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Apple MacBook Pro Retina (July 2018)

Vastly improved performance over 2017 model, 6 CPU Cores..

Understanding Storage and Hard Drives

How to erase and partition drives..

Drive Capacity and Speed

Larger drives are faster..

RAID

Various types of RAID setups..

Software RAID Performance with SoftRAID 5

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

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 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..

CalDigit T3 3-Drive Thunderbolt Enclosure

Three drives in a high-grade enclosure..

Drobo 5D with Thunderbolt or USB3

RAID reliability in easy to configure 5-drive enclosure for full-size hard drives..

Apple Dec 2013 Mac Pro

Choosing among 4/6/8/12 cores, GPUs, memory, flash..

Understanding Thunderbolt and USB3 Performance with the 2013 Mac Pro

Using the right ports is critical to performance..

Transitioning to the 2013 Mac Pro

Peripherals and add-ons forexisting hardware..

How To Guides

How to perform useful tasks and upgrades..

Setting Up Your Mac

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

Comfort and Convenience

Connecting, quieting, arranging your Mac and devices..

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 Mac Performance

Learn about Activity Monitor and understand how CPU cores, processes, memory use, and software scalability affect performance..

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..

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?.

Shootout: 8-core 2.93GHz or Quad-Core 3.33GHz?

Why 4 cores are often faster than 8!.

Optimizing the MacBook Pro Core i7

Maxing-out your MacBook Pro Core i7 with memory and drives..

OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe RAID SSD

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

Solid State Drives, Various

SSDs and thumb drives..

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 3G Solid State Drives

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

Solid State Drives (SSD)

Choosing and using solid state drives..

Special Report: Virtual Memory on Apple MacBook Pro

Virtual memory performance on the Apple MacBook Pro 2010/2009 with solid state drives and hard drives..

Apple Mac Mini (Late 2012)

Apple’s first USB3 MacMini..

Apple iMac 3.4 GHz (Late 2012)

Apple’s fastest Mac as of Jan 2013?.

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

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

MacBook Pro eSATA Cards

A review of eSATA cards for the MacBook Pro..

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..

Mac Pro Early 2009 (Nehalem)

Configuring and optimizing..

Desktop Hard Drives

Performance and use..

HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8

Outstanding high-capacity enterprise hard drive..

Laptop Hard Drives

Technical performance data..

Older storage interfaces

Modern Macs use USB3 and Thunderbolt..

Fusion How To

Using Apple’s Fusion drive technology..

Fusion Technical Nerd Stuff

More technical details about using Apple Fusion..


Blog posts

2019

2019-02-16 When a Hard Drive Fails: Rebuilding a RAID-5 in SoftRAID

2019-02-07 Banishing the Drone of Spinning Hard Drives: and Fans: Moving to 8TB OWC Thunderblade SSD

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

2019-01-24 OWC Thunderbay 6 vs OWC Thunderbay 4: What If 5 Drives Are Used for RAID-5?

2019-01-19 Testing Six Samples of Toshiba 14TB MG07ACA Enterprise Class Hard Drive

2018

2018-09-03 Video Presentation: Configuring the 2018 MacBook Pro as as Desktop Replacement

2018-09-03 Checking drives before putting into “production”

2018-06-22 OWC Hard Drive and SSD Savings

2018-05-26 OWC May Hard Drive and SSD Savings

2018-01-12 Shipping Soon: OWC Thunderbay 4 with Thunderbolt 3, Up to 48TB Capacity

2017

2017-12-01 Reader Question: Testing More than One New Drive with DiskTester

2017-11-25 Testing Seagate 12TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5-inch (Helium) Hard Drives

2017-08-23 SoftRAID Saves the Day

2017-08-21 Checking drives before putting into “production”

2017-08-09 Reader Question: SSD vs Fusion Drive in iMac 5K

2017-06-16 SmartAlec for Drive Health Monitoring:

2017-05-26 Hard Drive Deals: Why Buy 5TB if only 2/3/4TB is Needed?

