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Certain 2010 MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models join the ’16GB’ MaxRAM club

Friday, December 21st, 2012 | Author:

Do you have a 2010 Mac mini, 13” MacBook or 13” MacBook Pro? Can you benefit from more than 8GB of memory? If you answered yes to both, you will be pleased to know that extensive qualification in our test lab has concluded. These Macs are now OWC MaxRAM Certified for up to 16GB with this OWC 16GB Memory Kit available now and specifically qualified just for these Mac models.

While these systems were originally factory limited to 8GB, the right Apple OS version, current EFI update(s), and correct spec/build memory modules now enable them to support and have the full benefit from up to 16GB of installed memory.  This isn’t the first time something like this happened, however, after the fact enabling such a benefit. A while back, we had a similar instance with the Late 2008 MacBook Pros, wherein having the proper OS version and a particular firmware update allowed you to max your RAM out at 8GB vs. a prior 4GB to 6GB max.

Just like with those Late 2008 MBP models, your Mac needs to meet specific criteria for this to work. In the case of the 2010 Macs, here’s what you must have: Article Continues…

Category: New @ OWC, Tech Tips

OWC Turnkey Program for 2011 iMacs Announced.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 | Author:

You know that feeling of accomplishment when you’ve overcome a huge obstacle and you can’t wait to tell the entire world about it? Well, we’ve got it; we’ve overcome the whole “fan/drive sensor” problem found when installing a non-factory drive in the 2011 iMacs. That means we can now officially announce the OWC Turnkey Program for the 2011 iMacs.

We’re also going to one-up the 2010 program by including upgrade options for both the 21.5″ and the 27″ 2011 iMac models.

That drive sensor thing was a big hurdle. Apple uses a custom firmware that sends temperature info in a non-standard fashion. Unfortunately, unless the drive has this special firmware, the fans spin at full speed. We wanted a solution that would be a long-term solution that wasn’t dependent on a software patch or hack. Though those sorts of fixes can be temporarily effective, we didn’t want to rely on them for two reasons:

  1. they put overhead on the bus which can reduce performance
  2. a software solution can can fail or be rendered non-functional by a wide variety of actions (software updates, system reinstalls, etc.) which could risk the hard drive and the data contained on it.

So, we went another route and developed a hardware solution that interfaces accurately and properly with what can be viewed as a frustratingly unique temperature data monitoring method by Apple. While our solution adds a little bit to the cost of upgrading the iMac’s hard drives, we feel that cost is more than offset by the advantages it has over software solutions. Article Continues…

OWC Turnkey Upgrade Program For 2010 Apple iMac 27″ Now Offers 3.0TB Hard Drive Option For 50% More Storage Capacity Than Factory Option

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 | Author:

Other World Computing announced today its OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the Mid 2010 Apple iMac 27″ now offers iMac owners the option to upgrade the hard drive to a 3.0TB model…a 50% storage capacity increase over the 2.0TB factory option. This new storage capacity option joins existing upgrade program choices: adding up to three OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs for up to a total of 1.44TB capacity – up to 5.5X higher than the factory SSD option – ; adding the first offered eSATA port option for an iMac, and/or adding up to 16GB RAM with savings up to 81% versus factory options. The turnkey professional installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at $169 with a 48 business hours or less installation turnaround and includes complete shipping options along with OWC’s renowned warranty coverage.

OWC Makes Upgrading iMac An Easy Four Step Process: Article Continues…

Category: Press Releases

OWC Turnkey Upgrade Program For 2010 Apple iMac 27″ Now Offers Ability To Add Up To Three Solid State Drives Or Additional Combinations Of HD, SSD, & eSATA

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 | Author:

Now the self-contained iMac can truly have it all and provide unrivaled capability without comparison in the ‘all in one’ desktop computer space.

Other World Computing announced today its OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the Mid 2010 Apple iMac 27″ now offers the ability to have OWC professionally install up to three award-winning OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drives for up to a total of 1.44TB SSD highest performance capacity while retaining use of the internal optical drive, adding a larger capacity 2TB hard drive, and/or adding the first offered eSATA port option for an iMac.

The turnkey professional installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at $169 with a 48 business hours or less installation turnaround and includes complete shipping options along with OWC’s renowned warranty coverage. Article Continues…

Category: Press Releases

Want Three SSDs Or An eSATA Port In Your 2010 iMac?

Friday, October 15th, 2010 | Author:

OWC’s Mid 2010 27″ iMac Turnkey Upgrade Program has been incredibly popular since we announced it back in August. After all, once you’ve upgraded your hard drive to an award-winning OWC Mercury Extreme SSD and have added an eSATA port for fast access to your external drives, you’ve got the most hot-rodded iMac out there, right?

Well… almost…

You see, we just made our upgrade program even better. Before, in order to get a third internal drive, you had to sacrifice your internal optical drive. Now, you don’t have to.

Now, you can keep your optical drive while still running three OWC SSDs for high capacity and insanely fast file access and transfer. Just how big and fast is that? How does a whopping 1.44TB of SSD storage accessible at nearly 800 MB/s sound?

Yeah, we thought so.

So, how did we manage to get an extra SATA connection inside the iMac? Unfortunately, it involves disabling the built-in, but infrequently used SD memory card reader. Don’t worry, though; we still have you covered. If you choose the option to replace the SD reader with another ultra-fast OWC SSD, we will include our 68-in-One Media Card Reader at no extra cost.

Now, not only will you have another fast OWC SSD installed, you’ll be able to access the memory cards of all kinds of devices, not just the ones that use SD cards, via a USB 2.0 port at the same speed as the built-in reader.

In other words, now you can have your cake and eat it too!

For more details, benchmarks and order information, check out our Turnkey Upgrade Page.