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Office365 & Microsoft Lync - Server is Temporarily Unavailable

Experienced an odd issue with clients being unable to logon to Microsoft Lync in Office365 - the error ‘The Server is Temporarily Unavailable’.
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OCS 2007 R2 Hotfix Issue with OCS2009-DBUpgrade.msi

Yes, a blog about OCS 2007 R2....Interested? Click here...
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4G - EE or O2?

Who do I use for 4G...and why?
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Finding your iPhone UDID without iTunes

So you’ve put the BETA IOS on your phone, and forgot to get your UUID number?
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Running Terminal as a Different User

How do you use Terminal as another user?
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OSX 10.9 Mavericks and TRIM

How to check to make sure TRIM is still turned on.
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Can't download OSX Mavericks from the App Store?

So they’ve released another GM of Mavericks - can’t download it from the App Store? Here’s why.
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O2 & 4G

O2 4G - What’s it like?
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Making a Bootable OSX 10.9 Mavericks USB

Making an OSX 10.9 Mavericks Bootable USB Key.

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Epic Times

Epic times are EPIC.
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Windows 8.1 RTM Benchmarks

Windows 8.1 RTM Feels Fast! Quick look at Benchmarks.
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Parallels Desktop 9 Windows 7 Look

Quick look at Parallels Desktop 9 Windows 7 Look
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Mobile Platform Choice

General rambling on the mobile platform choices out there.
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VMWare Fusion 6/Parallels Desktop 9 Roundup

Quick round-up of my recent blogs on VMWare Fusion 6 and Parallels Desktop 9.
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VMWare Fusion 6 & Parallels Desktop 9 Benchmarks

Some benchmark comparisons between Parallels Desktop 9 and VMWare Fusion 6.

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VMWare Fusion 6

Early run through of the newly issued VMWare Fusion 6 virtualisation package.
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Parallels Desktop 9.0 - Pauses & USB Connections/Disconnections

Issue with random pauses, and also USB devices randomly disconnecting & connecting.

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Parallels Desktop 9.0 - Issue with iSight WebCam

My iSight camera doesn’t play well with Parallels Desktop 9.0.
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Parallels Desktop 9.0

Early run through of the newly issued Parallels Desktop 9.0 virtualisation package.
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NetAtmo Weather Station

Basic review of the NetAtmo Weather Station.Interested? Click here...
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Lync 2013 Functionality Demos

A run through of some of the functionalities within Microsoft Lync 2013.

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Google Chrome showing your saved passwords

In Google Chrome you can easily view your saved passwords.....
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Embedding Video in Office

How do you embed a video into a Microsoft Word document?
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2012 iMac and the Fusion Drive

Got a chance to play with a fusion-drive equipped iMac - what’s it like?
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OSX Mavericks - Enable Access for Assistive Devices

How do you Enable access for assistive devices on OSX Mavericks?
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USB 3 - Real World Performance?

Holy Stating the Obvious Batman - USB 3 is quicker - who knew?

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Configuring Windows IIS ARR

Details the processes involved in configuring Application Request Routing (ARR) for reverse proxy services.

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Lync 2013 Schema Update Methods

Let’s look at how to update the Active Directory Schema for Lync 2013…and what it does in the process.
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Restoring a Lync 2010 Infrastructure

How do you restore a broken Microsoft Lync 2010 System?
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Lync Server 2010 Address Book Normalization

Run through of Address Book Normalization in Lync 2010.
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Testing Schema Updates

How do you test schema updates in your systems?
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Duplicating your Active Directory for a Test Environment

How do you create a replica of your active directory for testing purposes?
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Microsoft Lync - Ports for Remote Access

Why 443 for remote access?
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Redirecting Folders on Apple OSX

How do you redirect folders in Apple OSX? It’s pretty easy.

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Macbook Pro - SSD in Optical Drive Bay

Can you put an SSD in the optical bay of an Apple Macbook Pro?
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Optical Media - Your time is up

Optical media - who needs it?
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20-05-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 20 May 2013.
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Why do I like Windows 8 so much?

Why do I like Windows 8 so much? Some thoughts on that thing that’s called Windows 8.
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Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 - Windows 8 Pro Tablet

Early days opinion on the Lenovo Tablet 2 Windows 8 Pro Tablet. Updated 17 May 2013, and it’s not good.

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Cannot remove Encrypted Volume after Mountion Lion Rebuild

If you’ve rebuilt your Operating System on Mountain Lion, and previously you encrypted your TimeMachine backups, you may find you can’t repartition the drive. Here’s how to get around it.

