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30 June 2021

Warning: WD My Book Live hard drives are hacked and erased over the Internet

The hard drive manufacturer Western Digital requests all users of the external storage media "WD My Book Live" and "WD My Book Live Duo" to immediately disconnect these NAS devices from the Internet. It should only be used if [...]
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? [...]
11 February 2020
A Seagate 4 TB HDD is my Time Machine Volume

The right hard drive for the Time Machine backup - my recommendations

Apple's in-house backup solution called "Time Machine" is a recommended macOS feature that you should definitely use. The backups are created in the background - mostly when the Mac is idle anyway - [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
14 September 2016
Seagate 4TB hard drive directly on the MacBook Pro

Test: Does a USB 3 hub slow down an external USB 3 hard drive?

Today I found a new tool for benchmarking hard drives (AJA System Test 2.1) and did a little test with it. I was interested in whether - based on the transfer speed of the hard drive - [...]
15 August 2016
Best hard drives for RAID and NAS 2016

The best hard drives for the NAS or other RAID system

If you want to set up a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) in your computer or a NAS (Network Attached Storage) as an external unit, you need reliable hard drives. But where to look when you have the best hard drives [...]