2017-05-24 Reader Question: Testing More than One New Drive with DiskTester

2017-05-18 Deals on Hard Drives

2017-05-03 SmartAlec for Drive Health Monitoring

2017-04-27 Cost-Effective High Capacity Hard Drives: 8TB Now Highly Attractive

2017-01-25 Isolating/Blocking Hard Drive Vibration, Especially on a Hardwood Desk or Floor

2017-01-19 Checking drives before putting into “production”

2016

2016-12-29 Even ”Enterprise Grade” Drives Fail

2016-09-16 OWC Drive Dock Now Available in USB 3.1 Gen 1 for about $75

2016-08-04 NEW! Cross Platform Java-Based diglloydTools IntegrityChecker

2016-05-31 What a Bad Hard Drive Fails Like when Running diglloydTools 'fill-volume'

2016-04-17 8TB HGST Ultrastar He8 Hard Drive in 2009 Mac Pro Internal Bay (DiskTester fill-volume)

2016-04-02 Deal: 3TB Hard Drives for $90

2016-03-27 What a Bad Hard Drive Fails Like when Running diglloydTools 'fill-volume'

2016-01-27 Reader Question: Drive Speed of 6TB vs 8TB Hard Drives (VIDEO USERS: some neat tricks here for guaranteeing high drive speed)

2016-01-24 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.13

2016-01-12 Price Drop on 4TB Internal SSD for 2013 Mac Pro, 6TB Hard Drives, 1TB SSDs, USB3 Hub

2015

2015-12-07 Reconfiguring Storage to use 8TB Drives, Data Integrity Critical

2015-12-05 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.12

2015-12-05 TESTED: OWC Drive Dock Takes 2 Bare Drives (HDD or SSD), Thunderbolt 2 or USB3

2015-11-18 TRIPP LITE USB3 Hub: 'Bulletproof', now Using two of Them

2015-11-18 Cool New Product: OWC Drive Dock Takes 2 Bare Drives (HDD or SSD) and is Thunderbolt 2!

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

2015-11-14 Real-World Drive Speed with 8TB HGST Ultrastar He8 Hard Drive (DiskTester fill-volume)

2015-11-14 OWC Announces SoftRAID 5.1, and SoftRAID Lite

2015-11-14 HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8 vs HGST 6TB Deskstar NAS, 6TB Capacity Utilization

2015-11-13 Testing Hard Drive Consistency for a RAID

2015-11-13 Real-World Drive Speed with 8TB HGST Ultrastar He8 Hard Drive (DiskTester fill-volume)

2015-11-13 Reader Question: Drive Speed of 6TB vs 8TB Hard Drives (VIDEO USERS: some neat tricks here for guaranteeing high drive speed)

2015-11-12 How to Use 32TB or 40TB of 8TB Hard Drives?

2015-11-11 REVIEWED: HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8 Hard Drive, Singly and in RAID

2015-11-11 OWC Deals: 4TB and 6TB Hard Drives, 32GB Memory for Mac Pro 2009-2012

2015-11-11 $150 off the Brand-New Apple iMac 5K

2015-11-10 Coming Soon for Testing: HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8 Hard Drive

2015-11-09 Reader Comment: “DiskTester is awesome software as it detects irregularities before they become relevant”

2015-10-24 Reader Question: Spin-Up Delay with Hard Drives

2015-10-07 diglloydTools: Working Fine on El Capitan

2015-09-05 Testing Multiple Drives for Consistency for a RAID , or just Finding Dud or Flaky Drives in a Batch

2015-08-11 Testing Multiple Drives for Consistency for a RAID or Similar

2015-07-05 diglloydTools for Testing Drives, Data Integrity, Wiping Sensitive Files

2015-06-06 Storage and RAID Deals

2015-05-27 Upgrade iMac to up to 8TB Internally!

