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A Whole Batch Of New Instructional Videos From OWC

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 | Author:

moviecameraWe at OWC are always hard at work to help you get the most from your Mac – both older and newer models. And since it’s been a little while since we’ve showed our OWC Blog readers our new additions to our Instructional Series of videos, we thought we’d give you a look at what the OWC video team has been up to lately.

As you can see after the jump, we’ve recently added a whole batch of new instructional videos for your benefit. You can head over to our Tech Center or our YouTube Channel to check them out: Article Continues…

Get The Most Out Of Your PlayStation 4 With OWC

Monday, January 20th, 2014 | Author:

PR_OWC_PS4SSDSo, you bought yourself a PlayStation 4 and you’re ready to start playing. Not so fast…before you can play, you have to download your first game. And that’s the moment you realize that many games will take up a decent chunk of your 500GB stock hard drive.

Then you start doing the math. How many games can you fit with some downloads being up to 50GB? No one wants to see the pop-up message telling you that you do not have enough space to download your next favorite game.

Well, once again OWC has the solution for you. We have all the space you could want, letting your double or even triple your PS4’s capacity, starting at just $99.99. Or perhaps you are a performance gamer looking for the quickest load times possible. Our SSD options will cover that and give you faster load, saving and boot times. Article Continues…

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…

Category: Tech Tips

Data Doubler Usage Scenario: Backing Up With Time Machine

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 | Author:

timemachine_iconDid you know?

According to an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. among 2,021 U.S. adults ages 18 and older in June., only 10% of users backup their data daily. That percentage remained unchanged from 2012.

So why don’t users backup on a daily basis?

Simply put – manually backing up you computer is a hassle. Time Machine goes a long way on changing that. It was designed as a “set it and forget it” backup solution. However, even automated backups can have a human component. For example, using Time Machine with a laptop means you regularly have to plug that backup drive into your computer. While that action is nearly automatic for some of us, for others it is easily (and often) forgotten.

But not to worry – OWC has you covered with the Data Doubler.

With an OWC Data Doubler installed in your laptop, your Time Machine backup is always with you. No extra drives to carry, nothing to remember to plug in. It truly completes that “set it and forget it” design and with the incremental backups, you don’t need to make sure you’ve attached something externally before you start working. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

Further Fusion Testing

Friday, September 13th, 2013 | Author:

stopwatchSince Apple released their Fusion Drive, there have been a lot blogs focused on how to make a DIY (Do it Yourself) Fusion Drive for non-Fusion-Drive-equipped macs, but very few blogs showing a Fusion Drive’s performance in action.

Apple’s description of Fusion Drive really makes it sound fantastic: having frequently accessed files automatically stored on the SSD while infrequently used files are kept on the HDD.  As Apple describes Fusion Drive, “…That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice.” The other half of the performance benefit is that Fusion Drives maintain a 4GB buffer space on the SSD.  This means files written to the Fusion Drive are written to the SSD first and then migrated to the HDD when the drive is idle.

This automated file management really piqued my interest and there has been talk of the automated file transfer not working. I wanted to put it to the test personally and see this file transfer in action. Article Continues…