Summary: Just perfect out of the box. This is our second unit purchase. The first has been hooked up to a 2TB SeaGate purchased from Costco that hooked up to a MacMini. This one is going to our son. He's stoked -- Costco is selling 3 and 4 TB Seagates now.
Summary: No muss no fuss. Seagate's done this really nicely - There's a SATA drive and connector above, and the drives usually come with USB adapter bases. For other interfaces (in this case FireWire) there are adapter bases that, like this one, click onto or off of the drive literally in seconds.
Summary: A necessary adapter since I use a MacBook Pro for all my editing. The FireWire 800 works great, and you are able to Daisy-Chain other FireWIre800 devices off the other FireWire Port on the adapter.