2015-05-03 Isolating/Blocking Hard Drive Vibration, Especially on a Hardwood Desk or Floor

2015-03-30 Hard Drives: Odds of Failure with Time, When to Upgrade/Replace

2015-03-26 Hard Drives: Staying the Course with Higher Performance and up to 8TB Capacity

2015-02-28 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.11

2015-02-28 OWC Weekend Specials

2015-02-25 Reader Question: Photoshop and Large Files — Best Way to Optimize

2015-02-22 An Example of When More CPU Cores Mean Responsive vs Sluggish

2015-02-21 OWC Weekend Specials

2015-01-22 Hard Drive Reliability

2015-01-09 Testing Multiple Drives for Consistency for a RAID or Similar

2015-01-07 OWC Announces 'Transwarp', Combining the Speed of SSDs with the Capacity of Hard Drives

2014

2014-12-24 TESTED: Hitachi HGST Deskstar 6TB NAS Hard Drive — Fastest Yet!

2014-12-04 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.11

2014-11-21 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.9

2014-11-14 OWC Offers Thunderbay Mini, Thunderbolt v2 Enclosure for 2.5-Inch SSDs or Hard Drives (4 bays)

2014-11-12 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.8

2014-10-18 Capacity Utilization vs Speed: that 5th Terabyte on 5TB and 6TB Hard Drives

2014-10-17 Capacity Utilization vs Speed, which is faster, 4TB, 5TB or 6TB Hard Drive?

2014-10-17 Apple iMac 5K Memory Kits at OWC

2014-10-16 Hard Drives: Capacity Utilization vs Speed aka “4TB or 5TB or 6TB Hard Drives?”

2014-10-11 Wiping Free Space on Hard Drives and SSDs

2014-10-08 Big Storage: 4TB, 5TB, 6TB Hard Drives

2014-09-10 Wiping Free Space on Hard Drives and SSDs

2014-09-10 Big Storage: 4TB, 5TB, 6TB Hard Drives

2014-09-05 OWC Garage Sale

2014-09-05 FOR SALE: 6 OWC Mercury Elite Pro External Quad-Interface Enclosures (for 3.5-inch Hard Drives)

2014-09-02 OWC Thunderbay Now Up to 24TB (4 X 6TB Hard Drives)

2014-08-29 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.7b

2014-07-15 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.7a

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

2014-06-25 OWC Ships Thunderbay 4-Drive Solution with Thunderbolt 2

2014-06-08 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.7b1

2014-06-08 Testing Multiple Drives for Consistency for a RAID or Similar

2014-05-06 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.5

2014-05-02 OWC Thunderbay can use Hard Drives or SSDs and Handy for Swapping Drives of all Types

2014-03-12 Isolating/Blocking Hard Drive Vibration, Especially on a Hardwood Desk or Floor

2014-02-12 Is a 4TB Enterprise-Grade Hard Disk Drive Faster than a 3TB Consumer-Grade HDD For RAID?

2014-01-04 Validate Hard Drives Before Putting into Use Especially for RAID

2013

2013-12-19 Thunderbolt or USB3 for Hard Drives?

2013-10-02 Prices Drop a Little: Toshiba 3TB Hard Drives + OWC Mercury Accelsior PCie SSD

2013-09-30 Reader Comment: Hard Drive Warranty

2013-09-24 New iMac with PCIe Flash Storage

2013-09-17 OWC DataDoubler Kit for Mac Mini: 2 X 1.5 TB Internally With 9.5mm Drives

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

2013-07-03 Promise Pegasus J4 Thunderbolt: Performance with Hard Drives

2013-07-02 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Pure Elegance, Visualized

2013-07-01 Promise Pegasus J4: Coming for Testing with SSD and HDD

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

2013-06-13 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Connecting eSATA via Thunderbolt

2013-06-12 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Thoughts on a Switchover from Existing Tower

2013-06-10 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Reader Comments

2013-06-10 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Faster or Slower, Elegant but Klunky, Promise vs Reality, Video Oriented

2013-05-24 FirmTek U3 Trayless Enclosure for 2.5-Inch SSD or Hard Drive

2013-05-08 Adobe Creative Cloud: Reader Comments

2013-02-04 FOR SALE: Atto R380 RAID Card + CiDesign iStorage Pro + 8 X 2TB Hard Drives

