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Creating an iCloud account: Frequently Asked Questions

Creating an iCloud account: Frequently Asked Questions | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
See the frequently asked questions below to learn more about signing up for and using an iCloud account.

 

How do I sign up for iCloud?

What Apple ID should I use when signing up for iCloud?

Can I use different Apple IDs for iCloud services and Store purchases (iTunes, App Store, iBookstore)?

How do I set up iCloud on my iOS devices, Mac, and PC?

What are the system requirements for using iCloud on my iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC?

How do I manage my iCloud account, such as my password and security questions?

Can I use an Apple ID that isn't an email address to sign up for an iCloud account?

Additional Information

If you encounter issues after creating a new iCloud account, see this troubleshooting article.

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Reset Forgotten Admin & Standard User Password macOS Sierra & OSX

Reset Forgotten Admin & Standard User Password macOS Sierra & OSX | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
How to reset admin and standard user passwords in macOS Sierra, OSX 10.11, OSX 10.10, OSX 10.9 / OSX 10.8 by using Recovery drive and command in Terminal
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How to Fix and Avoid the Most Common Mac Error Messages: Part 2

How to Fix and Avoid the Most Common Mac Error Messages: Part 2 | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, we looked at How to Fix and Avoid the Most Common Mac Error Messages. One of the issues we ran into was which problems we should showcase;
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macOS migration/updates (and FileVault)

I finally decided that I should move from El Capitan to Sierra, thinking that enough time had past for such a move to be safe and uneventful. Wrong. I just had the worst update/upgrade experience in 25 years of using Macs. The install failed, leaving me with a frozen computer.
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The Best Thunderbolt 3 and 2 Docks

The Best Thunderbolt 3 and 2 Docks | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
We tested eight Thunderbolt 3 docks with $7,000 worth of gear, and CalDigit’s TS3 is the best option for docking your Thunderbolt 3-equipped laptop.
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Apple’s greed is killing the planet (and screwing you, too)

Apple’s greed is killing the planet (and screwing you, too) | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
A new report by The Repair Association highlights Apple's lack of leadership when it comes to environmental issues.
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How to move your iTunes library to a new computer

How to move your iTunes library to a new computer | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Move your iTunes library from an old computer to a new one so that you can play your media on and sync your iOS devices with the new computer.
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Tech 101: Deleted and Archived Emails, and Custom Mailboxes in Apple Mail for Mac

Tech 101: Deleted and Archived Emails, and Custom Mailboxes in Apple Mail for Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Many Mac users never give deleted emails a second thought. You delete it, and it's gone... or is it? In this Tech Tip, we'll discuss what Apple Mail does
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Stuck with slow data transfers? New USB 3.2 will help

Stuck with slow data transfers? New USB 3.2 will help | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
USB 3.2-equipped laptops and external drives could reach speeds of 20 gigabits per second. You'll likely have to wait until 2019, though.
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Running Low On Mac Storage? Here Are 5 Tips To Recover Some Space

Running Low On Mac Storage? Here Are 5 Tips To Recover Some Space | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Even with the bigger hard drives, SSDs, and Fusion drives in modern Macs, it's still possible to run low on storage space. Especially on the MacBook and MacBook
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Best password managers of 2017: Reviews of the top products

Best password managers of 2017: Reviews of the top products | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
The best password is one you probably can't easily remember—that's why a password manager is so crucial to your online security. This guide will help you find the best tool for generating and storing strong passwords to shore up your online defenses.
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Imaging Macbooks

Imaging Macbooks | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
I have to image 150 macbook airs for a school. They do not have JMFS or any kind of remote managment system. What is the best way of doing this without cloning the same user id, account nam
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macperformanceguide.com: Apple’s Fusion Drive Technology

Benefits of a Fusion volume

Generally speaking, Fusion is a good idea for the majority of users that use their machines for casual to moderate use:

Terrific out-of-the-box performance, since everything is on the fast SSD.
Simple all-in-one approach ideal for most Mac users.
Fusion maintains a 4GB buffer on the SSD, so that most file saves, file downloads, Finder duplicate, etc all benefit from SSD speeds (so long as 4GB or less at any one time).
Transparent overflow to hard drive as needed.
Downsides of a Fusion volume

Fusion is not the best choice for guaranteed performance, nor does it offer peak speed or as much SSD capacity as alternatives.

