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Revisiting old tools

Photo by Peter Martin Hall via Flickr

Photo by Peter Martin Hall via Flickr

For some of my current and upcoming projects, I need to use tools that I’d left on the shelf for quite a bit. So, I (re)-installed them and found many changes in the interfaces since I last used these tools. I found very simple videos on the Microsoft Support website on using MS Project and MS Access. In fact, quite a refresher – as well quite refreshing! Both sets of videos are broken into five parts: well-produced, to the point and got the job done. In fact, the video on the basics of Relational Database design – I wish I had that many moons ago when I was learning those concepts. Well done, support team! (yes, the videos are a few years old, but hey, they helped me today and the team deserves a pat on the back).

Link to Microsoft Support Video

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Peter Martin Hall
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(Re) Formatting a Hard Drive to work with a MacBook

You may have purchased a hard disk that is not correctly setup for use (i.e. formatted) for use with a Mac. In these cases, it is easy to set it up properly. Just follow these 9 steps (Step 10 is optional). Click on the picture and it will become readable and show you the 10 steps.

Be very careful to select the correct External Hard Drive in Finder!

A non-technical explanation – For those that are curious:

If Macs and MacBooks were humans, you could say that they speak a different language from Windows machines. This is the Operating System (OS). Macs run on what is called OS X (or later), while Windows (“PC) machines run the Windows OS. Other machines run on Linux or other dialects of Unix.

Mac OS X requires that the hard disk is set up (“formatted”) using a particular pattern, called “Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)”. The hard drive that you purchased probably was patterned as NTFS or FAT, so it did not work with your Mac or MacBook.

What you did when you followed the ten steps is to “re-format” the Hard Drive to work with your Mac or MacBook.

Now you know!

Click on the picture and it will become readable:

10 steps to format your new external hard drive for use with a Mac or Macbook (for example, to use as a backup Time Machine).

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