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NewerTech Guardian MAXimus

0GB Multi-Interface Hardware RAID-1
(Mirrored) Data Redundant Kit

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 / FireWire 400 / eSATA
  • Mac
  • PC
  • eSATA
  • FireWire 800/400
  • USB 3.0
Provides "live activity" backup/data redundancy
of your critical data with Plug and Play
simplicity on any Mac or PC.
MAXimum Performance & Compatibility
Underneath Guardian MAX's sleek, unassuming housing beats the heart of a super protector ready to save large amounts of precious data quickly, reliably, and effortlessly. Pre-configured hardware RAID solutions feature two paired lightning fast SATA 1.5/3.0Gb/s drives with up to 6.0TB each of storage capacity and a high speed Custom Oxford 946DSE/3100 Integrated Chipset featuring FireWire 800/400, USB 3.0, and eSATA ports to deliver some of the fastest single drive transfer rates possible...up to 300MB per second! Enclosure only kits are also available for "add your own hard drive" flexibility and economy With its multiple interface connections, Guardian MAXimus makes adding vault-like mirrored data storage performance to Macintosh and Windows computers Plug and Play easy.
MAXimum Real Time Redundancy
Real performance can also be measured by intangibles like having peace of mind knowing your critical data is always safe! Should you experience a hard drive failure, the ever vigilant Guardian MAXimus automatically and seamlessly continues data read/write functions with the remaining drive. And with the convenient front panel drive status LEDs, you'll know at a glance which drive is being accessed and if you need to take any action.
Why You Need Guardian MAXimus RAID-1
Guardian MAXimus is "live activity" backup of financial records, medical files, business projects...any critical data that you simply cannot risk losing. It's always guarding against data loss by writing the same information in real-time to two separate drives for a "mirrored" copy. It also protects you from costly system downtime and data restoring after a single hard drive-equipped system crash. Even daily scheduled software driven data backups can't protect you from the time of your last backup and when your computer's internal drive fails.
MAXimum Portability
With its shock resistant design, diminutive 5.8 pound weight (bare case is 2.6 lbs.), and 9.3″ x 2.8″ x 5.6″ (237mm x 72mm x 142mm) dimensions, Guardian MAXimus is ready to go to wherever you need a storage sentinel on duty.
Speedtools
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 »

Includes

Newertech Guardian MAXimus includes
  • External NewerTech Guardian MAXimus storage solution
  • 39" High Quality Double Shielded eSATA connecting cable
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 400 black connecting cable (6-6 Pin cable)
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0 connecting cable
  • US/International 100~240V 4.2Amp UL Listed power supply
  • 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
  • Guardian MAXimus Assembly Manual & User Guide (6.4MB PDF)
  • 1 Year NewerTech Enclosure Limited Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time

Features

  • Two FireWire 800 9 pin ports
  • One FireWire 400 6 pin port
  • One USB 3.0 "B" port -backwards compatible with USB 2.0/1.1
  • One eSATA port
  • Front panel drive status LEDs
  • Thermalregulated Smart Fan for super quiet operation
  • Shock resistant design

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Product Specifications:

Drive Type

  • Two matching 3.5" SATA drives up to 6.0TB each

Bridge Chipset

  • Custom Oxford 946 eSATA, FW400(1394A), FW800(1394B), and USB 3.0 Integrated Chipset

Drive Rotation Speed

  • N/A

Drive Cache Size

  • N/A

Maximum Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0 - 300MB/s
  • eSATA - 300MB/s
  • FireWire 800 - 100MB/s
  • FireWire 400 - 50MB/s
  • USB 2.0 - 60MB/s

Macintosh System Requirements

  • Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2.2 compatible, OS X 10.1.x and later. Including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x (10.2 or later required for FW800 and USB 3.0)
  • eSATA: Macintosh with eSATA interface, either built in or via PCI eSATA card.
  • FireWire 800: Macintosh with FireWire 800 interface, either built in or via PCI FireWire 800 card.
  • FireWire 400: Macintosh with FireWire 400 interface, either built in or via PCI FireWire 400 card.
  • USB 3.0: Macintosh with USB 3.0 interface, either built in or via PCI USB 3.0 card.
  • USB 2.0: Macintosh with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via PCI USB 2.0 card.

Windows System Requirements

  • eSATA: PC with eSATA interface, either built in or via PCI eSATA card.
  • FireWire 800: PC with FireWire 800 interface, either built in or via PCI FireWire 800 card.
  • FireWire 400: PC with FireWire 400 interface, either built in or via PCI FireWire 400 card.
  • USB 3.0: PC with USB 3.0 interface, either built in or via PCI USB 3.0 card.
  • USB 2.0: PC with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via PCI USB 2.0 card.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.

Power Supply

Software Included

Power User Note:

  • While GMAX is designed to be a Plug & Play RAID 1 solution, RAID 0 or SPAN mode may also be initiated via an internal jumper setting.
    Any change to a RAID mode will result in a re-setup of drives inside the GMAX and the data on the drives will be erased.
    Therefore, do not change the RAID mode on an existing drive set unless you have backed up/moved data off the RAID set to another confirmed storage location.
  • Independent (If the Guardian MAXimus is set to independent drive mode and connected over USB or eSATA, only the first hard drive (HDD1) will be displayed on the computer).

