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Apple Mac mini (November 2018)

True desktop-class performance..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (July 2018)

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

Cloning

How to utilize cloning for backup and other chores..

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..

Data Safety with RAID-1 Mirror

Protect your data with a fault-tolerant RAID-1 Mirror..

About Using Software RAID

Reasons for using software RAID, making the choice of RAID type, etc..

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 Thunderblade SSD

Ultra high speed robust pro-grade external SSD..

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..

Drobo 5D with Thunderbolt or USB3

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

Apple 2017 iMac Pro

High-end computing moves to the iMac form factor..

Apple 2015 iMac 5K

5K Display, blazingly fast SSD.

Apple Dec 2013 Mac Pro

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

Transitioning to the 2013 Mac Pro

Peripherals and add-ons forexisting hardware..

How To Guides

How to perform useful tasks and upgrades..

Digital Camera Related

Camera cards and readers..

Setting Up Your Mac For Better Security

Reduce the chances of security breaches..

Upgrading Your Mac

When and Why to Upgrade Your Mac..

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..

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?.

OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe RAID SSD

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

OWC Mercury Accelsior Pro Q

Ultra-fast PCIe SSD for Classic Mac Pro or Thunderbolt Macs.

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 Aura SSD for Mac Pro

High Capacity internal SSD for 2013 Mac Pro..

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..

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 MacBook Pro Retina Quad-Core (June 2012)

Apple’s 2012 MacBook Pro Retina Display..

2010 MacBook Air for Photographers?

How does the 2010 MacBook Air fare in the context of photography?.

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..

Laptop Hard Drives

Technical performance data..

ioSafe N2 Fireproof and Waterproof NAS

Network attached storage with fire and flood protection..

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

2019-03-21 OWC Continues Growth and Expansion on Three Continents

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

2019-01-06 OWC Unleashes the 2019 Envoy Pro EX Lineup Featuring All-New Shock-Resistant Sleeve

2019-01-06 OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Family of Storage Solutions Delivers USB-C Performance in a Portable Package

2019-01-03 OWC Acquires Akitio, Adds to Thunderbolt 3 Product Lineup

2018

2018-12-25 Data Integrity Over Time, and with OS Changes

2018-11-26 OWC Cyber Monday Specials

2018-11-01 OWC Products Compatible with new 2018 MacMini, 2018 MacBook Air, 2018 iPad Pro

2018-10-26 OWC Updates Pricing for Aura Pro X Line of SSDs

2018-09-29 Data Integrity Over Time, and with OS Changes

2018-09-18 OWC Lauches the Thunderbay 6, a Six-Drive Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure, with RAID Options

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

2018-08-12 Reader Question: 2018 MacBook Pro Soldered -On Storage vs Data recovery

2018-07-30 Reader Comment: Which SSD or Storage for Video?

2018-07-04 OWC Express 4M2: 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

2018-02-25 Get 4TB of SSD for about $776, Install in $90 Dual-Bay External — Super Convenient Capacious Storage

2018-02-24 What Can an iMac Pro 18 Core Do? Destroy Its Boot Volume Rendering Itself Unbootable

2018-02-14 What Can an iMac Pro 18 Core Do? Coming Next Week to Find Out

2018-01-25 Reader Comment: LaCie 2Big Thunderbolt 3 Storage Dock

2018-01-18 REVIEWED: LaCie 2Big 20TB Thunderbolt 3 Storage Dock

2017

2017-12-31 Computer Gear Recommendations + OWC Year-End Deals

2017-11-27 Using Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports to Build Out a System

2017-11-27 Time Machine and APFS: Local Backups

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

2017-11-23 Why I Probably Will Never Buy a Mac Pro Again

2017-11-23 Choosing a Photography Workstation Setup for 2018 Usage

2017-11-21 Black Friday Sneak Preview Deals at OWC + Note on Big Fast Thunderbolt Storage

2017-11-20 Ordered a 2017 iMac 5K: Why Now and what about iMac Pro?

2017-10-06 Out of Space on your 2010-2015 MacBook Pro? SSD Prices Highly Attractive for Upgrading SSD Capacity

2017-06-17 Comparing the 2017 iMac 5K to the iMac Pro

2017-04-16 New Thunderbolt 3 Products from OWC

2017-01-03 OWC “DEC” for 2016 MacBook Pro

2016

2016-12-26 Which 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro? (or MacBook)

2016-11-18 2016 MacBook Pro: Why I Went With the 2TB SSD

2016-11-07 OWC Announces Updated Mercury Elite Pro Dual

2016-10-27 macOS Sierra 10.12.1: Data Loss + Breaking Backup Protocols is Now a Feature?

