OWC Blog - blog.macsales.com

Tag-Archive for » installer «

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Still Available From Apple.

Friday, November 23rd, 2012 | Author:

Mac users who are looking to legitimately upgrade from 10.5.x to 10.6 (and beyond, where applicable), should be happy to know that Snow Leopard is recently available again in the Apple Store.

It’ll cost you $20 for the disk, but then you can then upgrade to later OS versions, which are available only through the Mac App Store, which was introduced with 10.6.8. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be easy to upgrade to, with a simple download-and-install. If you can only run OSX 10.7 Lion, though, you may have a little more difficulty.

Still, it’s nice to see Apple providing at least some sort of upgrade path for cautious-to-upgrade users.

Category: Apple News

Hard Drive Upgrades with Lion: Not Just a simple Clone Anymore

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 | Author:

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. 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…

Category: Tech Tips

Lion Available on USB in August

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 | Author:

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.

Category: Apple News