Question about Voyager Q external HDD dock

Discussion in 'iMac' started by babemag160, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. babemag160 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I just got my new imac 3.06 - 21.5 with the upgraded graphics card. I installed Final Cut Studio and I'm looking at getting an external hard drive to use as a scratch disc. Has anyone used the Voyager Q “Quad Interface” FireWire 800/400/USB 2.0/eSATA hard drive dock? I think this is a great idea because I can swap out drives as I work on them. Any comments or reviews would be great.
     
  2. dernhelm macrumors 68000

    dernhelm

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    I can't speak for the Voyager specifically, although, since I'm in the market for a SATA+EIDE to USB interface, I stumbled across it recently in a search.

    I can say that I've never had a problem with OWC or anything it markets. In general, they are an excellent company to work with.

    For me, however, the idea of the Voyager Q doesn't really work. It isn't often I need blazing speed in a device that is meant to be temporary (since the hard drive is almost completely exposed, you wouldn't use this for more than a few hours worth of data recovery). More speed is always better, but I can get the equivalent with USB 2 only that supports both Sata and EIDE devices for about $10.

    For video editors (who need scratch drives that they can swap in and out) this makes sense I suppose, I'm just not that guy.
     
  3. indg macrumors 6502

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    works great for me with fw800. i use it mostly for backing up my mbp.
     
  4. donga macrumors 6502a

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    just got an OWC catalog in the mail yesterday and saw this. looks great and I wish I had seen this/this came out before i got the thermaltake. it's really nice to be able to swap HDs easily
     
  5. rickeames macrumors regular

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    iMac + Voyager = fail

    Well, either my voyager q dock is dying, or the drive I put in it is, but I have noticed after running for a while, when I try to reboot my iMac, it will just freeze up until I turn off the voyager dock. I'm not sure why or how to troubleshoot it at this point, but it's a little frustrating.
     
  6. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    I use mine connected via FW800. Usually have a 1TB drive in for Time Machine backups, but when upgrading to Snow Leopard, I popped out the TM drive and inserted a 640 GB drive I used to make a bootable clone of my existing Leopard setup using CCC (just in case the SL install went south). I've had the Q for about 6 months now and have had no issues with it. If it was about half the price, I'd get another.
     
  7. rickeames macrumors regular

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    The one bummer people should know is that the second FW800 receives no power from the dock, so you can't chain it with something like a card reader and hope to get it powered. An odd decision in the design.
     

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