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2012-04-03 09:25:01 PM  
I'm confused, link says PC Mag.Com yet product is Mac only.
 
2012-04-03 09:25:51 PM  
Suck Apple's dick harder, shill.
 
2012-04-03 09:33:09 PM  
Semi-related HDD question: when are the prices projected to come down again? I've tried Googling that very query several times since the flooding in Thailand, without much luck.
 
2012-04-03 09:36:21 PM  
its a farking usb drive. Other than being pre formatted as HFS, how is this "for a mac"
 
2012-04-03 09:37:06 PM  

slackux: its a farking usb drive. Other than being pre formatted as HFS, how is this "for a mac"


The FireWire 800?
 
2012-04-03 09:43:43 PM  
Wow, it's got 400x more capacity, looks to be half as thick, and $100 cheaper than the first iPod.

Where that goddamn flying car already...
 
2012-04-03 09:44:25 PM  
"The new My Passport Studio will maintain the same Mac aesthetic and features as previous models, except now it will pack an enormous capacity of 2 TB. To give some perspective on just how huge that is, 2 TB can hold either 400,000 photos, 240 hours of video, or 500,000 songs - or any combination thereof. "

Read "It's color- and shape- coordinated with my Mac and gee whiz now I know what a terabyte is and its not what my 3 year-old nephew calls his stuffed dinosaur, after all."

You can get the same in PC for half what a Mac costs.
And Ubuntu is actually usable by an average person, if you don't want to shell out more to Microsoft.
 
2012-04-03 09:49:05 PM  
Regardless of the Apple thing:

1 - I've seen a few WD external drives die in the last few months, so I'm losing confidence in their portable drives.

2 - 2TB in a portable drive... Way too much for such a media... Considering:

3 - drive speed and USB 2.0, way too slow for any serious transfer.

At this point, it's better to wait for SD cards to get to this sort of capacity, or solid state drives.

I have a 1TB portable for an emergency grab and dash that I back my stuff up every month or so, but it's barely moved or handled, I wouldn't go pass that size at this point, nor would leave it plugged in as a main backup like I believe many that would buy this would do.
 
2012-04-03 09:57:21 PM  
TB belongs in your lungs, not your pocket.
 
2012-04-03 10:05:00 PM  
FTA: Regardless of whether you're a casual Mac user or a professional photographer, videographer, or graphic artist, this will very likely be the only portable hard drive that you'll ever need to purchase, or at least for a very, very long time.

Silly kids. I was sitting at my Atari 800 years ago saying the same thing about it's 48K of useable RAM and the 90K floppy capacity. Who could use that much data.
 
2012-04-03 10:08:06 PM  

Do the needful: FTA: Regardless of whether you're a casual Mac user or a professional photographer, videographer, or graphic artist, this will very likely be the only portable hard drive that you'll ever need to purchase, or at least for a very, very long time.

Silly kids. I was sitting at my Atari 800 years ago saying the same thing about it's 48K of useable RAM and the 90K floppy capacity. Who could use that much data.


Besides, the CLOUD just keeps getting larger and less expensive, pretty soon the only thing that won't fit in there is your inflatable sex toy.
 
2012-04-03 10:09:29 PM  

madden101: Semi-related HDD question: when are the prices projected to come down again? I've tried Googling that very query several times since the flooding in Thailand, without much luck.


I'd heard Jan. 2013, but that could be wrong.
 
2012-04-03 10:13:40 PM  

Parallax: Wow, it's got 400x more capacity, looks to be half as thick, and $100 cheaper than the first iPod.

Where that goddamn flying car already...


We're too busy storing TWO TERABYTES OF PORN IN OUR POCKET.
 
2012-04-03 10:19:59 PM  

GWSuperfan: slackux: its a farking usb drive. Other than being pre formatted as HFS, how is this "for a mac"

The FireWire 800?


That is somehow incompatible with Windows? Theres quite a few PCI and PCMCIA cards that support that as well...

I'd make the PC/Mac comparison, but Macs ARE PCs now.

/Wish macs would go back to powerpc so there would be a legitimate reason to pay more for the damn things, rather than "they're cool"
 
2012-04-03 10:20:17 PM  

Sim Tree: madden101: Semi-related HDD question: when are the prices projected to come down again? I've tried Googling that very query several times since the flooding in Thailand, without much luck.

I'd heard Jan. 2013, but that could be wrong.


Really, that late? I heard it would closer to June/July. The prices seem to have dropped a pretty good amount already.
 
2012-04-03 10:22:35 PM  
The hdd prices won't be coming down. Why would they? You're already paying that price now, why would retailers and manufacturers set lower prices?
 
2012-04-03 10:26:04 PM  
300 bucks?

No thanks. I'll pay less than half of that for something slightly larger.
 
