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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 10:00 am    Post subject: Mac Mini form external hard drive? Reply with quote

We've seen a number of interesting accesories (hubs, risers, lights, etc) that match the Mini form factor, and work well under the computer, but has anyone seen or heard of an external hard drive that comes in this form?

It just seems to me that the internal drive capacity and speed have been among the more serious sticking points for people, and given that companies are already releasing other accessories that match the mini, that an external hard drive would follow eventually.

Personally, my plan is to get a Mini and use it as a music server, but even if I max out with the 100G internal drive, I'm still about 150G short of what I need. Sure, I could just attach one of my existing drives, but that wouldn't look anywhere near as good, now would it?!

Any news or rumors you may have heard would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Mac Mini form external hard drive? Reply with quote

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We've seen a number of interesting accesories (hubs, risers, lights, etc) that match the Mini form factor, and work well under the computer, but has anyone seen or heard of an external hard drive that comes in this form? I'm still about 150G short of what I need.


Not matching the mini's profile but Iogear has a few cool Firewire ones. Dude how many songs do you have?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Mac Mini form external hard drive? Reply with quote

BIG DUANE wrote:
Personally, my plan is to get a Mini and use it as a music server, but even if I max out with the 100G internal drive, I'm still about 150G short of what I need.

Dang! That's a LOT of music!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

150GB would roughly be 37,500 songs. Hope they're all legal! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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150GB would roughly be 37,500 songs. Hope they're all legal! Laughing

That's probably around $40k in music...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mavherzog wrote:

That's probably around $40k in music...


Now you're sounding like a Napster commercial!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't necessarily have to be so many songs if they were recorded as FLAC or some other lossless codec...

With storage space so cheap these days, lossless isn't as extravagent as it used to be...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only have around 3500 songs on my Ipod and Mac mini. I bought 100-200 of them on iTunes the rest are from....don't tell the RIAA. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2005 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jase wrote:
Doesn't necessarily have to be so many songs if they were recorded as FLAC or some other lossless codec...

With storage space so cheap these days, lossless isn't as extravagent as it used to be...


I'm not an audiophile but I hear little difference between lossless and 192kbps.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inexpensive disk space is precisely why I decided to go lossless, and in some cases, wav. Probably about six or seven hundred cds are digitized at this point. I run a record label, so 1) I have access to a lot of music, and 2) the stuff on our label needs to be kept at top quality. And these files always get played on a proper stereo - I keep 192 versions on my 40G ipod.

Those Iogear drives are nice. I'm not familiar with their products, though. Are they reliable? I'm currently using the LaCie d2, which doesn't look bad and works great. But I am a slave to fashion - someone has to hurry up and make a Mac Mini formfactor external drive!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iogear products are great but their support is average at best. "someone has to hurry up and make a Mac Mini formfactor external drive!" OHHH that would be sweet!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BIG DUANE wrote:
I run a record label,

Really? Would we know any of your artists?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mavherzog wrote:
Really? Would we know any of your artists?


Well, I suppose anything is possible... Our bands are primarily hardcore, punk, and street rock bands; occasionally found on MTV2 or Headbangers Ball, but definitely NOT the FM dial! Some of our bigger name bands include Madball, Sheer Terror, Blood For Blood, Slapshot, and Fordirelifesake.

In the five years that Thorp Records has been around, we have put out just about 60 CDs, and we have about 125,000 mp3s and 65,000 videos downloaded from our site on a monthly basis. You can check out our site at http://www.thorprecords.com.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly what you want!



Available in 80GB ($149), 160GB ($179), 250GB ($249) , 400GB ($499)
It's also an integrated Firewire and USB2 Hub

http://www.micronet.com/General/minimate.asp

http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/laptops-pcs/apple/minimate-mac-mini-port-replicatorhd-100732.php
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, i just saw that! beautiful!

of course, i have never even heard of micronet, but hey... the product looks perfect!
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