Relatively expensive compared to 3rd-party larger capacity and higher performance SSD.
No ability to guarantee performance for critical files.
Not of benefit for high performance environments which can easily overflow the 4GB write buffer and/or regularly use large files and/or files that never make it onto the SSD.
No evidence of smart migration in real world usage, see Does Fusion Actually Migrate Files?. This undermines the theoretical benefits for users with larger numbers of files.
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How to Fix and Avoid the Most Common Mac Error Messages

How to Fix and Avoid the Most Common Mac Error Messages | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Chances are you've never had any problems with your Mac and this guide to common Mac error messages won't be of interest to you. Just kidding. It's much more
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How to Recover iCloud Data

Need to get back something you deleted on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac? If you've been using iCloud, you can probably get it back without the need for an
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Use the Mac operating system that came with your Mac, or a compatible newer version

Use the Mac operating system that came with your Mac, or a compatible newer version | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

 

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Find out if your password has been hacked

Find out if your password has been hacked | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Password breaches have become commonplace. Here's how to check the status of your passwords and, more important, keep your identity safe.
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soma-zone: BackupLoupe

soma-zone: BackupLoupe | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
With BackupLoupe you are able to answer questions like
Why is Time Machine so slow?
Why is my Time Machine drive already full?
Which files are actually being backed up?
Has a particular file/folder been backed up at all?
How many revisions of a file/folder exist in Time Machine?
A file/folder was deleted accidentally. When did this happen and where is the latest backup?
Is my backup drive big enough? Should I consider buying a larger one? And if yes, when?
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how to backup everything from my iphone including downloaded data of apps

how to backup everything from my iphone including downloaded data of apps | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
i am got a new iphone, and on my old iphone, i want to make sure that i backup everything, i mean everything, so that my new iphone will be a mirror of my old one in terms of backed up data
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Tech 101: Automate Emails with Smart Mailboxes for Mac

Tech 101: Automate Emails with Smart Mailboxes for Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Last week we published a set of tips dealing with Apple Mail, deleting and archiving messages, and creating custom folders in which to store specific types of
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Reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on your Mac

Indicators that the SMC might need to be reset

These symptoms might mean that an SMC reset is necessary:
Your computer's fans run at high speed, even though it isn't under heavy usage and is properly ventilated.
The keyboard backlight behaves incorrectly.
The status indicator light (SIL), if present, behaves incorrectly.
Battery indicator lights, if present, behave incorrectly on Mac notebooks with a non-removable battery.
The display backlight doesn't respond correctly to ambient light changes.
Your Mac doesn't respond when you press the power button.
Your Mac notebook doesn't respond properly when you close or open the lid.
Your Mac sleeps or shuts down unexpectedly.
The battery doesn't charge properly.
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Synchronise, clone, backup: rsync, ditto, and their derivatives

Synchronise, clone, backup: rsync, ditto, and their derivatives | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
An overview of some of the many ways of keeping folders in sync, backing up, and making remote copies.
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How to better control the size of video exports on your Mac

How to better control the size of video exports on your Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Modern versions of QuickTime and iMovie don't provide much control over how big you want your video file size to be. You need to use a free third-party app.
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SSD vs. HDD vs. Seagate Hybrid SSHD

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148528 HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178125 Hybrid Drive
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ssd - Can someone explain what 'diskutil cs revert' does? - Ask Different

ssd - Can someone explain what 'diskutil cs revert' does? - Ask Different | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
diskutil cs revert turns off the Core Storage volume manager for that volume. The Yosemite installer turns it on in case it's needed later (mostly for FileVault), but if you don't actually need it (e.g. for FileVault a Fusion disk) it doesn't do anything useful.

If you aren't using FileVault or a Fusion disk, what Core Storage mostly does is confuse Disk Utility, limiting its ability to dynamically resize and rearrange volumes, and preventing it from displaying the disk structure properly. That "251 GB APPLE SSD SD..." thing is what Disk Utility should be displaying there, because "Macintosh HD" and "BOOTCAMP" are both volumes within the physical SSD. With Core Storage, it was showing BOOTCAMP as somehow part of Macintosh HD, which it isn't at all.
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Protecting data that is already on your destination volume: The Carbon Copy Cloner SafetyNet | Carbon Copy Cloner | Bombich Software

When CCC copies files to the destination, it has to do something with files that already exist on the destination — files that are within the scope of the backup task, and items that aren't on the source at all. By default, CCC uses a feature called the SafetyNet to protect files and folders that fall into three categories:

Older versions of files that have been modified since a previous backup task
Files that have been deleted from the source since a previous backup task
Files and folders that are unique to the root level of the destination
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