There’s been some cool USB flash drives lately that are eye-candy to me. Check ’em out…
I recently purchased an external drive to upgrade from my Western Digital My Book 500GB Essential Edition. I needed the upgrade as I am planning to upgrade the hard drive on my MacBook Pro some time this year to at least a 500GB (from a 120GB). I decided to go with the Cavalry 2TB CADA002SA2‑B external drive (aka. CADA-SA2).
It was selling for a good price (~1GB/$1) a couple of weeks ago. That and having the additional eSATA interface helps with transferring huge files (3.0Gbps vs 480Mbps, about 6.25x faster). Anyways, my My Book was currently setup with the following partitions:
- 120GB for HFS+. I just use SuperDuper1 once or twice in a month, and/or when I want to do a OS X update, to have a bootable backup just in case of Murphy’s Law.
- And the rest, 380GB formatted on NTFS. I use that space for backing up music, photos, videos, application install files, etc. both for Windows and OS X
I somewhat wanted to do the same with the Cavalry, but I’ve read on their site and their manual that it doesn’t work on OS X 10.5+. Luckily, someone posted a review on NewEgg that they have successfully gotten it to work with Leopard.
You can get this drive to work on Mac OS 10.5. The way Cavalry Tech support told me to do it was to find a OS 10.4 machine, format it on that and then plug it into the 10.5 machine. All I did was put in my old 10.4 disc, boot from the CD and use disk utility to format it. However, if you don’t have a way to boot OS 10.4 you are pretty much stuck.
I hope that helps for those who decide to get the same external storage and use it with your Mac products.
- SuperDuper is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. [↩]
Just received word that Western Digital will be coming to San Francisco on Thursday, October 30th to showcase their new technologies, part of the “Digital Home Tour”.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
@ W Hotel
181 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
If you would like to attend the event, you may RSVP via wdc.com/wddigitalhome
This applies to those using the ever-popular IM client, Adium.
Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more.
If you are in a situation were you would need to back up your chat transcripts due to account migration, or in need to do a clean installation of your OS X machine, here’s where to start:
~/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/Users/Default/Logs
Note: This is current as of Leopard OS X 10.5.4, and Adium 2.x.
I was fortunate enough to get invited by Aaron Levie to test Box.net’s “Early Adaptor Preview” this past weekend. I couldn’t blurt anything till after the 22nd about it. But yah, I almost forgot as I’ve been busy enjoying my Monday off from work.
Anyways, so far so good. Here’s a couple of my findings from the getgo:
- Soothing and attractive color palette
- UI upgraded to be 2.0‑friendly
- Right-click (after logging in) pops up a Box.net menu. A disadvantage I guess, at least for me. Your browser’s right-click menu options won’t work. For example, Screengrab FF extension to take a couple of screenshots. Note: I mentioned this to Aaron, he said that they might give an option to have it enabled/disabled later on.
- Uploading. At first, I thought the Upload-tab was going to change the actual page (coming from the Browse-section). It actually just pops up a layer onto the viewport with its content. If you are coming from anywhere else other than the Browse-section and clicked on Upload-tab, you are actually redirected to the Browse-section first and need to click on Upload-tab again to do the actual upoad. Note: As Aaron pointed out through email, this is more of a “usability” thing and should be addressed later on.
Second, I thought the “drag-and-drop” was actually functional so I tested an image file and dragged it to the browser window, only to be greeted by the preview of the image itself. That is, the browser changing its URL to the local files. “Oops.” Didn’t know the “drag-and-drop” text was a link which pops up a window (Java applet) for the actual drag-and-drop.
Besides the above, I found that relatively easy and intuitive to upload your files. Granted it ain’t there ain’t no Windows file-transfer animation, but its direct to the point—to get your files as fast and as safe as possible from your hard-drive to their server(s).