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There seems to be a bug/conflict with internal platter drives greater than 4T ,  Mac OS 10.10.3 (Yosemite) , Disk Utility, and my souped up 2010 Mac hardware. When I bought a new 4T Toshiba drive, Disk Utility incorrectly formatted it to be a Logical Volume Group drive. This works, but I noticed it was wrong because it had no S.M.A.R.T. status, and couldn’t be used as a startup disk, which was my intended use (nightly backup clone of my OS using Carbon Copy Cloner.)  Also, once I unmounted it, there was no way to re-mount it.

The fix was to use Terminal to reformat the drive.

In Terminal, type:

diskutil cs delete “Put Your Logical Volume Group UUID Here”

Don’t know your UUID? Run Disk Utility’s “Verify Disk” on the problem drive and the UUID will come up in the notes.

Or, if that doesn’t show it, go to the Apple symbol in the upper left corner of the screen > About this Mac > System Report > Hardware – Storage.  Look for the LVG UUID (not LV, or PV or just UUID)

Be careful to use the correct UUID! This will erase and format the drive in an instant!  You’ve been warned!

There are pretty much zero brokerages that are both CFTC regulated (for US citizens) which also have their own version of Metatrader for the Mac. (Let me know if you know of one.) Of the non-CFTC ones that have a Mac version, I suspect they’ve prepackaged something similar to the solution I (finally) found below for running MT4 on my Mac.  If it ends up working out for you (i.e. profitable!), throw this guy some bitcoin!

Installing MT4 & 5 on Mac

His instructions:
1. Download WineBottler 1.7.x from
2. Copy WineBottler and to your Mac.
3. Start WineBottler.
4. From the “Download” Section, click “Metatrader 5”.
5. Give the App a name.
6. Don’t let the installer create a Desktop Shortcut.
7. Don’t let the installer run Metatrader after installation.
8. Wait 🙂 .
9. Done. Run Metatrader from “On My Mac” or from wherever you have installed the App to.

My Note: This installed a generic version, which I couldn’t use with MBTrading. I had to go to 
— new prefix (default)
–select to install: mbtrading4setup.exe
–choose “this is an installer”
–“bundle” checked
–“Silent Install” checked

…which installs the Wine configuration as well as packages it as an .app for me:

If you’re moving files over to it, it’s also noteworthy that your indicators and EAs are
tucked away in :


(p.s. I’m not intentionally promoting MBTrading. They seemed to get pretty good reviews, are US-based, but don’t have chat-help 24/5, which does. So, I’m paper-trading both of them right now. Let me know if you have an opinion on these or others. I’d like my Georges to be as safe as possible once deployed!)


Color and Effects:
– RGB mode will keep your colors more accurate.
– Transfer control settings don’t import to After Effects. If you’re using it to create new color, apply “Flatten Transparency” to your objects. Also see use of transparency below.
– Use transparency only to create transparent elements, not lighter colors. When they get animated in front of another object, we’ll naturally see the background object through them. (If the transparency needs to animate, keep it at 100% opacity and include a note in the script.)
– Effects, Rasterization, etc. It’s often better to just show the animator a sample and let them integrate it in AE using AE’s tools. It’s also optionally helpful to designate the transfer control in the layer name (e.g. layer name: “MULTIPLY-bird on wire”)

Artwork and Artboards:
– It works well to use an over-sized Artboard with a 1920×1080 square as a layout guide to avoid having your art cropped at the edges. Art that extends beyond your Artboard will be cropped on import, making them less able to be animated.
– After Effects will only import one of your Artboards. If you’ve created the entire project of multiple artboards in one AI document, it works well to export your individual Artboards (Export…”use artboards” checked).
– Related to the previous, one scene per AI document is safer and easier when something gets changed by the client.  Building the entire sequence in one document over multiple Artboards is convenient for illustration, but it will be broken into one Artboard per .ai file before it goes into AE, so you you might as well do it on your end before sending it on. Then, if you have a change, you’re only changing one scene without requiring re-breakup of Artboards.

– Custom text that won’t be changing may fare better if you use “Outline Font” so there are no font issues.

– After Effects only extracts layers, not sub-layers. That means each logical element that might get animated independently should be on it’s own layer.
– Groups are great! The layer is king in AE, but if you’ve logically grouped your elements, it’s much easier for an animator to go back and work with your art when a layer needs to be split up.
– You named your layers? Bless you.

(These notes relate to CS6)

James Merry also has some great tips (and pictures!) on this process

I hate how slow the Mac OS sometimes seems because of the “pretty” things it provides.
In Terminal, type:
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime .001

This speeds up the “roll-out” animation of many dialog boxes and effects across various apps.


Delete stubborn files that won’t move to the trash:

-Open Terminal
-Type “rm ” (no quotes, with a space)
-add your file name or drag the corrupt file to the terminal window
-press Return

Disk Utility will check directories but unfortunately not data

The below Terminal command will compare two sets of data for an exact data structure. Use it to compare a backup to an original.
(note: don’t use apostrophe/foot mark in file names. Terminal omits them)

In Terminal, example:
diff -r /Volumes/MacPro500/2009.03.12AppBackup  /Volumes/MacPro500/testBackup/2009.03.12AppBackup

(copied off the web)

The problem here is that most Mac disc utilities, including the built-in Disk Utility, take a different approach when it comes to image burning. Instead of telling the program you want to burn an image, then choosing the file, you’re supposed to do the reverse: You choose the file, then tell the program you want to burn it. So, to burn an ISO image to disc, here’s what to do:

1. Insert a blank disc.
2. Start Disk Utility.
3. From the File menu, choose Open Disk Image and select the ISO to be burned.
4. In the list of volumes, you will now see an item representing the ISO file. Select it.
5. Click the Burn button and follow the instructions.

(copied off the web)