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I need to replace an external hard drive on my iMac. What is the best way to go about this so when I am done the OS and individual pieces of software finds the files automatically? In the past I tried naming the new drive the same as the old drive but that did not help and I basically had to go into every piece of software and tell it that the file it is looking for that used to be on "External Drive X" is still on "External Drive X."
Is there a way to make this happen more efficiently? I cannot find any sort of tutorial or help topic to assist.
I'm not sure this will help your apps find your files but your best bet is to make a clone. I think Carbon Copy Cloner will let you do a basic clone without having to buy it, and there's also SuperDuper! and ChronoSync, both of which are also excellent and (all three are worth buying and are not expensive). I'm about to rush out the door so I haven't researched it but any of those apps will make an identical clone for you. Not certain that the OS will know whether or not it's not the same drive though, not without checking, which I can do later today.
 

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I'm not sure this will help your apps find your files but your best bet is to make a clone. I think Carbon Copy Cloner will let you do a basic clone without having to buy it, and there's also SuperDuper! and ChronoSync, both of which are also excellent and (all three are worth buying and are not expensive). I'm about to rush out the door so I haven't researched it but any of those apps will make an identical clone for you. Not certain that the OS will know whether or not it's not the same drive though, not without checking, which I can do later today.
Thanks. Please check if you can. I have searched for a tutorial or anything on this and cannot find anything. It seems pretty basic but I find nothing. I posted in the Apple Support community and got nothing. I was going to clone (and hope) but before I start I'd really like to know if there are any other steps I should take. The odl drive is starting to wheeze.
 

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I need to replace an external hard drive on my iMac. What is the best way to go about this so when I am done the OS and individual pieces of software finds the files automatically? In the past I tried naming the new drive the same as the old drive but that did not help and I basically had to go into every piece of software and tell it that the file it is looking for that used to be on "External Drive X" is still on "External Drive X."
Is there a way to make this happen more efficiently? I cannot find any sort of tutorial or help topic to assist.
have you tried a time machine backup?
 

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In connecton with my impending cord cutting, I want to get a smart TV - one that can handle all the major streaming services. Can anyone recommend a good one?

I had heard nice things about Samsung in this regard, but then I heard that they force advertisements onto your channel menu and also have a remote that can record anything you say, with the user agreement giving them the ability to retain all of it.
hack a firestick.
 

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Thanks. Please check if you can. I have searched for a tutorial or anything on this and cannot find anything. It seems pretty basic but I find nothing. I posted in the Apple Support community and got nothing. I was going to clone (and hope) but before I start I'd really like to know if there are any other steps I should take. The odl drive is starting to wheeze.
Preliminary results are inconclusive as the Carbon Copy Cloner folks more or less answered but didn't quite get what I meant by a linked file. Still investigating.

If you could let me know which apps we're talking about I could probably just do a quick test and see what happens. My guess is linked Photoshop images on the external drive placed in an InDesign file on the internal drive, say, but would rather test your exact scenario if possible.
 

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Preliminary results are inconclusive as the Carbon Copy Cloner folks more or less answered but didn't quite get what I meant by a linked file. Still investigating.

If you could let me know which apps we're talking about I could probably just do a quick test and see what happens. My guess is linked Photoshop images on the external drive placed in an InDesign file on the internal drive, say, but would rather test your exact scenario if possible.
Thanks. Don't go nuts doing tests. I asked my Facebook friends and got basically the same advice. Clone the drive, don't copy it. Make sure it has the same formatting, and give it the exact same name. Then hope for the best.

It's a variety of applications. Lightroom is the big one. All my Raw files are on this external and Lightroom has its own catalog that points to them in their MacOS finder location. Same for Capture One. Please don't ask why I use both Lightroom and Capture One as there is no good answer. Plus I still have a rusty old copy of Aperture installed that occasionally gets fired up and needs to access the same files. Also my Photos library (the native Mac app -- I use it for family stuff) is on this external. So are my iMovie libraries and iTunes.
 

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Thanks. Don't go nuts doing tests. I asked my Facebook friends and got basically the same advice. Clone the drive, don't copy it. Make sure it has the same formatting, and give it the exact same name. Then hope for the best.

It's a variety of applications. Lightroom is the big one. All my Raw files are on this external and Lightroom has its own catalog that points to them in their MacOS finder location. Same for Capture One. Please don't ask why I use both Lightroom and Capture One as there is no good answer. Plus I still have a rusty old copy of Aperture installed that occasionally gets fired up and needs to access the same files. Also my Photos library (the native Mac app -- I use it for family stuff) is on this external. So are my iMovie libraries and iTunes.
time machine backup.
 

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time machine backup.
Didn't even think of that.

Disconnect the old drive.
Attach the new.
Restore contents from old drive to new drive from Time Machine.
Finder should (in theory) keep track of all that since Time Machine is native to the OS.
Bob's your uncle.

Thank you.
 
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So my kids broke one of my televisions playing soccer in the basement (I don't blame them, we have two goals down there and play full-on games). With July 4th sales upon us, I want to find a good deal on a replacement, and also don't want to pay too much given that it may happen again. Anyone have any thoughts on this model considering for this I only care about picture quality and not as much about bells and whistles? It was reduced from 2400 to 1100, which probably means that it is being phased out, etc. which doesn't bother me.

