Pining for a new MacBook Pro with Retina display? You’re not the only one. The new MacBook Pros are powerful and most anybody I know who’s worked on the previous generation loves the screen quality and the thin size. There are a few things to take into consideration when getting a Retina MacBook Pro: screen size, memory, storage, and let’s not forget… the all important work/backup external drive.
The 13” model comes in 3 base options:
- $1,299.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 4GB memory, 128GB Solid State Drive
- $1,499.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
- $1,799.99 – 2.6 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive
The 15” model comes in 2 base options:
- $1,999.99 – 2.0 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
- $2,599.99 – 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive
Essentially the price increases among the models get your more memory and a larger SSD. Memory is soldered to the motherboard, which means you can’t upgrade later, period. SSDs on the other hand can be upgraded in the future if you find yourself in need of more storage later. We’re working hard on providing an SSD upgrade that’ll allow you to expand your Retina later on, as we currently offer SSD upgrades for the 2012 Retina models, and plan to offer upgrades for the new ones as soon as we can. Article Continues…
Did you know?
According to an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. among 2,021 U.S. adults ages 18 and older in June., only 10% of users backup their data daily. That percentage remained unchanged from 2012.
So why don’t users backup on a daily basis?
Simply put – manually backing up you computer is a hassle. Time Machine goes a long way on changing that. It was designed as a “set it and forget it” backup solution. However, even automated backups can have a human component. For example, using Time Machine with a laptop means you regularly have to plug that backup drive into your computer. While that action is nearly automatic for some of us, for others it is easily (and often) forgotten.
But not to worry – OWC has you covered with the Data Doubler.
With an OWC Data Doubler installed in your laptop, your Time Machine backup is always with you. No extra drives to carry, nothing to remember to plug in. It truly completes that “set it and forget it” design and with the incremental backups, you don’t need to make sure you’ve attached something externally before you start working. Article Continues…
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 | Author: OWC Lance
We have talked a good deal over the past months about the importance of keeping regular backups of your files. Don’t lose your data; keep your pictures safe; be able to use Time Machine, yada yada. But an alternative to a regular physical backup solution is a Cloud based one where your backup is… you guessed it, in the Cloud.
To those who are new to this idea, or have heard this phrase thrown around without much context, a Cloud backup is identical to using an external hard drive except your data is stored in a virtual space accessible on the Internet. The way it works is a cloud based backup company has a set of servers with an inordinate amount of storage space available to them, and, like a landlord, rents out that space for you to use and access at your leisure. As long as you pay the rent, they never come around and that virtual space is yours for the duration. It’s like a second home for your data!
As with any alternative there are some interesting pros and cons that come along with this type of backup: Article Continues…
There are many reasons that having a backup for your data is a great idea. But this shouldn’t just apply when you’re at home, school or the office. It’s also important to have a reliable backup option when you’re traveling.
Whether you’re on the go for work or pleasure, a back up can save you from losing critical data such as presentations, important documents or even all of those new photos from your trip.
In a recent review, tech website Mac Performance Guide praised the performance of the OWC Mercury Envoy Pro EX as “outstanding” and noted its design “looks and feels like an Apple product.” And in an additional article on the site praising the Envoy Pro EX, there is a reminder of a good reason to be wary of the dangers to your data – aside from simply damaging your equipment or drive failure. Mac Performance Guide points out that when traveling, often the most likely “failure” of a drive isn’t failure at all – it’s theft.
To combat this, Mac Performance Guide recommends that you keep your backup in a safe location away from your laptop altogether. In fact, they point out that with the reliable Envoy Pro EX, you’re getting a drive so small and light that you can even carry along with you in your pocket, making it the “ideal” travel companion.
There are plenty of things to think about when you’re out on the road. Be sure to follow this sage advice from Mac Performance Guide to keep your Envoy Pro EX and your data inside of it safe and sound so you’ll have one less thing on your mind.
As far as backup strategies go, Time Machine is a pretty good addition to your backup strategy. You get hourly backups, can go back and retrieve accidentally-deleted files and can even restore your system from it. At both home and work, I use it as part of my backup strategy, filling in the spaces between regular clones of my system. In fact, the only thing I dislike about Time Machine is how long it takes to create its initial backup if you’re backing up to a shared drive over a network.
Recently, I took the opportunity to centralize the majority of my storage in my home to drives attached to an older MacBook Pro. As part of this project (which is the topic of a different article down the road), I put a 2.0TB drive in an older USB 2.0 miniStack, and wanted to use this as the Time Machine drive for my current MBP. The problem was that—regardless of whether I connected to that drive via WiFi or via Ethernet—Time Machine kept telling me that a backup of the approximately 250GB would take around a week or more to make.
Obviously, this was not acceptable.
Drawing from various sources on the Internet (where, apparently, there are a large number of people with similar complaints), I was able to paste together a solution that enabled me to get Time Machine’s initial backup time to reduce from over a week to just under two hours.
Note: I performed these steps in OS X 10.8.3; while this certainly should be possible with earlier (and I would assume later) versions of OS X, your mileage may vary. Article Continues…