Whoops!

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

Whoops.

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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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website (RichLefko.com) his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined MyMac.com as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at richardlefko@mac.com.

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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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website (RichLefko.com) his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined MyMac.com as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at richardlefko@mac.com.

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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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

The Guardian MAXimus mini
Review

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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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website (RichLefko.com) his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined MyMac.com as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at richardlefko@mac.com.

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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
http://oyendigital.com/hard-drives/store/TQM12H.html

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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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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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
http://www.rocstor.com/

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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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website (RichLefko.com) his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined MyMac.com as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at richardlefko@mac.com.

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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
Macsales.com

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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About Guy Serle

Guy is a long-time Mac user (since 1987) and insists on inflicting his opinions on technology even when others around him wishes he wouldn't. He's married and the father of two sons. He used to take Tae Kwon Do until the shame of being beaten up by teenagers became too great.

Fantom Drives GForce MegaDisk NAS
Review

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

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

Price: $369.95
http://www.fantomdrives.com

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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About Larry Grinnell

Larry Grinnell has been a Mac user since before there were Macs, first being exposed to his brother-in-law's Apple Lisa 7/7 office system, in 1982 or 1983. After a nine year stint in the US Air Force, he took an electronics technician job at Motorola, Inc., where he stayed for almost 27 years. In that time, he held additional diverse positions from manufacturing engineering technician to technical writing to print production consultant to department webmaster. Currently, he's the sole technical writer for a small communications/electronics firm in Davie, FL. He is a member of the MyMac.com writing staff, and recently completed a two-year stint writing a weekly Macintosh and Apple-oriented column for the Palm Beach Business website (http://www.pbbusiness.com). In his copious free time, he does layout and prepress work for the Grinnell Family Association's quarterly newsletter, and runs their website at http://www.grinnellfamily.org. He also serves on the board of directors for the Palm Beach Phoenix Apple User Group. His next big assignment is to perform the editing, layout, and prepress work for an all new Grinnell family genealogy, which promises to be roughly 2,000 pages in size. Publication date is tentatively scheduled for 2015. He lives in Greenacres, FL. His cat Agnes grudgingly permits him to share her home with him.

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Drobo Storage Robot
Review

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

Drobo Storage Robot
Company: Data Robotics, Inc.

Price: $499
http://www.drobo.com

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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About David Cohen

A lifelong technology fan and an IT professional, David has been writing and podcasting for MyMac since 1995. In his professional life he is an expert in mobile computing, data centres, cloud services and IT security. For MyMac he is a features and review writer, a former host of the MyMac Podcast and Geekiest Show Ever podcast, and the current co-host of the TechFan podcast,

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SohoRAID SR3000
Review

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
http://www.raidon.com.tw

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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