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  • Competitively-priced Mac-compatible USB 2.0 Dual-HDD dock?

    Hi there. I love the store, and I have some suggestions.

    Of the various Dual-HDD Docking Stations you sell:

    This Sharkoon one (which is expensive, with its price premium for USB 3.0, which most Mac users won't be able to take advantage of) doesn't say whether it's Mac compatible (nor does its manufacturer's website specify), though your page for the single-drive version of this product only lists "Windows XP / Vista / 7" under compatible OSs, so I presume it's NOT:
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=39918

    This Akasa one's out of stock, and a bit dear (with the USB 3.0 price premium). And it doesn't specify that it's Mac-compatible (though a search of the manufacturer's website shows that it is):
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=42156

    This Akasa one is also out of stock, also a bit dear (with a premium for the e-SATA connection) and, again, doesn't specify that it's Mac compatible (though, again, Akasa's website shows that it is):
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=42158

    I wonder if you'd consider selling something like CnM's Dual-HDD docking station:
    http://194.150.201.35/cnmlifestyle/hdds/hdds.htm
    I see that this product is available at a very keen 25 on a certain, ahem No website, which is a pretty compelling deal for a Mac user like me who's after a dual-dock model for some cloning and so on! If you had a model like this at a price like this, I'd jump at it. I realise it may not be economical for you to cater to such a niche market as Mac users wanting cheap dual-HDD docks, but see what you reckon....
    Aria Forums newbie Long-time Mac user Documentary Filmmaker Writer Cultural & Political Events Organiser Gearing up for a new MacBookPro
    http://www.palash.tv

  • #2
    We mods aren't stupid. Don't attempt to post thinly veiled competitor references, as they will be removed.
    i5 760 @ 4.01GHz, 4GB DDR3, Sapphire 6870, Soundblaster X-Fi

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    • #3
      I'm so sorry, Gav. I didn't for a moment think you were stupid, far from it. The reference to your competitor was -- very deliberately on my part (and so as not, myself, to be sly, but merely cheeky) -- so thinly veiled as to be effectively unveiled. I wasn't trying to be discourteous, merely provocative. Remember that my point was Aria doesn't actually sell a product like this at the moment; and so the website that I quoted was actually not "competing" with you in this product area. I was also making it plain that some other websites sometimes take better care of their keen and lucrative Mac user base -- giving us information, either way, as to compatibility, rather than making us do hours of research; as well as giving us a choice of products. I took several hours to make this and other posts in order to help your buying team, because I like Aria so much, when I could just as well not have bothered, and simply shopped with your "competitor". That said, I do of course totally understand that my actually naming the other site was a grave error of judgement (chalk it down to late-night lunacy if you would), and arguably contravened Forum Rule Number One (though I wasn't "promoting" your competitor, whom anyone could have found with a simple google search for this product, had they wanted it). So, profound apologies, with small caveats!
      Aria Forums newbie Long-time Mac user Documentary Filmmaker Writer Cultural & Political Events Organiser Gearing up for a new MacBookPro
      http://www.palash.tv

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      • #4
        The no competitor links to prevent free advertising of a competitor, just because Aria do not sell one item doesn't mean that, for example Amazon are not a competitor.

        Amazon still sell the same items Aria does....
        I am not losing weight! I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of finding it again!

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        • #5
          Indeed you're right. All understood. Unambiguous apologies, then, from this over-eager newbie. Cheers! P
          Aria Forums newbie Long-time Mac user Documentary Filmmaker Writer Cultural & Political Events Organiser Gearing up for a new MacBookPro
          http://www.palash.tv

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          • #6
            Mac compatible?

            As long as the hard drive is formatted in FAT32, I thought mac can read them.

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            • #7
              I'd assume you could buy any external hard drive and just format it as HFS+ for use on a mac to be honest.
              i5 760 @ 4.01GHz, 4GB DDR3, Sapphire 6870, Soundblaster X-Fi

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              • #8
                Just a thought, if you're doing video work, then a g-raid would suit you much better

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                • #9
                  Back to the substance, after the altercation!

                  (1) a request to PLEASE post Mac compatibility info on your product pages. Not much sweat for Aria, I would have thought, and it'd save your Mac customers like me from feeling like second-class citizens who are made to spend infuriating, interminable hours trawling the web for answers, or waiting for replies to questions posted on your product pages! THAT's what'll mae us go to your competitors!

                  (2) Also the suggestion that you might consider stocking a competitive Mac-compatible USB 2.0 dual-HDD dock like the CnM one, if it's worth your while. I suspect it'd appeal to budget conscious PC folk, too.
                  Aria Forums newbie Long-time Mac user Documentary Filmmaker Writer Cultural & Political Events Organiser Gearing up for a new MacBookPro
                  http://www.palash.tv

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                  • #10
                    Mac compatibility issue

                    @Smifis @Gav

                    I believe it's not only down to HDD format, but also to the firmware (if that's the correct specific term here) of the interface, Scroll down, for example, to the question and answer, "Is this compatible too?" on this product page for this, apparently older, CnM Docing Station product (NB the latest versions of this product are listed on the mfr's website as being compatible with Mac OS 10.3+, hence my suggesting one of them for you to stock):
                    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=33969
                    Aria Forums newbie Long-time Mac user Documentary Filmmaker Writer Cultural & Political Events Organiser Gearing up for a new MacBookPro
                    http://www.palash.tv

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                    • #11
                      Smifis' G-Raid suggestion

                      Originally posted by Smifis View Post
                      Just a thought, if you're doing video work, then a g-raid would suit you much better
                      Thanks Smifis. Indeed, as soon as I start doing higher-volume and higher-end work in my home edit suite (as opposed to at a facilities house) I'll be looking at purchasing some such, and have had my eye on such hardware for a while.

                      But the utility of these simple raw-drive Docking Stations. for me and for many others, is not as full-fledged every-day workhorse units for video editing (I don't think I'd trust them to take that much punishment -- I guess I'd use a quality enclosure or raid array instead). Instead I find them useful for:

                      (a) doing disk repair or data recovery work on raw drives I've removed from my, or my clients', failing computers or enclosures;

                      (b) occasional back-up, or back-up of back-up (to store in a different physical location), or other cloning work, where an external enclosure isn't needed and the drive can be packed away in foam after being updated.

                      (c) various other drive maintenance jobs, e.g. formatting and installing the Mac OS on a brand new HDD before fitting it into a client's computer, when performing a HDD upgrade or replacement.
                      Aria Forums newbie Long-time Mac user Documentary Filmmaker Writer Cultural & Political Events Organiser Gearing up for a new MacBookPro
                      http://www.palash.tv

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                      • #12
                        What mac do you have?

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