7/19/14

[Guide] How to perform Mac Drive Cloning


We have written many articles related to Mac. In this article we'l show you how to perform mac drive cloning.

Hard drive cloning is a well-known method to back up all data at once, and the backup is termed the bootable backup of the Mac. Well, the process actually is quite hard to perform and there is a huge risk of data loss while copying the system files and installed applications from the source drive to the destination drive. In contrast, the process is quite faster, efficient, and productive as compared to backing up the crucial files manually on the individual basis.

How to perform Mac Drive Cloning

Well, the process of Mac drive cloning on to a secondary drive requires certain criteria to be satisfied with no failure. Accordingly, the user must have a Mac drive-cloning tool and a secondary drive with the size equal to or greater than that of the primary drive (i.e. Mac drive). Remember, in case the secondary drive is brand new (or it has not been used with Mac yet), it has to be formatted with the Mac file system at the very first step of the process. For this, you can also use Mac inbuilt Disk Utility, or a Mac partition manager to simplify Mac drive cloning process. To format the secondary drive with the Mac file system using ‘Disk Utility’, you need to track the following steps:

Step 1: Hook up the secondary drive to the Mac with a USB data cable when it is running, in case it is an external drive. Otherwise, install this drive on the Mac with a SATA to USB cable, and then turn on the Mac.

Step 2: The sooner the Mac detects this drive, Disk Insertion message pops up, saying, “The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer.” Click the Initialize button to start formatting it.

Step 3: Clicking the Initialize button launches Disk Utility, afterwards select the secondary drive at the left and go to the Erase tab at the right.

Step 4: In the Volume Format drop-down menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and specify a name for this drive in the Name field.

Step 5: Click the Erase button to start formatting this drive.

After formatting the secondary drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled), user can now proceed to clone Mac drive on it. In this post, the drive we are going to clone (i.e. the primary drive) has only one partition (i.e. the boot volume). If your Mac drive has multiple partitions, then partition the secondary drive into its equal number of partitions. In this regard, track the following steps:

Important: You can see the formatted secondary drive mounted on desktop, which you have to partition into required number of partitions.

Step 1: Highlight the secondary drive in the left pane of Disk Utility and then click the Partition tab at the right.

Step 2: Under the graphical view of the hard drive, click the Options button and choose a Partition Map Scheme for this drive, and then click OK.

Important: Choose GUID Partition Table on your Intel-based Mac, or Apple Partition Map on PowerPC-based Mac.

Step 3: Now, click the Volume Scheme drop-down menu and select the number of partitions to create.
(For Instance, choose ‘3 Partitions’ to split the hard drive into three partitions of equal size. You can resize them later.)

Step 4: After that, select one partition and update its properties under Volume Information area:
a. In the Name field, type a name for the selected volume.
b. In the Format menu, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
c. In the Size field, specify the size (in GBs) of the volume if you want to resize it.

Step 5: Now, repeat the step IV for other newly created volumes.

(Important: In case you want to install Windows on any of these volumes, choose MS-DOS (FAT) as the format of the particular volume.)

Step 6: Finally, click the Apply button to save them.

Based upon the number of partitions you choose to create on the secondary drive, Disk Utility takes a while to end up partitioning it successfully. After that, you can begin with Mac drive cloning process. Since Mac drive cloning process copies the boot volume as well, you have to boot the Mac from a secondary bootable media. In this regard, boot you Mac Lion, Mountain Lion, or Mavericks from Recovery HD. For earlier versions of Mac OS X, users require a bootable disc.

Booting Mac from Recovery HD

Restart the Mac and hold down the ‘Command + R’ keys until the Apple logo appears. Once it reaches the desktop, you should see OS X menu and a Mac OS X Utilities window. In this window, launch Disk Utility.

Booting Mac from Bootable Disc

Insert Mac bootable disc and restart it, and then hold down the C key to boot from it. In the Mac OS X Utilities window, launch Disk Utility.

As mentioned earlier, we consider the Mac drive has only one partition (i.e. the boot partition), which means that the process describes the steps to copy Mac applications and the system files. If you want to copy the boot volume only, then you can skip the steps to partition the secondary drive, and directly proceed with the following steps:

Step 1: In the left pane of Disk Utility, highlight the Mac drive and go to the Restore tab at the right.

