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Mr. Anderson
Feb 23, 2006, 02:24 PM
I've needed some external storage for my new Quad G5 and did a little looking around the net for options. What really got me interested in the MiniG is that the power source is outside the enclosure (so that means that the heat stays outside the enclosure as well) - but when I got the thing today I was amazed at how small it actually was :D And since the power source is outside, it means the fans don't come on often, and that means its a lot more quiet. Very cool and I'm really happy with this. I know a few people who have the LaCie disks and they've all complained how noisy the things are.

Specs: dual 500 Gig drives (1 Terabyte) mounted separately - no RAID and connected via FW800.

And I didn't get it because it looks like a MiniG5, that's just a nice bonus. I was also pleasantly surprised to see its packaging - they've take a more than the MiniG's looks from the G5 - and I was so surprised that I took some pics :D I've also included one of my current setup - enjoy!

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Where to get a MiniG for yourself (http://transintl.com/store/minig.cfm)

Mr. Anderson
Feb 23, 2006, 02:27 PM
Last one is the whole setup with the other computers on the left (the Sawtooth is probably going to be sold soon :D)

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Doctor Q
Feb 23, 2006, 02:28 PM
It's very cool in both senses of the word.

dcv
Feb 23, 2006, 02:29 PM
Awwww that's so cute (if hardware can be cute)... it's like a little baby Power Mac!


*goes off to find out if these are available in the UK*

edesignuk
Feb 23, 2006, 02:31 PM
oh, snap! (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=2162543#post2162543) :D

Very nice little drive caddy there. Looks right at home.

stonyc
Feb 23, 2006, 02:31 PM
Though redundant, the miniG looks really really cool.

Mr. Anderson
Feb 23, 2006, 02:31 PM
I don't know if I would use the word "cute" - can 1 Terabyte be cute? They also have a 4 drive and 1 drive enclosure - I might get another single drive eventually to have as a travel drive. Its still in its evaluation period - but I'm happy so far.

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Mr. Anderson
Feb 23, 2006, 02:33 PM
oh, snap! (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=2162543#post2162543) :D

Very nice little drive caddy there. Looks right at home.


mines a little bigger :D 3840x1200 The scary thing is that the image is like 8000 wide in the original file :eek: :cool:

whocares
Feb 23, 2006, 02:35 PM
"I'll call it MiniG.

and together we'll take over the World. Mwuaahaaaahaaaaaa!!!"

:D :D :D


Is it just me or does it remind you of Mini Me? Size, colour, etc.?

ipacmm
Feb 23, 2006, 02:55 PM
It looks good, I am thinking about buying one of these or just doing the G5 Jive with the internal hd's...

Mr. Anderson
Feb 23, 2006, 03:48 PM
So now the fans have turned on and there is a little hum - but its not bad and a far cry from what my old dual G4 was like.

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Platform
Feb 23, 2006, 04:14 PM
Thats a nice drive....and with FW800 it should be fast as well ;)

zap2
Feb 23, 2006, 04:48 PM
Would make a cool G5 Mini(which there won't be :( )

or a cool Media Mac

noel4r
Feb 23, 2006, 04:48 PM
Nice looking, but too expensive for me....

Mr. Mister
Feb 23, 2006, 06:19 PM
It's like a chode Powermac...

Mr. Mister
Feb 23, 2006, 06:20 PM
Looks cool, matches the Powermac G5 tower nicely! :)

It's like a chode Powermac...

jrk07
Feb 23, 2006, 06:46 PM
Sorry to say it, but I personally think that thing looks awful. I have seen other external hard drives/raid setups that have the same sweet mesh and aluminum of the G5 tower, but don't have the shape of the tower. I'm sure it works nicely though.

Mr. Anderson
Feb 23, 2006, 08:03 PM
Sorry to say it, but I personally think that thing looks awful. I have seen other external hard drives/raid setups that have the same sweet mesh and aluminum of the G5 tower, but don't have the shape of the tower. I'm sure it works nicely though.


My biggest concern was the noise, not the form factor. There is a fan blowing, but its not annoying.

And I'm not really looking at it at all - its under the desk on top of the quad :D

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devilot
Feb 23, 2006, 08:50 PM
Awwww that's so cute (if hardware can be cute)... it's like a little baby Power Mac!That's what I said too! I even said it aloud and forced my boyfriend to look at the picture. :o :p

50thVert
Feb 23, 2006, 08:58 PM
Nice looking but pricey. My money is going to a Maxtor onetouch III. 1TB and FW800 for $770.

jrk07
Feb 23, 2006, 09:34 PM
My biggest concern was the noise, not the form factor. There is a fan blowing, but its not annoying.

And I'm not really looking at it at all - its under the desk on top of the quad :D

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I envy anything that is quiet since I have a noisy iMac....:mad:

Mr. Anderson
Feb 23, 2006, 09:42 PM
Nice looking but pricey. My money is going to a Maxtor onetouch III. 1TB and FW800 for $770.

I bought a maxtor one touch and didn't like it at all, it eventually died on me as well.

Do you have any reviews on that model? I'd be curious to read them?

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Glenn Wolsey
Feb 23, 2006, 09:45 PM
That's awesome! If I needed an external HDD thats what I would get. :)

GoCubsGo
Feb 23, 2006, 11:13 PM
Was I correct to assume that they also offer just the enclosure for $129?
Anyway, that looks great. But what interested me more is that you actually still use a drafting machine!!!! Jesus I thought I was the only one who still had one!

Mr. Anderson
Feb 24, 2006, 07:40 AM
Was I correct to assume that they also offer just the enclosure for $129?
Anyway, that looks great. But what interested me more is that you actually still use a drafting machine!!!! Jesus I thought I was the only one who still had one!


Hahaha - I love the drafting table, but it only gets used once in a while. There's something to be said for the tactile senses in designing, even if it is conceptual sketching.

I got the thing from my old job about 5 years ago when they were getting rid of it - I jump at the chance to take it home, even though at the time I had absolutely no place to put it.

They do offer the enclosure by itself, but the price depends on wether you get the 1,2 or 4 bay size.

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xper
Feb 24, 2006, 09:25 AM
Naaaww what a cutie ;)
Do you have any picture of the back?