OWC will be closed today – November 28, 2013 – in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
Live Chat with our support staff will resume at 3:00am (Central), and phone support will resume at 8:00am (Central) Friday morning.
Other World Computing announced today higher data throughput and USB 3.0 compatibility for its multi-interface, four-bay professional-grade Mercury Elite Qx2 RAID storage product for enterprise, professional and prosumer users.
The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is now compatible with native USB 3.0 ‘SuperSpeed’ interface technology, in addition to offering FireWire 800 and eSATA connectivity. The improved Elite Pro Qx2 features four hot-swap bays, diverse multiple interface support, and up to 16TB of available storage capacity. It is engineered specifically for applications such as backup, audio/video, photography, data management, and data-intensive applications. Massive data storage and backup capacity, inter-operable interface support, user-selectable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, span, and independent modes all provide the speed, capacity, and redundancy necessary to meet a wide array of application requirements.
We’ve never made it a secret that OWC SSDs will take your Mac’s performance to new heights. But many users think that a shiny new Mac or PC is needed to pair with that supercharged SSD in order to get great performance from your machine.
But as the folks over at Mac Performance Guide pointed out in a recent post, older machines can still get a ton of mileage – at high speeds – simply by dropping in an SSD!
The author of the article outlines his installation of a new NewerTech battery and an old SSD in to an aging white plastic-model MacBook. By simply putting in the new battery and SSD, the machine has a new lease on life. The poster even recommends an OWC SSD as the “go to” candidate for anyone in a similar situation!
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…