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We have a local store in Calgary selling them. From what i've read on there comments page, ppl have had no complaints with them, one guy had a problemt cloning his old PC hard drive
. But don't we all ;) . If I had the cash, I would consider buying one.
 

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seagate makes great drives. theyre the quietest of the mainstream hd's and are generally fast and dependable.
 

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You do realize that TigerDirect (TigerDirect.ca is only a website; the company itself has no inventory in Canada) is a US firm that ships from the US?

Some products might be drop-shipped from the Canadian distributor. Don't count on it, though. They only ship UPS (no exceptions) and that means the UPS brokerage fee.

Also, if you ever order from them or sign up for their deals newsletter, it may take months to get them to stop. I had to send them about 20 emails over a period of a year.

They don't have a particularly good reputation at the usual deals sites either; if you have problems don't expect a quick resolution.

I wouldn't recommend them. If you want to buy OEM drives I would be looking for a local firm that deals with PC-builders or the Mac specialists who hang out around ehMac.

The Canadian option (with inventory in Canada) is NCIX (ncix.ca or ncix.com). They're about as good (or bad) as TigerDirect; I tried to buy PC memory and a PC CD drive from them; both times I had to cancel as they never shipped.

Go local; it will save you headaches in the long run.

[ February 01, 2004, 01:58 AM: Message edited by: gordguide ]
 

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Gord with the welcomed clarity. Nice.

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You do realize that TigerDirect (TigerDirect.ca is only a website; the company itself has no inventory in Canada) is a US firm that ships from the US?

Some products might be drop-shipped from the Canadian distributor. Don't count on it, though. They only ship UPS (no exceptions) and that means the UPS brokerage fee.
I bought an external LaCie drive from them and it was shipped
for free by UPS with no brokerage fees, Also TigerDirect now
has a walk in store open to the public in Toronto.

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You do realize that TigerDirect (TigerDirect.ca is only a website; the company itself has no inventory in Canada) is a US firm that ships from the US?
Actually, there is a Tiger Direct store in Markham on Woodbine Avenue just south of Highway 7 on the east side. I was there a few weeks ago looking at TFT displays.

I still think that if you order form the web page it does get shipped out of the U.S. If you're local though you could visit the store.
 

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I always sit and comb the net/sites for deals online, when I live a hop skip and a jump away from College + Spadina. Most deals can be had out there...

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I dont see a big problem with the product being shipped from the US. If it's free shipping it's free shipping. I know of a few people who have used tiger direct. One here in Toronto and one in Thunderbay. Both were totaly satisfied with their purchase, and price. Neither had to pay for shipping.
 

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OK, for those who've had no-hassle shipping from the US via TigerDirect, one question:

Did TigerDirect.ca collect GST (and PST if applicable) from you when you ordered?

This is actually quite simple to do (any US company can have a GST number) and totally eliminates any need to deal with customs, and therefore no brokerage fee (all customs wants to do is collect any unpaid GST).

The problem is few US tech companies do it; *

I have had some eMail conversations with US Tech companies about it but no-one was interested. If TigerDirect jumped on the ball, my guess is they will get an overwhelming number of Canadian online tech orders.

* Other industries do it routinely; clothing (Land's End) sporting goods (Cablellas and Bass Pro Shops), every magazine company, etc.
 

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Sorry to sway the thread into a tech question ;) but can an ATA100 drive run on an ATA66 bus (i.e.: Sawtooth)?
 

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Sorry to sway the thread into a tech question but can an ATA100 drive run on an ATA66 bus (i.e.: Sawtooth)?
Yeppers -- the drive will just run at ATA/66 standards rather than ATA/100 standards.
 

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So I am going to weigh in with a really dumb question (I'm becoming good at this).

I've got a beige G3. Could I use this as an external drive? or is it designed as an internal drive only?

You can tell I have had zilch experience with external drives.

Also with this Seagate drive could it be hooked internally to a wide variety of G4's/G5s? or are there limitations.

Any enlightenment would be most appreciated
 

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This drive is identical in form and function to the drives in external enclosures, yes.

What is missing is the power and interface stuff found in an external drive case. If you use it internally in your Mac, those functions are provided by your computer's power supply and HD interface.

If you want to use it as an external drive, you're going to have to buy an external case with the necessary stuff built into it. Not difficult to do, most any vendor that sells external drives also sells a bare (no drive installed) case that will work. You want a case that accepts a standard size HD (3.5 inch); some cases are made to accept notebook drives (2.5 inch) which are smaller but more expensive.

Your last decision will be what interface to use; which is mostly dependant on what Mac you have and what cards are installed, you can choose from USB 1.1; USB 2; Firewire 400; Firewire 800; or SCSI. Listed in order from slowest to fastest, with the exception of SCSI which comes in a wide variety of speeds itself.

Some drive cases will have a combination of interfaces available; for example USB 2 plus Firewire 400, giving you a choice and some extra flexibility.
 

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Gord thank you very much for helping me understand this. What I am toying with is using this Seagate as an external drive for Beige G3 in the short term and when I move to either a higher end G4 or G5 drop it in as a second drive to that system.

The price on this Seagate appears to be quite good. A more experienced individual might suggest that what I am contemplating is more trouble than it's worth. Any thoughts?
 
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