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Apple 12-Inch MacBook (2016)

An iPad-sized laptop, refreshed..

Understanding Storage and Hard Drives

How to erase and partition drives..

Using Apple Time Machine for Backup

How to use Apple Time Machine for Data Safety.

Thunderbolt peripherals

Reviews of Thunderbolt products..

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..

Apple 2015 iMac 5K

5K Display, blazingly fast SSD.

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..

networking

Tips for networking, internet, etc..

Connecting Stuff

USB3, networking, and add-on devices other than storage..

USB-C Accessories

Chargers and other specialty USB-C devices..

Digital Camera Related

Camera cards and readers..

Upgrading Your Mac

When and Why to Upgrade Your Mac..

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..

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..

Solid State Drives (SSD)

Choosing and using solid state 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 12-Inch MacBook (2015)

An iPad-sized laptop..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina Quad-Core (June 2012)

Apple’s 2012 MacBook Pro Retina Display..

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

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

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..

Older storage interfaces

Modern Macs use USB3 and Thunderbolt..

Fusion How To

Using Apple’s Fusion drive technology..


Blog posts

2019

2019-06-30 Displayport™ 2.0 Video Standard Enabling Support for Beyond-8k Resolutions

2019-06-29 TESTED: OWC Mercury Envoy Pro EX 2TB USB-C SSD: Awesomely Fast!

2019-06-21 OWC Announces “Fastest USB-C SSD Ever Built”

2019-02-27 Plugging in an Unknown Thunderbolt or USB-C Device is Electronic Unprotected Sex: the “Thunderclap” Vulnerability

2019-02-21 Apple Core Rot: Serious Audio Issues with 2018 Mac mini (Distorted Audio, Crushed Sound)

2019-02-09 Understanding Thunderbolt 3 Daisy Chaining

2019-02-09 Apple 2017 iMac 5K is a Terrific Machine, but Too Often It Impedes My Work

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

2019-02-04 Tested: OWC Drive Dock USB-C

2019-02-04 OWC Introduces New Dual Drive Dock with USB-C 10Gb/sec

2019-02-02 Tested: OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini 1TB SSD

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

2019-01-06 New OWC ClingOn Physically Secures Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C Ports for More Reliable Operation

2018

2018-12-07 Teenagers and Lightning Cable Mortality

2018-11-23 Black Friday Deals at OWC

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

2018-09-04 Tested: Mikegyver High-Speed USB-C Charger for 2018/2017/2016 MacBook Pro via Vehicle DC Power

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

2018-07-25 OWC Docks Confirmed To Work with 2018 MacBook Pro

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

2018-06-14 Using an old Apple 30-inch Cinema Display on an iMac Pro

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

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

2017

2017-12-27 OWC Unboxing Videos for iMac Pro, Teardown to Follow Soon

2017-12-27 OWC Unboxing Videos for iMac Pro, Teardown to Follow Soon

2017-12-25 New iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc? Cables and Related

2017-12-01 Cabling up the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock in my Mercedes Sprinter Photography Adventure Van

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

2017-10-12 OWC Mini Travel Dock Handy for Quick Peripheral Usage, SD Card Reader, Pass-Thru Charging, USB Ports

2017-09-17 Options for Connecting a Display with Mini DisplayPort or DisplayPort input to a Mac with Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C

2017-09-15 OWC USB-C Mini Travel Dock for Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C Macs such as 2016/2017 MacBook Pro, 2017 iMac 5K

2017-09-10 macOS High Sierra: Caution Advised

2017-09-08 My Sprinter Photography Adventure Van Project: Which Mac?

2017-09-04 Deals on Apple MacBook Pro: My Thoughts on Deeply Discounted 2016 Model vs 2017 Model

2017-08-31 OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock Now Available for Ordering

2017-08-18 Reader Question: Connecting a Dual-Link DVI-D Display to new Macs with Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C

2017-08-12 Reader Comment: How to Solve Connecting Mini DisplayPort Display to Macs with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3

2017-07-29 My Sprinter Photography Adventure Van Project: Which Mac? Experience Report / Proving it Out? MacBook Pro = Not so good for big jobs

2017-07-23 Nifty Desk Fan that Runs on USB

2017-07-22 2017 iMac 5K: Connecting a Display Done Easily with OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock + Reader Comments

2017-07-21 TESTED: BatPower USB-C High Speed In-Vehicle Charging of 2016/2017 MacBook Pro and 2015 MagSafe MacBook Pro Too!

