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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:31 pm    Post subject: what is the best external drive? Reply with quote

Hello for all the mini lovers

wanted to know if any body have try the new acomdata mini pal?

and what are you thinking is the best mini drive+hub on the market today?

the mini pal from acomdata ?
the ministack from OWC ?
the minimate from micronet?

all of them are priced $150-$200 and offer the same kind of combination

thanks tomer
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are all nice enclosures as well as hubs. The miniStack and miniMate have fans which I found annoying when they were running. The miniPal does not have a fan.

I have a Lacie mini on order. I ordered it so I could have a fanless external HD as well as space under my mini so it wouldn't get too hot from the external drive.

I would think the miniPal is the better drive+hub.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Noetic wrote:
They are all nice enclosures as well as hubs. The miniStack and miniMate have fans which I found annoying when they were running. The miniPal does not have a fan.

I have a Lacie mini on order. I ordered it so I could have a fanless external HD as well as space under my mini so it wouldn't get too hot from the external drive.

I would think the miniPal is the better drive+hub.



The miniMate doesn't have a fan.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

castaway wrote:
Noetic wrote:
They are all nice enclosures as well as hubs. The miniStack and miniMate have fans which I found annoying when they were running. The miniPal does not have a fan.

I have a Lacie mini on order. I ordered it so I could have a fanless external HD as well as space under my mini so it wouldn't get too hot from the external drive.

I would think the miniPal is the better drive+hub.



The miniMate doesn't have a fan.


It doesn't but the drive is really loud.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the posting

i think i will go this weekend to the local store and get on of this minipal
to try and see how much noise it's make and if it better then a standard ext HD

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I Just finished doing some testing on my new MINIPAL ext HD and I thought prospective buyers would be interested to know my findings.

I placed the PAL under the mini, connected all the usb/firewire cables, the power supply and all my other devices to the port on the back.
First thing I wanted to see is how much noise and heat the drive is generating next to the mini, I know that the other drives available on the market using a fan to cool the drive and one of the nice thing about the mini is it’s quiet operation.
For this test I used the retrospect backup software that come with the drive.
The process involved copy from the mini 15gb to the PAL drive, it’s require both the mini and the PAL to work hard for couple of hours and will show how the PAL operates under stress.
I did notice that drive does make noise when spinning but it’s not loud enough to be a problem for me.
Then I put my hand on the PAL to sense how hot it’s got I wasn’t really happy, the top of the PAL and the bottom of the mini where to hot for my opinion and I realize that if I will switch them, the mini will sit under the PAL it will solve the issue. (the PAL get hot on the top and the mini get hot on the bottom)
The second thing I wanted to see is if the drive is really faster then my mini 40gb 4200mbps drive, so I installed tiger on the Pal drive (I did notice that the installation was faster then the original mini drive) and it does feel faster when you work in tiger.
Third thing was to install Xbench 1.2 on both drive, and look on the scores:
Mini 40gb 4200Mbps: 26.73
MINIPAL 160gb 7200Mbps 2Mb cache: 44.73
We can see that the drive is a lot faster then the one that comes with the mini.

My conclusion:
Good quality, good color matching
It’s not too noisy,
The heat is not an issue if you place it on top of the mini
It’s way faster then the original mini drive
Add all this great usb/firewire port
Can use as a bootable drive
Comes with retrospect express 6.0
Sell online for $160 (160GB)

The only reason I can think why not to buy the PAL is if you want to install your own drive and them the Ministack will be the way to go


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tmaoz wrote:

The second thing I wanted to see is if the drive is really faster then my mini 40gb 4200mbps drive, so I installed tiger on the Pal drive (I did notice that the installation was faster then the original mini drive) and it does feel faster when you work in tiger.


How did you install Tiger on it? According to page 88 of the manual the minPal can not be used as a startup drive. When I tried to install it the drive never showed up to select.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i just choose the minipal as the destanation for installing tiger and after it finish the installation i boot and it's just work

i also try to clone the mini drive to the minipal but that didnt work
so i did frash install to the minipal
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