Step 2: Now, drag the Mac drive to the right and drop it in the Source field if it is not already shown there.

Step 3: Likewise, drag the secondary drive from the left pane to the right and drop it in the Destination field.

Step 4: Make sure the selected drives are correct and click the Restore button.

The time elapsed in copying Mac boot volume varies with the number of applications installed on it. Once the process ends up, exit Disk Utility (eject the boot disc if booted from it), and start the Mac normally. To boot from the clone drive, hold down the Option key when Mac is booting and choose clone drive.

Author Bio
Donald Kepler has a passion to write tips & tricks for backing up Mac by cloning Mac HDD, imaging Mac drive etc.

6/15/14

How to use uTorrent on Mac


In the previous article I showed you how to speed up utorrent. I will continue to provide some useful information about utorrent. In this article I will show you how to use utorrent on Mac. So Gear up and lets get started!

How to Download uTorrent on Mac

Before we see in detail how to use uTorrent Mac , you must download and install the application on your computer. Go to the Internet site of uTorrent and click Get uTorrent to start the download of utorrent. Open the file you just downloaded (uTorrent.pkg) and first click on Continue, and then click Decline offer, again Continue, Install and Close to complete the installation of uTorrent.


How to use uTorrent on Mac

Now you can begin to use uTorrent Mac for downloading your favorite files from the Internet. Go to Torrentz.eu or any other site that allows to search for content on the BitTorrent network and click Downoad link to download the .torrent file. When the download is complete open by double clicking on it, the link and uTorrent should start automatically with the Torrent you just downloaded on your Mac.

uTorrent also supports the so-called magnet links , links now widespread on the Torrent sites that allow you to download files with a single click without having to first download links. To use them properly, click on the red magnet that is located on the download page of the file you want to download with uTorrent and the program will "intercept" automatically.

If clicking on a magnet link or opening a torrent file does not start uTorrent and if it startes another P2P client installed on your Mac (like iTransmission), you must set up uTorrent as your default application for downloading Torrent files.

MUST CHECK: How to use uTorrent for Android

How to set uTorrent as a default appilication on Mac

Open uTorrent, Go to Preferences >> General. In the window that opens, Click on the Check now button and confirm that you want to set uTorrent as a default application.

Once you have started to download a file with uTorrent on Mac, but despite this has a large number of sources ( seed / peer ), the download speed is very low? Probably the port used by the program to perform the download is blocked by the router. If you want to speed up uTorrent by unblocking or changing the port for the utorrent, My guide on how to speed up utorrent would help you.

If you still have any doubts about how to use utorrent on Mac or to speed up uTorrent, you can contact me or leave a comment below, so that I can help you.

6/9/14

How to Speed up uTorrent


Although some of them prophesied the end, in favor of hosting services, uTorrent is still one of the most used P2P software in the world. In fact, the most popular torrent client available on Windows and also among the most appreciated in Mac (along with iTransmission).

In this article I would explain a method to speed up uTorrent so that you can download files using utorrent more fastly.

How to Speed up uTorrent?

One of the most effective ways to speed up uTorrent is to use the Settings wizard included "standard" in the program. It is a procedure through which uTorrent detects real-world performance of your Internet connection and adjusts to these limits download and upload speeds, the maximum number of simultaneous connections, and other parameters that can affect the speed of downloading files.

Steps to Speed up uTorrent

Step 1: Connect your PC to Internet.

Step 2: Open uTorrent, select the Setup Guide from the Options.

Step 3: In the window that opens, make sure there are check marks next to the options Bandwidth, Network and Automatic Mapping port and click Start the test to proceed to test the connection.

Step 4: Once the above configuration is done, if you see two green check marks appear on the right side of the window of uTorrent, everything went in the right direction and application parameters were adjusted in an optimal manner. Just click Save & Close to apply the changes.


Note: If you see one or two "x" red appear, it implies that there are connection problems. This means that you have to configure uTorrent in your router (if the "x" appears next to the phrase band only,then simply try to select another server from the drop-down menu and restart the test).

MUST CHECK: How to use uTorrent for Android

How to Configure uTorrent on Router?

To Configure uTorrent on the router,you must make sure that the device allows the application to communicate with the network by "opening" the door that it uses to handle torrent files. If you do not know how to do it, follow these steps.

