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Carry faster Monster external SSD drives for Mac to replace slower 5400rpm drives.

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by on ‎08-08-2014 10:03 PM

Mac users tend to me meticulous when it comes to selecting peripherals for our machines, after all we want something that compliments the design, quality and performance of what we paid for.  A lot of the drives that Best Buy cater to are the low end, clunky and slow.  Take for instance the Western Digital My Passports which are 5400rpm, thicker than the average Mac by a considerable margin and design and quality-wise are lower grade. 

 

Then Best Buy tries to carry high-end stuff that appears high-end on paper, but very low-end practicality - for instance, Thunderbolt is a fantastic interface - still the fastest available on any computer today at 10-20Gb/s; However, if you pair Thunderbolt with a 5400rpm drive, not only does it drain the computer's battery faster, it defeats the entire purpose of using a faster interface like Thunderbolt because at the end of the day, the 5400rpm internal drive inside of the Thunderbolt enclosure is going to kill the bus speed - it's like purchasing a Hennessey Venom GT and putting cheap Firestone tires on it. 

 

Enter the Monster Digital Overdrive USB 3.0 External SSD's - a happy medium.  They are very small, in terms of physical size, with an aluminum finish that Jonny Ives himself would appreciate.  They are USB 3.0 vs. Thunderbolt, but this is a cost-reducing move, and a smart one that does not sacrifice performance, because the USB 3 still delivers with the internal drive being an SSD (instead of 5400rpm) you're more likely to see experience faster read and write speeds in real-world application than you would on some of the other buses (i.e. Thunderbolt) that utilize 5400rpm drives instead of SSDs. To give you an idea, most traditional 5400rpm drives perform at average speeds of between 50-75MBps in real world applications and SSD's double if not triple this number with ease. 

 

SSDOU-0128-A Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 128GB USB External Solid State Drive

SSDOU-0256-A Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 256GB USB External Solid State Drive

SSDOU-0512-A Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 512GB USB External Solid State Drive

SSDOU-1000-A Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 1TB USB External Solid State Drive

 

The second part to this is making Blue Shirts more Apple-knowledgable because a lot of them don't know any better and have no problem selling you the $59.99 My Passport for Mac because they are truly not trained in Macs nonetheless Mac peripherals/accessories so someone ends up using this extremely slow (around 55MBps in this case) drive for backups ending in a dreadfully slow experience versus if someone had taken the time to explain to them the value of paying more and getting speeds up to 4x that on average. 

 

 

 

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by Valued Expert
on ‎08-11-2014 12:50 PM

Sounds good.

 

But external HD (or SSD) are a fading fancy.  You will see more focus on Jump Drives, especially as they come down in price.

 

Apple would rather see you purchase a new computer with a large drive.

 

However, I think  you will see more and better options as SSD matures.  It really is still in it's infancy.

 

Best Buy also cannot carry every brand. 

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on ‎08-12-2014 10:20 AM
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