On August 27, 2012, in Features, How-To, by Rich Lefko


Some of us who write reviews and articles here at MyMac like to think we’ve got this whole Mac computer, iPad, iPhone, iStuff thing pretty well nailed down, but the truth is many of us fly by the seat of our pants with this tech stuff.

For instance, I have been ripping the DVDs I own for quite a while now so I can play the content on my Apple TV. I was getting pretty smug about it. I’d tell people that watching DVDs at my house was a thing of the past. No more DVD boxes laying about from my kids. Nope, we just flip on the Apple TV and there it all is just waiting for you. Well, that was before last Friday.

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WiebeTech RTX 220-QR
Price: Dependent on drive configuration – $499 with no drives

PCI Card Info: TeraCard PCI – 30310-0500-0002 (TCESO-2e)
Price: Provantage $81.50 – Available from many sources so shop around

Company: WiebeTech  – A Brand of CRU-Dataport

The WiebeTech brand has been around since the year 2000 making data storage products and offering forensic services to premier companies and governments across the globe.

Today we’ll be looking at one of Wiebetech’s many desktop RAID storage systems in their RTX line, the RTX 220-QR. This is a two bay RAID solution for your desktop that offers RAID 0 (Stripe) or RAID 1 (Mirror) options.

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Take Control Of Backing Up Your Mac 
Author: Joe Kissel
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing Inc
ISBN-13: 9781615423941, 210 pages
Price: eBook US$15.00. Print US$28.99

Backup is a process that most of us would acknowledge as being an essential part of the computing experience. Why then do so many of us fail to backup?

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The Guardian MAXimus mini

On June 7, 2011, in Hard Drive, RAID, Review, by Rich Lefko

Guardian MAXimus mini
Company: newertechnology
Price as tested: $229.99
NewerTech – Other World Computing

Are you backing up? Do you have enough storage for your laptop, or your Macintosh computer? How about portable storage? Can you move your storage around if you need to?

I have a solution for all of these and it it is called the NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini (Abbriviated here as GMM) from NewerTechnology.

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DataTale TQ-M12H – Review

On October 14, 2009, in Features, by John Nemerovski

DataTale TQ-M12H

Company: Oyen Digital
Price: $90

Get a handle on this unusual drive dock! I mean, you affix a brushed aluminum handle to an internal SATA full size 3.5 inch hard drive. This handle is a guide as you insert your drive into a custom powered bay that connects to your Macintosh via FireWire 800/400/USB/eSATA. All necessary cables are provided, colored white.

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Rocstor Arcticroc 4T Raid Drive

On June 15, 2009, in Hard Drive, NAS, Review, by Rich Lefko

Rocstor Arcticroc 4T Raid Drive
Company: Rocstor

Price: $745 as reviewed – Pricing varies by seller

Rocstor has been designing and manufacturing secure encrypted/unencrypted data storage solutions since 2000. You can find a broad listing of products on their website.

Today we’ll be looking at one of their newest storage solutions, the Arcticroc 4T RAID enclosure.
At first glance the Arcticroc (AR) doesn’t look like your run of the mill external storage solution.
It’s not.

The AR is a very well constructed RAID enclosure with a minimalist design. All of the ports are on the back and the rest of the unit is a brushed aluminum enclosure that is quite appealing to the eye. When it is sitting on your desk, I’d bet others would ask you, “What is that?”

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Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual-Drive USB 2.0 + USB 2.0 Powered Hub
Company: Other World Computing

Price: $299.99

Hardware Requirements: Any Mac with a USB port

Who doesn’t love REALLY BIG hard drives? More space for all our stuff. I remember buying a hard drive for my first computer which happened to be a Mac Plus with a SCSi port. It was a 40Mb (yes, I said 40Mb) external drive that set me back $700 and at the time I thought there was no way I was EVER going to fill this monster! I’ll give you a minute to stop laughing and then we’ll continue with the review…are you done? Good.

Of course I’ve bought countless internal and external drives since then and the same thought used cross my mind all the time; “Can I justify buying a drive this big?” Circumstances of course have made such questions silly in this day and age of digital content. There IS no such thing any longer as too much storage space. We need it for audio, for video, for editing webpages, operas, yodeling dog tracks, and immeasurable other things that were mostly just dreams to use computers for back in the day of my old Mac Plus. Naturally whenever a gap is created in technology between what we have and what we need there is someone there to fill it. You can get external drives from almost anywhere these days, but buying from Harry’s Fish supplies and computer sales can be an iffy thing when it comes to support after the sale and that’s where some makers really shine.

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Fantom Drives GForce MegaDisk NAS

On February 6, 2008, in Hard Drive, Review, by Larry Grinnell

Fantom Drives GForce MegaDisk NAS (MDN1000)
Company: Fantom Drives

Price: $369.95

I really, really wanted to like this little box. Readers of a previous blog know that I have used NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices in the past and love the concept, if not always the execution. The Fantom GForce MegaDisk NAS from MicroNet is no exception.

The idea is that a NAS device securely sits out on your network and makes itself available to anyone authorized to use the network. Typical applications for a NAS include a central backup system, iTunes server, movie server, shared file server, and so on. This is a file server (and more) for the rest of us…or is it? Keep reading.

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Drobo Storage Robot

On October 16, 2007, in Hard Drive, Review, by David Cohen

Drobo Storage Robot
Company: Data Robotics, Inc.

Price: $499

MyMac.Com has reviewed different large multiple-disk storage products recently. They all share some common traits – multiple disks in an enclosure (USB or FireWire), looking like a large single volume, and some form of RAID technology applied.

RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, and is a server room technology for allowing disks to be pooled. There are different types of RAID implementation, with differing types of data protection and performance. The most common RAID used on two-drive multiple disk products are RAID 0 (disk striping) or RAID 1 (disk mirroring). John Foster of MacBreak Tech refers to these as “Scary RAID” and “Slightly less scary RAID”, which should tell you plenty about how useful these actually are. The fact is that these systems offer at best only slight data protection, and at worse less protection than a single disk USB drive. If something fails, you may lose all of your data, and the unit may need factory repair. You may also need a replacement drive of exactly the same make an size as any others in the unit – problematical if you have had it for more than six months.

So, the whole topic is a techy nightmare. What is needed is someone to bring an Apple-like user approach, that is centered on usability, functionality and simplicity. Enter from stage left the Data Robotics Drobo Storage Robot.

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SohoRAID SR3000

On May 15, 2002, in Hard Drive, RAID, Review, by Tim Robertson

SohoRAID SR3000
Computer Platform Independent (FireWire Needed)
Company: RAIDON Technology Inc.

Price: $449.99

My day to day operations in my “pay all the bills” job forces me to manager a fairly large RAID system. For those who do not know what a RAID is, let me explain.

What is a RAID?
A RAID is a simple, elegant solution to make using server space more efficient. For example, if you run a large business that calls for many people to access stored information on your server, chances are you will be running a RAID on that server. It lets you connect many cheaper hard drives together to increase your storage size, without the user seeing a lot of different connected hard drives. While the server has four 10GB hard drives connected to it, from the users perspective, they see one single 40GB drive (or “Volume” as they are officially called). More likely, in this scenario, they would see one 20GB Volume, as the other 20GB of the RAID would work in the background, quietly mirroring (copying) everything the users do to the other 20GB. Call it a self-backup if you will. This is a typical RAID1 setup.

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