2012-04-03 10:44:58 PM  
www.prestoimages.net

umm, yes. That is two vials of TB in my pocket.
 
2012-04-03 10:46:49 PM  

madden101: Semi-related HDD question: when are the prices projected to come down again? I've tried Googling that very query several times since the flooding in Thailand, without much luck.


Hard to tell - some factories are still not on line, and even if they were, there's a lot of pent up demand. Enterprises have put off and slowed purchases and are ramping up purchases to address that pent-up demand. Consumer prices will remain high until that demand falls, because a lot of enterprise storage systems use both 3 1/2 and 2/12" form factors.

the_rhino: The hdd prices won't be coming down. Why would they? You're already paying that price now, why would retailers and manufacturers set lower prices?


I guess you don't know how commodities work, do you? How's that tin foil hat working out?
 
2012-04-03 10:47:44 PM  

the_rhino: The hdd prices won't be coming down. Why would they? You're already paying that price now, why would retailers and manufacturers set lower prices?


Supply and demand? Supply's been pretty low since October because, IIRC, the flooding wiped out a pretty big WD factory. Other manufacturers followed suit and hiked their prices.

change1211: Sim Tree:

I'd heard Jan. 2013, but that could be wrong.

Really, that late? I heard it would closer to June/July. The prices seem to have dropped a pretty good amount already.


I'm hoping sooner rather than later. I have noticed the prices dropping slightly, but not quickly enough for my liking. I've got a $50 Newegg GC burning a hole in my... Gmail inbox, I guess... and I'd rather pay $50 or $75 of my own moneys for a 2TB 7200 rpm internal drive rather than north of $100. If that were the last drive I'd ever need, then I'd be okay with it, but seeing as how Kryder's Law predicts 10TB drives in the next few years, and SSDs will eventually take over, I'd rather not spend more than I have to.
 
2012-04-03 10:58:14 PM  
Bag of Hammers: I'm confused, link says PC Mag.Com yet product is Mac only.

I know you're being facetious, but this is one thing I'd like to see put to rest.

PC == personal computer (as opposed to a server with dumb terminals).

A Mac IS a PC

archive.computerhistory.org

www.mediabistro.com
 
2012-04-03 10:59:31 PM  

Parallax: Wow, it's got 400x more capacity, looks to be half as thick, and $100 cheaper than the first iPod.

Where that goddamn flying car already...


Here?

Link (new window)
 
2012-04-03 11:19:05 PM  

slackux: That is somehow incompatible with Windows? Theres quite a few PCI and PCMCIA cards that support that as well...


No, but last time I checked, every Mac (excepting the Air) comes with 1394 support standard, whereas I don't remember ever seeing it built-in on any other system. The drive is also pre-formatted HFS+ (not that formatting a drive is a big deal). Combine those things with the overall design, and I can see why they pitch it as "designed for Mac".

/Granted, It would be cooler if it was ThunderBolt
 
2012-04-03 11:31:00 PM  
They didn't have to charge 50 bucks more and make a different case to make it for a mac. They could have just charged 50 100 bucks more.
 
2012-04-03 11:34:56 PM  

change1211: Sim Tree: madden101: Semi-related HDD question: when are the prices projected to come down again? I've tried Googling that very query several times since the flooding in Thailand, without much luck.

I'd heard Jan. 2013, but that could be wrong.

Really, that late? I heard it would closer to June/July. The prices seem to have dropped a pretty good amount already.


Yes, but I'd heard the big PC makers (Dell etc.) were having some trouble sourcing parts. The price wouldn't truly bottom out until their supply pipeline fills up again, leaving more for the rest of us.
 
2012-04-03 11:41:49 PM  
GWSuperfan: No, but last time I checked, every Mac (excepting the Air) comes with 1394 support standard, whereas I don't remember ever seeing it built-in on any other system.

I've seen firewire all over the place, it's usually built right onto the motherboard. I first saw it on a shuttle mini PC barebones system about 5-6 years ago. Even my old ass Dell Inspiron laptop has a firewire port built in.

My 2 year old desktop mobo has one as well, along with an e-stata port.

// and to this date, those firewire ports have been useless to me. Like someone else in this thread, I only use my external drive as another layer of backing up data. Outside of that, network speed is what I care about.
 
2012-04-03 11:50:23 PM  

lordargent: A Mac IS a PC


Apple certainly doesn't want you to think so.

cdn.redmondpie.com
 
2012-04-03 11:58:45 PM  
 
2012-04-04 12:01:47 AM  

Gunny Walker: Oh look! Here's a USB Version for a PC! (new window)


And that one is only $199
Link (new window)
 
2012-04-04 12:03:35 AM  
Shadyman : Apple certainly doesn't want you to think so.

Not since they formed their new image (post rainbow logo).

