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  1. I have the same setup (4x2TB in a RAID-5 array). ...

    I have the same setup (4x2TB in a RAID-5 array). Nothing needs to be done to maintain the drives, unless they're getting close to capacity, in which case you should swap in larger drives. (Just...
  2. Any competent appliance repairman should be able...

    Any competent appliance repairman should be able to switch out the short cable for a longer one. It's not rocket surgery.
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    Should have been more clear - external HDs are...

    Should have been more clear - external HDs are what I was talking about. You can certainly find naked 3.5" drives for use internally.
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    The SMC might need to be reset: How to tackle...

    The SMC might need to be reset: How to tackle waking a stubbornly sleeping Mac - CNET
  5. Not hard to do with CCC.

    With two backup drives in rotation, the redundancy is there. I would partition the two backup drives, and let CCC back up the internal HD to one partition, and the external ("G") data disk to the...
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    It is not as uncommon as you'd like - quite a few...

    It is not as uncommon as you'd like - quite a few drive controllers (especially the cheaper ones) don't stay reliably connected to the Mac's USB port. They'll drop out and re-connect at random,...
  7. Equally useful, I think, will be this page: How...

    Equally useful, I think, will be this page: How To Download Old Mac OS X & macOS: Mojave, El Capitan, Sierra, & More - Macworld UK
    It provides instructions for all of the versions you're likely to...
  8. I was referring to non-Apple software installers....

    I was referring to non-Apple software installers. Also, although Apple does keep the old OS versions available, I'm not so sure about old versions of Apple's applications, like the iWork suite.
  9. Pros and Cons

    I have a 2011 iMac that's also stuck at High Sierra, and so far, no problems with it. The fact that Air Drop is not available (due to its old Bluetooth implementation) is the only thing I notice. ...
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    I got my daughter the 2011 MacBook when she went...

    I got my daughter the 2011 MacBook when she went off to college. Troubles almost immedieately, but thanks to AppleCare she got the logic board replaced at no cost. Then the HD failed - I installed...
  11. That should have been 8.5x72, not 11x72.

    That should have been 8.5x72, not 11x72.
  12. I think the xls file may have some hidden...

    I think the xls file may have some hidden elements that are generating page breaks. Can you alter the page length (say, 8.5 by 72) so that the whole thing fits on one long page? Alter in the...
  13. Set page size to extra long, and print to pdf.

    I've had this problem, and my solution has been to set the page size to something large, like 11x72 (good for 6 normal pages), and then use the print command to save as PDF.
    Open in Preview, export...
  14. A spill-resistant keyboard would be a huge...

    A spill-resistant keyboard would be a huge selling point, if Apple cared to use one. As it is, their infamous un-repairability is the biggest negative that drives away would-be buyers.
  15. You've installed extensions without knowing what...

    You've installed extensions without knowing what they are and what they do?
    You can probably solve this by deleting all of them, and seeing if a clean Safari does the trick. (You'll be losing the...
  16. The built-in camera generates a mirror image of...

    The built-in camera generates a mirror image of what it sees - maybe that's the problem? The makers of Web QR are likely to have the answer.
  17. Mojave and Catalina assume the presence of an...

    Mojave and Catalina assume the presence of an SSD, and have been optimized for that sort of fast I/O. In particular, there's a lot of swapping between RAM and the drive, and virtual memory is used...
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    These days, it's the rare setup that can't handle...

    These days, it's the rare setup that can't handle mp4 files. If that works, go with it, and the files should be compatible with future hadware for quite some time. (Future-proofing the media...
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    I went through this with a 2012 MacBook just a...

    I went through this with a 2012 MacBook just a couple of weeks ago. There are scores of MDP/HDMI adapters on Amazon, all for about $10-$12, and they tend not to work with the better displays, which...
  20. Tearing into the thing might be worth your while....

    Tearing into the thing might be worth your while. The problem could be a shorted battery, or just a bad home button.
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    There were some Toshiba SSDs that were inherently...

    There were some Toshiba SSDs that were inherently incompatible with the Mac's hardware. I'd look into that before buying an old Toshiba SSD - or just avoid the brand entirely.
    Easiest way to swap,...
  22. I have a fair number of programs that I rarely if...

    I have a fair number of programs that I rarely if ever run (Numbers and Keynote, for example), but I install updates as they become available nonetheless. This ensures that they'll work with one...
  23. Onyx is a good, reliable "cleaner" for Macs. If...

    Onyx is a good, reliable "cleaner" for Macs. If that doesn't fix things, you may need more RAM (you got the cheapest model, so you also got a minimal amount of memory.) It's likely that the Mac is...
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    My iPhones have all come via eBay purchases, and...

    My iPhones have all come via eBay purchases, and I've been happy with the results so far.
    I'm currently using an iPhone 8 with 64 GB, and that's really a huge amount of storage for normal users. ...
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    You could install Macs Fan Control (freebie...

    You could install Macs Fan Control (freebie dowload) and see if it can override whatever is causing the problem.
    I had the same issue when I replaced the internal HDD in an iMac with an SSD - the...
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