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World Backup Day: Never Too Early To Backup Your Data

Friday, March 28th, 2014 | Author:

PastedGraphic-30World Backup Day is just one day a year. But those less pleasant reminders that we should back up our data can come at any time. And as so many of us know all to well, they tend to come at the worst times.

But while this year’s official World Backup Day isn’t until next week – Monday, March 31 – it’s never too soon to secure your data before disaster strikes.

Fortunately, OWC is your one-stop shop for everything you need to make sure your computer’s data is backed up and safe. And with our recent Thunderbolt-equipped additions to our lineup – including the new ThunderBay IV (pictured right) – we have more high-performance options to offer than ever.

As we’ve said before, computers are modern substitutes for our photo albums, bookshelves and file cabinets. And we simply can’t risk losing our pictures, videos, music or other important documents. That’s why on the OWC Blog we’ve showed you plenty of ways you can secure your data from this precious data against malfunctions, viruses, corruption, and even theft.

Check out below for some OWC Staff Recommendations for the right hardware to fit your plan for backing up your data: Article Continues…

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Don’t Leave Your Electronics Out In The Cold

Friday, February 7th, 2014 | Author:

Globe-BlizzardMuch of the country has become all-too acquainted with a relentlessly frigid villain this winter that goes by the name of… polar vortex. Even saying it can send a chill down your spine.

But the polar vortex hasn’t just reminded us that we need to look out for our friends and family members during cold weather. It’s also reminded us that we need to protect our other loved ones – our tech devices.

If you’ve left your devices exposed to extreme cold for even relatively short amounts of time, it’s always advised to let them come to room temperature before use. This also goes for items that have been newly delivered in below freezing temperatures – as tempting as it is to put them to use immediately. Article Continues…

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Quick Tip: Spotlight Helps You Quickly Do The Math

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 | Author:

Most Mac users need to use the calculator app included in OS X every now and then to solve quick problems. But did you know there’s an even quicker way to get those mathematical solutions?

OWC Brian passed along a reminder that to get a quick solution, all you have to do is enter the problem into the Spotlight search box in the top right corner of your screen. Once you’ve entered the problem, the answer will immediately show below. Article Continues…

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Use Your FireWire Gear With A New Mac

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 | Author:

firewire-whipSince the introduction of Thunderbolt as a port in 2011 Macs, Apple has slowly phased out its previous high-speed connection, FireWire. Now, with the release of the Late 2013 Mac Pro, only one shipping Mac model – the Mac mini – still has this connection.

While Thunderbolt promises even faster throughput and simplified connectivity, the loss of the FireWire port may leave the many users who upgrade their Mac – but still have useful legacy FireWire external hard drives and other peripherals – out in the cold. Luckily, OWC has the solutions you need to maximize your FireWire investment.

The Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter enables you to easily connect up to 63 externally powered FireWire 800 devices to your Thunderbolt port-equipped computer. The FireWire 800 port even provides up to 7W of power for your bus-powered external hard drive solution needs.
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Make A Bootable OS X Mavericks USB Install Drive With DiskMaker X

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 | Author: and

LDM_GemLast week, Apple released its Mavericks update with the 10.9.1 version of the operating system – which we hope fixes a few bugs that we saw in the first iteration released Oct. 22.

And if the latest update has you finally looking to upgrade your Mac to the new version of the operating system, it’s worth noting that like its predecessors – beginning with OS X 10.7 – Mavericks is only available for install via download from the Mac App Store.

This means those who previously relied on DVD installs will be unable to do so with this version. Luckily, DiskMaker X helps fill the void by allowing you to make a bootable OS X 10.9 Mavericks USB install drive. Article Continues…

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