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Yet another way OWC is “iconic” in its field.

One of the little things often overlooked by many external drive manufacturers is the drive’s Desktop icon. In many cases, all you get is OS X’s “generic” orange external drive icon. That’s fine, I suppose, if you’re only using one drive, but what if you have a bunch of external drives, like I do? That’s a lot of orange!

All OWC and NewerTech External Storage Solutions, however, not only come pre-formatted for OS X, but every drive has a custom icon that was specially designed to blend right in with Apple’s default icons, as if they were always part of the system. If you have a Mercury Elite-AL, that’s what you see on your Desktop. Same with the On-The-Go, the miniStack, or any OWC or NewerTech Storage Solution. Our products are designed with Macs in mind, and it’s that attention to detail that helps make OWC a standout in the Mac community.

What happens, though, if you reformat your drive, erasing the icon with it, or if you put your own drive in an OWC or NewerTech enclosure? Are you doomed to a life of generic orange icons? Is the joy of having your OWC or NewerTech drive gloriously represented on your desktop merely a dream, never to be realized?

Of course not!

Right on the OWC Web site is a repository of all our Storage Solution icons, as well as some original Time Machine icons, too. Simply download the appropriate icon set, pick the icon you want, and follow the simple replacement instructions on the page. It couldn’t be easier!

OWC Chris S.
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  • I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for these icons. I love OWC and have gotten several hard drives from you, most recently an SSD. I loved being able to come here and grab the icon so I could customize my Mac. Thanks again!

  • OWC External Storage Solutions are formatted for Mac OS when they are built. However, reformatting is fairly simple. If you need instructions, they can be found here in our Tech Center. click on the Formatting tab and select the version of Windows. Note that the links don’t initially look like they’re active, but mouse over and they’ll work just dandy.

  • What format do the drives use exactly…

    My mom just purchased an OWC On-The-Go drive for use backing up pictures on two windows PC. Will she need to reformat them?