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NewerTech miniStack MAX

1.0TB 7200RPM
Multi-Interface Storage Solution with built-in hard drive, Blu-ray read-only & DVD/CD read/write optical drive, SD card reader, & USB powered hub

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible) / eSATA
The only four-in-one storage, data access, and connectivity solution available!
The Newer Technology miniStack® MAX puts the diverse functionality of a high-capacity hard drive, Blu-ray/CD/DVD optical drive, SD card reader and USB powered hub into a single elegant aluminum finish enclosure. A perfect complement for ANY Mac or PC, yet sized to match the footprint of the Mac mini, miniStack MAX offers fully bootable data storage/backup along with three USB ports for powering and charging external devices.

An integrated SD card reader (SDXC) conveniently located on the front of the drive makes transferring photos and video from digital cameras easier than ever. Plus, an internal optical drive offering DVD/CD read/write and choice of Blu-ray read only or Blu-ray read/write capabilities completes your digital workflow needs without adding extra cords and clutter.

Looking for massive capacity in a desktop space-saving design or want to give your notebook more functionality while "on the go?" No problem, miniStack MAX can stack upon itself to create a "tower of power", yet is lightweight and compact so you can enjoy the power of desktop accessories wherever you roam. Now you truly can take storage, data access, and connectivity to the MAX!
Professional Level Storage Made Plug and Play Simple
With up to 4TB of capacity, the miniStack MAX is ready to handle the demands of extended storage or backup. It's also great for intensive data access such as professional audio and video editing. A multi-interface allows you to choose the data connection that suits your workflow-USB 3.0/2.0, FireWire® 800/400 or eSATA-with data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s. It's the perfect solution for storing your entire music, photo and video libraries, and even burning backups via the internal optical drive.
Restores Optical Drive Capabilities
The miniStack MAX provides modern optical drive capabilities for all users, and more so with systems that no longer even include an optical drive. The miniStack MAX returns the convenience of installing software from a CD, DVD or Blu-ray, loading music into iTunes, accessing archived photos, or watching DVD or even Blu-ray movies on their computer without extra cords, clutter, or cost. Two optical drive options are available: a Blu-ray read and DVD/CD read/write or Blu-ray read/write and DVD/CD read/write.
Reads SD Memory Cards in a Flash
The integrated SD card reader (SDXC) on the front of the miniStack MAX makes transferring photos and video super-simple-no more fumbling around the back for the SD slot. Plus, it helps keep your desktop clean by eliminating the need for an external card reader and yet another cable.
Connect and Charge Digital Devices
Three powered USB ports on the back make the miniStack MAX a convenient digital hub for connecting external devices like iPhones, mice, or keyboards. One of the USB ports is a high-powered 2.1Amp slot, making it ideal for charging an iPad or other devices that require more power than provided by standard USB connections.

Includes the Powerful SpeedTools Utility Suite for Mac
The comprehensive Mac utility used by professionals for accurate Mac diagnosis and maintenance. Click the SOFTWARE tab below to learn more »
Note: Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or the Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your drive, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/


  • Fully Bootable and ideal for Backup, Audio, Video, Photography, and general storage needs.
  • Durable aluminum finish complements Mac models as well as aluminum finished PCs
  • Front panel easy access SD card reader (SDXC)
  • Blu-ray Reader, DVD/CD Reader/Writer
  • USB 3.0/2.0 powered hub:
    • Two ports for powering/charging common desktop accessories and digital devices
    • One port with 2.1Amp power for higher charging power required devices like the iPad
  • Multi-Interface:
    • FireWire 800/400 (100MB/s / 50MB/s)
    • USB 3.0/2.0 (300MB/s / 60MB/s)
    • eSATA (300MB/s)
  • MagLev fan (same as used in the Mac mini) offers frictionless, whisper-quiet operation
  • Integrated Kensington Security Slot for theft prevention
  • Smart Power switch - in switched on position, the hard drive powers up and down in tandem with computer*
  • High quality double-shielded connection cables included ( eSATA sold separately)
  • Identical footprint to 2010 and later Apple Mac mini (measures 2.3 (H) x 7.7 (W) x 7.7 (D) inches)

*Via FireWire and USB connections only. Fan will run continuously unless unit turned off.