2017-07-07 TESTED: BatPower USB-C High Speed Charging of 2016/2017 MacBook Pro in Vehicle

2017-06-30 4th of July Deals at OWC/MacSales.com

2017-06-30 2017 MacBook Pro: Personal HotSpot via iPhone Does not Work

2017-06-20 Apple MacBook Pro: DC Power Input for Efficient Battery or Car Operation? (bypass DC-AC-DC waste)

2017-06-16 SmartAlec for Drive Health Monitoring:

2017-06-07 Assessing the Dec 2017 Apple iMac Pro

2017-05-23 SoftRAID Updated to Version 5.6

2017-05-05 Reviewed: OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Mini USB-C

2017-05-03 OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock: USB SSD Speed via Dock vs Direct Connect

2017-05-02 OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock: USB SSD Speed via Dock vs Direct Connect

2017-04-30 OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock: SD Card Slot Speed vs Dedicated Card Reader, 2015 MacBook Pro

2017-04-30 OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock: In Hand for Testing

2017-04-24 OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock: 13 Ports that Solve the Compatibility Headaches with the 2016 MacBook Pro

2017-04-16 New Thunderbolt 3 Products from OWC

2017-02-21 Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Infographic

2017-02-01 OWC Now Has Thunderbolt 3 Cables

2017-01-23 Intel “Baby Canyon” NUCs with Kaby Lake and Thunderbolt 3 and Lots More

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

2016

2016-12-06 OWC Introduces Redesigned Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt 2 Technology + SALE on “Gen 1” Version

2016-11-28 Cyber Monday Deals

2016-11-26 Black Friday Specials, Links (updated @ 16:50 PST Nov 26)

2016-11-23 OWC Black Friday Specials

2016-11-19 2016 MacBook Pro: the SanDisk USB-C Card Reader Does not Work with my Lexar SDXC Cards

2016-11-19 2016 MacBook Pro: USB-C Might Offer Massive Runtime via External Batteries

2016-11-17 2016 MacBook Pro: Arrived, Solving the Adapter Mess

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

2016-11-04 Apple Cuts Prices Substantially on Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Adapters

2016-11-03 OWC Infographic: Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C

2016-11-02 OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock: 13 Ports that Solve the Compatibility Headaches with the 2016 MacBook Pro

2016-11-02 2016 MacBook Pro: USB-C Might Offer Massive Runtime via External Batteries

2016-11-02 2016 MacBook Pro: High Sales + Schiller on the Omission of an SD Slot

2016-11-02 2016 MacBook Pro: Firewire 800 Compatibility

2016-10-31 Why no Included Adapters with new Macbook Pro?

2016-10-30 The 'Killer' Feature of the 2016 MacBook Pro : Best Laptop Display Gamut Yet?

2016-10-29 Compatibility Hardware for Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C Macs (USB, Thunderbolt, Camera Card Readers, etc)

2016-10-27 New Apple MacBook Pro (updated with comments, updated again with solutions)

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

2016-09-04 Big Discount on *Factory Sealed* 2015 Apple MacBook at MacSales.com

2016-08-31 Viewing and Backing up Files from a Digital Camera on a Trip

2016-08-10 Deals at MacSales — 6 Core Mac Pro and More...

2016-05-24 First Look: OWC USB-C Dock

2016-05-18 Apple 2016 MacBook: Real-World Photoshop Performance + IntegrityChecker Speed

2016-05-18 Apple 2016 MacBook: Real-World Photoshop Performance + IntegrityChecker Speed

2016-05-18 Apple 2016 MacBook: CPU Utilization During Network File Copy

2016-05-16 Apple 2016 MacBook: SSD Performance

2016-04-22 Thunderbolt 3 Brings Many Benefits, but Neither a Seamless nor Immediate Transition

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

2016-04-19 Apple Bumps Up the MacBook

2016-03-31 DEAL: 14,000mAh Portable Power Pack

2016-02-03 OS X El Capitan Finder: “The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found. (Error Code-43)”

2016-01-25 Play 4K Videos on 4K TV: Load Onto USB3 Drive

2016-01-20 OWC USB-C Dock for MacBook Now Shipping

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

2016-01-09 Reader Question: Backup Drive for a RAID

2015

2015-12-24 Apple iMac 5K Purchased and Arrived: It’s a Keeper for Professional Use, which is Unprecedented

2015-12-21 Handy items for Charging, Connecting, etc

2015-12-16 New Products from OWC

2015-12-16 400GB SSD for $99: Old Dog Laptop? Puppy It! Or 1.6TB Thunderbolt SSD? Easy as Pie.

