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How to Boot from an External SSD

How to Boot Your Same System from an External SSD Before you get started, be sure to make an external backup of your current Macintosh HD.  Step 1 - Plug your new External SSD into one of your free USB 3.0 ports. Step 2 - Download free cloning software onto your iMac. Step 3 - Copy your Macintosh HD (internal hard drive) to your new External SSD. Be sure to select "Backup - all files" as that will ensure that you create a bootable clone. This may take a few hours to complete so be prepared not to use your iMac...

Gaming on Your Mac

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Did you know that your Mac is an excellent gaming machine? You don't need a PC to run League of Legends! Find out how to optimize your Mac for games and learn where to go for the best game titles in 2014. Back in 2010, finding a game for your Mac was sparse at best. Times have changed with the onset of Steam and the Mac App Store. Valve’s Steam has opened the door for digital distribution of commercial and indie games that often work on the Mac. With Steam, users only have to buy one license of a game...

Finding the Memory Thieves

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Watch out for Widgets: Go into the Utilities folder and start your Activity Monitor. This will show you what applications are running and what processes are going on in the computer. You will also find out what apps and processes are taking up the most memory. Look at some of the processes that are not necessary for what you are doing with your computer and make note of them. This is going to make cleaning the startup much easier. Change your preferences for what programs are going to start when you turn on the computer. You can turn off the...

Mavericks - How Much RAM for Macs Do I Need?

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The listed Apple tech spec for upgrading to OS X Mavericks is a minimum of 2GB of RAM. If you have 2007 or 2008 Mac and have never updated your memory before, you may only have 1GB of RAM in your machine.  If you only have 1GB of RAM, you will have to upgrade to the minimum of 2GB before you can install Mavericks. To check how much RAM your Mac currently has, click on your Apple menu in the upper left-hand corner and click "About This Mac." The line that reads Memory will tell you if your Mac has...

Mavericks - What Macs Can Upgrade?

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Apple stated they want to get Mavericks to as many users as possible, so they have enabled OS X Mavericks to be useable on machines up to six years old, going back to 2007 models. If your machine was able to install and run Mountain Lion, you can also upgrade your machine to Mavericks. The official list from Apple includes all of their current machine families - Mac Pro, iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini - and also includes some older MacBooks and an Xserve model as well. The following Macs will be able to upgrade to Mavericks:...

Getting Ready for Mavericks - Introduction

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Mavericks is here!  Apple announced the launch of OS X Mavericks at their keynote event on October 22nd, available immediately - and with the additional exciting news that downloading Mavericks would be completely free.  Apple believes their latest OS, and the upgraded apps that come with it, makes for the best version of OS X yet and wants as many users as possible to be able to use it.  Certainly the price tag of free makes it easily accessible, and many users are now looking to upgrade even if they weren't thinking about it before. Preparing for Mavericks With Apple...

Mavericks - What OS Do I Need to Upgrade?

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Mavericks has been released in the same method as Lion and Mountain Lion before it - through the Mac App Store. The Mac App Store began being bundled with OS X 10.6.6 and above, but Apple lists running OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later as a requirement to upgrading.  If you are running a previous version of Snow Leopard, you can simply run your Software Updates and update to the latest version and be ready to upgrade your OS to Mavericks. Leap-frogging Lion and Mountain Lion Apple only lists the OS requirement as Snow Leopard or later - users...

Mavericks - Compressed Memory

One of the new features Apple is introducing on OS X Mavericks is called Compressed Memory. For users who have older Macs and are experiencing an Apple RAM upgrade limit to your machine, the new Compressed Memory feature should be very exciting. While your machine will always run faster and better with more physical memory added, Compressed Memory brings a new way to help you get the best out of your machine when you've hit a RAM upgrade limit. What is Compressed Memory? When your machine approaches it's maximum memory capacity, Mavericks will start compressing data from inactive apps and...

Mavericks - Hard Drive Space

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The requirement for free hard drive space to upgrade to OS X Mavericks is the same as was required to upgrade to Mountain Lion.  Your machine must have 8GB of available space to be able to download and install Mavericks.  Historically, Apple has been increasing the amount of hard drive space required with each OS version they release, but they have been able to keep the requirements for Mavericks the same as Mountain Lion - good news for users who are running tight on hard drive space! External Storage Options from Ramjet If you don't have enough hard drive space...

Mavericks - What Else Should I Do to Prepare?

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So you know your Mac will be able to upgrade, and your machine meets all the listed technical requirements to run Mavericks. Besides ensuring your system meets the technical requirements and running software updates, it's also a good idea to create a full backup of your machine before you upgrade. While major bugs are frequently worked out before an OS becomes available for consumers to make upgrading safe, having a functional backup of your system at any time is the best way to ensure you won't lose any of your valuable data. Using Time Machine for Your Backup Apple makes...

Why Should You Upgrade Memory for your Mac?

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It is widely known that upgrading your DRAM memory is the simplest and most cost effective way to increase the overall performance of any Mac you own. Upgrading is going to do quite a few things for your computer, namely making it faster and more reliable. With more macmemory on board, you will find you are able to run larger and more complex applications, and able to run more applications at the same time. For example, those who are using their computers for graphics, animation, video editing or other intensive purposes will find having more memory makes it easier for...

What is an Optibay?

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The Optibays from Ramjet are a upgrade kit designed for users who want more hard drive storage for their MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, or iMac. The Optibay is essentially an internal hard drive enclosure that allows you to install a second SATA standard 2.5" internal hard disk drive into your Mac in place of your optical (CD/DVD) drive. For users who need more storage space, you can easily add a second hard drive and increase your total hard drive capacity without having to go through the hassle of replacing the main hard drive. Keep Your Optical Drive Most users today...

How to Test Memory in Macs

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There are different configurations of memory for Mac machines. When you buy mac memory, it is important to have some understanding of how to deal with these differences – from testing to upgrades and cleaning. You will find a number of different ways you can test your memory, as well as other issues that might be troubling your Mac. One of those is the Apple Hardware Test, or AHT. What is the Apple Hardware Test? The AHT has a number of different tools in the diagnostic suite. They can help you determine whether you are having hardware issues or some...

Potential Bottlenecks in your Mac?

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Bottlenecks that affect Mac performance can manifest in many different parts of the computer. There are some common areas where this tends to happen, however, and some of them can be rectified by the user. Too little RAM is one of the most common sources of a bottleneck in performance. As each running program reaches for more RAM, they can sometimes conflict with one another or tax the available RAM so heavily there is simply not enough to go around. This can result in greatly diminished performance. Slow hard drive spin speeds and too little free hard drive space can...

Performance Boost of a Mac Through More Memory

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When you buy mac memory from Ramjet and add more RAM to your system, it can boost the overall performance of the machine. When discussing the performance of the machine, however, it's important to keep in mind this can mean many different things. The "speed" of one's computer is often thought of as the key determining factor of a system's overall performance. However, measuring speed involves benchmarking software and that generally loses most Mac users. We are interested in the user experience and we concern ourselves less with the results from a benchmark study. While useful for our own test...

Ramjet’s Mac Memory Benefits

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Ramjet provides certified, high-end memory for Macs. Read on to learn more about the benefits. What Role Does Memory Play Inside of Your Mac?  Mac RAM plays a vital role in determining the overall performance of your Macintosh computer. Macmemory is utilized as a way to store information that needs to be accessed quickly by the computer when it is performing normal functions. When you open up an application, for instance, that application is stored in Memory. The faster your RAM allows your computer to access information, the faster the application will perform. This is particularly noticeable in situations when...