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Mac mini Drives: Spring 2007 Price Per Gigabyte
Friday, March 16, 2007 - 1:53 AM EST
Posted by: Brian

Last year, I put together a little article that compared all of the Mac mini-style external hard drives on a price-per-gigabyte basis. The response to the article was fairly positive, so I thought it would be a good idea to put another one together this spring. Once again, the comparisons are on a price-per-gigabyte basis only. There are other factors that you should consider before buying. You should also look at what the enclosure is made out of (metal or plastic), how many USB and FireWire ports it offers, the cache size of its hard drive mechanism, and the length of its warranty.

The prices listed below are the manufacturer's suggested retail price as of 03/16/07. You might be able to do better with certain models if you shop around some. I think Amazon and PriceGrabber are always good places to start looking.

Brands/Models:

Iomega MiniMax
  250GB @ $179.95 = 72 cents per GB
  500GB @ $269.95 = 54 cents per GB

LaCie mini
  160GB @ $119.99 = 75 cents per GB
  250GB @ $139.99 = 60 cents per GB

LaCie mini Hard Drive & Hub
  250GB @ $179.99 = 72 cents per GB
  320GB @ $199.99 = 62 cents per GB
  500GB @ $269.99 = 54 cents per GB

Micronet miniMate
  80GB @ $119.95 = $1.50 per GB
  160GB @ $119.95 = 75 cents per GB
  250GB @ $139.95 = 56 cents per GB
  300GB @ $179.95 = 60 cents per GB
  400GB @ $389.95 = 97 cents per GB

NewerTech miniStack V2
  80GB @ $114.99 = $1.44 per GB
  160GB @ $129.99 = 81 cents per GB
  250GB @ $149.00 = 60 cents per GB
  320GB @ $179.99 = 56 cents per GB
  400GB @ $239.99 = 60 cents per GB
  500GB @ $259.00 = 52 cents per GB
  750GB @ $469.00 = 63 cents per GB

Trans Intl miniD
  80GB @ $99.00 = $1.24 per GB
  160GB @ $125.00 = 78 cents per GB
  250GB @ $139.00 = 56 cents per GB
  320GB @ $169.00 = 53 cents per GB
  400GB @ $189.00 = 47 cents per GB
  500GB @ $229.00 = 46 cents per GB
  750GB @ $429.00 = 57 cents per GB

WeibeTech Maxelerate
  250GB @ $129.95 = 52 cents per GB
  500GB @ $267.95 = 54 cents per GB
  750GB @ $449.95 = 60 cents per GB

Comparison:

80GB
  Trans Intl miniD @ $99.00 = $1.24 per GB
  NewerTech miniStack V2 @ $114.99 = $1.44 per GB
  Micronet miniMate @ $119.95 = $1.50 per GB

160GB
  Micronet miniMate @ $119.95 = 75 cents per GB
  LaCie mini @ $119.99 = 75 cents per GB
  Trans Intl miniD @ $125.00 = 78 cents per GB
  NewerTech miniStack V2 @ $129.99 = 81 cents per GB

250GB
  WeibeTech Maxelerate @ $129.95 = 52 cents per GB
  Trans Intl miniD @ $139.00 = 56 cents per GB
  Micronet miniMate @ $139.95 = 56 cents per GB
  LaCie mini @ $139.99 = 56 cents per GB
  NewerTech miniStack V2 @ $149.00 = 60 cents per GB
  Iomega MiniMax @ $179.95 = 72 cents per GB
  LaCie mini Hard Drive & Hub @ $179.99 = 72 cents per GB

320GB
  Trans Intl miniD @ $169.00 = 53 cents per GB
  NewerTech miniStack V2 @ $179.99 = 56 cents per GB
  LaCie mini Hard Drive & Hub @ $199.99 = 62 cents per GB

400GB
  Trans Intl miniD @ $189.00 = 47 cents per GB
  NewerTech miniStack V2 @ $239.99 = 60 cents per GB
  Micronet miniMate @ $389.95 = 97 cents per GB

500GB
  Trans Intl miniD @ $229.00 = 46 cents per GB
  NewerTech miniStack V2 @ $259.00 = 52 cents per GB
  WeibeTech Maxelerate @ $267.95 = 54 cents per GB
  Iomega MiniMax @ $269.95 = 54 cents per GB
  LaCie mini Hard Drive & Hub @ $269.99 = 54 cents per GB

750GB
  Trans Intl miniD @ $429.00 = 57 cents per GB
  WeibeTech Maxelerate @ $449.95 = 60 cents per GB
  NewerTech miniStack V2 @ $469.00 = 63 cents per GB



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