MacDirectory Magazine

Winter-Spring 2008 (#36)

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28 MacDirectory DEPARTMENT Q > I accidentally connected both my desktop and my laptop to the same firewire drive and now the drive will not mount. What do I do? Imani Diot, Maine A > Imani Diot? No you aren't. You are simply more "creative" than the rest of us. I suggest that you try a software solution such as DiskWarrior from Alsoft or Data Recovery II from Prosoft . DiskWarrior will attempt to repair the directory if possible. If this fails, try Data Recovery II. DR II will not repair the drive but it should enable you to see the directory contents and copy off your data. Q > I have a stack of external hard drives, all of which spin up when I start my Mac. I don't need to have them running all the time and it is a hassle to manually eject them every time I boot up. If I put them to sleep, I'm always being slowed down by needless spin-ups. Any ideas? Vincent Gholam, Texas A > Look in your Applications folder for Automator. Fire it up, then select "Finder" in Automator's library pane. Grab the icons for the external hard drives from your desktop and drag them into the rightmost pane, then select "Eject Disk" in the Action pane. Select "Save As" in the File menu and save your creation as an application. Place your new app into your dock and click it to eject the drives. If you wish to remount a drive, either disconnect and reconnect its cable or turn it off and on. If you want to automate the entire unmounting process, set your user prefs to automatically run your new applet at startup. Q > I have dual monitor system with a flat panel and a CRT. No matter how many times I run the calibration utility on both monitors, the colors still do not match. What am I doing wrong? David Johns, Utah A > Absolutely nothing. Mark Twain said that when you have only one clock you always know what time it is, but when you have more than one clock, you're never quite sure. The same goes with the multiple monitors and Apple's completely subjective software calibration tools. What you need is a dedicated calibration tool such as the Spy- der 2 from ColorVision . Install the software, plug in the calibration tool, place the tool on the monitor screen and turn off any nearby lights. Then launch the application and follow the prompts. If you also want to make sure that your printer output matches what you see on your moni- tor, go for the Spyder 2 Suite or Spyder Pro 2. Q > I am just starting out with graphic design and need a source of stock photos but most online sources are way too expensive. Do you know of any budget- friendly photo sources? Sam Haidarian, Illinois A > Check out They have a zillion images (about a quarter zillion good ones) and you only have to pay $1 or $2 per photo. (Sure beats $500!) Just set up an account, deposit a few bucks and off you go. By the way, if you happen to be a decent photographer or illustrator, you can submit your own work for possible inclusion on the site, receiving a small royalty for every download! Q > We recently had a power outage in my neighborhood. I use a good quality surge protector and the outage didn't cause any noticeable damage to my Mac, but I lost what I was working on. What can I do to prevent this in the future? A > First, save your work and save it often. Second, buy a surge protector that includes battery back-up capability. This will keep your machine up and running long enough for you to perform a safe shut-down. A number of solutions are available from your local computer or electronics superstore. Leading brands include APC and Tripplite . As for choosing a specific model, add up the watts of your computer, monitor & external hard drives (look on the back or bottom of the device) and select a model that exceeds this rating. BEEBE > MACDIRECTORY'S TECH GODDESS

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