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Automating Common Administrative Tasks

Another look at how to automate common tasks - making your administrator's life easier.

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Accessing Apple HFS Volumes from Windows

How can you access HFS+ Drives from a Windows PC.
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06-05-13 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 6 May 2013.
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Fatalistic Attitude to Car Parking

Car parking - pay for it or….?

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Turn off OSX SafeSleep

How to modify the sleep mode on an Apple OSX Laptop.
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Odd Apple IOS Bug

Here’s an odd little IOS Bug…about Obama.

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29-04-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 29 April 2013.
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Apple IOS - A Simple WANT

A very simple thing for Apple iOS to deliver…Interested? Click here...
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Certificate Assignment Fails - "HTTPS Binding Not Found on Website"

Issue with : “Https Binding not found on the web site.”
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Running Windows 8 on VMWare Fusion 5 - on OSX

Experiences of running Windows 8 on VMWare Fusion 5 - virtualised on OSX.

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Running Windows 8 on Parallels 8 - on OSX

Experiences of running Windows 8 on Parallels 8 - virtualised on OSX.

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…and another thing!

General rant about shopping.
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Angel Eyes Update - BMW E92

Upgrading of the BMW Angel Eyes.
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Software/Music/Movie Piracy

Am I the only one who thinks piracy is a bad thing….?
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Creating a Ringtone in iTunes from any track

How to use iTunes to make a ringtone from any track in your library.
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Jawbone Jambox - Portable Music

What do I think of it?
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Technical Support - What's it for?

Some musings over recent technical support encounters.
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Reset lost Windows XP/Vista/7 or Windows 8 Password

What to do if you’ve lost the password for a Windows machine.
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22-04-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 22 April 2013.
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PowerPoint of Doom

Some general thoughts on running presentations.
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15-04-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 15 April 2013.
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Windows 8 Tablet - HP ElitePad

Some thoughts on my HP ElitePad Windows 8 Pro Tablet.
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Replacing the Microfilters on a BMW 3 Series

How to replace the micro filters on a BMW 3 series - saving money on servicing.
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Windows 8 Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel - Gone

How do I get my touch keyboard icon back in my task bar?
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Electronic Devices - Theft from Cars

Interesting development on theft of electronic devices from cars.
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iPad Mini Logitech Keyboard

See how I’m getting on with the Logitech keyboard for the iPad mini.
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08-04-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 8 April 2013.
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What the Internet Used to Look Like

Nostalgia is not as good as it used to be, is it?
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Office/Lync 2013 Group Policy Templates

Small article explaining how to install the Office 2013 Group Policy Templates.

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Exchange ECP redirecting to OWA

How to resolve the Exchange Control Panel automatically redirecting to OWA.
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01-04-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 1 April 2013.
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Turning off notifications in OSX

Quick one - how do you temporarily turn off OSX Mountain Lion notifications?
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Exchange 2010 on Windows 2012

installing Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2012.
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Removing an Exchange 2013 Schema Prep

How to un-prepare an AD Schema after preparing it for Exchange 2013.
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Building an Exchange 2013 Server for Demo

I’ve been building up a number of machines for my demo environment - this one is for Exchange 2013. - a video in here shows the build process.

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Building a Windows Server 2012 on VMWare Fusion

Quick run-through of building a Windows 2012 Standard Edition Server using VMWare Fusion. It’s built on an SSD so pretty fast.
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Installing a Lync 2013 Standard Edition Server

Run through of installing a Lync 2013 server.
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Quickly Bulk-Create lots of AD Users

Quick blog showing a small script that can bulk create a lot of Active Directory users for you.
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RapidWeaver - Wrong images in posts

Rapidweaver keeps putting the wrong images in posts…Infuriating.
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Change the format of OSX Screenshots

How to change the format of OSX Screenshot files.
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Changing the location of your screenshots on OSX

Quick blog explaining how to change the folder location of your screen shots on OSX.
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Telephony - Losing its importance?

Blog looking at the importance of telephony - is it decreasing?
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Unknown Number Rage

Some random thoughts about how annoying I find blocked or unknown phone numbers.

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OSX - Quick and easy way to lock your desktop

I kinda missed the CTRL+ALT+DELETE quick way of locking your desktop when using OSX - but there’s an easy way to achieve something similar.

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The Etiquette of Presence

Some thoughts on around how users manage their presence status.
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25-03-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 25 March 2013.
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Installing Office Web Apps on Server 2012

Quick run through of installing Office Web Applications on to Windows Server 2012.

