Mac mini form factor external drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by b0redom, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. b0redom macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I'm considering getting a couple of these for my media centre MacMini. The two I'm considering are:

    Lacie mini 500GB
    Iomega Minimax 500GB

    Would anyone rate one over the other?

    Cheers...
     
  2. PDE macrumors 68020

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  3. b0redom thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can't get them in the UK, and from the review I've just read, they're a bit noisy on the cooling front.
     
  4. zami macrumors regular

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    You can get both in the UK at MicroAnvika.

    My story is that I used the old LaCie 250GB fanless version until full and then last week knowing the Iomega had a fan bought the 500GB LaCie thinking (like an idiot!) that it too would have no fan. The noise was terrible, incredibly loud and annoying so I tried to swap enclosures with the old fanless LaCie and left it to clone overnight only to find the drive had stopped after a couple of hours probably due to overheating.

    Anyway went and got an IcyBox enclosure http://www.textorm.com/images/produit/grand/ICY_BOX_IB_351US_B.jpg and shoved the drive in there and propped it behind the monitor, no noise, it's faster though I don't know why and the whole set-up is tidier. The fanned enclosure I'm giving away to a friend to do back-ups with as it is really unusable.

    BTW the drive used in both old and new LaCie Mini Companions was Seagate.
     
  5. b0redom thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi Zami,
    I was talking about the newertech ministack when I said you couldn't get them in the UK.

    What model of the IcyBox did you get?
    Is it fanless?
    It takes standard 3.5" SATA drives right?
     
  6. zami macrumors regular

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    This one here: http://www.microanvika.com/product.asp?PNO=NAN19305

    No fan and it looks OK in real life even though I've hidden it behind my monitor. My experience with a Quicksilver G4 put me off fan noise for life.

    Any standard 3.5" 133 IDE ATA (not SATA) drive works fine and there are different versions with combinations of USB2, FireWire, SATA ports available apparently.
     

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