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    mcgrayce's Avatar
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    Nov 18, 2007
    Iomega 500GB UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive for $169 @ the apple store, Good Deal or No?
    Hi All,

    Just browsing the apple store for any good deals, I stumble upon this one & I wanna know what you guys think.

    Little Desc:


    Capacity: 500GB
    Formatted: HSF+
    Interface: USB 2.0, FireWire 400
    Compatibility: Mac and PC
    Rotational speed: 7200 RPM
    Cache buffer: 8MB
    Dimensions (HxWxL): 5.0 x 1.67 x 9.5 in./12.7 x 4.25 x 24.13 cm


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    bobtomay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Don't even have to look at it. No, not a good deal. 1) iomega is one of those companies that do not make hard drives, and do not even reveal whose drive is in the case, 2) 8MB cache, all decent 500GB drives will have a 16MB cache, 3) You should be able to find several others for less money and/or longer warranties than iomega's 1 yr offering.

    Try newegg, amazon, bet they've both got some great sales right now. You could even check out OWC.
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    Mace's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 17, 2005
    1.83 MBP
    You can build one that size or bigger for less. Hit newegg and look at enclosures and HDD's. You may have heard this before but I did it recently and 1) I got more HDD space for the money, 2) it was cheaper and 3) It took all of 15 minutes to set up, literally.

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    fleurya's Avatar
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    Nov 18, 2006
    Anytown, USA
    27" iMac 2.7GHz Core i5, iPhone 4S, 3rd gen iPad
    You can get 500GB WD My Book drives on Newegg all day for $120 and I would trust WD much more than Iomega.
    "Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others"

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    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Don't trust WD either...
    I have a 500 GB mybook that I used for footage offloading on an indie HD film that I just shot. I had about 30 hours of material on there and about 80% of it disappeared this weekend. I went through two recovery programs before I came upon Data Rescue II which, thankfully, recovered about 95% of the files. Highly recommend that program... for $100, it does something it'd cost you $400-$2000 to get done at a data recovery facility.

    I know, I know, I know... it should have been backed up. I was too cheap and kept putting it off. I got off lucky and it woke me up, that's for sure.

    Anyway, I bought an iomega ultramax pro 1.5 TB drive from B&H for $510.00 and I think it was well worth it. First off, I was surprised to find out that the drives inside are two 750 GB Seagate Barracudas. As far as I know, Seagates are one of the most dependable drives. Besides that, I was also able to stripe it as RAID 1, which gives me a bit more peace of mind. I don't know much about this, does Seagate have anything to do with Iomega or does Iomega just make drive enclosures? I wonder what's inside this 500 GB Ultramax. Better than the My Book, I'm willing to wager!

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    JerrfyLube's Avatar
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    Sep 22, 2007
    Cheyenne, WY
    MBP 2.4 Santa Rosa
    Watch closely for sales the next few weeks...WD had 500GB mybooks for 99 dollars and 1TB models for 199 for their friday/saturday sales last week. I expect they will be priced close to the same as christmas approaches.

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