Out of box failure. Didn't bother trying another one.
Ivan S. Wilson "iwilson295", Amazon
1 May 2013
Summary: I've purchased this brand and style of macMini stackable drive by iomega before in an earlier model. Those models have since failed and were replaced by SSDs or cloud drives. However they looked and worked great while they lasted (a little loud though). This particular model is not fit for consideration. Not only was it an out of box failure, it had been considerably cheapened, construction wise, over the earlier models.
Summary: Bought two of these in the last two years and both died taking all my 6-months worth of back-ups. Put your money somewhere else! This external hard drive is good for nothing!!! I talked with some Mac technicians, unfortunately, too late, and they tell me that Iomega hard drives are notably unreliable. Protect yourself and your money by buying something else.
Summary: Hard drive developed the "click of death" in one year and one month. Iomega's stance is that it is out of warranty and not only offers no support but wants to charge me $25 just to call their tech support. I had a WD drive fail after two and a half years and received a full replacement. Fortunately I had the data backed up with Mozy so I am only out the purchase price and the time and trouble to restore my files. I will NEVER buy another iomega product.
Summary: This is my 2nd iomega 1TB minimax firewire drive. Now it just sits there going click-click-click and the iMac will not recognize it. Another victim of "the click of death" as it's been previously called. The first iomega 1TB was a 400 firewire purchased over a year ago and as my time machine backup and is still running strong. This one however has failed in 5 months. No apparent reason for the failure as it sits on top of my desk with no heat problems.
Summary: I just bought the new 2010 Mac Mini, so just a warning to those who want to stack this hard drive with the new Mini, it won't work, the new Mini's footprint is much wider plus it has the round black closing at the bottom. The Iomega hard drive has been working good so far. I have been using it as a my Time Machine backup. The hard drive is quiet, it can feel warm at times.
Summary: Don't believe what you read either here or on the iomega site. Here is a quote from the iomega customer service site, "The drive can be used as a hub as long as a USB and/or a FireWire cable is connected to both the drive and the computer. A USB cable must be connected to use the USB ports and a FireWire cable must be connected to use the FireWire ports.
My full backups went from 11 hours to 20 minutes w/FW 400!
Cutedeedle "CDJ", Amazon
6 September 2010
Summary: Good grief I'm impressed, and I've been in the I.T./I.S. biz for about 40 years. I was using two different Iomega eGo USB 2.0 external drives to back up two SCSI 75GB (each) hard drives, on a Windows XP Pro system. I had tried everything my backup software company (Storagecraft's ShadowProtect Desktop Edition, also highly recommended) suggested to speed things up, to no avail.
Summary: after reading rave reviews of this product, and so many varying reviews of other well regarded hard drives, i thought for sure i had found a great purchase. The initial set up went quite well, but as i attempted to load bootcamp on my imac, having used the Minimax as a Time Machine backup site, the Minimax completely crashed. Two days old. That's when i found out iomega charges customers for phone support.
Summary: I've used this as an external hard drive for my macbook pro and I couldn't be happier! I only have two usb ports on my mac so being able to use it as a hub is great. Although you can either use usb or firewire I actually use firewire more now just because its faster and I only need two usb ports right now. If I were to need more though, (keyboard, camera, more hard drives, ect.) The usb hub function would be tremendously important.
Standard external hard drive, nothing special (or negative about it)
R. McAdams, Amazon
14 July 2010
Summary: I decided to run a speed test against my existing external hard drive, a: Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500 GB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/eSATA Desktop External Hard Drive. Here are the test results: Test file size: 11.9 GB (12,859,736,064 bytes) Contains: 6 files, 0 folders COPY operation used for test. Times rounded to nearest minute.