Tag: Apple

New 27″ Imac Ordered

Should be here in about 3 weeks, will let you know how it goes. Ended up upgrading to 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor because it allows hyper-threading. Will upgrade RAM later through another vendor like OWC.

Will test and see if using the Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter will allow tethered capture with Phase One Medium Format Digital Back and Capture One 6 & 7. USB 3.0 will be nice. Still waiting for more Thunderbolt drive enclosure options.

– Jordan


Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt 1 TB Portable Drive – Review

 

After purchasing the new Macbook Pro Retina 15″ laptop I realized you cannot boot the computer from an external portable firewire 800 or USB 3.0 device in an emergency.

Pre – Retina display Mac’s would allow it. Which was nice because if you were out on location or traveling and had the internal hard drive fail you could connect your bootable portable clone and be back in business in no time.

I tried it with some existing portable FW800 drives and the Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter but it won’t work. USB 3.0 drives are a no go too. So had to purchase the overpriced (for now at least) Thunderbolt option. There aren’t a whole lot of portable bus powered options yet. I believe Lacie, Seagate and Buffalo are the only ones for now.  I Paid $199 on Amazon for the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt 1 TB model.

It has Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 port options and came with both cables. Nice to see they didn’t make you pay extra for the Thunderbolt cable. Construction seems decent, cable is nice and short.

Performance wasn’t mind blowing since it is a 2.5″ conventional hard drive, read and write times of around 110 MB/sec were achieved using QuickBench. Fine for a backup drive I guess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And by the way, programs like Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper! are great for making bootable backups.

 

The following is from the Buffalo website:

MiniStation Thunderbolt offers easy plug and play USB and Thunderbolt storage featuring the revolutionary Thunderbolt technology for unparalleled transfer speeds and a USB port for universal connectivity. With speeds up to 10 Gbps, the MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive offers speeds 2X FASTER than USB 3.0, giving you the fastest portable storage interface ever. Perfect as a PC* or Mac portable hard drive, the MiniStation Thunderbolt portable hard drive offers the latest and fastest connection interfaces available.

  • Thunderbolt Hard Drive Technology
  • Interface Speeds up to 10 Gbps*
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Plug-and-Play
  • Pre-formatted for Mac®

Now Available! OWC 960GB Mercury Electra™ MAX 3G SSD 2.5″ Serial-ATA 9.5mm Solid State Drive

OWC is now selling 960GB SSD drives. We’ve been using them (smaller sizes) for the last year or so, in both single drive and dual RAID 0 configurations. Big improvement over normal 3.5″ SATA hard drives. They are not cheap but if you need the speed they are well worth it.

See specs below from their website http://www.macsales.com

OWC

960GB
Mercury Electra™ MAX 3G SSD
2.5″ Serial-ATA 9.5mm Solid State Drive

Mercury Electra 3G SSD

When only the fastest and most reliable Solid State Drive on the market today will suffice for your data storage and backup, look no further than the OWC 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD.
The Mercury SSD line features industry leading SandForce® DuraClass™ Technologies:
  • DuraWrite™ extends the endurance of your Solid State Drive (SSD).
  • Intelligent Block Management & Wear Leveling automatically distributes data evenly across the entire SSD.
  • Intelligent Read Disturb Management spreads the active read/write across the flash components eliminating data corruption caused by constant use.
  • Intelligent “Recycling” for advanced free space management gradually re-writes data across the SSD over time to ensure data never gets corrupted.
  • RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) protects the data on your drive similar to having a RAID setup.
  • Best-in-Class ECC Protection for longest data retention and drive life.
No Risk, No Hassle 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.
This internal 2.5″ SATA SSD uses the latest SandForce 2181 Processor and DuraClass™ technology to deliver the highest transfer speed, endurance, and performance available today.With sustained reads up to 254MB/s and writes up to 250MB/s, up to 100X greater data protection than enterprise class Hard Disk Drives, and RAISE technology for RAID like data protection and reliability, the OWC 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD line delivers unbeatable performance that’s designed and built in the U.S. from domestic and imported parts and backed by a three year warranty.
  • Highlights
  • One of the fastest Internal SATA 2.5″
    SSDs available…and Built in the USA!
  • Ultra-efficient Block Management
    & Wear Leveling for unparalleled reliability & performance.
  • 3 year OWC warranty

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