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RAID

Various types of RAID setups..

Software RAID Performance with SoftRAID 5

High performance RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-5, RAID-1+0..

Software RAID with SoftRAID

Making software RAID volumes..

Promise Pegasus J4 Thunderbolt 4-Drive Enclosure

SSDs or hard drives for fast single-drive or RAID volumes in a portable enclosure..

Thunderbolt peripherals

Reviews of Thunderbolt products..

OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini

High performance with 2.5-inch hard drives or SSDs..

OWC 40TB SSD (in Thunderbay 4 Mini)

Ultra high flat-line performanc in 40 Terabyte capacity.

OWC Thunderbay 6

Six bay storage solution with RAID-0/1/4/5/10 or non-RAID..

OWC Thunderbay IV / 4 Thunderbolt Enclosure

High performance with hard drives or SSDs..

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Thunderbolt / USB3

Dual-drive Thunderbolt + USB3 user-selectable RAID..

CalDigit T3 3-Drive Thunderbolt Enclosure

Three drives in a high-grade enclosure..

Setting Up Your Mac

Suggestions for setting up your Mac for performance and data safety..

Upgrading Your Mac

When and Why to Upgrade Your Mac..

Optimizing Photoshop CS5 Performance

The best hardware and configuration for Photoshop CS5..

Optimizing Photoshop CS4 Performance

How to configure a Mac to maximize Photoshop CS3/CS4 performance..

Optimizing Other Photography Software

Speedups for working with images..

Choosing and Configuring a Mac

An in-depth look at how to find the right Mac setup for you.

How to Buy / What to Buy

Nuts and bolts of buying a Mac, and recommended extras..

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Special Report: Upgrade Now or Wait?.

Fast and Reliable Hardware RAID

How fast and reliable can RAID-0, RAID-5 and RAID-6 go using an 8-drive mini-SAS box and a hardware RAID card?.

Apple Mac Pro Westmere 4/6/8/12-Core (Aug 2010)

Choosing among 4/6/8/12 cores, and is 2010 Mac Pro faster or better than 2009 model?.

OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe RAID SSD

Ultra-fast solid state storage with hardware RAID for a Mac Pro in a PCIe slot..

OWC Mercury Electra 960GB 3G SSD

Huge capacity in a speedy SATA SSD..

Solid State Drives, Various

SSDs and thumb drives..

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD

Fast 6 Gbps solid state drives eclipse prior generations with 500+ MB/sec..

OWC Mercury Electra 6G 960GB SSD

Fast 6 Gbps high capacity SSD..

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 3G Solid State Drives

Fast and durable, enterprise-grade solid state drives..

SPECIAL REPORT: Real World SSD Performance

Many brands of solid state drives put on a good show when new, but some degrade with use..

Solid State Drives (SSD)

Choosing and using solid state drives..

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Quad-Core (June 2012)

Apple’s 2012 MacBook Pro (non Retina)..

OWC Portable Dual-Drive RAID-0 or RAID-1 Mini Enclosures

Dual-drive externals for travel or compact backup..

Drives and Expansion and Various

Reviews of various hardware and software..

Desktop Hard Drives

Performance and use..

HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8

Outstanding high-capacity enterprise hard drive..

Older storage interfaces

Modern Macs use USB3 and Thunderbolt..


Blog posts

2019

2019-01-26 OWC Thunderbay 6 vs OWC Thunderbay 4: what if 5 Drives Are Used for RAID-0 instead of just four?

2019-01-24 TESTED: OWC Thunderbay 6, RAID-0 and RAID-5 Performance

2018

2018-01-21 2TB LaCie Bolt: Uses Two 'Blades' So Can Run as RAID-0 Stripe (default) or RAID-1 Mirror or Two Independent Volumes

2017

2017-05-08 OWC Accelsior Pro Q: Rock Solid and Blazingly Fast

2017-04-13 OWC Accelsior Pro Q vs Accelsior: Real World Throughput

2016

2016-11-25 TESTED: OWC 40TB Thunderbay 4 Mini SSD with RAID-0 Stripe and RAID-4 Fault Tolerance

2016-11-25 TESTED: OWC 40TB SSD Sequential Transfer Speed

2016-11-23 OWC 40TB Thunderbay 4 Mini SSD

2016-04-11 OWC Announces SoftRAID 5.5: allows users to convert Apple RAID volumes to SoftRAID

2015

2015-12-19 TESTED: 2TB Samsung 850 EVO, Singly and RAID-0

2015-12-17 TESTED: 1TB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD

2015-12-12 Walkthrough: How to make a RAID Stripe Using SoftRAID 5.1

2015-12-10 TESTED: 1TB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD in Thunderbay 4 Mini, RAID-0 Stripe Configuration

2015-11-17 HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8: RAID-4, RAID-0, RAID-5 Scalability

2014

2014-12-06 OWC Mercury Electra 6G 960GB SSD: RAID-0 Striping vs RAID-5 vs RAID-4 vs RAID-10

2014-11-25 RAID-0 vs RAID-4 or RAID-5: Does the CPU Usage Matter?

2014-11-23 RAID-0 vs RAID-4 or RAID-5: Does the CPU Usage Matter?

2014-11-22 RAID: Performance vs Transfer Size

2014-08-04 SoftRAID 5 Goes Final: High Performance RAID 5, RAID 1+0, RAID-0, RAID-1

2014-07-25 Four SSDs in OWC Thunderbay 4 test with RAID-0 and RAID-5

2014-07-11 RAID-0 Scalability with Thunderbolt 2: Separate Bus or Daisy Chain?

2014-07-08 RAID-0 Scalability: 60TB and 12 Hard Drives in Three OWC Thunderbay 4 Enclosures

2014-06-08 SoftRAID 5: Performance with RAID-0, RAID-5, RAID-1+0

2013

2013-07-13 Defrag or Upgrade to Faster/Larger? (Lightroom, Aperture, etc)

2013-06-13 Pegasus J4: One Part of the Switchover Solution for the new Mac Pro?

2013-01-11 Fast Hard Drive: Toshiba HGST 3TB (HDKPC08/DT01ACAxx) with RAID-0 Stripe Results

2012

2012-07-25 Why I NEED 80GB or 96GB Memory in my Mac Pro: Photoshop CS6 Performance

2012-06-22 OWC 960GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD — Breakthrough SSD Capacity!

2012-04-11 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 Hard Drive in 3-way RAID-0 Stripe

2012-04-04 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 Hard Drive for 16TB Inside a Mac Pro

2011

2011-07-04 OWC 480GB in 2010 Mac Pro, Single SSD, and RAID-0 of 2 or 3 SSDs

2011-06-07 The All-SSD Mac Pro

2011-05-07 Save Big Photoshop Files 20X Faster!

2011-05-07 How fast are Four Hitachi 7K3000 3TB Hard Drives in a RAID-0 Stripe?

2010

2010-08-09 How to Mitigate 2010 Mac Pro 4/6-core Memory Limits

2010-08-08 My iMac 27" is Off to OWC for the MPG Pro One Upgrade — What I Ordered

2010-07-11 OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE 400GB Solid State Drive (SSD)

2010-06-25 Converting to a Larger Time Machine volume, and a Faster One Too!

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