2015-12-11 OWC Deals

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

2015-12-04 OWC Most Popular Items

2015-12-04 Best Starter Camera Deal?

2015-11-30 Cyber Monday Deals at OWC and B&H Photo

2015-11-24 Get a Gorgeous 5K Display—with a Free Computer Included!

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!

2015-11-13 OWC Price Drop and Deals: 8TB HGST Ultrastar He8 and TRIPP LITE USB3 Hub

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

2015-11-05 30-bit Color Support in OS X El Capitan with Dual NEC Wide Gamut Display + 32-bit Color

2015-10-30 10-bit Graphics Support in OS X El Capitan: Adobe Confirms Support is Coming for Photoshop

2015-10-27 Reader Question: Revamped Mac Pro Due?

2015-10-22 Reader Question: Charge-Only Lightning cable

2015-10-16 Reader Question: Why No USB3 ports on OWC Thunderbay 4?

2015-10-14 Reader Question: Update Coming for Apple Thunderbolt Display?

2015-10-08 iPhone 6s Plus: can it work Like a Real GPS Unit?

2015-09-30 OS X El Capitan Out Soon (next major OS release)

2015-09-19 Two Products MPG Uses Every Day

2015-08-18 Charging iPhone, iPad, any USB-Chargeable Device: Lupine USB One

2015-07-08 OWC Extends Warranty to 2 Years for Thunderbolt 2 Dock Owners

2015-06-22 The Best MacBook Pro for Photographers, Videographers, Power Users

2015-06-19 Reviewed: 2015 Apple MacBook

2015-06-18 Mini Review: 2015 Apple MacBook

2015-06-12 USB-Charging your iPad, iPhone, Cameras in the Car, Colored Lightning Cables

2015-06-10 Suggested Accessories for the MacBook Pro

2015-06-08 OWC Announces USB-C Dock for new MacBook

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

2015-06-06 Storage and RAID Deals

2015-05-26 Some Deals at B&H Photo on Macs

2015-05-13 Savings on Various Macs (limited time)

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

2015-04-10 OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock: All Sorts of Ports for Every Mac with Thunderbolt

2015-04-01 2013 Mac Pro Flash Drive (SSD) Can Fail

2015-03-04 Tested: OWC 240GB Envoy Pro Mini USB3 Thumb Drive

2015-02-06 Drives Unmounting After Sleep in OS X Yosemite?

2015-01-09 OWC Envoy Pro 1TB SSD In Stock

2015-01-01 OWC Envoy Pro 1TB SSD

2014

2014-12-29 Elgato Thunderbolt Dock for $135

2014-12-27 TESTED: Kingston HyperX 128GB Data Traveler USB3 Thumb Drive

2014-12-13 Sea Change: Security is Your Job Also, the Writing is on the Wall

2014-11-26 OWC Holiday Deals

2014-11-18 OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 5 USB3 Ports (2 High Power), Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, HDMI, Daisy-Chainable

2014-11-03 Audio Storage Drive for a MacMini

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

2014-08-29 OWC Labor Day Specials

2014-06-25 Excellent USB3 Expansion: TRIPP LITE 7+1 Port USB3 Expansion Hub

2014-05-26 How to Configure 2013 Mac Pro + many Mac Pro Configs in stock at B&H Photo

2014-03-19 Price Drop on OWC SSDs

2014-03-18 Deal—TRIPP LITE 7+1 Port USB3 Expansion Hub

2014-03-14 CalDigit Thunderbolt Station Adds Support for iPhone/iPad Charging + Apple Superdrive

2014-03-01 Is Thunderbolt Faster than USB3?

2014-02-26 2013 Mac Pro: USB3 Performance Impaired Relative to MacBook Pro (Single PCIe Lane Throttles Bandwidth)

2014-02-20 USB3 Ports and eSATA Ports on Older Mac Pro: NewerTech MAXPower eSATA 6G + USB3 PCIe Card

2014-02-20 Fast USB Digital Camera Card Readers

2014-02-17 Expanding USB3 Ports

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

2013

2013-12-30 OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual on Thunderbolt: Striping and Striped Pair of Mirrors

2013-12-26 OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual: Thunderbolt or USB3 Dual Drive Enclosure

2013-12-26 OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual as Fault-Tolerant RAID-1 Mirror over Thunderbolt

2013-12-23 OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual: Thunderbolt vs USB for Dual-Drive RAID

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

2013-12-19 2013 Mac Pro: What I ordered and Why

2013-12-18 2013 Mac Pro Buying advice

2013-12-17 Gift Ideas for the Computer User

2013-11-24 Are Thunderbolt Product Choices Poised to Balloon in Variety, Availability, Scope?

