A couple of months ago, OWC Stephen wrote an article that dealt with RAID units not being a “true” backup for your data. This caused confusion for some people; after all, RAID has built-in redundancy (it’s the first letter, for goodness’ sake!), so data should be completely safe, right?
Well… not really.
RAID will protect you against drive failure; that’s exactly what it’s designed to do. However, there are a lot of other things that can cause data loss. For example, if you knock the average RAID enclosure off your desk, there’s a good chance both drives are going to be damaged. If both drives are damaged, then anything on that unit is gone.
What it comes down to is that an actual “backup” consists of at least two copies of the files you want to keep.
- the original file (usually on your main hard drive)
- a copy of the file (preferably on some sort of external device that can be moved off-site)
Ideally, you’d want three copies – your original and two copies – one on-site and one off-site in case of things like fires, tornadoes or theft. That, however, is an article unto itself, full of “exciting” topics like “backup drive rotation scheduling” and “methodology comparison.” Yeah… about as exciting as that Economics class we all had to take in high school, in that stuffy classroom which, despite being windowless, somehow still admitted the slightly disturbing smells emanating from the cafeteria kitchens just down the hall.
Instead, we’re going to talk about something much more exciting: a cross-country auto race. No, I haven’t watched Cannonball Run one too many times; I’ve got a viable (if somewhat bizarre) analogy going here; just follow along. Article Continues…
You know that feeling when you’ve upgraded to a new operating system and you find that your favorite peripheral doesn’t work any more? We sure do; it stinks.
That’s why we’ve gathered all OWC and NewerTech storage solutions, including ‘legacy’ products from way back in our past and have tested them for compatibility with OS X 10.7 Lion.
You know what? They all work.
So if or when you switch to the new OS, you can be sure that whether you attach your OWC or NewerTech storage solution to your Mac via USB, FireWire, or eSATA, it’ll work just as well in 10.7 as it did in the versions before it.
Now if we only had the same sort of assurance for software…
The OWC video team has been in high gear these last few weeks, kicking out several videos showing you how to upgrade your Macs and showing what those upgrades can do!
So pop on over to our Tech Center or our YouTube Channel to check out
We’ve got more exciting videos in the works, too, so stay tuned!
Upgrade to SSD for Faster Mac & PC Laptops Use the Old Drive as a Portable External Drive
Other World Computing announced today the OWC Do-It-Yourself (DIY) SSD Storage Upgrade Kit priced starting at $109.99 MSRP. Available in fourteen configurations with capacities up to 480GB, the OWC DIY SSD Kits let you upgrade your Mac or Windows laptop to the industry’s fastest solid state drives (SSDs) available on the market today.
The OWC DIY SSD Kits Feature:
- Industry’s fastest SSD — OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive (up to 480GB) provides performance up to 47X faster than factory hard drive.
- OWC brand USB 3.0, FireWire and/or USB 2.0 bus powered 2.5” portable external enclosure to re-use the replaced internal hard disk drive.
- All supported interface cables for transferring data from the old internal drive to the new SSD, plus helpful data transfer instructions
- Five piece installation tool kit with everything needed to complete the installation.
- Free how-to online videos.
Other World Computing announced today it has added four new 750GB 7200 RPM models to its award-winning OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro™ bus powered portable storage solution line. The Mercury On-The-Go Pro is a high-performance, pocket-sized portable storage solution for Mac or PC users featuring FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 3, and/or USB 2.0 interfaces for real world data transfer speeds up to 170MB/s. Available with up to 1.0TB of storage capacity, the Mercury On-The-Go Pro can hold up to one million JPEG photos, 500 DVD movies, 76 hours of digital video, or 350,000 MP3 songs.
The Mercury On-The-Go Pro 750GB 7200RPM line features four models, including a “Triple Interface” model for FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0; a “Combo Interface” model for FireWire 400 and USB 2.0; a USB 3.0 “SuperSpeed” model for USB 3/2.0 Backwards; and a USB 2.0 model all available immediately priced from $134.99 from Other World Computing at www.macsales.com. In addition to the newest models, Mercury On-The-Go Pro models are available with up to 1.0TB in 5400RPM models and also available with Solid State Drives (SSD) with models currently up to 240GB. Article Continues…