But it's exactly what you would expect from a hardware company and CED company.
 
2012-04-04 12:11:25 AM  

doglover: Suck Apple's dick harder, shill.


Hey, can't blame WD. When you have a potential customer base that is willing to pay a 50% premium for anything with an "Apple" or "Mac" sticker anywhere nearby, it would be un-American NOT to join the ripoff crew...

/I wonder if Best Buy will sell a $50 "installation service" for these...
 
2012-04-04 12:24:47 AM  

the_rhino: The hdd prices won't be coming down. Why would they? You're already paying that price now, why would retailers and manufacturers set lower prices?


Want to know how we know you don't know what you're talking about?
 
2012-04-04 12:27:31 AM  
Jesus. The things people find to fight over. Less than 150 years after the very first recorded song, you can have 500,000 - HALF A FARKING MILLION! - of them. In your pocket. For 15 hours of the American minimum wage. In your farking pocket, like your keys.

Before fighting over whether it's supposed to be fifty bucks cheaper or available in green and the corners should or shouldn't be rounded, is it OK to exhale slowly, say, "holy moley" and reflect on how lucky we all are to even be having the conversation?

You all should be required by law to call your great-grandparents and tell them that you can fit every picture they've ever seen and every song they've ever heard in your shirt pocket with enough room left over for their 50 favorite movies and you can do this
with the fruits of a few hours labor.

Then mow their damn lawn for them.
 
2012-04-04 12:28:42 AM  

Do the needful: FTA: Regardless of whether you're a casual Mac user or a professional photographer, videographer, or graphic artist, this will very likely be the only portable hard drive that you'll ever need to purchase, or at least for a very, very long time.

Silly kids. I was sitting at my Atari 800 years ago saying the same thing about it's 48K of useable RAM and the 90K floppy capacity. Who could use that much data.


Seriously. My music collection alone is sitting near 500GB, and I just keep buying CDs at thrifts, so it's only going to keep growing... 2TB is the minimum I would consider for my next back-up drive.

/25¢ CDs are just ridiculous.
//This week I picked up Pet Shop Boys "Bilingual", The Sugarcubes "Life's Too Good", and a real treasure Shonen Knife "712" from 1991 on Gasatanka Label.
 
2012-04-04 12:31:27 AM  
designed exclusively for Macs

More like "designed exclusively for people who don't know how to format a hard drive". :P

A fool and his money are soon parted.
 
2012-04-04 12:31:42 AM  

Do the needful: FTA: Regardless of whether you're a casual Mac user or a professional photographer, videographer, or graphic artist, this will very likely be the only portable hard drive that you'll ever need to purchase, or at least for a very, very long time.

Silly kids. I was sitting at my Atari 800 years ago saying the same thing about it's 48K of useable RAM and the 90K floppy capacity. Who could use that much data.


Bah, luxury! In my day portable storage looked like this:

the7ones.com
 
2012-04-04 12:35:39 AM  

Manfred J. Hattan: Jesus. The things people find to fight over. Less than 150 years after the very first recorded song, you can have 500,000 - HALF A FARKING MILLION! - of them. In your pocket. For 15 hours of the American minimum wage. In your farking pocket, like your keys.

Before fighting over whether it's supposed to be fifty bucks cheaper or available in green and the corners should or shouldn't be rounded, is it OK to exhale slowly, say, "holy moley" and reflect on how lucky we all are to even be having the conversation?

You all should be required by law to call your great-grandparents and tell them that you can fit every picture they've ever seen and every song they've ever heard in your shirt pocket with enough room left over for their 50 favorite movies and you can do this
with the fruits of a few hours labor.

Then mow their damn lawn for them.


Progress is amazing isn't it. But our great-grandparents should have called their great-grandparents and told them that you can get voices sent to you magically over the air that play out of a little box. Or that you can get movies sent to you as well in a different little box. Or that you can get these discs that can hold music that you can play back at your leisure. Or cars, and airplanes...etc,etc,etc...
 
2012-04-04 12:42:35 AM  
Manfred J. Hattan: Before fighting over whether it's supposed to be fifty bucks cheaper or available in green and the corners should or shouldn't be rounded, is it OK to exhale slowly, say, "holy moley" and reflect on how lucky we all are to even be having the conversation?

Screw you dude, I was promised intergalactic space travel and cybernetic implants, and here we are sitting here STILL with no production ready flying car. So I'll be damned if I'm impressed by a portable drive.

//They're not even solid state :P
 
2012-04-04 12:59:38 AM  

lordargent: Manfred J. Hattan: Before fighting over whether it's supposed to be fifty bucks cheaper or available in green and the corners should or shouldn't be rounded, is it OK to exhale slowly, say, "holy moley" and reflect on how lucky we all are to even be having the conversation?