2013-10-06 OWC Releases Firmware Update For Its Mercury SATA SSDs

2013-09-30 Reader Comment: Hard Drive Warranty

2013-09-29 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Faster than the Current Model?

2013-09-24 New iMac with PCIe Flash Storage

2013-09-04 NEC PA302W LED-Backlit 30-Inch Wide Gamut Display

2013-07-24 Get the Existing Mac Pro While They Last?

2013-07-22 Thunderbolt Product Choices Poised to Balloon in Variety, Availability, Scope

2013-07-01 OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini with 6G SSD on USB3 — Speed Increase

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

2013-06-12 2013 Apple Mac Pro: The Good Parts

2013-06-11 Reader Comment: OpenCL Support for the dual AMD GPUs

2013-06-11 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Video User Comment

2013-06-11 2013 Apple Mac Pro: TMP?

2013-06-11 2013 Apple Mac Pro: More Reader Comments

2013-06-11 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Misses the Mark for Video Users

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

2013-06-11 2013 Apple Mac Pro: CPU Choices Predictions

2013-06-10 “In general is it better to purchase the older 6 core Mac Pro or get this newer machine?”

2013-06-10 WWDC: The New Apple Mac Pro

2013-06-10 New Mac Pro: WHEN?

2013-06-10 New Mac Pro: 1866MHz DDR3 memory

2013-06-10 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Visuals

2013-06-10 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Thunderbolt 20 Gbps

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

2013-06-10 2013 Apple Mac Pro: CPU Choices

2013-06-10 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Bear Proof?

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

2013-05-12 Convenient Fast SSD for Travel: OWC Mercury Envoy Pro EX USB 3.0 Slim SSD

2013-05-07 Reviewed: OWC Mercury Envoy Pro EX USB 3.0 Slim SSD

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

2013-03-23 Reader Comment: RAID, Highpoint, USB3

2013-02-14 Mac Book Pro with Retina Display — Price Drop and Recommendation

2013-02-01 Mac Pro Rumblings

2013-01-06 OWC Mercury Viper 6G 3.5" SSD

2013-01-06 OWC Mercury Aura Pro and Envoy Pro for MacBook Pro Retina (and Air)

2012

2012-12-31 USB3 on the Mac Pro: CalDigit PCIe 2-Port USB3 Card

2012-12-10 My Favorite Mac Hardware

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

2012-11-18 New Mac Pro in Late 2013?

2012-11-14 When Will a New Mac Pro Appear?

2012-11-01 Lively Logic for Graphing

2012-10-27 OWC Mercury Elite Pro 4TB External with USB 3, Firewire, eSATA Ports

2012-10-23 Analysis of the Oct 2012 iMac

2012-10-23 Analysis of the Oct 2012 MacMini

2012-10-11 MacBook Pro with Retina Display — Thoughts from on the Road and at Home

2012-07-13 Lexar USB3 Card Reader Works on MacBook Pro with Lexar Firmware Update

2012-07-10 How Fast is USB3 on the MacBook Pro 15"?

2012-07-05 OWC Elite Pro Mini SSD on MacBook Pro Retina with USB3 = Blazing Fast

2012-05-16 Thoughts on new Apple MacBook Air (and possible MacBook Pro)

2012-05-11 Loathing for Microsoft — Product Key

2011

2011-12-20 Stocking Stuffers and Gifts

2011-12-09 NewerTech Power2U Wall Outlet with Dual USB Charging Ports

2011-10-05 MacBook Air USB Problems

2011-08-09 Apple Lion Recovery Disk Assistant — But There is a BETTER WAY

2011-08-08 Restoring a Failed Firewire 800 Port

2011-07-20 Apple’s July 2011 MacBook Air

2011-06-02 Whither Thunderbolt?

2011-03-15 OWC Updates Mercury Elite-AL Pro Line With a Whopping 3TB Model

2011-01-23 Thoughts on the future of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

2010

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

2010-10-29 MacBook Air — Comparing to MacBook Pro 13"

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