SAMSUNG 75" Class 4K (2160P) Ultra HD Smart LED HDR TV UN75NU7100 (link below)

https://www.walmart.com/ip/SAMSUNG-75-Class-4K-2160P-Ultra-HD-Smart-LED-HDR-TV-UN75NU7100/768706247?u1=125078X1586062X271470b3cf88edd8e9c8a284a380536c&oid=599512.1&wmlspartner=TnL5HPStwNw&sourceid=06337654970089272045&affillinktype=10&veh=aff
 

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So my kids broke one of my televisions playing soccer in the basement (I don't blame them, we have two goals down there and play full-on games). With July 4th sales upon us, I want to find a good deal on a replacement, and also don't want to pay too much given that it may happen again. Anyone have any thoughts on this model considering for this I only care about picture quality and not as much about bells and whistles? It was reduced from 2400 to 1100, which probably means that it is being phased out, etc. which doesn't bother me.

SAMSUNG 75" Class 4K (2160P) Ultra HD Smart LED HDR TV UN75NU7100 (link below)

https://www.walmart.com/ip/SAMSUNG-75-Class-4K-2160P-Ultra-HD-Smart-LED-HDR-TV-UN75NU7100/768706247?u1=125078X1586062X271470b3cf88edd8e9c8a284a380536c&oid=599512.1&wmlspartner=TnL5HPStwNw&sourceid=06337654970089272045&affillinktype=10&veh=aff
I always tell people’s dont worry about “smart” TVs. It’s a Samsung and it’s 4K. Sounds like the perfect basement TV to last a while.

Can I suggest this as an additional purchase?
75 inch TV-ProtectorTM TV Screen Protector for LCD, LED, OLED and QLED 4K HDTV https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077NRSJX8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_hAphDbMQA7KHG
 
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I always tell people’s dont worry about “smart” TVs. It’s a Samsung and it’s 4K. Sounds like the perfect basement TV to last a while.

Can I suggest this as an additional purchase?
75 inch TV-ProtectorTM TV Screen Protector for LCD, LED, OLED and QLED 4K HDTV https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077NRSJX8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_hAphDbMQA7KHG
Product description:

Maintains the sharp and vivid HDTV picture quality. Extensively tested; will deflect any thrown remote control or a toy​

Priceless. (Especially for an NYCFC fan.)
 

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So my kids broke one of my televisions playing soccer in the basement (I don't blame them, we have two goals down there and play full-on games). With July 4th sales upon us, I want to find a good deal on a replacement, and also don't want to pay too much given that it may happen again. Anyone have any thoughts on this model considering for this I only care about picture quality and not as much about bells and whistles? It was reduced from 2400 to 1100, which probably means that it is being phased out, etc. which doesn't bother me.

SAMSUNG 75" Class 4K (2160P) Ultra HD Smart LED HDR TV UN75NU7100 (link below)

https://www.walmart.com/ip/SAMSUNG-75-Class-4K-2160P-Ultra-HD-Smart-LED-HDR-TV-UN75NU7100/768706247?u1=125078X1586062X271470b3cf88edd8e9c8a284a380536c&oid=599512.1&wmlspartner=TnL5HPStwNw&sourceid=06337654970089272045&affillinktype=10&veh=aff
https://gizmodo.com/samsung-deletes-terrifying-tweet-warning-that-its-smart-1835577964
 
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yup, just NEVER hook your TV up to wifi. you want Netflix, Hulu, etc... Invest in a Amazon stick, Roku, Apple TV, etc.. Plug those in and connect those to your wifi. They will update regularly, the apps will work much better and it will be better protected vs a virus. Also, I'd rather have a $30 amazon stick brick out from a virus than a $2k tv.

Also, if you use HBO, Showtime, Starz or whatever on demand though your cable box. STOP. Get one of the devices mentioned and start using HBO Go, Showtime, etc.. on it. It will give you more choices in shows and movies and run much smoother.
 

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So my kids broke one of my televisions playing soccer in the basement (I don't blame them, we have two goals down there and play full-on games). With July 4th sales upon us, I want to find a good deal on a replacement, and also don't want to pay too much given that it may happen again. Anyone have any thoughts on this model considering for this I only care about picture quality and not as much about bells and whistles? It was reduced from 2400 to 1100, which probably means that it is being phased out, etc. which doesn't bother me.

SAMSUNG 75" Class 4K (2160P) Ultra HD Smart LED HDR TV UN75NU7100 (link below)

https://www.walmart.com/ip/SAMSUNG-75-Class-4K-2160P-Ultra-HD-Smart-LED-HDR-TV-UN75NU7100/768706247?u1=125078X1586062X271470b3cf88edd8e9c8a284a380536c&oid=599512.1&wmlspartner=TnL5HPStwNw&sourceid=06337654970089272045&affillinktype=10&veh=aff
This is what I have. Absolutely love it. Though, needs a sound bar if you really, really care about sound.

https://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-OLED55C8PUA-55-Inch-Ultra/dp/B079TSV11D?th=1
 
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I am having a Nexflix glitch and figured I would see if anyone has a fix. Every time I watch a show, the sound goes out at some point. I then have to exit the show and go back in for the sound to resume. Any thoughts on the problem/solution?
 

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I am having a Nexflix glitch and figured I would see if anyone has a fix. Every time I watch a show, the sound goes out at some point. I then have to exit the show and go back in for the sound to resume. Any thoughts on the problem/solution?
Is the TV you’re running it on still cracked?