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Samsung 840 Series SSD in a Macbook Pro

Quick early day review of the performance of the Samsung 840 500Gb SSD.
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Macbook Pro - SSD Upgrade

In this blog a look at how easy it is to upgrade your system drive in an OSX based Macbook Pro.

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Activating Windows 8 from the Command Line

Discusses how to activate Windows 8 from the Command line.
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OSX and Virtualisation

I yet again go on about how good OSX is at virtualisation.

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UC Discussion Forum?

Any room for a UC discussion forum?

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18-03-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 18 March 2013.
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Dual Homed Servers

In this blog I look at how you can dual-network home a Windows server, and how you need to consider the network routing.

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Apple - Where's the Think Different?

Some thoughts about Apple, and what they’ve been up to recently.

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11-03-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Monday 11 March 2013. Interested? Click here...
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Crashplan - A new low in Internet Backups

Updated article about online backups. Originally started with Mozy, moved to Crashplan, and then finally landed on Backblaze.

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01-03-2013 Weekly Tech Update

Technical round-up to Friday 1 March 2013. Interested? Click here...
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Unified Communications - The Importance of Design

Article discussing the importance of technical design for Unified Communications platforms.
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TimeMachine - Restoring Hidden Files

How do you find hidden files to restore in TimeMachine? Easy - see this blog.

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WiFi Diagnostics on OSX

Useful WiFi diagnostics utility on OSX.

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Technical Writing - It's harder than you think

Blog about technical writing and why it’s so hard. Of course there will be spelling & grammar mistakes in it….

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Extracting Media from an iPod or iPhone

Blog outlining how you can extract media from an Apple iPod or iPhone device.

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Reporting on User Configurations in Lync 2010

Blog outlining how you can report on your users of Lync 2010. Interested? Click here...
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Lync - Utilities & Plug-ins

Blog outlining some of my favourite plug-ins for Microsoft Lync. Interested? Click here...
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HyperTerminal on Windows Vista/7/8/Server

Do you ever miss HyperTerminal when you’re on a later Windows edition? If so, you should find this article interesting.

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How to identify Enterprise Voice Users in Lync

Blog detailing how you can report/identify Enterprise Voice users within Microsoft Lync.Interested? Click here...
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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

A list of the more common Windows 8 shortcut keys.Interested? Click here...
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Policing Internet Usage

Some general thoughts around how employer’s are portrayed as ‘policing’ internet usage. Interested? Click here...
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Storing Dropbox on an Encrypted Volume

Outlines a process for ensuring that Dropbox storage is held on an encrypted disk image. Useful for laptop storage for example, where you want to ensure your data is protected. Interested? Click here...
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Automatically Deleting the Lync Address Books

When developing & supporting a Lync platform, it may become necessary to delete the local user’s address books. In this blog entry I detail a way of automating this process. It makes it far easier then trying to talk a user through how to do it themselves. Interested? Click here...
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Downloading the Address Book in Lync 2013

The location of the Address Books within Lync 2013 are different to that of previous iterations of the product. In this blog I look at where the files are now stored, and also how to affect the download delay for the Address Books. If you wish, you can set the address books to download immediately for example - very useful for testing.Interested? Click here...
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The iPad Mini

The iPad Mini - pretty much everyone seems to love them, or, bizarrely, hate them with a passion. In here I talk about my own experiences and thoughts on the unit. Interested? Click here...
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OSX Utilities I couldn't live without

Simple blog looking at some of the applications and utilities that enhance my usage of Apple’s most excellent OSX platform. Interested? Click here...
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Enabling Users for Lync Inside ADU&C

Why do things manually when there’s fast and automated ways of achieving things? In this blog I look at how to automate the enablement of users for Microsoft Lync - specifically, I add the ability to enable users to the Active Directory Users & Computers Console therefore simplifying the work-flow for user-enablement. Interested? Click here...
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TimeMachine - What's being backed up?

TimeMachine is a great backup technology - but sometimes it can appear to be repeatedly backing up a lot of data. In here I look at a very handy utility that can help you determine why TimeMachine is backing up a lot of stuff with each backup, and help you make your backups more efficient.Interested? Click here...
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Active Directory Migrations - Why so hard?

For some reason the processes and requirements for carrying out directory migrations are often underestimated. In here I talk about some of the issues you may encounter. Interested? Click here...
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Crashplan - a new low in internet Backups

Why did I leave Crashplan?

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Fitting a second hard disk to an Apple Macbook Pro

How to fit a second hard disk to an Apple Macbook Pro.

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