When Apple showed off Thunderbolt, we all got giddy with nerdy excitement. 10Gbps dual throughput? Yes, I would like that. Then nothing was released. Thunderbolt ports on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air sat empty and unused as we waited for the peripherals to arrive. So far we’ve gotten high-end RAIDs that are a bit out of the reach of the average Mac user. Finally Thunderbolt gets some consumer love--some pricey, pricey consumer love.
One of the most essential tools in a Mac user’s arsenal is an external drive for backing up all that irreplaceable data, and the space wars are hard-fought battles, with manufacturers trying to deliver the best drives with the most features for the lowest price. Western Digital’s My Passport Studio and Iomega’s Helium are both worthy contenders, but in this battle for speedy data transfers there can only be one winner.
Videos and music make long flights and arduous commutes bearable. But if there’s just not enough room on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad for everything you want to hear or see, the Kingston Wi-Drive tacks on an extra 32GB by streaming directly to your iOS device.
I have a confession to make: I’m a document pack rat. In all other areas of my life I’m meticulously organized, but when it comes to files and folders, my stuff is all over the place. Digital spring-cleaning is not my forte, which is why I’ve got a bunch of portable hard drives strewn about with various data. Thankfully, Seagate’s 4TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk will let me consolidate onto one single hard drive with enough space to back up my Mac and iOS devices and store my media files.
I seem to be suffering from spin-up lag. I have a Maxtor One Touch 500GB external hard drive connected to my 24-inch iMac. I use it mostly for storage, keeping only the bare minimum on my iMac’s boot volume. But when I open a Finder window or launch an application, there’s a lag where nothing happens and I can hear the disk spinning up even if it doesn’t seem like it needs to.
Could the problem be the way it’s formatted, as Mac OS Extended (Journaled)? Is it the journaling? I also unchecked “Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible” in System Preferences > Energy Saver but that didn’t help. I’ve started ejecting the drive when I’m not using it and remounting it with Disk Utility when it’s needed, but this is a bit of a pain.