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based upon my experience and that of many others I would be loathe to purchase another LaCie product.

I've scrapped close to half dozen of their 500+ Gb drives.

 

They seem to last just over a year (if that). I just replaced my last LaCie witha G-Drive unit.

 

Completely agree.

I had an external 500G Lacie. You couldn't pay me enough to use their stuff again.

 

1) 14 months after purchase (conveniently out of warranty) the drive had a catastrophic failure (with no warning) and all data was lost (not even data recovery tools would work)

2) turns out this is essentially a known issue with power supply/heat

3) their "support" was incredibly rude to me and said the only thing I could do was buy a new one.

 

I did. From another vendor.

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Completely agree.

I had an external 500G Lacie. You couldn't pay me enough to use their stuff again.

 

1) 14 months after purchase (conveniently out of warranty) the drive had a catastrophic failure (with no warning) and all data was lost (not even data recovery tools would work)

2) turns out this is essentially a known issue with power supply/heat

3) their "support" was incredibly rude to me and said the only thing I could do was buy a new one.

 

I did. From another vendor.

 

 

Wow, word for word my EXACT experience.

 

I didn't even bother calling when the last one died.

I DO now have 4 250Gb raw drives to check out tho...

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Mac Pro... is that like being with the angels? LOL

 

About the comment on render speeds: What about variables to render times? Codec, program settings, filters. As a compositor rendering a 30-second spot sometime can take hours. Use stablize filter, color grading, composition modes... they totally depends on the clip.

 

As for external LaCie drives, I've actually seen people use them as 'video drives'. Would you put VW wheels on a race car. That's a storage device that can't physically move video data much less keep up. I have several 1TB LaCie drives with me and in studio because I shoot P2. Never had one fail because I only tun it on to do massive data transfers/ video redundant backups. Super fast Firewire 800 ports in series, but just storage. Hard to burn up a storage drive, easy to cook a 7200 rpm drive on video. It worries me to trust a couple hundred dollar LaCie with ANY priceless video, so each has it's own backup. I too know the anguish of a drive failure [RAID crash during client project]. What a sinking feeling when the reality of 'it ain't coming back' kicks in. Sorry to hear about that.

 

regards,

 

 

Hey Mark..As you never answered my text message... :)

 

Where did you buy and upgrade your Mac book pro ????

 

How much...????

 

Come on, give the dog a bone... :D

 

Dive safe

 

DeanB

 

Dean,

Call Garry Rosenberg at CDW. 877-826-6783 Garry has scored music for hours of underwater video. Tell him what you do and he's always a big help. If he doesn't know he says so, and gets answers. Mention my name Paul Dymon.

Don't forget the Cinema Display with that upgrade! Now were talkin.

peace,

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Apple seems to be following a 5-6 mth cycle for new model announcements. So since the LEDs were announced in June, I expect the new MBPs to be in time for x'mas shopping or later.

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Paul, thank you very much my good man...So kind.

 

Drew, 6 months :D bloody heck..apple is going to be an expensive game of keep up... :)

 

Dive safe

 

DeanB

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Just got my new Mac Book Pro today, thus it should be obsolete by tomorrow. Have never used a laptop and have to get used to using my fingers here to scroll and such. It shipped with Leopard so need to figure out the new OS as well. Oh happy day! Any recommendations for laptop bags, what features should I look for?

Steve B)

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Just got my new Mac Book Pro today, thus it should be obsolete by tomorrow. Have never used a laptop and have to get used to using my fingers here to scroll and such. It shipped with Leopard so need to figure out the new OS as well. Oh happy day! Any recommendations for laptop bags, what features should I look for?

Steve B)

 

 

I've hemmed and hawed for weeks now on whether to get the 15" MacBook Pro or the 13" MacBook.

Seems that the new MacBook was announced last week and this really made my decision difficult.

 

It all really boils down to the fact that the 15" MB Pro doesn't fit in the same travel space as my old IBM T42P due to the wider form factor, so I'm real sensitive to your laptop bag situation :( At any rate I ended up with the 2.6GHz MB Pro w/ 4Gb of RAM and a 200Gb hard drive. Placed the order today so you can probably guarantee a new model before Xmas. :)

 

I have need to run Windoz for my "real" job and VMWare Fusion is the path I'll be taking with Vista, RedHat Linux (Oracle) and XP Pro for software development.

 

It just really sux that I'll have to come up with a new bag as well as some sort of 3rd party docking station ;)

Too bad Mr. Jobs doesn't recognize my problem. I'd kill for a 13" MB Pro with a Apple made docking station!!

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I've hemmed and hawed for weeks now on whether to get the 15" MacBook Pro or the 13" MacBook.

Seems that the new MacBook was announced last week and this really made my decision difficult.

 

It all really boils down to the fact that the 15" MB Pro doesn't fit in the same travel space as my old IBM T42P due to the wider form factor, so I'm real sensitive to your laptop bag situation :( At any rate I ended up with the 2.6GHz MB Pro w/ 4Gb of RAM and a 200Gb hard drive. Placed the order today so you can probably guarantee a new model before Xmas. :)

 

I have need to run Windoz for my "real" job and VMWare Fusion is the path I'll be taking with Vista, RedHat Linux (Oracle) and XP Pro for software development.

 

It just really sux that I'll have to come up with a new bag as well as some sort of 3rd party docking station ;)

Too bad Mr. Jobs doesn't recognize my problem. I'd kill for a 13" MB Pro with a Apple made docking station!!

 

you've definitely made the right choice from the two there, mate. Quite simply, the smaller notebooks will more than suffice for every day emailing, web-surfing etc.... but the minute you want to do any graphical work (photoshop, video editing etc..) you'll be more than grateful for the added real-estate that the larger screen offers you.... one of my team bought themselves a 12" for editing on and rues the day he made that decision.....

 

enjoy the toy! (I mean tool)

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