Screw you dude, I was promised intergalactic space travel and cybernetic implants, and here we are sitting here STILL with no production ready flying car. So I'll be damned if I'm impressed by a portable drive.

//They're not even solid state :P


www.randomwire.com
 
2012-04-04 01:11:52 AM  

Do the needful: FTA: Regardless of whether you're a casual Mac user or a professional photographer, videographer, or graphic artist, this will very likely be the only portable hard drive that you'll ever need to purchase, or at least for a very, very long time.

Silly kids. I was sitting at my Atari 800 years ago saying the same thing about it's 48K of useable RAM and the 90K floppy capacity. Who could use that much data.


they had atari's before the Renaissance? wow. to think, they should have used that technology to compute a cure for the black plague or something.
 
2012-04-04 01:16:07 AM  

Do the needful: FTA: Regardless of whether you're a casual Mac user or a professional photographer, videographer, or graphic artist, this will very likely be the only portable hard drive that you'll ever need to purchase, or at least for a very, very long time.

Silly kids. I was sitting at my Atari 800 years ago saying the same thing about it's 48K of useable RAM and the 90K floppy capacity. Who could use that much data.


Two questions:

1. Just how old ARE you? Are you a vampire or immortal?

2. What type of product did Atari produce 800 years ago? I'm curious.
 
2012-04-04 01:16:43 AM  

Livingroom: Do the needful: FTA: Regardless of whether you're a casual Mac user or a professional photographer, videographer, or graphic artist, this will very likely be the only portable hard drive that you'll ever need to purchase, or at least for a very, very long time.

Silly kids. I was sitting at my Atari 800 years ago saying the same thing about it's 48K of useable RAM and the 90K floppy capacity. Who could use that much data.

they had atari's before the Renaissance? wow. to think, they should have used that technology to compute a cure for the black plague or something.


Curse you for being faster on the trigger. But +1 for thinking like me.
 
2012-04-04 01:22:14 AM  

fusillade762: Bah, luxury! In my day portable storage looked like this:

[the7ones.com image 500x320]


Oh I remember those days. We actually didn't get a cassette drive till a month or so after picking up the computer. So for weeks to load a program you had to type it in from the magazine. Then finally got a cassette drive to save them on. I stayed home from high school the day my 810 floppy drive was delivered. That was a good day in the Needful house. One box of 10 SS/SD Elephant Memory Systems Floppies was a sweet $50. Still have them.
 
2012-04-04 01:26:01 AM  

Livingroom: they had atari's before the Renaissance? wow. to think, they should have used that technology to compute a cure for the black plague or something.


Nix Nightbird: Two questions:

1. Just how old ARE you? Are you a vampire or immortal?

2. What type of product did Atari produce 800 years ago? I'm curious.


At least it wasn't a 2600. That's what Jesus played. Which would explain the holes.
 
2012-04-04 01:26:19 AM  
Nix Nightbird: Curse you for being faster on the trigger. But +1 for thinking like me.

800 years, that's nothing

I was playing on an Atari 9600 years ago.
 
2012-04-04 01:32:03 AM  
"2 TB can hold either 400,000 photos, 240 hours of video, or 500,000 songs"

www.iwatchstuff.com

mind blown

/sarcasm off
 
2012-04-04 01:34:31 AM  
I remember back in the olden days reading a proposal for this thing called "The Terabyte Memory Project". It was going to erect a building in the middle of the country and fill it with tape drives and magnetic tape. It was going to be a central repository for the Arpanet (as we onion-belted government engineers called the pre-internet) and let scientists archive their stuff on mag tape. That was when the main backbone links of the 'net were 50kbps, and this facility was going to cost millions. Now you can hold that much in your hand, for under a hundred bucks, and it'll hit transfer speeds 100,000 times faster. Won't be many more years before your thumb drive will have the capacity to store in High Def video every moment of your life from birth to death, plus every book, movie, tv show, and song ever made. And Apple will own the rights to all of it.
 
2012-04-04 01:40:25 AM  

lordargent: Nix Nightbird: Curse you for being faster on the trigger. But +1 for thinking like me.

800 years, that's nothing

I was playing on an Atari 9600 years ago.


n00b. I started playing Warhammer 40,000 years ago.
 
2012-04-04 02:28:25 AM  

Kraftwerk Orange: Seriously. My music collection alone is sitting near 500GB, and I just keep buying CDs at thrifts, so it's only going to keep growing... 2TB is the minimum I would consider for my next back-up drive.


Just wait until you start ripping DVDs...

I've got about 6 TB of video now - and running RAID, so 12 TB of HD space total. Time to buy more.

/Life without DVD cases everywhere is heaven
 
2012-04-04 03:17:03 AM  

slackux: its a farking usb drive. Other than being pre formatted as HFS, how is this "for a mac"


It's more expensive
 
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