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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…

Category: Tech Tips

OWC Data Doubler Adds Up to 3.0TB of Hard Drive and/or SSD-Flash Storage to Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 | Author:

Other World Computing announced today the availability of new OWC Data Doubler DIY Bundles, available for up to 3.0TB of internal, RAID-able drive capacity for Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro models. The OWC Data Doubler gives MacBook/MacBook Pro owners the flexibility to configure their computer’s internal drive array to suit their needs: greater overall storage for up to 3.0 TB total capacity; greater data integrity by creating an internal back-up drive; or greater performance by creating a Striped RAID in Disk Utility.

This straight-forward, easy to follow DIY kit lets anybody take their existing MacBook or MacBook Pro, and install more and/or faster storage than factory stock. The Data Doubler mounting solution comes complete with the Data Doubler internal drive mount, a detailed step-by-step Mac notebook model-specific installation guide, and a five-piece toolkit. Special Bundles, that also include up to two drives and up to 3.0TB of capacity, are also available. Article Continues…

Category: Press Releases

Let’s Talk About RAID

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 | Author:

No, not the bug spray. The RAID I’m talking about is a hard drive RAID or a Redundant Array of Independent Disks. As crazy as the name sounds, this is essentially a type of storage solution that combines multiple hard drives into a cohesive system that appears to the computer as a single hard drive.  Depending on the setup, this can afford increased speed, storage capacity, backup solutions, or a combination of each of these.

There are four RAID configurations seen most often in the wild:

  1. RAID 0
  2. RAID 1
  3. RAID 0+1 or 10
  4. RAID 5

Each of these are similar in that they work across multiple drives, but each have their own merits that benefit specific applications in the real world. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

Cloud Backups – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 | Author:

We have talked a good deal over the past months about the importance of keeping regular backups of your files. Don’t lose your data; keep your pictures safe; be able to use Time Machine, yada yada. But an alternative to a regular physical backup solution is a Cloud based one where your backup is… you guessed it, in the Cloud.

To those who are new to this idea, or have heard this phrase thrown around without much context, a Cloud backup is identical to using an external hard drive except your data is stored in a virtual space accessible on the Internet. The way it works is a cloud based backup company has a set of servers with an inordinate amount of storage space available to them, and, like a landlord, rents out that space for you to use and access at your leisure. As long as you pay the rent, they never come around and that virtual space is yours for the duration. It’s like a second home for your data!

As with any alternative there are some interesting pros and cons that come along with this type of backup: Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

Data Recovery Help Offered To Tornado Victims

Sunday, June 9th, 2013 | Author:

Cleanup and rebuilding efforts have only just begun for recovering victims of the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas. But a data recovery company is offering help to those in need when it comes to getting their digital lives back in order.

The Data Rescue Center will provide a complementary evaluation and $500 toward data recovery charges for victims of the storms. The Northern California-based company will ship its Red Box Kit to victims at no charge, including a postage paid box and custom packaging to ship an external or internal hard drive back to the company’s facility.

Our condolences go out to the victims of these powerful and devastating storms. As people discover that their computers were damaged in the storm, we want them to be aware that in many cases we are able to help them recover files from those hard drives.” said Brian Crosby, Recovery Engineer at The Data Rescue Center.

The Data Rescue Center also offered precautionary steps to preserve data:

  • Do not attempt to use your computer or external hard drive.
  • Power down the computer or disconnect the external hard drive.
  • Handle the drive carefully and do not attempt to open the drive.

For more information on the efforts by the good folks at The Data Rescue Center, contact a data recovery specialist at 877-501-4949 or visit www.TheDataRescueCenter.com. For more information on Data Recue software, you can also check out OWC’s selection.

Category: Industry News