All Posts by Date or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
also by Lloyd: diglloyd.com photography and WindInMyFace.com

Thank you for buying via links and ads on this site,
which earn me advertising fees or commissions.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Other World Computing...
B&H Photo...
Amazon
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Memory Upgrades for 2019 Mac Pro - Save Up to 65% vs Factory Costs
877-865-7002
Today’s Deal Zone Items... Handpicked deals...
$1199 $779
SAVE $420

$250 $200
SAVE $50

$1699 $1299
SAVE $400

$1499 $1149
SAVE $350

$200 $140
SAVE $60

$89 $69
SAVE $20

$120 $35
SAVE $85

$178 $148
SAVE $30

$3498 $2998
SAVE $500

$3699 $1299
SAVE $2400

$1000 $700
SAVE $300

$3899 $1499
SAVE $2400

$748 $648
SAVE $100

$2999 $1999
SAVE $1000

$1699 $999
SAVE $700

$1698 $1398
SAVE $300

$4499 $4499
SAVE $click

$1399 $1049
SAVE $350

$1149 $799
SAVE $350

$1399 $1049
SAVE $350

$1498 $1198
SAVE $300

$2797 $2597
SAVE $200

$280 $250
SAVE $30

$699 $699
SAVE $click

$1699 $1299
SAVE $400

$8399 $8399
SAVE $click

$899 $799
SAVE $100

$1699 $1299
SAVE $400

Reader Question: 2018 MacBook Pro Soldered -On Storage vs Data recovery

Thanks to B&H Photo for making this top-line Apple MacBook Pro available for testing. As this was written B&H Photo was offering it at a $100 discount( $100 e-gift card).

Don H writes:

If the motherboard or RAM fails on a 2018 Macbook, it will be extremely difficult (and expensive, and time-consuming) to recover the data from the soldered-on SSD:

https://tidbits.com/2018/07/24/last-ditch-data-recovery-more-difficult-on-the-2018-macbook-pro/

"Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro laptops have always featured solid-state storage soldered to the logic board, making it impossible to remove for data recovery, as was possible with hard disk drives. For these Macs, Apple enabled last-ditch data recovery through a special port on the logic board, combined with a custom tool for Apple Authorized Service Providers.

Unfortunately, in its teardown, iFixit discovered that the 2018 MacBook Pro models lack that port, and MacRumors learned from internal Apple documents that Apple’s internal Customer Data Migration Tool does not work with these Macs.”

The comments for this entry provide a little more detail. What’s not clear is what happens if your T2 chip fails, which holds all the keys and is non-replacable.

Proper backups, as always, are critical, but are those guaranteed to work in the user’s favor a decade from now? What if a future T2 chip requires end-to-end encryption for backups which themselves become dependent on that same chip?

How many different ways will be locked out from our own data in the future? If I lose the ability to completely *own* my data (including the ability to migrate it to another computer or storage device without restrictions or Internet connectivity) then I will simply stop using computers altogether. More realistically, I will stockpile acceptable computers and tailor my life around their limitations as if we were in a post-apocalyptic environment. They work for me now, and they will continue working for the rest of my lifespan in that same capacity until the hardware dies. If I need Internet connectivity (which I have been narrowing down more and more as time goes on) I will do that on a current ‘disposable’ computer and carefully silo my personal data accordingly.

We’re not at that stage yet, but the trend is pretty ominous.

...

Connecting more dots (I’m in a paranoid mood this morning):

https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/08/04/apple-chip-manufacturer-tsmc-factories-taken-down-by-computer-virus

Ok, so this item is really only about the industrial controls for a production line, but what happens if/when the T2 chip itself becomes compromised with a trojan or other latent malware? Unless the entire process from design to fab is under bullet-proof control with independent auditors reviewing each step, who’s to say the linchpin for our data security can’t be successfully attacked at some point? The NSA itself has been breached at least twice (that we know of) - this isn’t just idle speculation.

DIGLLOYD: it’s not a good trend—disposable Macs is where we stand now. Backup.

CLICK TO VIEW: 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Recommended Configurations

2018 MacBook Pro
OWC Thunderblade Thunderbolt 3 SSD

Blazing fast, up to 16TB.

YEE HAH!



√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!
OWC Envoy Pro EX SSD
Blazingly fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD!

Up to 4TB capacity, USB-C compatible.

USB-C model also available


Great for travel or for desktop!
OWC Envoy Express

World’s first Thunderbolt 3 M.2 NVME SSD enclosure.

Super fast, bus-powered, 3.3 oz, DIY easy, rugged and compact!


See also OWC Express 4M2
√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!
OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD
6000 MB/sec!
Mac or PC.


Ideal for Lightroom, Photoshop, video.
Capacity up to 16TB!

Deals Updated Daily at B&H Photo
View all handpicked deals...

LG UM7370PUA 70" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV
$1199 $779
SAVE $420

diglloyd.com | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
Mailing Lists | RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2020 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.
Display info: __RETINA_INFO_STATUS__