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OWC Introduces “techKNOWlogy” Video Series

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 | Author:

One of the things that we constantly get comments on are our Instructional Series of videos, which show you how to install memory, hard drives, and other upgrades into your Mac.

Now, we’d like to announce our new series, techKNOWlogy, which, instead of concentrating on the physical installation, looks more at using your Mac once your new hardware is already installed. In each episode, one of our OWC staffers will walk you through one of a wide range of topics – from showing you how to create a backup plan for your home computer to explaining the benefits and drawbacks to different RAID configurations.

For our first episode, we’re addressing a common scenario: if you’re adding a faster second drive (such as an SSD/Data Doubler kit), how do you set up your Mac so that the OS runs off the faster (but probably smaller) drive while seamlessly keeping your data files on the (probably larger) original drive?

Well, we’ve put together a method to make sure everything gets where it needs to go and OWC Vic will walk you through it, step by step.

Check it out below and be sure to stop back here at the OWC Blog often for more updates. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

Another Use for Home Folder Relocation – a Dell Mini 9 masquerading as a Mac.

Friday, May 1st, 2009 | Author:

Netbooks seem to be all the rage today. Unfortunately, none of them are made by Apple, meaning none of them ship with OS X.

By amazing coincidence, though, it turns out there’s one netbook out there that you can apparently install OS X on with relative ease; the Dell Mini 9. I even hear that, once installed, OS X behaves as if it is running on a MacBook Air.

The main trouble with doing this is that the stock internal drive on the Mini 9 is, at most, 16GB. Even after pruning out things like extra fonts, applications like iMovie and iDVD which don’t work well (or at all) on a Mini 9, and other such items, an install of Leopard takes up about six gigabytes of space, leaving less than 10GB for all your files. That’s not a whole heck of a lot of room.

Fortunately, there’s a simple way of adding more space for your files. Just use our guide for relocating your Home folder to move it to a USB drive, be it a nice, large OWC External Storage Solution or a simple (though smaller) flash drive.

Now, your Mini 9 has much more room for your files, music and photos, making your “Mac Netbook” a little more convenient.

How do you fit over 45,000 full-quality photos in your shirt pocket?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 | Author:

As you may have guessed, I’m a big fan of relocating large portions of Mac OS X when it makes things more efficient. I’ve relocated my home folder on a number of computers, and my iTunes library is on a portable drive that I take back and forth between home and work.

Well, I’m at it again. This time around, I’m going to talk about moving your iPhoto library.

Let’s face it, as cameras sport more and more megapixels worth of capture, the file sizes get larger and larger. If you’re shooting in RAW mode, add a couple orders of magnitude to the size. I shoot almost exclusively in RAW, and my average picture size comes to about 10MB per photo.

It kind of goes without saying, the more pictures you take, the more space they take up. If you’re a photo bug, like my father, and you use iPhoto to organize your pictures, like he does, you’ll soon find that your hard drive will quickly fill up – like his did.

Fortunately, we recently upgraded him to iLife ‘09. iPhoto ‘09 has a feature similar to one in iTunes: if you hold down the Option key at startup, you can select the iPhoto library you want to work from.

Process for moving the library is simple: just drag the “iPhoto Library” file from your Pictures folder to the new drive. Then, hold down the Option key as you launch iPhoto ‘09. You will get a dialog box that shows all the available iPhoto libraries. Simply select the one on the external drive, and you’re good to go.

I set my dad up with this arrangement. Now, he keeps his On-The-Go Pro in his camera bag, and when he’s done taking pictures for the day, he hooks it up to his Macbook, opens iPhoto, and he’s good to go.

The best part is that when (not if, when) he fills up that hard drive, all he has to do is buy another drive and create a new library on that one.

Infinitely expandable, portable photo storage at a reasonable price. You’ve got to like that…

Category: Tech Tips

Move the Tunes…

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 | Author:

Several months ago, I wrote an article about slimming down your Mac’s hard drive. Go ahead, check it out. I’ll wait.

As part of that article, I talked about moving your iTunes library to a separate hard drive. Aside from the space savings (especially if you’re using a laptop and your music collection goes into the several-hundred-gigabyte range, like many of us at OWC), there’s another little benefit to that little trick: if you put your library on a portable hard drive, such as an OWC On-The-Go Pro, you get the added benefit of being able to play your music, with all the appropriate playlists, on whatever Mac you’re using. 

All you need to do is connect the drive to your Mac, hold down the Option key when launching iTunes, and you can select the library you want to use. I’ve been doing this for quite some time now, and its worked great for me.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to make use of this tip, as well.

Category: Tech Tips

Relocate your Home Folder in Leopard and later.

Monday, December 29th, 2008 | Author:

Relocating your home folder is a little-used technique that can help you maximize your computer’s potential or just make your data more secure.

Its a little trick that anybody can do, and its potential uses are limited only by your imagination.

We show you how at: http://eshop.macsales.com/Reviews/Framework.cfm?page=Tips/relocate3/relocate3.html

Category: Tech Tips