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Protect the Health of Your Hard Drives With DrivePulse

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 | Author:

DriveGenius3DrivePulse is a convenient tool within the award-winning Drive Genius 3 software that monitors the overall health of your Mac hard drives by alerting you to possible issues before they become major problems. Mac OS X does not include any utility to do this, so DrivePulse is a valuable tool to protect and monitor the health of your hard drives.

How does DrivePulse work?

DrivePulse monitors the health of your internal or external hard drives daily when your computer is idle for five minutes to check for errors, fragmentation, or bad blocks.

How do I use DrivePulse?

After installing Drive Genius 3, you just need to enable the DrivePulse feature. From there you will see the DrivePulse icon (the rectangle highlighted below) now located in the top right section of your toolbar. Article Continues…

Upgrade to Mavericks Drama-Free With OWC

Friday, November 1st, 2013 | Author:

Globe-DIY-231x300You should always be able to count on the utilities that you receive with your drives. That has always been and remains the case with OWC and NewerTech drives. We want to make sure that the user experience is as positive as can be, and that’s not accomplished by trying to lock you in with a bunch of proprietary software. Our new included utilities and instructions for hard drives and SSDs use Apple standards and non-proprietary methods to support the formatting and installation of your drive, and to make sure that upgrades and installations are as trouble-free as possible.

As you may have heard, some Western Digital and LaCie customers found the down side of proprietary software during recent OS X Mavericks upgrades. Customers that set up their drives with the software and instructions from those companies found that after the OS update, their drives were reported as empty devices. Our best practices notes always state that you should backup everything before an upgrade, but we work very hard to make sure that it’s only in an exceptional case that you’ll need to rely on your backups.

I hope similar guidance was provided to these folks, as it’s clear that having a drive full of important documents pre-upgrade turn to an empty drive in need of low-level disk recovery is probably not the experience that was anticipated.

The good news for OWC customers is that our philosophy of following Apple’s standards and best practices in creating our new included drive utilities and instructions means that an OS upgrade with OWC drives gets you the new features and performance – without the drama.

Category: Tech Tips

The Other World – Episode 85

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 | Author:

Category: The Other World

Where Are The Macs? Will All Be Revealed On October 22?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | Author:

LarrysDeskThe MacBook Airs are currently the most advanced portable Macs that Apple is shipping. Utilizing the latest, energy-efficient, high-performance Intel Haswell CPU coupled with PCIe flash (SSD) storage, these units are a leap above every other model Apple currently offers with the exception of the iMacs, which got their refresh a few weeks ago. Even so, this doesn’t make the MacBook Air the current ‘high end’ of the line-up.

Many people, especially those who need the additional connectivity and storage offered by the MacBook Pro range, view the MacBook Air as the entry-level laptop; they prefer the MacBook Pro for its additional power and connectivity. But it’s now October 2013, and updates to this range are well past due. For example, where is the 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display? When will we see the update of the MacBook Pro (non-retina) to the new Haswell platform? And what about the Mac mini? All of these machines could use a serious refresh.

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Category: Apple News

Think Your Mac Can’t Run Mountain Lion? Take Another Look!

Monday, September 30th, 2013 | Author:


With each new major operating system release, more and more Macs lose OS X upgrade support from Apple. This means many previous generation models will never get to see the benefits of the latest and greatest operating system. This can prove frustrating for users who are looking to upgrade the software on their “older” Macs that still function great.

However, with a clever workaround, some of the older, unsupported Macs can be made to run Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion after all! Special software and installation instructions have been posted in the Macrumors.com forum by “hackerwayne” with step-by-step instructions to help many unsupported Macs run OS X Mountain Lion. (A video guide detailing the installation of the software has also been made available.)

Of course, in order to run OS X Mountain Lion and benefit from its features, there are certain pre-requisites that are outlined. For example, your machine must have at least 2GB of RAM installed to get desirable results.

Check out the list of previous generation Macs that can run Mountain Lion. You might be able to bring new possibilities to your machine that you previously thought impossible!

Note: OWC has no affiliation with these software offerings and receives no benefit related to this support (other than a benefit we all share in the continued support of these applications). If you appreciate the function or functionality this software offers, we encourage you to support the authors.

Category: Tech Tips