Kbase Article of the Week: How to Fix a Split Fusion Drive →

Apple Support:

If your Fusion Drive appears as two drives instead of one in the Finder, it’s no longer working as a Fusion Drive. Here’s how to fix it.

Fusion Drive, a storage option on some iMac and Mac mini computers, combines a hard drive and flash storage in a single volume for improved performance and storage capacity. If your Fusion Drive appears as two drives instead of one in the Finder, it’s no longer working as a Fusion Drive. This can happen after replacing either drive of your Fusion Drive, or using software to intentionally split them into separate volumes.

You can continue using the two drives independently, or follow these steps to regain the benefits of having the single logical volume of a Fusion Drive.

It’s hard to believe that Apple relied on the Fusion Drive for as long as it did — especially in the iMac. In hindsight, it’s clearly such a weird bridge between two eras of technology.

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Mac Power Users #617: Back in Whack →

This week’s Mac Power Users is a very special one:

David and Stephen are joined by Apple’s Jeremy Butcher to discuss the company’s new Business Essentials program.

Then, the guys revisit iCloud storage management, clipboard apps and email providers. USB-C hubs and migrating to an Apple silicon Mac are also discussed.

I really enjoyed getting to chat with Jeremy about Apple Business Essentials, but if I have to install another clipboard manager, my Mac may explode.

My New Keyboard

Myke Hurley has been big into mechanical keyboards for over a year now, and we finally got together to build me my first custom keyboard. I have to say, I love how it turned out:

Keychron Q1

I started with the new Keychon Q1 in Navy Blue. To that, I added a full set of NovelKeys_ Silk Red switches. I was worried about how much force the keys would take to press, but these linear switches may be too light. I just have to brush a key for it to register, so I may end up swapping in something more robust.1

The real treasure here is the keycap set. As you can see, it has a real vintage Mac feel, which is what attracted me to them. The set is the Drop + biip MT3 Extended 2048, which is somehow in stock as I write this. I’m using a mix of regular and colorful modifier keys:

Modifer Keys

When we first built this, I was using more of the colorful modifiers, but in practice, they were a bit distracting, so I’ve opted to keep everything beige except Option, Command and Return. One word of warning: if you order this keycap set, the Accent Modifier kit doesn’t include all the modifier keys, so you need the beige set as well. This left me with a lot of extra keys, but I suppose that’s the price of having something so perfect on my desk.

Keychron Q1

  1. The only other change I plan on making right now is to swap out the dogcow badge with one that has a light orange background instead of black. That’s already on order.