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With An OWC SSD, There’s No Need For TRIM

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 | Author:

Globe-DIY-231x300If you’ve researched using an SSD before, you may have heard how they can slow down over time. Most manufacturers go out of their way to avoid this by suggesting users run TRIM, a command for cleaning up “garbage” files. But what if you had an SSD so advanced, with a perfect combination of technologies designed to stay at peak performance and speed throughout its life that you had no need for TRIM? Well, you’d have an OWC Mercury SSD, of course!

First, we should note that support for TRIM is based on the operating system and the SSD manufacturer. Microsoft Windows began to natively support the TRIM command for SSDs in Windows 7. Apple added TRIM support in 10.6.8, however Apple does not natively support TRIM on non-Apple SSDs. There is a way to hack the Mac OS to support TRIM on non-Apple SSDs, and we will get into that later on. But before we go further into what TRIM is and why you do not need to be concerned about enabling it on your OWC SSD, let’s take a closer look at some SSD basics.

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OWC DIY Data Doubler Kits: Versatility Limited Only by Creativity

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 | Author:

prod_datadoubler-bundle-ssd3gelectraAt OWC, we make it as easy as possible for you to “double your data” on your own terms. If you want to add a second internal drive or add a Solid State Drive (SSD), then we have an OWC DIY Data Doubler Kit that is right for you!

What can “Data Doubler” mean for you? Well, that depends on what your needs are. You can add up to an additional 1.5TB of internal storage, install an SSD for nearly instant boot and app loads or even create a RAID array. There are plenty of other interesting options as well.

The OWC DIY Data Doubler Kits include everything you need to configure your Mac to best suit your needs. Our highly rated DIY Data Doubler Kits are a simple, affordable way to enhance performance, capacity and security.

All of this flexibility is right at your fingertips when you upgrade your MacBook, MacBook Pro or Mac mini with an OWC DIY Data Doubler Kit. OWC also offers install videos for all of our Data Doublers to help walk you through the process of adding one to your system. Once installed, the drive is recognized like any other high-speed SATA storage device. It’s really that easy!

Of course, it’s up to you to decide how one of our Data Doublers would best serve you. That’s why we broke down and explained a few of the different options for you:

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Upgrade to Mavericks Drama-Free With OWC

Friday, November 1st, 2013 | Author:

Globe-DIY-231x300You should always be able to count on the utilities that you receive with your drives. That has always been and remains the case with OWC and NewerTech drives. We want to make sure that the user experience is as positive as can be, and that’s not accomplished by trying to lock you in with a bunch of proprietary software. Our new included utilities and instructions for hard drives and SSDs use Apple standards and non-proprietary methods to support the formatting and installation of your drive, and to make sure that upgrades and installations are as trouble-free as possible.

As you may have heard, some Western Digital and LaCie customers found the down side of proprietary software during recent OS X Mavericks upgrades. Customers that set up their drives with the software and instructions from those companies found that after the OS update, their drives were reported as empty devices. Our best practices notes always state that you should backup everything before an upgrade, but we work very hard to make sure that it’s only in an exceptional case that you’ll need to rely on your backups.

I hope similar guidance was provided to these folks, as it’s clear that having a drive full of important documents pre-upgrade turn to an empty drive in need of low-level disk recovery is probably not the experience that was anticipated.

The good news for OWC customers is that our philosophy of following Apple’s standards and best practices in creating our new included drive utilities and instructions means that an OS upgrade with OWC drives gets you the new features and performance – without the drama.

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Taming Common Demons That Can ‘Possess’ Your Mac

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 | Author: and

Globe-Ghost-iMacA lot of weird things happen around Halloween. And not just your pumpkins disappearing or fresh eggs magically appearing splattered on your front door. Weird things can happen to *gasp* … your computer. We know, we know… weird things can happen to your computer anytime, but it’s just so easy this time of year to blame it on disturbing Halloween “occurrences”.

Well, we have good news. We’ve got remedies for some of the common demons that can possess your computer and make it scarily slow. And luckily, these solutions are easier than performing a messy exorcism.

Slow Web Browsing

As you browse your way around the Internet, your computer remembers where you go as history … sort of like the ghost of your Internet past. If you also save your passwords and usernames for easy access to all of your accounts online, then the computer remembers these as well. All of the files that accumulate while you browse the Internet slowly build up. Your computer then has to search through all of this information in order to find the correct information, thus slowing down your browsing speeds to a zombie-like crawl. Here is a great way to keep these files to a minimum:

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OWC’s Definitive Quick Guide to Making the Most of 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 | Author:

Globe-n-rMBPPining for a new MacBook Pro with Retina display? You’re not the only one. The new MacBook Pros are powerful and most anybody I know who’s worked on the previous generation loves the screen quality and the thin size. There are a few things to take into consideration when getting a Retina MacBook Pro: screen size, memory, storage, and let’s not forget… the all important work/backup external drive.

The 13” model comes in 3 base options:

  • $1,299.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 4GB memory, 128GB Solid State Drive
  • $1,499.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
  • $1,799.99 – 2.6 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive

The 15” model comes in 2 base options:

  • $1,999.99 – 2.0 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
  • $2,599.99 – 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive

Essentially the price increases among the models get your more memory and a larger SSD. Memory is soldered to the motherboard, which means you can’t upgrade later, period. SSDs on the other hand can be upgraded in the future if you find yourself in need of more storage later. We’re working hard on providing an SSD upgrade that’ll allow you to expand your Retina later on, as we currently offer SSD upgrades for the 2012 Retina models, and plan to offer upgrades for the new ones as soon as we can. Article Continues…