Popular Mac aftermarket vendor Other World Computing (OWC) on Thursday announced the release of new drivers that bring Apple Boot Camp compatibility to its entire lineup of aftermarket SSDs.
The move offers a new selection of upgrade options to Windows-using Mac owners, who were previously unable to expand their SSD storage due to concerns about Boot Camp compatibility.
Boot Camp allows Mac owners to create a Windows partition on their Mac hard drive, offering the ability to boot into either Mac OS X, or Windows when rebooting or starting up their Mac.
OWC’s free Dual Boot Enabler offers Boot Camp compatibility to all OWC SSD drives, including those that were previously unsupported, such as these:
- OWC Aura SSD for Mid-2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display
- OWC Aura SSD for Mac Pro
- Mercury Accelsior S
- Mercury Accelsior E2
Many MacBook users select the cheapest possible storage capacity when purchasing a new Mac, only to later swap out the stock HD later with an aftermarket SSD, such as those offered by OWC.
Months after the release of the Aura SSD for mid-2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display, the recent Gold Stevie Award-winning storage upgrade builds upon its unrivaled value, empowering users to expand the possibilities of their computers where upgrade paths did not previously exist. Alongside a massive eight times more capacity reaching up to 1TB, those longing for Boot Camp capability can now fully enjoy the first and only PCIe-based flash storage upgrade for these mid-2013 and later Mac laptops.
Moreover, the OWC Aura SSD for 2013 and later Mac Pro, available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities, adds Boot Camp to its already impressive internal capacity upgrade of 16 times the factory drive. On top of the higher performance and capacity, the enabler will further expand the possibilities for content creators with recent Mac Pro models.
In addition to the Aura SSDs, the PCIe-based Mercury Accelsior S and Mercury Accelsior E2 round out the OWC SSD line now compatible with Boot Camp. The Accelsior S combines a fast SATA 6G drive with any 2.5” drive, bringing cutting-edge 6G performance to devices otherwise restricted to 3G. The powerful cousin of the Accelsior S, Mercury Acceslior E2, delivers over 800MB/sec speeds and storage expansion flexibility of eSATA with up to 1TB of storage. With the implementation of Boot Camp support, both the Mercury Accelsior and Mercury Accelsior E2 can now get even more out of older computers with PCIe slots.
Users can download the free OWC Dual Boot Enabler from their website.