  • Newer Technology miniStack MAX external storage solution
  • High-quality double-shielded connecting cables
    • High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
    • High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0 connecting cable
  • UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240v 50/60Hz input, 12 Volt 5 Amp output Power Supply (adapter plugs for International use sold separately)
  • miniStack MAX Owner's Guide (4MB PDF)
  • Pre-installed Backup and Utility software
    • Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM (For Mac OS 8.6 - X only)
    • Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
    • NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows 2000 or later
  • Over 1.5GB of Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software pre-installed
  • NewerTech 3 Year Solution Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time
  • Optical drive mechanism covered by 1 year warranty
  • Complimentary 1 Year Level 1 Data Recovery


Product Specifications:

Standard Mechanism

    1.0TB Toshiba / HGST Deskstar 7K1000.D Specifications:


    Form Factor
    3.5″ HDD
    SATA 6.0Gb/s
    Formatted Capacity2
    Rotational Speed
    7,200 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    Manufacturer Model Number


    Height (max)
    26.1mm (1.027″)
    Width (max)
    101.6mm (4.0″)
    Length (max)
    147mm (5.787″)
    Weight (typical)
    450g (0.992 lbs.)
    Bytes per Sector
    Areal Density


    Contact Start-Stops
    Nonrecoverable Read Errors
    1 per 1014 bits read
    2 Year Warranty


    Transfer Rate (Max)


    Maximum Start Current, DC
    2.0 Amps
    Idle Mode
    3.7 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    70 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 107°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 42°C
    0.67 G (5 to 500 Hz)
    Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
    8% to 90%
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    350 G max at 1ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 158°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 70°C
    1.04 G (5 to 500 Hz)
    Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
    5% to 95%
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)


    Idle (Typical)
    2.5 bels
    1. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences.
    2. In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity of shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
    3. Specific application environments such as temperature and duty cycle will affect the overall reliability rates.
  • 1.0TB* Toshiba/HGST Deskstar™ 7K1000.D Hard Disk Drive**

  • *1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences.

    **OWC reserves the right to replace or upgrade to equivalent or better components.

Drive Rotation Speed

  • 7200 RPM

Drive Cache Size

  • 32 Megabytes

Read Speeds*

  • Blu-ray: up to 4X
  • DVD: up to 8X
  • CD: up to 24X

Write Speeds*

  • DVD: up to 8X
  • CD: up to 24X

Standard Optical 1, 2

    LG CA40N Specs:


    Drive Type
    Internal Slim Blu-ray Reader & DVD/CD Writer
    Form Factor
    12.7mm Laptop
    Loading Mechanism
    Bezel Color
    Buffer Memory
    Mounting Orientation
    Horizontal / Vertical
    Manufacturer Model Number
    RoHS Compliant


    Supported Formats
    BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL, BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM DL, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM (Ver.2), CD-DA, CD-ROM (Mode 1 and mode 2), CD-ROM XA (Mode 2, form 1 and form 2), Photo CD (Single and multiple sessions), CD Extra, CD-R, CD-RW and CD-TEXT


    Data Capacity
    50GB : Blu-ray Double Layer
    25GB : Blu-ray
    8.5GB : DVD General Use Double Layer
    4.6GB : DVD General Use
    700MB : 79 minute CD
    650MB : 74 minute CD
    550MB : 63 minute CD

    Disk Labeling

    Disc Labeling


    Height (max)
    12.7mm (0.50")
    Width (max)
    128.0mm (5.04")
    Length (max)
    129.0mm (5.00")
    Weight (typical)
    0.18kg (0.50lbs.)

    Maximum Read Speeds

    BD-RE (Dual Layer)
    DVD-R (Dual Layer)
    DVD+R (Dual Layer)
    DVD-ROM (Dual Layer)

    Maximum Write Speeds

    DVD-R DL
    DVD+R DL


    90 Day OWC Fulfilled Limited Warranty


    Operating Temperature
    5° C to 50° C
    Non-Operating Temperature
    -40° C to 65° C
    Operating Humidity
    5% to 90% R.H.
    Non-Operating Humidity
    5% to 95% R.H.
  • LG Internal Slim Blu-ray Reader & DVD/CD Writer

    * Click for all supported formats and specific mode speeds.

    1 Slot loading optical drives are sensitive and care must be taken to not damage the disk loading armature. Only use slight, gentle pressure when inserting a disc into the miniStack MAX optical drive slot.

    2 In order for the optical drive to function, the miniStack Max must be connected by an active USB connection.

Bridge Chipsets

  • JMicron 355 chipset with eSATA & FireWire 800 (1394B)
  • JMicron 539 chipset with USB 3.0/USB 2.0


  • USB 3.0 hub with (3) USB 3.0/2.0 ports:
    • (2) for data transfer or powering/charging devices
    • (1) with 2.1Amp power for charging devices like the iPad
  • (1) eSATA port (cable sold separately)
  • (2) FireWire 800/400 ports (backward compatible with FIreWire 400 via connector or cable sold separately)
  • (1) Built-in SD card reader

Maximum Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0/2.0 (up to 300MB/sec)
  • eSATA (up to 300MB/sec)
  • FireWire 800/400 (up to 100MB/sec)

Power Supply


  • Aluminum finished body and glossy plastic black top

Form Factor

  • Identical footprint to 2010 and later Apple Mac mini

Enclosure Dimensions

  • 7.7 in (W) x 7.7 in (D) x 2.33 in (H)
  • 197 mm (W) x 197 mm (D) x 59.182 mm (H)

Enclosure weight

  • Empty case 2.25 lbs (1.02 kg)

UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Compliant

  • Yes


  • Compatible with any computer that can support a USB 2.0, USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire 800 or FireWire 400 connection.
  • Bootable**

Mac System Requirements

  • Mac OS 8.6 or later
  • Support for drives over 2TB requires Mac OS X 10.2 and later.

