Seagate Central – Review

On May 15, 2014, in Hard Drive, NAS, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Seagate Central
Manufacturer: Seagate
Capacity: 2TB
MSRP: $149.95 (Internet price $128.00)
Seagate Central with 2TB capacity

Are you worried about your documents, precious photos, music library, and data stored in The Cloud? Ever thought about how secure your personal information is when it is all sitting in a data center somewhere? Instead of trusting your stuff to someone else’s cloud, how about putting it in your own cloud?

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MyMac Podcast #494 – Doing it on the run

On February 12, 2014, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Sponsored by OWC

Because absolutely no one asked, Guy goes over in detail how he’s going to podcast using just iOS at the Macworld Expo. You’d think he’d have the process pretty much worked out by now. Meanwhile Gaz is excitedly testing rechargeable batteries in Apple devices that don’t have Apple’s logo, that rebel! While it all sounds rather mundane, this was a pretty funny show.

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Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Macintosh
Company: 
Seagate
Price: $110 to $190, based on 2TB, 3TB, or 4TB online purchase

Seagate Backup Plus Black Mac

Seagate’s semi-modular external drives are versatile gems of design and engineering. With only a few companies now manufacturing good-quality consumer backup drives, the latest lineup of Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Macintosh models offers reliability, excellent value for money, and a secret hidden feature in the removable bottom power and interface port base unit.

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Nemo’s 2012 Holiday MyMac Gift Guide for Techies

Backup and archive. Daily. No exceptions.

If you are reading this and you are not fully backed up using Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper, stop immediately and order a new external multi-interface bus-powered backup drive or two. Keep one drive handy for daily updates, and the other offsite for safety and security. Email the G-Men on the MyMac Podcast if you need advice on how to use Time Machine and the other two backup applications.

I have been using and testing OWC’s Mercury On-The-Go Pro Triple Interface acrylic-encased FireWire 800/400 + USB 3 SSD and HDD solutions for several months, and I recommend them highly. They are versatile, sturdy, affordable, efficient, fast, and have the best guarantee in the business. Obtain an OWC unit with more storage than you think you need, because soon you will be glad you have the extra capacity. Get an SSD if max speed is your top priority, or choose an HDD if cost and max GB are paramount.

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OWC On-The-Go Pro 240GB SSD Triple Interface External Drive
Price: $295

OWC On-The-Go Pro 500GB Triple Interface External Drive
Price: $138

Seagate Backup Plus Portable External 1TB Drive for Mac
Price: $130

Adapters are available, sold separately, to convert this drive to FireWire 800 and/or Thunderbolt

 

LaCie Rugged Key 16GB
Price: $40 for 16GB, or $70 for 32GB

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David Weeks and John Nemo collaborated on this user report.

Products used for our testing and evaluation are:

Seagate GoFlex for Mac Ultra-portable Drive ($150)

Seagate GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-portable Drive ($130)

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Seagate Backup Plus
Review

On July 19, 2012, in Hard Drive, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive
Company: Seagate

Price: 500GB is $119.99; see web site for other sizes and prices. Prices vary among online retailers.
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3, USB 3.0 or 2.0 port

Seagate has long been a fixture in the world of internal and external hard drives. Recently, Seagate released a new type of drive—one that helps you share and save your digital media on social networks.

Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive is what you’d expect when thinking hard drive: it comes in various storage capacities and colors, and works with both Macs and Windows. The difference is the Backup Plus’ Dashboard, which users set up to upload pictures and videos to Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube, or download pictures from Facebook and Flickr.

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Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapters – First Look – Nemo Memo

Internet prices: $100 and $190 (approximately)

It’s not easy to test these innovative new Thunderbolt adapters from Seagate. I needed a compatible GoFlex portable hard drive with its removable USM cable module, and a GoFlex Desk hard drive with removable base, both of  which I have. I needed an Apple Thunderbolt cable, which I didn’t have. I needed a Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh, which I also don’t have.

Seagate provided our evaluation GoFlex Thunderbolt adapters. Then they sent a $50 Apple Thunderbolt cable. So far so good. A local retail establishment generously provided the latest 15 inch MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt port. One of my Mac tutorial clients agreed to let me use his new 13 inch MacBook Air. I was ready to proceed.