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

2013-01-10 Fast Hard Drive: Toshiba HGST 3TB (HDKPC08/DT01ACAxx)

2012

2012-12-03 New Apple 27" iMac — Buying Advice

2012-11-09 MacWorld: MacMini and Fusion

2012-11-08 Update on Apple 'Fusion': Writes are Fast, No Smart Migration

2012-11-06 MacMini: 16GB vs 8GB, Hard Drive vs SSD

2012-11-03 MacMini — Hard Drive vs SSD

2012-11-03 MacMini — Dual Internal Separate Drives are Superior to the 'Fusion' Option

2012-10-31 Performance of 'Fusion' Drive (OWC Accelsior 480GB PCIe SSD + 2TB HDD)

2012-10-25 Apple’s Fusion Drive

2012-04-15 OWC’s new Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD for Blistering-fast Drive Performance

2012-04-12 Which is the Fastest 2TB (or 1TB or 3TB) Hard Drive?

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

2012-04-10 Tested: 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 Hard Drive

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

2012-03-31 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 Hard Drive

2012-02-18 ZFS for Mac OS X — ZEVO

2012-02-17 Tested: 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000 'Coolspin' Hard Drive

2012-02-16 Hitachi Coolspin 4TB Hard Drive

2012-02-11 Seagate Barracuda XT SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache Hard Drive w/ 5 Year Warranty

2011

2011-12-07 Hard Disk Drive Price Trends

2011-11-12 OWC Comments on the Hard Drive Availability Situation

2011-11-01 Memory and Hard Drive Prices: Win Some, Lose Some

2011-10-24 Hard Drive Prices Bump Up Due to Flooding in Asia

2011-08-13 My Killer-fast Mac Pro System Based on Solid State Drives (SSD)

2011-08-11 FOR SALE: Atto R380 RAID Card + CiDesign iStorage Pro + 8 X 2TB Hard Drives

2011-07-23 OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini Bus-Powered Portable External Drive (Hard Drive or SSD)

2011-06-07 The All-SSD Mac Pro

2011-05-17 Higher Capacity Hard Drives Stay Faster

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?

2011-05-04 MPG Pro Workstation: 4-cores @ 2.93GHz, 24GB Memory as 3 X 8GB, 4 X 3TB Hard Drives, 240GB 6G SSD, Built and Pre-Tested, $4920

2011-02-10 OWC Mount Pro for Installing 2.5" Hard Drive or SSD Into Mac Pro Drive Bays

2011-01-15 Hard Drive Noise

2011-01-14 Inexpensive Apple Mac Pro as a File Server for Home or Small Business

2010

2010-12-29 Two Compact and Portable Choices for Mirrored or Striped External Storage

2010-12-01 Higher Capacity Hard Drives Are Faster

2010-11-30 Reviewed: Seagate 500GB Momentus XT Hybrid Laptop Hard Drive

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

2010-07-28 Pricing and Valuing the iMac Against the Mac Pro

2010-07-16 Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Hard Drive. Fast!

2010-07-16 Speed of internal SATA Ports with Mac OS X

2010-07-10 Fastest Ever! Western Digital RE4 2TB Enterprise Grade 'RAID Edition' hard drive w/ 64MB Cache

2010-07-08 NewerTech StoraDrive™ for Bare Hard Drive Storage

2010-06-22 Dual internal Drives in a MacBook Pro with “OWC Data Doubler” Bracket

2010-05-25 Why you need more space than you need!

2010-05-22 Fast and ample storage in a MacBook Pro with 480GB SSD and 1TB HDD

2010-05-14 MacBook Pro SSD single drive and RAID stripe vs hard drive

2010-04-14 OWC and DIGLLOYD offer ultra-high-performance MPG Pro Laptop

2010-03-31 OWC and DIGLLOYD offer ultra-high-performance MPG Pro Workstations

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