2016-04-21 Thunderbolt 3 Emerges: OWC Announces Thunderbolt 3 SSD, Dock, PCIe Enclosure

2016-04-06 Upgrading SSD Boot Drive: USABLE Capacity Increase Is Even Better Than It Seems

2016-03-15 OWC Introduces 480GB and 1TB SSD Upgrades for 2013 and Later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina

2016-02-03 Newertech Headless Video Accelerator: Speeds Up Display, Video, Keyboard & Mouse Use Via Remote Access

2015

2015-12-27 Archiving Images and Data

2015-12-20 $1799 ($500 off) for Excellent MacBook Pro 15", Recommended Peripherals for Storage, Backup

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

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

2015-11-05 MPG’s Computer and Storage Wish List at B&H Photo

2015-09-19 Two Products MPG Uses Every Day

2015-06-28 Lexar 64GB 2000X SDXC Digital Camera Storage Card: How Fast in Different Card Readers?

2015-06-07 Big Capacity for your Digital Camera: Lexar Professional 128GB Cards

2015-06-06 Storage and RAID Deals

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

2015-05-07 Tested: Lexar 128GB 1066X Compact Flash Digital Camera Storage Card

2015-04-16 OWC Jupiter Ideal for Video Storage; NAS and/or SAN at 10 GBps, up to 512TB

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

2015-02-09 Lexar 64GB 2000X SDXC Digital Camera Storage Card

2015-01-13 ioSafe Fireproof NAS

2014

2014-12-01 Big Discounts on Storage

2014-11-17 OWC Announces ThunderBay Mini: 4-bay Enclosure for 2.5-inch Drives, Thunderbolt v2

2014-11-11 Configuring and Backing Up High Capacity Multi-Drive Storage

2014-11-03 Audio Storage Drive for a MacMini

2014-10-16 Game Changer: MacMini with Dual Thunderbolt 2 Ports

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

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

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

2014-08-31 Simplify Your Storage: Fast, Reliable, Expandable

2014-08-29 OWC Labor Day Specials

2014-08-05 OWC Offers Thunderbay in RAID-5 Edition

2014-06-10 Big Fault Tolerant Storage: OWC Now Offers a Supported and Preconfigured RAID-5 Solution via SoftRAID + Thunderbay

2014-05-28 OWC Thunderbay as RAID-5 or RAID 1+0 Video Storage Solution

2014-05-17 Safely Recording and Storing Video Footage: a Few Pointers

2014-03-08 2013 Mac Pro: that 1TB Flash Storage (SSD) ’Rocks’

2014-01-20 2013 Mac Pro: Workflow, Backup Advice

2014-01-10 Understanding Drive vs Volume, Partitioning

2014-01-05 Erasing a Drive, How and Why to Partition a Drive, RAID, Validating a Drive

2013

2013-12-28 Apple Posts Mac Pro PCIe Flash Storage (SSD) Tech Note

2013-10-22 Notes on the Apple 2013 Mac Pro

2013-10-22 Brief Notes on new Apple MacBook Pro

2013-10-03 Making an Old Dog of a Laptop Run Like a New One: Wow!

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

2013-09-16 ioSafe N2 Fireproof and Waterproof Dual-Drive NAS

2013-06-11 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Hive Storage

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

2013-05-01 The Commercialization of Digital Spying

2013-04-30 OWC Mercury Envoy Pro USB 3.0 Slim SSD

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

2012

2012-07-06 1.92TB of Fast SSD Storage in a 15" MacBook Pro

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

2012-06-12 MacBook Pro Retina vs MacBook Pro 17" (or 13" or 15")

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

2012-02-18 ZFS for Mac OS X — ZEVO

2012-01-19 OWC PCIe SSD Card Coming Soon

2011

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

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

2011-06-07 The All-SSD Mac Pro

2011-03-21 OWC Transitions to 25nm Flash Memory With Big Price Drop for 480GB SSD at $920

2010

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

2010-12-29 OWC QX2 RAID now with up to 12TB

2010-12-11 NewerTech Guardian Maximus 3TB RAID-1 Mirror for Fault Tolerance

2010-11-21 Hitachi 7K3000 for 3TB of Storage on a Single Drive

2010-11-11 Tested: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 vs Western Digital RE4 in iStoragePro SAS Enclosure w/ Atto R380

2010-11-07 Fast Reliable Hardware RAID with the iStoragePro 8-Bay Enclosure + Atto R380 RAID card

2010-07-27 Apple’s SSD for Mac Pro (or iMac) — Not a Smart Move

2010-07-16 OWC offers 30-day Money-back Guarantee on Mercury Extreme Pro SSD

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

2010-06-15 Cost Effective Reliable Backup and Storage

2010-05-29 Speed and reliability in your MacBook Pro When Traveling — Solid State Drives (SSD)

2010-05-23 Newer Technology Guardian Maximum 2TB RAID-1 Mirror for Plug and Play Reliability

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

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