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Cult of Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Mac Lovers’ Edition [Updated]

Cult of Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Mac Lovers’ Edition [Updated]

Believe it or not, Black Friday has already come and gone. Pretty soon the Christmas season will begin, and we’ll mark this midwinter festival by getting together with friends and family and continuing to drink and eat far too much.

Meanwhile, we also buy gifts for those same friends and family members, whether they want them or not. Luckily, we’re here to help, and if you follow our festive advice, your gifts just might make it into the “wanted” category.

From now until Christmas, Cult of Mac will be putting together holiday gift guys full of ideas for the special ones in your life, no matter what their interests or your budget. Today, we’re looking at gifts for Mac lovers (not Mac fighters).

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Lacie Claims Fastest Portable Thunderbolt Drive

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Lacie’s new Thunderbolt Little Big Disk claims to be the fastest portable Thunderbolt drive around, running at up to 635MB/s – “a 33 percent increase from the previous model.”

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WD My Passport Edge, A USB 3.0 Pocket Drive Fit For Your Mac

WD My Passport Edge, A USB 3.0 Pocket Drive Fit For Your Mac

The Edge is the hard drive Bono would use.

External hard drives: super handy, but oh-so-slow, especially since Apple put a bullet in the back of FireWire’s head. Thankfully, Western Digital has once again come to the rescue with a neat new addition to its My Passport line of portable drives: The Edge.

These new versions not only look way more high-tech than the previous curvy plastic models, they also support MacBook-friendly USB 3.0.

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Grab CleanMyMac’s Little Brother, CleanMyDrive, For Free In The Mac App Store

Grab CleanMyMac’s Little Brother, CleanMyDrive, For Free In The Mac App Store

CleanMyDrive monitors and spit-shines your external hard drives.

MacPaw, makers of CleanMyMac, released a new menubar Mac app today called CleanMyDrive. As a simplified version of CleanMyMac, CleanMyDrive lets you monitor and clean up external hard drives connected to your Mac. The app is super simplistic, and it’s free in the Mac App Store.

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Seagate Buys Data Storage Company LaCie For $186 Million

Seagate Buys Data Storage Company LaCie For $186 Million

LaCie's 2big drives let you transfer files over a Thunderbolt connection.

Seagate has bought French high-quality digital storage company LaCie for a reported $186 million. LaCie CEO Philippe Spruch will become head of Seagate’s consumer storage products division. LaCie makes Mac-friendly peripherals, and Seagate has been a long-time titan in the data storage business.

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Western Digital Packs 2TB Into A Pocket-Sized Hard Drive

Western Digital Packs 2TB Into A Pocket-Sized Hard Drive

WD My Passport Drives, now with 2TB inside

Your MacBook Air might be the fastest, lightest, portable-est Mac you ever owned, but it is likely also one of the most storage-deficient Macs you have ever owned, in modern times at least. That will all be solved when bus-powered Thunderbolt drives start to show up, but in the meantime, take a look at Western Digital’s new 2TB My Passport USB drives.

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Elgato’s Thunderbolt SSD Drives Are Crazy Fast And Crazy Expensive

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The MacBook Airs are wonderful machines, let down only by the still-small storage offered by today’s SSDs. Worse, whilst external Thunderbolt drives are finally trickling into stores, they’re neither cheap nor plentiful.

Alas, Elgato’s rather awesome-looking Thunderbolt SSD drive combines the worst of both worlds — a high price and low capacity. Then again, I imagine this things is fast enough to burn a hole in your desk.

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LaCie’s Thunderbolt Drives Turn MacBooks Into Mac Pros

LaCie’s Thunderbolt Drives Turn MacBooks Into Mac Pros

LaCie's new 2big drives show at least somebody got the Thunderbolt memo

It’s taken a while, but it seems that the dried up tear-duct that was the supply of Thunderbolt accessories is about to turn into a torrent of high-speed, daisy-chainable tears of relief. Hard drive supremo LaCie will at last sell you a 2big Thunderbolt Series external drive.

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2011 iMacs Make It Impossible For You To Upgrade Your Own Main Hard Drive

2011 iMacs Make It Impossible For You To Upgrade Your Own Main Hard Drive

With the 2011 iMacs, it’s become even harder for users to upgrade their machines without paying Apple their pound of flesh.

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Formatting External Hard Drives In OS X [Video How-To]

Formatting External Hard Drives In OS X [Video How-To]

When you buy an external Hard Drive for use with Time Machine, Apple’s backup software, you will most likely need to format it before you can use it, since chances are that it is formatted for a Windows based computer. You could always spend the extra money to get a Mac formatted Hard Drive, but what’s the sense in that? You can format your own external Hard Drive right from Mac OS X. This video will show you how.

Formatting External Hard Drives In OS X [Video How-To]