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Anyone used an Iomega Mini Max External HD ?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:06 am    Post subject: Anyone used an Iomega Mini Max External HD ? Reply with quote

Thinking of getting this for my Mac Mini, anyone used one of these ? I'm wondering if it's as quiet as the Mac Mini ?

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/H0296ZM/A?fnode=MTY1NDA0Nw&mco=MTY4MTY2MTI&s=topSellers

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve the Minimax is on my short list of drives. However after bouncing around to various sites reading reviews there are two concerns. First is it appears the drive does not power down unless you use the USB and not the FW hook up and second is these drives get warm - probably because they don't power down at all. The issue of now powering down is enough for me to hold off until this is addressed, so far nothing on Iomegas website indicates its been resolved or even addressed publicly. Perhaps someone here can verify this, but so far it seems to be common.

The other hold back for me is that Iomega still hasn't updated the drive to us FW800 even though the new Macs don't even have a FW400, yes they appear to include a FW800 to 400 cable but still.

Edit: Reading more posts here found something of interest and enough for me to rule it off my list.
MacDSmith2 wrote:
I would advise against this product. It was designed by an idiot. The Firewire and USB Hub are mutually independent. If you use the Firewire port, all the USB ports are disabled and visa-versa. The company even admits this is by design in the link you provided from the comments of other puzzled owners.


I confirmed this comment from a manufacturer post on Newegg.com
Manufacturer Response wrote:
We apologize for the experience you've had with this product. However, I can explain the technical reasons for what you are experiencing.

The MiniMax can be used as either a FireWire or USB device. It cannot maintain a connection with both systems at the same time. Because there is a USB Hub involved, the USB Hub also turns off when used as a FireWire device. To explain further, there is a switch with "1394a" and "auto" on the rear of the device showing the two modes of operation:

If set to "auto" (default), the first connection to the device will take precedence. For example, if you connect only via USB to use the USB hub, it will function as a USB device. Then if you attach a FireWire connection, it is considered secondary and will remain inactive.

If set to "1394a", FireWire will always take precedence. If you have USB connected then connect the FireWire connection, the USB portion of the drive will automatically be disabled and the FireWire connection will become active.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is Incredible! How could that be true? What a stupid Design. I've been looking at getting one. Was in B&H in New York 3 weeks ago & I asked the Salesperson if I could use both Firewire & USB & he replied Yes. Well I'm not getting one now! Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iomega has come out with a new MiniMax HD that has FW 800 and 1 or 2 TB drive sizes. However, I don't know if they have the same problem as the old ones or not. http://store.apple.com/us/product/H0814VC/A
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is the new manual


NOTE: The MiniMax drive includes a FireWire 800-to-800 cable and a FireWire 800-to-400 cable. If you want to connect to a 4-pin FireWire A connection, you will need to purchase a FireWire 800 to 4-pin FireWire 400 cable.



Connect the other end of the FireWire cable to a FireWire port on your computer. The FireWire cable can be connected to the computer while the computer is running. For the best performance, connect the FireWire cable directly to your computer.


(((The Big fu!))))

>>>>>>>>>>***********CAUTION! Never connect the drive to the computer with more than one cable.***********<<<<<<<<<<<
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(((BS only 1 hookup cable at a time. They want a lot for this POS!))))

Make sure the power switch on the back of the drive is ON.

Mac Users: The drive should mount and appear on the Mac Desktop.

PC Users: Your computer will not recognize the drive until it is reformatted. See Formatting the Drive for instructions.

The Iomega MiniMax Drive is ready to use. Save or drag and drop files to the drive as you would to any other drive attached to your computer.

For important information on operating your new drive, refer to Using the Drive.

For general information and tips about FireWire devices, refer to Guidelines.

Refer to Using the FireWire Ports if you want to connect another FireWire device to the second FireWire 800 port on the drive.

If you encounter problems installing or using the drive, refer to Troubleshooting.


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full manual:

http://www.iomega.com/support/manuals/hdd2010/dskhd/en/consolidated/main.html#minmx800
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