Why can't I format the hybrid drive in my Mac?

Conrad from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1061

Conrad has a Mac and he's having trouble with his hybrid hard drive. He's tried formatting and partitioning it using Disk Utility and he gets an "can't allocate memory" error. Leo says it sounds like a bad hybrid drive. The fact that it's a hybrid drive shouldn't matter because the hybrid part is handled internally by the drive circuitry. It should appear as a single drive to Mac OS X.

Where can I find hard drives for an old Mac SE?

John from Melbourne Beach, FL

Episode 1060

John got an old Macintosh SE and he keeps going through hard drives. Where can he find more of them? Leo says that the hard drives he's using are old and used and just plain worn out, since the Mac SE is 30 years old. eBay may be a good way to find those. Leo also recommends, and Since it has an external SCSI port, Leo says that John could use a more modern drive with a SCSI interface. Then he could daisy chain it.

Can I put OS X Mavericks on my 2007 MacBook Pro?

Aurelia from Riverside, CA

Episode 1058

Aurelia has a 2007 MacBook Pro and wants to know if OS X Mavericks would work on it. Leo says it's right on the edge and it depends. It may actually come down to RAM. 2GB of RAM is a bit light. Even if it will install, it may be slower, not faster, and it would be difficult to go backwards. Apple's recommendations call for 2008 or later. Leo recommends going with Lion, but no later. It's really time to start saving up for a new Mac.

How can I free up space on my iPhone?

Episode 1051

Joe from Kansas City, MO
Apple iPhone 5

Joe's iPhone 5 is having issues with Messages. When he erases messages, it doesn't free up any of the space on his phone. Apple says it's a known bug. Leo says there's a program called iBackupBot which will backup his phone, then delete the info and restore what's left to the phone. Or, he can backup his phone to the cloud, then toggle documents and data to off, and then restore.

How can I view and sort my photos with a tablet?

Episode 1048

Jim from Walnut Creek, CA
Google Nexus 7

Jim is an amateur photographer who reviews his pictures on the camera to delete the ones he doesn't like. For Christmas, he got an iPad Mini, and would like to preview the images on his camera card. Leo says that the iPad Mini doesn't have a set file system like that. Jim understood that and returned it. Leo says Jim didn't have to do that, he could've gotten the camera connection kit which would allow him to plug in an SD card.