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Touro Mobile Pro USB External 7200 rpm Hard Drive
Hitachi
$80 US for 500 GB or $92 US for 750 GB

 


GoFlex Turbo USB External 7200 rpm Hard Drive
Seagate
$120 US for 500GB or $140 for 700GB
Shop online to obtain best prices for these new products.

Four important points before we begin:

1. These hard drives connect to your Macintosh via USB, not FireWire. USB is slower than FireWire, with equal reliability. USB version 3 is the new standard. Macs don’t have USB 3. Macs have USB 2. These drives are USB 2 compatible

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GoFlex Slim Performance USB Drive
Review

On June 30, 2011, in Hard Drive, Macintosh, Review, by John Nemerovski

GoFlex Slim Performance USB Drive
Seagate
$100 for 320GB

It’s not the least expensive or the highest capacity external hard drive, but it is the slimmest, and it does have good performance on both Mac and Windows computers. You need to reformat GoFlex Slim using an idiosyncratic NTFS method specified by Seagate to achieve optimum Mac/PC compatibility. MyMac recommends you do this immediately after purchase.

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Life changes forever when you have a 3TB external FireWire 800 + USB2 AC powered  hard drive. You can backup and archive anything and everything. You’ll be glad you paid the extra $60 over the price of the puny 2TB GoFlex Desk for Mac sibling.

So far so good. Hard drives backed up? Check! iOS devices backed up? Check! Photo and music libraries’ redundant archives? Check! Plenty of additional storage capacity for future expansion and bloatware? Double check!

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GoFlex for Mac
Company: Seagate
GoFlex and GoFlex Pro for Mac Ultra-portable Drive – speed, capacity, pricing:
GoFlex 5400RPM: 1TB ($190) or 1.5TB ($220)
GoFlex Pro 7200RPM: 500GB ($140) or 750GB ($170)

Formatted for TimeMachine, with Windows compatibility possible, these two new bus powered external backup and storage portable hard drives from Seagate are fine products. A generous three year warranty is provided.

Unusual non-standard FireWire800 and USB2 cable adapters connect directly into a GoFlex’s rear SATA port for live plug and play swappable access. Don’t lose those cable segments! Exterior silver outer shell material is pleasant to touch with a gentle and soft tactile feel. There is no carrying case or protective cover.

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Holiday 2009 Gift Round-up

On December 21, 2009, in Opinion, by David Cohen

 

 

It’s that time of year, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, and Christmas fast approaching, that the mind turns to gifts. Whether it be buying for a techy loved one, looking for inspiration for that letter to Santa, or simply looking to spend a holiday gift card, there are a myriad of reasons to be browsing the web or stalking the aisles of your local electronics emporium. To create some food for thought, I have assembled a few ideas for you – products I have either been reviewing for MyMac Magazine or that I have bought for myself over the last twelve months.

Pulse Smartpen 2Gb
Company: Livescribe

Price: $169.99
http://www.livescribe.com/

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Seagate Shared Storage II network drive
Company: Seagate

Price: $499
http://www.maxstore.com/product.asp?sku=3338670
(1 TB version reviewed)

Nowadays, people have more networked computers in their homes and small offices, so the need for backing up all their files has become far more important. Add in the increasing file size of photographs and video files, and you’ll want a “network attached storage” device. NAS is the acronym of choice for these gadgets.

NAS devices are hard drives that can be accessed over a Local Area Network (LAN), to eliminate the problem of having to move hard drives from one computer to another, or to have a separate hard drive dedicated to backup for each computer. The NAS can have accounts for individual users, or the files can be open to all.

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Maxtor OneTouch III Mini 160GB
Review

On April 11, 2007, in Hard Drive, Review, by John Nemerovski


Maxtor OneTouch III Mini 160GB
Company: Seagate Maxtor

Price $200 (large discounts are available, so shop with that in mind)
http://www.maxtorsolutions.com/en/catalog/OTIII_Mini/

Seagate buys Maxtor and retains the Maxtor brand. The company provides a unit to MyMac.com reviewer during Macworld 2007 Expo. Reviewer successfully uses and evaluates hardware/software combo. The product has both strengths and weaknesses. Positive outweighs negative, and reviewer recommends unit, with some reservations. Reviewer uses product, and learns to optimize its features. End of story, or beginning? Reviewer is tempted to make this a “RSR” (really short review).

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