Steps to Configure uTorrent on Router

Step 1: Go to the menu Options >> Settings in uTorrent and select the  Connection from the sidebar on the left: the value you have set in the router is the one indicated in Port used for incoming connections.


Step 2: Now open the browser and connect to the configuration panel of the router by typing the address 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 . When you are prompted to enter a username and password, if you do not know what data to enter, try one of the predefined combinations: admin / admin or admin / password . If that dint work, consult your device manual to find the correct data to be entered.



Step 3: At this point, you have to proceed to the so-called "open" ports in the router to speed up uTorrent.

Note: It is a procedure that varies from device to device, so I can not give you very specific directions about. Generally, you should go to the section of the control panel of the router for the configuration of the LAN connection (or alternatively in the areas firewall or sharing of games and applications ), start creating a new virtual server (or a new rule of the firewall) and set as public port and local port (or initial port and end port ) the port used by the application to communicate with the network.

MUST CHECK: How to use uTorrent on Mac

A detailed explaination about configuring utorrent on Netgear Router is given here. (Portforward).

Alternative method to Speed up uTorrent

Another very effective method to speed up uTorrent that you should apply (when possible) is to use Torrent files with a large number of peers , i.e. sources, to their credit. The higher the number of people who share a file and, in fact, the faster the download.

To find out what torrents with more peers you can use search engines like Torrentz , which allows you to search any type of file on all major Torrent sites. In this way, you can quickly discover which links are more reliable and faster.

If you face any difficulties in configuring the utorrent, please feel free to contact me or you can leave a comment below.

6/4/14

Zoutons Honest Review


With increase in technology, demand for shopping online has also increased and as a  result there are many e-shopping stores came up.One of the important reason for  people getting used to online shopping is mainly due to discounts offered by the  e-commerce websites.

It would be great to know for the online shoppers that they would get more discount  (more than the discount provided by the e-commerce website). There are few  websites, which provide the discount coupons that would avail more discount while  purchasing products online and this would make the Online Shoppers more happy.

Zoutons.com is an online coupon aggregation as well as a deal discovery website. Zoutons provides coupon codes for most of the popular sites like flipkart,  myntra, amazon, jabong etc. The homepage of Zoutons consists of latest coupons and popular coupons arranged together under different segments as shown below.


This Zoutons website review would provide you information about the following website  parameters.
 - User Interface 
 - Variety of Coupons Categories
 - Website Performance

User Interface

Zoutons has a decent and simple User Interface. The Search field is provided right above the fold so it would be very handy for the users. Also has the social media plugins which makes some good impact.


Suggestions: The Search function should be improved in order to retrieve relevant results and the Menu bar design should be modified. 

Variety of Coupons Categories

Zoutons provides coupons for various categories including the Electronic and Travel coupons, Recharge coupons etc. It also covers some of the new categories that have not been seen so far in any other websites like Airlines, Cameras, Cosmetics, Delivery, Gifts , Jewellery, Video Games etc

Website Performance

Zountons has a pretty low loading time which is good for the website. It has been tested for the page speed with many tools like Webpagetest and Firebug. Here is the Screenshot below.

Highlights of Zoutons

- Credit Card Offers and Bank Discounts
- Coupons grouped according to Brands, Banks, Categories and Stores
- Esay Website Navigation.
- Allows the users to submit a Coupon easily using the below form.


How to Use the Coupons?

To activate a code:

Step 1: Go to the normal checkout page for the merchant site.

Step 2: No Coupon Code Required.

Step 3: Just click on the View deal button & you'll reach the deals page.

Step 4: Checkout normally

For coupons with coupon code:

Step 1: Go to the normal checkout page for the merchant site.

Step 2: Look for Discount/Coupon/voucher code box in payment options page.

Step 3: Press Ctrl+V to paste the code.

Step 4: Checkout normally

Once you have availed the coupon just vote for the coupon code, which helps other buyers on the success rate of the coupon. 

Conclusion

Zoutons is a useful website to get updated information about discounts, deals and to use them as well. It can help you in reducing you basket cost by 30% on the top stores like Myntra, Snapdeal, Jabong etc. 

5/26/14

Facebook Tips and Tricks 2014 [Updated]


Earlier We have shown you some of the best facebook tips and tricks of 2014, We hope you enjoyed it. Now, we are bringing in few more awesome facebook tricks that would be fun to work with.


