While many Mac owners have been dipping their toes into the latest Mac OS update, Mavericks, a few have been having some other strange problems. According to growing complaints from the Apple Support Communities (opens in new tab) forum, some users have found that their Western Digital and LaCie hard drives have been turning up… empty after upgrading to the new OS. In most of these cases, users have configured their drives using third party utilities or manufacturer-provided software like the Western Digital Drive Manager.
To what I'm sure will be the relief of many, the data isn't actually gone, it's just not being accurately reported to the OS. If you've upgraded to Mavericks and find yourself missing some critical data, there are a few things you can do.
First, you should try to create a secondary back-up using an additional computer if you haven't already done so. If something goes wrong down the line, you at least have a back-up for your back-up. Next, check with the manufacturer of your external drive; many of them have updated utilities that you can run that will solve the problem.
If you're still having trouble, you can try to roll back to an earlier version of your OS, but depending upon whether or not you've been using the now non-functional external for Time Machine updates, that may present its own array of challenges.
Apple has yet to officially acknowledge the issue, but chances are good that there will be a fix before too much longer. Until then, keep checking Apple Support Communities, your HDD manufacturer and, of course, Google, to make sure you aren't risking your data unnecessarily.
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According to what you said, one would be better off if one will just spend 1/8th of that price on a Windows PC (which makes perfect sense). The whole Debian thing is just fringe stuff for majority of people, anyways.
Anything major like Adobe Photoshop can't run in Linux natively without going through Wine. Yes there are apps that will provide similar functionality as the big boys without high licensing cost and in most cases it's free.
It's great that we have a choice of what OS to use. It really boils down to what the needs are and how friendly is it for the users to use. Mac, Windows and Linux Desktops are very to use. Just all work in different ways. Some are used to work in one way while others may learn how to do it differently. Those are the two kinds of people we have to deal with every day.
Steve Jobs is spinning in his grave right now
I suspect the problem is more a case of Apple finally feeling the pressure of competition and now they're starting to tighten deadlines and budgets and try and do more with releases - in short, over extend their software development and QA departments. Even if they commit more resources, just throwing money at an piece of software doesn't make it better - a bigger, more well funded team working on a bigger project needs better organization for things to come off as smoothly as a smaller team working on a smaller project, even if the dollars/manpower vs time/scope of project ratio works out in favour of the larger team.