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Quick Tip: Spotlight Helps You Quickly Do The Math

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 | Author:

Most Mac users need to use the calculator app included in OS X every now and then to solve quick problems. But did you know there’s an even quicker way to get those mathematical solutions?

OWC Brian passed along a reminder that to get a quick solution, all you have to do is enter the problem into the Spotlight search box in the top right corner of your screen. Once you’ve entered the problem, the answer will immediately show below. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

Make A Bootable OS X Mavericks USB Install Drive With DiskMaker X

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 | Author: and

LDM_GemLast week, Apple released its Mavericks update with the 10.9.1 version of the operating system – which we hope fixes a few bugs that we saw in the first iteration released Oct. 22.

And if the latest update has you finally looking to upgrade your Mac to the new version of the operating system, it’s worth noting that like its predecessors – beginning with OS X 10.7 – Mavericks is only available for install via download from the Mac App Store.

This means those who previously relied on DVD installs will be unable to do so with this version. Luckily, DiskMaker X helps fill the void by allowing you to make a bootable OS X 10.9 Mavericks USB install drive. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

OS X Mavericks: Will Update Fix That Beta Feeling?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 | Author: and

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Having installed it at home for light use and at work for heavy use, it’s apparent that OS X Mavericks still has some rough edges. However, we’re hoping to see them smoothed out in the operating system’s update, which was released yesterday in the form of the 10.9.1 version. We’ll keep you posted on our findings with the update.

But in the mean time, here are some of the issues we’ve come across:

  • Overall flakiness on seemingly random items.
  • Issues with date and time retention. OWC Mike H.’s clock displayed 6:03 p.m. for 40 minutes one Monday, and it still showed the same time the following morning. A restart fixed the issue.
  • Odd issues with Mail and Finder when dragging and dropping attachments, and even when using “save as” options.
  • Finder needing abrupt restarts to function properly. Article Continues…
Category: Industry News

Bootable Backups Made Easy With Drive Genius 3

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | Author:

DriveGenius3By Jennifer Bell, Guest Blogger

One of my favorite tools in Drive Genius 3 is the Duplicate feature. Drive Genius 3’s Duplicate tool serves as a great method to create disk images and device-to-device clone backups. Protect your creativity, work, pictures and events in time by using Drive Genius 3 along with a backup strategy. Developing and following a good maintenance and backup plan eliminates the need for data recovery efforts and increases the shelf life of your digital assets.

Why make a bootable clone?

What if something were to happen to your main hard drive? If you had a bootable clone available you would be able to boot from that clone backup. Heck, you could even take that external drive over to a friend’s house and boot from it by using your friend’s Mac and be up and running again. You’ll even be covered if your Mac was lost or stolen! The Duplicate tool can also be used to make disk images of your flash drives and external drives. Having a bootable clone is a great safeguard and makes it easy to get back up and running. Article Continues…

Speed Up Your Mac by Defragging

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 | Author:

DriveGenius3Want to speed up your Mac and get rid of that spinning “beach ball”?  Defragging your Mac hard drive with Drive Genius 3’s award-winning defrag tool is your best option to improve your hard disk drive’s speed and performance. Hey, who doesn’t want a faster Mac?

What does defragging a hard drive actually mean?

Your Mac has millions of files on its HDD. As the hard drive is used, the Mac starts to run out of space to put very large files. When that happens, your Mac fragments large files, places bits of the file in one location and other bits of it in other location. The more time that goes by, the more you’re going to have fragments of files all over your hard drive.  This is a problem because opening and using files slows way down when your files are fragmented. The reason is because your Mac has to open the file and piece the various pieces together as it’s opening. This is one reason you may see the beach ball more often than you used to (it’s a sign of having a fragmented HDD). Article Continues…