adapter with built-in SSD

Anyone who is traveling with a current MacBook model can actually not avoid a USB-C multiport adapter. I myself have an adapter on both the left and right of my stationary MacBook Pro to connect a printer, scanner and various hard drives [...]
28 November 2018
Teyadi cheap SSD in the test

TEYADI: external cheap SSD with 128 GB in the test - is it worth buying?

I recently had another problem with my Mac that made it impossible to work and showed me how important it is to have a bootable backup somewhere. The little problem with the bootable backups [...]
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 [...]
25 April 2018
iMac SSD installation featured image

Reader's report: Installation of a 1 terabyte SSD in an Apple iMac 2013

My reader Jürgen provided me with a tinkering report from a weekend project in which he and his son equip an older iMac with a pure SSD and dissolve the Fusion Drive that was still in the [...]