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows 98SE or later
  • Windows XP 32-bit does not support 3TB and larger drives.
  • Support for drives over 2TB requires Windows XP 64-bit and later.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux OS versions

Software Included

Product Manual

Operating Environment:


  • (operating) 5°C - 42°C (41°F - 107°F)
  • (non-operating) -40°C - 65°C (-40°F - 149°F)

Relative Humidity

  • (operating) 8% - 90% RH (Non-condensing)
  • (non-operating) 5% - 95% RH (Non-condensing)


  • (operating) 65G 2mS
  • (non-operating) 175G 2mS


  • (operating) 1.0G (5 - 300Hz)
  • (non-operating) 5.0G (5 - 500Hz)


  • More than 300,000 power-on hours


3 Year NewerTech Solution Limited Warranty*

The best warranty is one you never have to use - but should the need occur - we're proud to provide a superior level of support and service coverage to our customers. OWC and NewerTech storage solutions come fully backed by an Industry-leading 48-hour turnaround time which includes complimentary Level 1 data recovery for the first year, plus additional data recovery options available throughout the three year limited warranty period, for complete peace of mind ownership confidence.

View more information about the 3 Year NewerTech Solution Limited Warranty

*The installed optical drive mechanism is covered by a 1 Year NewerTech Enclosure Limited Warranty.
Note: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your NewerTech solution prior to the conclusion of 3 Year NewerTech Solution Limited Warranty's period. Doing so will void the remainder of the NewerTech limited warranty.

*Native SATA interface speed of the Newer Technology miniStack enclosure is SATA 3Gb/s,
but is compatible with SATA 1.5Gb/s, 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s drives.

**Not bootable over USB 3.0 when used with FileVault encryption or when formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted).
Manufacturer provided specifications for Newer Technology p/n NWTMSMXBD1.0TB7 UPC#: 811643013278


Click any of the benchmarks below to view the results.


Prosoft Macworld 4.5 miceProsoft
Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3 for OS X v10.2.8 or later
Backup Made Easy. Data Backup makes it easy to backup to FireWire and USB drives, network drives, CDs and even DVDs. Make schedules so you don't need to 'think' about backing up... It does it for you.
A $59.00 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase softwareseparately from solution
NovaStor NovaBACKUP® Solution for Windows®
NovaBACKUP has been helping millions of users recover from data loss and disasters for over 18 years. Feature rich, NovaBACKUP provides a powerful backup solution. Built-in support for hundreds of the most popular storage devices and a step-by-step backup and restore wizard makes NovaBACKUP extremely easy to use. Requires Windows 2000 or later.
A $49.95 Value! View detailed software info
Intech SpeedTools Utilities
Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™
Intech SpeedTools consists of a suite of utilities managed by an application which controls the launching, documentation and version control of each individual component utility, such as Disk Defrag and QuickBack. An easy-to-use installation and removal application is provided to make installation a snap, yet powerful enough to allow you to customize which utility component set you would like to create.
An $89.95 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase software separately from solution

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 3.5 / 5 2 out of 2 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Washington DC Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 3/5 Great Idea and MOSTLY executed well. June 5, 2013 Upgraded my 2007 iMac to a smaller SSD Hard Drive so I need to add some external storage. I also ripp blu-rays and could use a SD card reader so this was a no-brainer. USB 3.0 and Firewire 800 was a great bonus also.

Pros: 1) All in one package 2) Blu-Ray support with slot drive 3) USB 3.0 and FW800 4) Matches iMac materials beautifully

With that being said, this thing is huge. Even looking at the dimensions online before I placed my order I didn't think it would take up so much room on my desk. The Blu-Ray drive reader is pretty slow (2X). The units fan runs continuously and loud. Oh and I almost forgot, the 2.1 amp charging port is just that. Charging only. Was hoping to charge my iPad while syncing. Bummer.

1) Massive size 2) Slow Blu-Ray read 3) Loud 4) 2.1 Amp USB port is charging only 5) NewTech logo plastered on front

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from MacSales.com, Marketing July 5, 2013 It does have the same footprint as the Mac mini, but is quite a bit taller than such... http://eshop.macsales.com/imgs/ndesc/nwt_ministackmax/gall/nwt_ministackmax_gall4.jpg Yes, out of the 3 USB ports available, Two ports are for powering/charging common desktop accessories and digital devices and one port is a dedicated charging port with 2.1Amp power for higher charging power required devices like the iPad. To clarify, the NewerTech logo isn't plastered nor glued onto the front, but rather screened-on and intended to be minimalistic in size - as shown in the photos.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: claifornia Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 great features March 5, 2013 This a great idea, burner and hard drive and works well. My only criticism is that on light is hidden under the front panel and difficult to see.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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