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Understanding Storage and Hard Drives

How to erase and partition drives..

RAID

Various types of RAID setups..

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..

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 8

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

OWC Thunderbay FLEX 8

Eight bays for HDD, SSD plus PCIe Card and Ports.

OWC Thunderblade SSD

Ultra high speed robust pro-grade external SSD..

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..

Apple 2017 iMac Pro

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

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Special Report: Upgrade Now or Wait?.

Mac OS X Lion Hairballs

When an upgrade brings more downgrades and bugs than value..

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..


Blog posts

2020

2020-07-12 OWC ThunderBay FLEX 8: Eight Bays for Hard Drives, U.2 NVMe SSDs, Hard Drives or SATA SSDs — Now Shipping

2020-07-10 OWC Announces SoftRAID for Windows

2020-05-17 OWC ThunderBay 8: Examples of Various Configurations using SoftRAID

2020-05-11 OWC ThunderBay 8: Installing Hard Drives and SSDs, Plus Info and Specifications

2020-04-17 Why Is My Mac Hanging When Copying Files After Upgrading to macOS Catalina 10.15.4?

2020-01-18 Reader Comments: macOS Catalina vs Mojave, Drive Initialization Hanging/Crashing

2020-01-05 OWC Mercury Accelsior M42 PCIe SSD: Running Two of Them Independently — Awesomely Fast (but don’t stripe 8 blades yet)

2019

2019-12-20 PCIe SSD for Mac Pro and PCs from OWC: “MEET THE FASTEST OWC SSD EVER BUILT – THE ACCELSIOR 4M2”

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

2018

2018-11-07 Apple Core Rot is Back with a Vengeance in the Latest Security Update for macOS 10.13.6

2018-09-18 OWC Launches SoftRAID Version 5.7

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

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

2018-01-17 macOS 10.13.2 and Disk Utility = Atrocious Bug-Ridden Disaster

2018-01-17 SoftRAID Updated to Fix Issue with macOS 10.13 High Sierra

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

2018-01-09 SoftRAID Issue on the iMac Pro: Keeps Reintalling Driver and Rebooting

2017

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

2017-08-29 SoftRAID Warns on Serious High Sierra Bug

2017-08-23 SoftRAID Saves the Day

2017-06-16 SmartAlec for Drive Health Monitoring:

2017-05-23 SoftRAID Updated to Version 5.6

2017-05-03 SmartAlec for Drive Health Monitoring

2017-02-21 SoftRAID Updated to Version 5.5.6

2016

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

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

2016-07-19 macOS 10.11.6 Issue with Pegasus?

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

2016-04-05 Thunderbolt on OS X: Spontaneous Drive Disconnect

2015

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

2015-12-04 OWC Most Popular Items

2015-11-19 Disk Utility Has No RAID Support in OS X El Capitan but OWC Has SoftRAID Lite for only $34

2015-11-18 SoftRAID RAID-4 / RAID-5 Performance with Heavy CPU load

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

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

2015-10-16 Checking RAID-1 Mirror Status in OS X El Capitan (now that DiskUtility is toast for RAID)

2015-10-08 OS X El Capitan: Disk Utility “designed by morons” design ethic + RAID Support Removed + Wanton Bugs

2015-10-08 Apple Kills Off RAID Support in OS X El Capitan, Leaving Users Dangling in the Wind: SoftRAID is the Solution Now

2015-09-02 OWC Thunderbay can be Partitioned into Multiple RAID-5 Volumes

2015-07-01 OWC Thunderbay 4 RAID Customers: Get your FREE SoftRAID Download

2015-05-22 RAID-5 Can Partitioned

2015-04-07 SoftRAID 5.0.7 Delivers Performance Enhancements

2015-02-02 SoftRAID 5.0.6 Released With Important Fixes

2015-01-29 How Fast Can Eight (8) SSDs go: SoftRAID RAID 1+0 vs RAID 5

2015-01-22 Apple Core Rot: More Views

2015-01-07 OWC Announces the 'Viper', a Capacious Blazingly Fast SSD for High-End Video and Similar Demanding Uses

2014

2014-11-21 SoftRAID 5.0.5 Released

2014-11-21 Any Kind of RAID is Easy with SoftRAID

2014-11-19 OS X Yosemite: Update the SoftRAID Driver

2014-11-19 OS X Yosemite: Problems From “system cleanup” Software

2014-11-19 OS X Yosemite: Apple Kills TRIM for 3rd-Party SSDs, Renders System Unbootable

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

2014-10-11 RAID-5 Can Partitioned

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

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

2014-07-29 RAID 1+0 Fault Tolerance with SoftRAID 5

2014-07-29 Fast H.264 Video Compression on the MacBook Pro Beats the 2013 Mac Pro

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

2014-07-02 60TB here for Testing (OWC Thunderbay 4)

2014-06-30 Reader Questions on SoftRAID

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

2014-06-08 SoftRAID 5: RAID-5 Can Be One Huge Volume, or Partitioned to Suit

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

2014-06-08 SoftRAID 5: How it Works (Screen Shots)

2014-06-03 Awesome: SoftRAID with RAID-5 rebuild

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

2014-01-01 Soft RAID 5 to Offer RAID-5 and RAID 1+0 Fault Tolerance via Software for Any Multi-Drive Setup

2012

2012-11-03 Disk Utility (Fusion Version)— Cannot Handle Two Internal Drives in MacMini

2012-05-23 Update on SoftRAID and Mac OS X 10.7.4 Volume Mounting

2012-05-11 Issue with Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Volume Mounting?

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

2011

2011-08-14 One Good Reason to use SoftRAID — Predicting Drive Failure

2011-07-23 Software RAID Works on Lion, But Apple Has Broken Basic Functionality

2011-03-13 Making a RAID-1 Mirror with SoftRAID 4

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