Forget that new super secure password you just created?
Breathe easy, there is a simple fix. In OS X versions 10.6 and earlier we would just boot to the installation disk, go to Utilities, and open the Reset Password application. In 10.7 and 10.8 Apple has removed this option from the menu, however there is an alternative way to get to it.
In order to get to the Reset Password application in 10.7 or 10.8 we will need to boot to the recovery partition by holding down the “Option” key at startup. Article Continues…
When Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion yesterday, it quietly removed the option of purchasing it’s predecessor, 10.7 Lion. This is nothing really new; once a new version of the software is released, older versions generally are no longer sold.
For many, this shouldn’t be much of a problem; you can still go from 10.6.8 (the minimum OS for using the Mac App Store, where you purchase Mountain Lion) right to 10.8 for the same $20 that you’d pay for a 10.7-10.8 upgrade, and it installs the same way.
If your Mac is running an earlier version than 10.6.8, you’ll have to upgrade to that version first – the trick will be finding a 10.6 installer, as Apple no longer sells this online; though you may have some luck at your local Apple Store or at a reseller.
Whatever the case, if your computer is capable of running Mountain Lion, especially if you’re running 10.6.8 or later, the upgrade path is fairly straightforward. Article Continues…
Hard drive upgrades are a popular upgrade for many Mac users and there’s a few different reasons for that.
The first biggie is space. With all the files, pictures, movies, music, software updates, and other bits of info vying for space, that once-vast 500GB hard drive is now nearly full. A bigger hard drive means more room to put it all.
The second one is speed. Even on its flagship 17″ MacBook Pro, Apple is still stuffing a 5400rpm drive inside, which can limit how fast you can access your data. Simply by upgrading the internal hard drive to a faster 7200rpm drive or (better still) a solid-state drive like our OWC Mercury EXTREME series, you can nearly triple the performance of the 2011 MacBook Pros, and earlier models show similar gains – we did a whole series of videos about it not too long ago. But I’m getting off-track here.
Replacing a hard drive in most modern Macs is pretty simple, and our highly-acclaimed Instructional Series of videos breaks the process down so pretty much anybody can do it. The trick is making sure your data gets brought over as simply as possible, so you can continue on seamlessly. Article Continues…
There’s only so much preparation that can be done before a major operating system release. It seems inevitable to avoid every hiccup.
Fortunately, many manufacturers of products have already issued compatibility statements, driver updates and workarounds for many of the products we carry. For those that haven’t, OWC has been (and will continue to be) testing the products we carry and compiling our findings into our handy “Updating to OS X 10.7 Lion: OWC’s Compatibility and Transition Guide.” If you are experiencing any issues with your hardware, we suggest checking there first. Article Continues…
While the official release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion was earlier this morning, it’s download-only model makes it virtually unobtainable for those without a fast Internet connection. We brought this topic up when Lion was announced at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June.
Opinion of this was about a 50/50 split. Many disagreed with the post, claiming that the 4GB download wasn’t unruly and that broadband access was easy enough to come by that it shouldn’t be a problem. Others agreed with the topic that many parts of the United States—and the world—don’t necessarily have the kind of high speed access that would make installing Lion as easy for them as Apple made it out to be.
It wasn’t a pretty argument on either side, but the suggestion that Apple make Lion available on some sort of media, at a slight premium if necessary, was bandied about on our different social media discussions. It was a reasonable enough request. Unlike the suggestion saying I should move to any area that did have broadband ;-)
Well, someone at Apple must have either heard about our discussion or had it planned all along, because according to an Apple news release:
“Users who do not have broadband access at home, work or school can download Lion at Apple retail stores and later this August, Lion will be made available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) for $69 (US). Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 (US).”
The only drawback I can see to this is that the price will be more than double the $29.99 they’re charging for the downloadable version.
None the less, this option will be a viable alternative to the App Store download-only version, especially those with slow or capped Internet connections.