|Feb 1, 2008, 02:22 PM||#1|
Ext. HD w. Hub
I am awaiting my MacBook Air, and though I am buying it for its size and portability, I also have to admit; I will need the external SuperDrive, as well as an external HD. At least for sitting on my desk at home, and when travelling, in a hotel room. Hence, can someone help me out:
Is there an external HD with a build-in USB hub? I don't mind so much it needs external power, but if it could draw power from the USB, that would be fantastic.
I saw a small housing, called the MiniD, with a HD, as well as a few USB ports,(http://www.transintl.com/store/categ...?category=2621), but it does not seem to be on-sale anymore, and it was a bit OTT.
|Feb 1, 2008, 02:55 PM||#2|
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|Feb 2, 2008, 03:50 AM||#3|
The MacBook Air will NOT be my primary Mac. I have a Mac Pro 8-Core ordered. And, most of the time I will just be "hauling" around the Air.
However, in my home when using the Air, I'd like an external HD on where I can put music, films, pictures, which I can then bring with me when I travel (which I do a lot).
Also, perhaps I want to connect a set of headphones, as well as my SuperDrive, and perhaps charge my iPod, and for that I need a hub.
So, it would be nice if I could combine an external HD with a USB hub, and perfect if this unit used the power from the Air.
|Feb 2, 2008, 04:25 AM||#4|
Speaking of casings, you should take a look at OWC and what they have. Not sure I've seen one with a hub in it, under the 3.5" drive size though.
I'm pretty sure most casings will not offer a solution that can draw power from USB -- standard USB specs 500mA of power, and most high capacity laptop drives need 750 to spin up. They don't typically design them to power that way, as a result. The only one I can think of is the Iomega USB ego, which goes up to 250GB. Never tried one, though.
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