A new "pretty" Mac Compatible hard drive that does NOT include a Thunderbolt port.
Are they mad?
If the name of this hard drive isn’t explicit enough, one look at it will tell you exactly who it’s aimed at. The brushed aluminium surround and smoky black top mean that it looks right at home sitting beneath an iMac or Apple Cinema Display. Iomega Mac Companion external storage Iomega's Mac Companion: storage plus USB hub …
I believe the reason for the lack of Thunderbolt support is the infancy of the interface itself
This is all about numbers and the majority of Macs out there just do not have Thunderbolt ports, so the logical choice is to focus on connectivity that appeals to the mass users' market. Rest assured that IOMEGA will ship a revised version out with Thunderbolt support in the not too distant future.
The fact that "You can’t connect to a computer using both USB and FireWire simultaneously." is a bit of a bummer, but I guess if you're using it as high speed data storage that may be physically shared with (as in unplug and moved to) other Macs, the Firewire connection makes more sense.
As per the article, the USB 2.0 interface should suffice for static use like scheduled backups and hosting iTunes content.
Oh, and yes, it pretty but there is some stiff competition out there for £/Tb value "if" looks are not an issue.
Seems a bit daft that the HDD doesn't charge USB devices when its connected to the Mac using firewire, when the HDD has its own power supply. It's a powered USB hub, so presumably the HDD cuts power to the USB hub when it doesn't detect a Mac connected by USB to save power.
No real biggie though.
Completely agree with other comments r.e. Iomega. I got badly burnt by these guys when Snow Leopard became available. They never released compatible drivers for Snow Leopard, and they were *INCREDIBLY* slow at bringing out drivers for Leopard. Which never allowed you to format the drive cartridge as HFS, by the way. In order to do THAT, you needed to boot up under Tiger, believe it or not!
Executive Summary: Iomega - AVOID.
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