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Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive

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Product Highlights
  • FireWire-800
  • FireWire-400
  • USB 2.0
  • 3-Port USB Hub
  • Stackable Design
  • Protection Suite Software via Download
  • HFS+ Formatted for Mac OS X
  • Requires Reformat for Use with Windows

The 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive from Iomega is an external desktop drive featuring a pair of FireWire-800 ports, a USB 2.0 port, and a 3-port USB 2.0 hub! FireWire-400 is supported via an included adapter cable.

The drive features a design that is designed to match the look and feel of the original Mac mini. It can be stacked with that computer, and can also rest atop the redesigned Mac mini and Airport Extreme Base Station. It ships formatted as an HFS+ volume for use with OS X. Windows users with Mac envy can certainly use it with their systems, but they'll have to reformat it as a FAT32 or NTFS volume to do so.

Iomega provides a license for their comprehensive protection suite with the drive -- you'll have to download the actual software package from their web site. The protection suite includes Iomega QuikProtect and Trend Micro Smart Surfing for Mac. It also includes Roxio backup software and MozyHome Online backup for Mac and Windows.

Add stackable storage to your Apple Mac mini or share drive access with the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server
Compatible with Windows systems, but a reformat is required
More connection capabilities with a three-port integrated USB 2.0 hub and two FireWire 800 ports
Available via download, the Iomega Protection Suite includes Trend Micro Smart Surfing software for Mac, Iomega QuikProtect, Roxio backup software, and 2GB of online storage from the MozyHome Online backup service
Performance
Capacity 1TB
Interface 2x 9-pin FireWire-800
1x USB 2.0 (B)
3x USB 2.0 (A)
Drive Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
System Requirements Computer: Power PC G3, G4, G5; Intel Mac; 300MHz Pentium II
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6; Windows XP (32/64-bit), 2000, Vista, 7 (32-bit)
Memory: 128MB (Mac); 256MB (Windows)
Hardware: USB 1.1, USB 2.0, FireWire-400, or FireWire-800 port
Software: Web browser required to view manual
General
Mounting External
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC
Environmental Requirements None
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.5 x 1.7 x 6.5" (16.5 x 4.3 x 16.5cm)
Weight 2.3 lb (1kg)
Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • FireWire-800 Cable
  • FireWire-800 to FireWire-400 Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Iomega1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (25)
    • Attractive (23)
    • Easy to use (23)
    • Quiet (23)
    • Large capacity / good size (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (21)
      • Additional storage (18)
      • Photo storage (13)
      • Video (9)
      • File transfer (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (15), Casual user (14), Frequent user (6), Heavy duty user (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (27), Business (12)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (23)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Own two of these.

      Own two of these drives, 1 for Time Machine backup, 1 for media files. Both running on an iMac. Great product, very reliable. Had one for over a year, and one...Read complete review

      Own two of these drives, 1 for Time Machine backup, 1 for media files. Both running on an iMac. Great product, very reliable. Had one for over a year, and one for about a month. No issues. Style matches the Mac styling, looks great on the desk stacked up next to my Macs. Can be considered to be quite large as far as external hard drives are concerned, but I don't travel with them, they are simply desktop storage.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Incorrect information on the box

      I haven't been able to actually test this device for backup because although the box says it will work with OS X 10.4, the software download only works with 10.5. This was very disappointing...Read complete review

      I haven't been able to actually test this device for backup because although the box says it will work with OS X 10.4, the software download only works with 10.5. This was very disappointing and the possibility of having to return the product and fight over the refund is irritating. Iomega staff said, "Warranty covers the hardware but not the software." However, they should not LIE on the box.

      The drive itself connected correctly and quickly.

      Reviewed by 40 customers

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      5.0

      Reliable Back Up.

      By Jet Mech

      from Indy

      About Me Casual user

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • File Transfer
        • Photo Storage
        • Video

        Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

        Purchased the Iomega 1TB MiniMax external hard drive over three years ago due to a fear of losing data saved on the family's iMac. Over three years of trouble free backups that fear is gone.
        Right out of the box, installation was very simple and interfaced with the iMac's Time Machine program format. No problems what so ever with crashing, noise from hard drive, excess heat, etc. The MiniMax has been a great addition to our storage, not to mention peace of mind. Thanks B&H

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Problem free backup drive

        By Ron

        from Santa Rosa, CA

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup

          Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

          In April of 2012 I added another Mac mini (small footprint) to my home network. I purchased this drive as a backup for the new Mac. The new Mac minis have a larger footprint so this was one of the few drives left that still came in the smaller footprint. The Iomega drive has served admirably in that capacity; it is quiet, unobtrusive, and was easy to install. The only issue I have is with the indicator light, i.e. the blue 'I' on the front of the case; it often remains lit event when the computer and drive are turned off. On more than one occasion I have walked into my office, seen the lit 'I' and, thinking I had forgotten to turn the drive off, turned it off only to hear the gentle whirring as the drive spins up to speed. Other than this very minor issue I have had no reason to complain about this drive.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          size doesn't matter

          By joackim

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Video

            Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

            great harddrive, works quietly. I have quickly developed trust and sympathy. I think, the harddrive is a litte big, kind of old school. maybe the size makes it more reliable.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Great Drive; only B&H had it

            By Iketubes

            from seattle

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup

              Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

              I've been using one of these for 3 years as my music server. Finally decided maybe I should have a backup (!) Only trouble is that nobody seemed to sell it anymore. B&H came through!

