Other World Computing has just launched an upgraded OWC “Data Doubler” Kit, which can now add a new 1.5 TB drive , and is compatible with 2011 and later Mac minis. Bare kits or additional capacity bundles are also available.
What it does: this DIY kit enables Mac mini owners to add a second internal hard drive and install up to two drives for up to 3.0 TB of storage, or add a high-performance solid-state drive (SSD) to complement (or fully replace) the existing internal factory drive. Article Continues…
Since 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…
This morning, the online Apple Store has been taken down temporarily stating “We’re busy updating the Apple Store for you and will be back soon.” This action usually indicates a new product being released or updated.
With the WWDC keynote scheduled for today, we can expect that at least one new product will be added to the store when it comes back online. To watch the keynote streaming live* visit http://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2013/
We’ll have the details for you here on the OWC Blog as soon as we confirm what the actual changes are. Stay tuned.
*Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.
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…
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
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Unfortunately, a misconception exists that upgrading is hard or can’t be done at all. We’re here to dispel those notions by explaining how you can add a second hard drive or SSD to a MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.
With the exception of special configurations, Mac mini, MacBook, and MacBook Pro computers have shipped with a single hard drive for the past four years. Currently, you can replace the factory drive with a new, larger hard drive up to 1.0TB. Or, you can add SSD performance with capacities up to 960GB. By watching our acclaimed how-to videos you’ll have the confidence to “DIY” it. Article Continues…