Iomega maxes the Mini

Published: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 9:30 p.m.
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The compact Iomega MiniMax hard drive matches the Mac Mini's style.

The New York Times
The Mac Mini's compact size makes it ideal for those with simple computing needs. But the urge for more storage and more connected devices always arises. One solution is to add an external hard drive for more capacity and an external hub for more devices. Iomega's MiniMax hard drive combines the two in a design that matches the Mini's style.
The drive comes in 160-gigabyte and 250-gigabyte configurations. The retail price is less than $200 for the 160 and less than $250 for the 250. The units, which also work with Windows-based PCs, are available at and at online retailers. The hub portion of the MiniMax has three FireWire and three USB 2.0 ports. The Mini comes with only two USB ports and one FireWire. The keyboard takes up one USB slot and if you use a non-Mac keyboard - which has two USB ports built-in - the mouse takes up the other USB port. The extra ports let you use devices like digital cameras, scanners and printers.
One minor issue is which connector is used first. If you connect the FireWire cable first, the Mini detects it and connects the hard drive as a FireWire device. If you connect the USB cable first, the drive is mounted as a USB device. The difference amounts to nanoseconds.
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