Facebook Tips and tricks 2014 Updated!

1. Creating your own Emoticon in Facebook Chat

Actually this one is not a new trick, because most of the facebook users are unaware of this feature. Right from 2011, Facebook allowed its users to create emoticons, to chat with thier friends. By obtaining a pages or profile ID, Facebook will allow you to use their page pics or profile pics as your chat emoticons...



Here's the Facebook Trick

Step 1: Go to any Profile page or Fan page, that you want to see as an emoticon.

Step 2: Obtain the profile ID from the end of the URL.

Example: https://www.facebook.com/techstorms
Here "techstorms" is the profile/page ID.

Step 3: Put the username or the profile ID in the double braces as shown: [[techstorms]]

Step 4: Enter the above text into the Facebook Chat or Message field.

Some useful Emoticons created with Profile ID's

LOL Face: [[168456309878025]]
Troll face: [[171108522930776]]
Forever Alone: [[177903015598419]]
F yeah: [[105387672833401]]
Not bad Obama: [[169919399735055]]
NO Guy: [[167359756658519]]
Yao Ming: [[218595638164996]]
Me G usta: [[211782832186415]]
Derp: [[224812970902314]]
Mother of God: [[142670085793927]]
Cereal Guy: [[170815706323196]]
Derpina: [[192644604154319]]
Okay face: [[224812970902314]]
Socially awkward penguin: [[98438140742]]
No: [[167359756658519]]
MOG: [[142670085793927]]
Like a sir: [[168040846586189]]
Poker face: [[129627277060203]]
Are you f****** kidding me : [[143220739082110]]
Challenge accepted: [[100002727365206]]
Okay face: [[100002752520227]]

MUST CHECK: Facebook Chat Tricks

2. Make your profile picture Unclickable

If you want your profile picture to be unclickable? Want to know how? Here's the trick.


Here's the Facebook Trick
Step 1: Navigate to Albums -> Profile Pictures.

Step 2: Select the current profile picture.

Step 3: Change the privacy setting to "Only Me".

3. Select All the Friends in a single Click

Want to send a game invitation to all your friends and are you tired of ticking all the friends one after the other..? Want to do it at once? Then check out this cool facebook trick.


Here's the Facebook Trick
Step 1: Open Firefox & Go to the facebook page to invite all your friends

Step 2: Press Ctrl+Shift+K and a window opens at the bottom.

Step 3: Paste the below given code in that window and click enter, That's it!

javascript:elms=document.getElementsByName(“checkableitems[]“);for (i=0;i < elms.length;i++){if (elms[i].type=”checkbox” )elms[i].click()};

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4. Remove your Last Name in your Facebook Profile

Facebook requires all its users to provide their full names before saving thier personal data and settings, but by using this facebook trick you can bypass facebook's restriction and you remove your last name.


Here's the Facebook Trick

Step 1: Open Mozilla Firefox. Navigate to Options -> Advacned -> Networl -> Settings -> Connection Settings -> Manual Proxy Configuration.

Step 2: In HTTP Proxy Field, Enter 103.10.2.30 and port 8080 or use any Indonesian proxy


Step 3: Now, Go to your facebook profile, Navigate to Account settings -> Change language to BAHASA INDONESIA

Step 4: Remove your Last name (and middle name, if you have).


5. Add Animated Custom Tabs

Facebook does not allow the users to upload GIF images, if you want to upload GIF images then you need to know this trick.


Note: For this trick, you need Adobe Photoshop and Quicktime Player.
Here's the Facebook Trick

Step 1: Select the animated GIF that you want to upload.

Step 2: Open Adobe Photoshop and Navigate to File -> Import -> Video frames to layers. In the File Name box, enter *.* as the filename and choose the required (selected) GIF image.

Step 3: Now resize the selected GIF image to 111 x 74 pixels so that it can fit the custom tab.

Step 4: Save the above file in a .psd format and while saving the image, check the save option 'LAYERS'.

MUST CHECK: 10 Facebook Tricks that Every Facebook User should know.

Few more facebook tips and tricks will be posted soon, till that time play with these facebook tricks. If you have any problems in using these facebook tricks, please leave a comment below or contact me.