Datacenter servers commonly store data on shared networked storage arrays, but the laptops and desktops used by individuals continue to rely on internal hard disk drives. Enterprise arrays employ a number of performance enhancements, including large RAM caches and fast flash storage, but end users are stuck with single disks. This is changing, however, as users increasingly … [Read more...] about What Is Paired Storage?
As I discussed in my 2011 MacBook Pro introduction, all three models of Apple's Pro lineup include key inside upgrades: Speedy "Sandy Bridge" CPUs and Intel's new Thunderbolt port. Although the aluminum case is unchanged, it was these features I was waiting for. But which model to buy? Once I decided to upgrade from my 3-year-old "Santa Rosa" MacBook Pro to one of these new … [Read more...] about Decision Point: Comparing the 2011 MacBook Pro Models
My late-2009 27" Intel iMac now has an eSATA port. I'm documenting how I did it here mainly for posterity. Although it works fine, I cannot recommend that others attempt to perform the same surgery on their own crazy-expensive Apple computers. eSATA mods like this won't be satisfying to most users, and the operation is risky and destructive enough that non-crazy people … [Read more...] about How To Add An eSATA Port To An Intel iMac
While considering the possibilities of adding an eSATA port to my iMac, I am also investigating eSATA solutions for my MacBook Pro. Since I have an ExpressCard slot, the logical choice is to pick up one of the many ExpressCard eSATA adapters. But it looks like the options aren't all that great: The SiliconImage chipset used in many is full-featured, but the drivers and hardware … [Read more...] about ExpressCard SATA Adapters: The Lesser of Two Evils
The latest Intel iMac line is a killer desktop, from its brilliant screen to its excellent performance. But it's a little lacking when it comes to expansion: A workstation really needs more I/O than five USB and one FireWire port! Since I'm a storage fanatic, my attention naturally turns toward eSATA, and I'm not the only one. Although I've come up with three different methods … [Read more...] about Four Ways to Add eSATA to Your iMac