Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
It can be easy to forget how important the power adapter is to your external drive. The idea of using an OWC external drive to improve your computer’s performance is pretty exciting, so we’ll forgive you if the power source doesn’t immediately cross your mind. But high-quality power adapters are a big part of what make our external drives special. We work very hard to deliver the best power adapters possible to our customers.
If you compare OWC’s and NewerTech’s power adapters with what others bundle with their external drives, you’ll see our adapters offer 50 to 75 percent greater sustained power output capability. This has a huge impact on the performance of your entire system. It’s important that your drives not only have enough power for typical use, but that they also have plenty of “headroom” to ensure the power adapter isn’t maxed or overtaxed during times of heavy usage. After all, aren’t those the times you need your system at its best?
When it comes to measuring device speeds, there are few who can rival Lloyd Chambers of MacPerformaceGuide for his thoroughness and ability to put devices through their paces.
Recently, he hooked up one of our OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini SSD storage solutions to to a MacBook Pro with Retina display via the USB 3.0 port and reported better read/write performance with this external drive than with internally connected 3G SSD on MacBook Pros and Mac Pros.
While the MacBook Pro with Retina Display lacks the ability to effectively upgrade internally, it’s good to see that fast storage can be added (at least on an “as needed” basis) via USB 3.0 and our USB 3.0 storage solutions.
Sometimes we forget about the basics in life like flossing, ejecting our USB devices before removing them, or calling Mom on Mother’s Day (this one hurts most – trust us). The same can be said when choosing an external desktop drive. The power supply is an often-overlooked component when making your decision – but it’s one that OWC doesn’t take lightly.
At OWC, we’re always trying to bring more power to you. And one way we do that is by making sure the external storage solution you buy from us has a power adapter that can give you more than enough power to make your device run. This works twofold: not only will your drives be sure to have enough power for typical use, but there is also plenty of headroom to ensure the power adapter isn’t overtaxed during heavy usage times.
It’s kind of like a pulling a water skier; both an 85hp engine and a 150hp engine can pull a skier out of the water, but to do it, the 85hp engine has to work at it’s full capacity, while that 150hp engine isn’t anywhere near red-lining. As a result, the 150hp engine has a less chance of overheating. It’s the same thing with the adapters; while they both run fine for normal operation (while the skier is skiing) the energy required to spin up the drive (pull the skier out of the water) is much higher for the lower-powered adapter (85hp engine); it has to work at or very close to its maximum output, which can result in overheating. Our adapters (150hp engine) have a higher maximum output, so using the same amount of energy taxes the adapter less, resulting in lower heat levels in your adapter, which is a major contributor to failures, and ensures that nothing in your device “gives.” Article Continues…
Let’s face it: the recent flooding situation in Thailand and the imminent hard drive shortage has many of us concerned, as approximately 40-50% of the world’s hard disk drives are manufactured in the affected areas. With production halted, suppliers and customers alike are worried about the impact this may have on hard drive availability, not to mention the looming price increases on currently available units.
While damage assessments from these major memory component manufacturers in Thailand are trickling in, several plants still remain submerged from the floods and photos capture the still “soggy” situation for Nikon’s factories, as crews work fervently to pump out the excess water from the area with generators. Aerial footage also demonstrates the severity of the situation and the long clean-up ahead:
A Simple Solution
Last week we discussed how to make the most of what you have by utilizing older, possibly forgotten, hard disk drive solutions to store your files now and in the future if you need to do so. If you’re using the Newer Technology Voyager or USB Universal Drive Adapter, a cool accessory like NewerTech’s StoraDrive is a simple way for keeping those drives organized for such future uses. After all, in light of recent events, you can never be too prepared…
Come on, guys! This is getting embarrassing! As if raking accolades on our Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drives wasn’t flattering enough, now The Unofficial Apple Weblog just released a nice write-up of our Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini storage solution, which feature Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSDs inside.
The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini features 14 pre-configured models with hardware RAID-1 “mirrored” redundancy for “live activity” data protection; or RAID-0 “stripe” for maximum data transfer speed. Each Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini contains two 2.5″ hard drives or OWC Mercury SSDs for up to 2.0TB of capacity, a “Quad Interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, & eSATA connections for data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s.