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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am thinking about preordering one of the new LaCie drives. The 300GB model looks to be the sweet spot. Agree? You get another 50GB for 30 more dollars. The two top models are too rich for my blood.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The 300GB model looks to be the sweet spot. Agree?


I would agree with that.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Also, does anybody know what brand of hard drives LaCie uses in these?

Thanks..


I don't own one, but I've read Western Digital drives are in the LaCie mini.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Also, does anybody know what brand of hard drives LaCie uses in these?

Thanks..


I don't own one, but I've read Western Digital drives are in the LaCie mini.


As long as it isn't Maxtor...

I will never buy another Maxtor drive again...
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As long as it isn't Maxtor...

I will never buy another Maxtor drive again...


Why, did you have one fail on you? I actually think Western Digital and Hitachi/IBM drives are the best. I'm not that crazy about Seagate, Maxtor or Toshiba myself.
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You're not the only one disliking this idea. Sure, ports on the back would make more clutter, but at least it's all in the back (not much difference in clutter with 7 wires or 13...)


I'm sort of with you guys on that one. Here is something else that has me baffled. Why are they including a smart fan in the 300/400/500GB models and not the 250GB model?

The 250GB model is fanless while larger capacity models (300/400/500GB) include a thermo-regulated smart fan for maximum reliability and the quietest operation

That seems strange.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who knows, but it makes the 300GB on even more attractive. I didn't even look at the specs yet. I hope the fan they used is really quiet. With the design it need not be a powerful fan.

I was just reading a comparison of different external mini drive and they felt the LaCie could use a fan or at least cross breeze.

Another thought that I just had on the side ports. I had mentioned that they were likely for temporary devices like digital cameras etc. Then there would only be the need for 1 firewire and 1 USB port (I like to argue with myself Smile).
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Then there would only be the need for 1 firewire and 1 USB port (I like to argue with myself Smile).


True. I was hoping the new mini would at least one USB port on the front. Just watch it will have side ports too. Laughing For real though, if Apple markets the Mac mini as a media device aren't they going to need some ports up front? You wouldn't want to pull out your Mac mini from an entertainment center and mess around in the back every time you needed to download pictures from your camera or sync up with an iPod. This probably won't matter in a few years when everything is wireless, but it matters now.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't opened a LaCie mini, but I would think...
LaCie likely isn't selling as many of the mini's as they would like from the initial design. The side ports are an afterthought/after addition whatever... maybe they could have put the ports in the front, but due to the initial design they were restricted to the side.

Oh well at least they are there. I'm sure if you are crafty (like me) you could put a port on the front of your mini or the LaCie mini. I would rather just purchase a Matias keyboard with USB 2.0 and 1.1 built in. Personally I use the firewire and USB ports on my Cinema Display.

The product is a hard drive. Not a hub. That Belkin Hub looks pretty good, has a port on the front and acts as a heat barrier between whatever mini like hard drive encloser you choose and the mini.

As Bob Marley once sung... "You can't please all the people all the time."
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:

As Bob Marley once sung... "You can't please all the people all the time."


You know it!

I have a bad habit of wanting something that doesn't exist. Maybe I should open my own factory and call it Weee Inc. I'm sure these things will evolve and get better as time goes by. I just want Apple to update the mini next week so I can get the ball rolling.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anthonymoody wrote:
This is sort of sad/funny given the stance... the only reason they came out with this is because the initial product didn't meet sales expectations.

They, or you, may chime in about diversifying the product line, yada yada, but I won't buy that line of argument at all.

TM


Anthony,

Not true at all. Sales are very good, and this is a natural expansion of the product line.

It just took us longer to produce a better product.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
... The side ports are an afterthought/after addition whatever... maybe they could have put the ports in the front, but due to the initial design they were restricted to the side.


The simple answer is that the foot print of the mini will not accomodate a front mounted port very easily - take a look at the inside pictures and you will see that there is not much clearance with the 3.5in drive mech inside. And we were not about to make the casing wider or deeper.

A port is possible if the case height was increased.

Our feeling for the side ports: easier access for the occasional need to connect a device. Definitely easier than trying to connect to the compact and cluttered rear of the other solutions out there.

The Belkin hub is also a good alternative, but they should have done something to keep the hub in place.

As for the other comments on the fan: the larger capacities generate more heat, so a fan is necessary.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...From what I can see the LaCie has only one rear USB port and no FW in the back?

Also, does anybody know what brand of hard drives LaCie uses in these?

Thanks..


There is both a FireWire and a USB connection on the rear of the LaCie drive. Here is a pic:


As for drives, we use Seagate, WD, Hitachi, and Maxtor; just as Apple does in its various computers. By the way, Seagate has just completed an agreement to purchase Maxtor.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like the side ports at all. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M2inOR wrote:


There is both a FireWire and a USB connection on the rear of the LaCie drive. Here is a pic:


Do you have any more pictures?
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