We’ve been waiting and waiting for Apple to release the next version of OS X Mountain Lion in hopes that the next full version would have all the necessary components to setup a Fusion drive on any Mac capable of installing a hard drive and SSD together. A little over a week ago, Apple released OS X version 10.8.3 and, with one small caveat, our hopes were fulfilled.
The Profusion Of Fusion Confusion
But before we get to showing you exactly how to setup your own DIY Fusion drive, I’d like to dispel some mis-information that has been floating around the web. Up until now, most of the reports you’ve read about creating your own DIY Fusion drive on a machine have been incomplete. There have been many tutorials on how to create a Core Storage volume that have been labeled as “how to create a Fusion drive”. They are two similar, yet different drive configurations. I’ve addressed a lot of this information in comments on the OWC Blog, but figure it would be a good idea to review and further explain what a Fusion drive actually is as opposed to a Core Storage volume. Article Continues…
As you may recall, Apple changed the hard drive upgrading game with the 2011 iMac.
Up until 2009, changing a drive was easy once you could get to it. A few screws here, a connector there and voila – you were good to go. And OWC had you covered for all your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades.
With the late 2009 iMacs, Apple introduced a different connector for each brand drive, but as long as you stayed within the same hard drive brand, then it was the same, once you got to it – it was easy-peasy to make the old switch-a-roo. And OWC had you covered for your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades.
Then came the 2010 iMacs and the ‘same for same’ caveat still applied, but the 27″ iMac model introduced an additional SATA drive connection on the motherboard and the OWC Turnkey Upgrade program was born. Send us your 27″ iMac and we’d add up to 3 SSDs or even an eSATA port. It was a little more difficult, so we started with a do-it-for-you service, then made it available as a DIY kit. And OWC had you covered for all your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades.
Lo and behold, the 2011 iMac changed the game again, no longer could you swap out the drive without failing the Apple Hardware Test (AHT) and sending the fans into a tizzy. Soon after, we expanded the iMac Turnkey Program with our Do-it-for-you service on these machines as well. And, now, we’re happy to announce that we’ve crafted that solution into an elegant little DIY Kit. So, once again, OWC has you covered for all your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades. Article Continues…
We may have held off a month for the first Garage Sale of 2013, but trust us, it was worth it. Our first edition for the new year has even more great stuff than usual packed in, with well over 400 items total, and more than 350 of which are newly added.
As always, items are “first come, first served,” and quantities are limited to that which is on hand. Items will automatically count down and ‘disappear’ as sold out. Sorry… no rain checks. So make sure you look carefully when scrolling through this robust list so you don’t miss any of the hot deals!
Here are just a few of the highlights:
And don’t forget, you can get free delivery on most orders $49 and up within the 48 contiguous United States, and discounted freight for Hawaii, Alaska and International destinations!
At Other World Computing, we’re always happy to help our customers when it comes to finding the best products and tech solutions available. And now, our customers have the chance to help out OWC!
As you may remember from last year, OWC was the winner in the Best Mac Peripheral Reseller category of the fourth annual About.com Readers’ Choice Awards for 2012. OWC topped three other finalists, including giant coast-to-coast reseller Best Buy, in the first year for the category.
Now it’s nomination time for the 2013 award, and Other World Computing customers and fans can help us maintain our title by nominating OWC in the Best Mac Peripheral Reseller category. The category is officially described as for businesses — other than Apple — that you choose when purchasing Macs and Mac-related products such as memory, SSDs, hard drives or other peripherals.
Nominations are open until February 11, and voting will run from February 19 through March 19, with the winners announced on March 27. So act fast, and help us continue to show how we make the OWC Difference!
Well, that was an adventure! Turns out the screen to the new iMac wasn’t as easy to get into as we initially thought. But, our intrepid team, armed with suction cups, spudgers and a heat gun were eventually able to get the display removed to reveal the inside. Once inside, though, it was pretty straightforward. Article Continues…