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OWC expands Boot Camp compatibility to all SSDs, eases storage upgrade path for Mac

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Mac specialist Other World Computing on Thursday released software drivers that bring Apple Boot Camp support to its entire lineup of aftermarket SSDs, giving users who run Windows a wider selection of storage upgrade options.

The free Dual Boot Enabler brings Boot Camp to all OWC SSD drives, including previously unsupported products like the Aura SSD for Mid-2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display, Aura SSD for 2013 and later Mac Pro, and Mercury Accelsior S and Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSDs.

Prior to today's software release, only certain newer OWC drives were able to dual boot using Boot Camp.

Since factory SSDs from Apple are expensive, some consumers choose the lowest possible configuration when they purchase their new computer, later swapping out the spinning HDD with a comparatively affordable aftermarket solution.

OWC offers a number of SSD solutions for Mac owners, including Aura SSD PCIe-based upgrades for various MacBook models. For desktops, OWC's Mercury Acceslior E2 expansion card offers high-speed data transfer at up to 811MB/s and two eSATA ports, while the Accelsior S line provides swift SATA 6G performance with any 2.5-inch drive.

Boot Camp enables a Mac user to create and format a Windows partition on their local storage device. Apple last year updated Boot Camp with support for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

Users can download the free OWC Dual Boot Enabler from the company's website. The enabler can be uninstalled after provisioning, though users can leave it installed as it uses no memory or other system resources.