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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:12 pm    Post subject: LaCie mini Reply with quote

Product: LaCie mini
Category: Hard Drive Enclosures

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Back up your computer, upgrade storage capacity or easily transfer files with this stylish, compact and user-friendly drive. Expand your digital life by storing more photos, videos, music, and files with the LaCie mini drive – the ideal companion hard drive for Mac mini. Its unique 4-corner crown fits seamlessly into the underside of the Mac mini to create a stable, symbiotic harmony.

The LaCie mini drive was brilliantly engineered to allow for a natural cooling airflow to move between these two drives for greater heat dissipation. It offers convenient plug & play and ultra-quiet operation. Stack several LaCie mini drives under the Mac mini for additional capacity or use it with any other computer with a FireWire connection. [List Price: $119-$199]


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:45 pm    Post subject: but only one connection Reply with quote

its nice.. but you only get firewire or usb. dont get both...
i love lacie.. but they screwed up on this one
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: but only one connection Reply with quote

thelox714 wrote:
its nice.. but you only get firewire or usb. dont get both...
i love lacie.. but they screwed up on this one


Well, what they say is that they went for the Think Different approach. I think they thought a little Too Different and won't up with a product a little lacking on the feature side.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be buying the LaCie drive when the time is right. $$$.

I'd rather have better airflow than additional firewire ports. Buy a hub or a Cinema Display if you need additional firewire ports.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just wondering if it'd be possible to stick my own hard drive into this Lacie device Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm just wondering if it'd be possible to stick my own hard drive into this Lacie device Very Happy


Not easily. I have one and the top is near impossible to remove if possible at all. I suspect these are meant to remain sealed units and not user upgradable. I have sent a note to LaCie asking them about it but no response yet due to the Labor Day holiday.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do post back if you get a response. Thanks! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

syaman wrote:
Do post back if you get a response. Thanks! Smile


From Support:

"The Mini is a brand new
product and we do not offer any assistance in opening this enclosure. We
would recommend that you exchange the drive with the reseller for the
size that you actually need. Again, you will void the drives warranty if
you open the enclosure."
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://miniplus.blogspot.com/2005/09/stack-em-highlacie-mini.html
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I bought myself a LaCie MacMiniMate and found out it is not that hard to replace the HD at all. The only thing which was hard was to get the power plug in the LaCie inner life out of the HD. I thought I would break off, but it was possibly just a wee to thick. With some silicone spray I got it done. I replaced the Hitachi Deskstar 80 GB 7200 rpm/2mb cache by it's bigger brother, a 160 GB, 7200 rpm, 8 mb cache and it works like a charm! Very Happy If I need a bigger disk, it probably would not cause any problems to change again!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My LaCie Hard Drive CRASHED in the first week... Evil or Very Mad
@#$@& !!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least one of the other mini-style drives comes in a 0-GB configuration (just the case and cables, no software or drive) for those who want to use their own HD for whatever reason.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marianopardo wrote:
My LaCie Hard Drive CRASHED in the first week... Evil or Very Mad
@#$@& !!!


Good you had warranty. I replaced the drive myself and my firewire chip is broken, now I have a useless LaCie case... Crying or Very sad (which I sold without the AC power block/cord for € 25.00 just last weekend! I paid € 80 with a 80GB hitachi drive in it just a year ago and sold the 80Gb drive earlier) Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These do look very nice. Why did they stop making the 80GB model? That would be perfect for me...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TyPod wrote:
These do look very nice. Why did they stop making the 80GB model? That would be perfect for me...


Just a rather small drive for todays standards. It's not likely they even make 80GB 7200 RPM IDE drives any longer. What is available is likely what is remains in the supply channel.

I bought a 160GB quite a long time ago for a very good price. Practically for the price of the enclosure. You may get lucky and find a new drive for a good price, or you may be able to buy a used drive for an even better price. These drives look odd when not under a mini. Some people may sell them do to the fact that they sold their mini etc.

The nice thing about the V1 models is they were all fanless.
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