              This drive is fast, quiet, cool, reliable and looks good too.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              a quiet hard drive

              By sfyalek

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup

                Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                I use this hard drive as the backup drive. Installation is easy, plug and play. The drive is surprisingly quiet and fast.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                1.0

                Incorrect information on the box

                By onodrim

                from Virginia

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                      I haven't been able to actually test this device for backup because although the box says it will work with OS X 10.4, the software download only works with 10.5. This was very disappointing and the possibility of having to return the product and fight over the refund is irritating. Iomega staff said, "Warranty covers the hardware but not the software." However, they should not LIE on the box.

                      The drive itself connected correctly and quickly.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Good Product

                      By Barry Houston

                      from Houston, Texas

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup

                        Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                        I purchased four of these to have duplicate backups for two computers. I use one for the Time Machine back up and the other one to have a bootable carbon copy of my drive. I have had the misfortune of a hard drive crash and never want that again. Product is easy to use and sets up quickly without any problems. You plug it in to your iMac and everything works perfectly.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Great Little Drive

                        By Dorsalfin71

                        from Tallahassee, Fl

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Photo Storage

                          Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                          This external drive complemented my Mac Mini very well as it had the same look and style as the computer. The box also included several wires to allow me to connect the drive via FireWire 400 or 800 or even USB.

                          Nothing bad to say about this drive at this time.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Works very well

                          By Trainchaser

                          from Evansville IN

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • Has onoff button

                          Cons

                          • Slightly pricey

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup

                          Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                          Purchased this drive for primary backup of my iMac and digital photos. So far it has performed very well. Write speeds seem very fast on firewire 800.
                          This sleek looking drive looks right at home with the Mac.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          Seems to work great

                          By B

                          from Denver

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use

                          Cons

                          • Noisy

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Photo Storage

                          Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                          I use this drive for time machine and backing up photos. It's really easy to use, very affordable,and the finish matches my Imac. The only downside is it a bit noisy (relative to my Imac which doesn't seem to make any).

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Pretty dependable HD

                          By Meinjetta2

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • File Transfer

                            Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                            I've only had this HD for about 4-5 months, but so far it's working as it should. I use it exclusively for Apple Snow Leopard (10.6.x) Time Machine backup. I do manual backups as I don't need the frequent backups Time Machine does, so I don't always have it connected. But when I do its very quiet, doesn't get too hot, and works rather quickly (when compared to the WD 500GB HD). Aesthetically it looks rather nice when stacked with my AirPort. HA!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            NO FIREWIRE 400

                            By JOHN

                            from DENVER

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • None

                            Cons

                            • Difficult To Use
                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • File Transfer
                            • None
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video

                            Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                            THERE IS NO FIREWIRE 400 6-PIN ON THIS MODEL AS STATED IN THE PRODUCTS PAGE.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Good Drive, Great Price

                            By Whit

                            from Knoxville, TN

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                            Having Firewire 800 is a great selling point for me. For the money is about as good as you can get.

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                            5.0

                            As advertized

                            By Old Brit

                            from Martinez, CA

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • So far none

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • File Transfer
                            • Photo Storage

                            Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                            This Iomega 1TB drive in conjunction with Time Machine works quietly and efficiently. Just had to connect the FireWire cable and turn on. I hit the on switch for Time Machine and voila! total back up of my Imac hard drive.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Good work

                            By David

                            from Austin, TX

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Audio storage
                              • Backup
                              • Photo Storage
                              • Video

                              Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                              Works like it's supposed to. A good price for this amount of storage, and all the connections. I run a further firewire unit off the second 1324b port and it works great.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Good drive

                              By Scott

                              from San Ramon, ca

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                                    Great drive - Firewire 800 is faster than I expected compared to usb 2.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Don't Stack 'Em

                                    By NetchO

                                    from Palo Alto, CA

                                    About Me Casual user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy to use
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                    • Hot when Stacked

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup
                                    • Photo Storage

                                    Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                                    I'm an amateur photographer. I have three 1TB MiniMax drives and one 600 gig MiniMax I use for storage and backup. I use them with an iMac. Initially, I got into them because I had a Mac Mini and they were easily stackable with the CPU. I've continued to use them because I like a uniform look, and they are quiet little workhorses that are generally no trouble. I love it that every possible cable you might need is in the box. I bought my most recent 1TB MiniMax to replace one that suddenly turned read-only about two months after the 1-year warranty was up. Reformatting the drive fixed the problem, but I don't feel good about using it for anything but backup now. Warning: If you stack these drives, they run very, VERY hot -- almost too hot to touch. That can't be good for them. When not stacked, they are just fine. I don't stack mine anymore.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Drive for any Mac

                                    By architectED

                                    from Houston, TX

                                    About Me Casual user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • High Capacity

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backup

                                      Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                                      I got this item while it was on sale here at B&H and it has proven useful for my new iMac.

                                      I'm a converted windows user and I found it easily to back up my Mac with this drive & Time Machine.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      4.0

                                      What I wanted; What I expected

                                      By Mercato Design

                                      from Salt Lake City, UT

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Easy to use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup

                                        Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                                        Non intrusive on my limited desk space. Relatively fast transfer speeds. Purchased for my immediate hard drive backup plan. Easy to use. Priced just slightly more than what I would have expected to pay in comparison to other options on the market.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent Time Machine Backup Drive

                                        By Nathan the Mac Tech

                                        from Demorest, GA

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive Design
                                        • Comes with cables already
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Easy to use
                                        • High Capacity
                                        • Portable
                                        • Quiet

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Iomega 1TB MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive:

                                            I'm using this drive to backup my MacBook Pro using Time Machine. It does a fantastic job over USB or Firewire. It's nice to be able to use the drive as a hub as well with additional ports. It's much faster than using a Time Capsule, more quiet, has plenty of space, looks attractive (I like the Mac Mini look), and small enough to slip in my notebook bag if I need to take it somewhere. Comes with all the cables I needed to connect it to my machine right out of the box! Does a great job, and I'd highly recommend it!

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • Mac

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