Enclosure Size

  • 8.97″(D) x 2.88″(W) x 5.25″(H)
  • 227.84mm x 73.15mm x 133.35mm

Enclosure Weight (no accessories)

  • 2.335lbs. (1.059kg) (bare enclosure)

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 5°C - 55°C (41°F - 131°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)

Shock

  • 65G 2mS; (non-operating) 175G 2mS

Vibration

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

MTBF

  • More than 300,000 power-on hours

Warranty

1 Year NewerTech Enclosure Limited Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use, but should the need occur - NewerTech is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage to our customers. Even when not used, we understand the peace of mind afforded by a longer warranty period. NewerTech's industry leading coverage is a testament to our confidence in the reliability of the solutions that we offer. NewerTech solutions are engineered to demanding quality standards in order to deliver the most reliable, highest performance available on the market in each storage category.

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Software

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
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 4.8 / 5 11 out of 12 (92%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New York, NY Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 I now have seven of these January 20, 2016 I recommend these to all my friends. One now has a noisy fan, but all have been reliable and saved me from major loss twice.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Oak Park, MI Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product January 17, 2016 I have about 10 of these Mirrored Dual Drive Bays and I will continue to purchase them as they are needed. The ones I have range from 2GB up to 4GB and they are effortless to use. These are great for backup use as well as for always on and permanently connected to many of our Macintosh computers. Because of their relatively small size they are also good as a backup drive that can be stored in onsite Fire Proof/Flood Proof safes.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Washington, VA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good Simple RAID Enclosure May 17, 2015 Bought this as a backup device for all of my wife's photos and video files. Using two 1TB drives I had left over from a previous upgrade I installed them in about 10 minutes. Getting the drive connected to the iMac did cause a problem and calling the help line I was told that I had to initially connect using the USB interface set up the RAID, then shut down and use the Firewire interface. Sort of a round about way, but everything works and I am pleased. There was a problem with what seemed to be a lot of noise coming from the cooling fan. Again customer service told me to carefully pop out the fan press on the center of the fan to seat or reseat it and reinstall and restart. That did make the drive much quieter. So for the money this is a great drive especially if you have a pair of old drives you want to make use of.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Montreal, QC, Canada Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Maximus for Firewire April 11, 2015 Since I'm running a late 2009 iMac, I needed a Firewire enclosure which are sort of hard to find if your looking for higher end WD RED drives for a RAID 1 configuration. WD does offer products that could have worked for me if I was ready to deal with a USB3 backward compatible USB2 connection, but there were simply too many mixed reviews on reliability with these products even if the "looks" of the overall packaging seemed attractive. So back to a sturdy solution that is fully compatible with my older iMac, the Guardian Maximus with all the connections I needed in which I installed two 4TB WD RED drives. Price and quality is amazing for this HIGH end quality enclosure. Had some issues with parts I was missing screws in the box and OWC sent a next day package...yes to Montreal, and it got here the very next day!!! Also had some technical issues with the backup software at the beginning, but OWC support was very supportive and available, but I'm sticking with Time Machine for now. Regardless I'm up and running after a couple of hours of configuration set-up etc etc.. GREAT PRODUCT, love it, big fan of OWC now!!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Wyoming Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Another Outstanding Product December 28, 2014 In a bind, I had previously purchased two seagate external hard drives and was using OS X's software raid to mirror them over USB 3.0 . I purchased this enclosure to see if there would be a real world performance difference with a 20,000+ picture iPhoto library and my iTunes library. Right out the box, I was impressed with the quality of the enclosure. With the two seagate drives installed, I began running performance tests and the difference was really surprising. My iMac is a very fast quad core running off an SSD and when I switched to MAXimus enclosure it just got faster. I really appreciate a product that does exactly what it is supposed to do. This is another outstanding product from OWC. On Christmas Eve I purchased an SSD at Best Buy, and was greeted by staff that seamed highly irritated that I would dare to support their jobs by buying from them. That SSD was returned. The one time there was a hick-up with an OWC order, which was my fault, ( it turns out you actually have to give them the correct credit card number) , the OWC staff was prompt and polite. From here forward, I'm going to use OWC and my supplier.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Carlsbad, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product overall November 21, 2014 I love this and it's my second one. I must say though that if you use it in JBOD mode it only works on FireWire. I heard this in another review but asked support first and they told me that it would work on USB in JOBD mode but they were flat wrong. It says so right in the manual.

Still a great product.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Indian Trail, NC Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Love this drive September 3, 2014 I purchased a 1TB MAXimus 6 years ago and needed to replace the case because the fan was flaking out. Replacing just the fan was more hassle than I wanted. I love the MAXimus drives and cases! I've since bought a 2TB and recommend it to anyone looking for data protection. I work in video and photography and knowing my stuff is protected gives me GREAT peace of mind!

** one VERY IMPORTANT thing I learned BEFORE I purchased and moved my drives over from the old case to the new one I want to share. If you're moving old drives to this new case, you MUST back up what you have on your current drives BEFORE you install them in the new case because you'll have to REFORMAT the drives in the new case. Talk with Tech Support if you have questions. I'm so glad I did!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Palo Alto, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Great So Far July 11, 2014 My OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID1 was getting old, and the drives filling up. So I decided to try the NewerTech one this time, and so far I like it better. The fan is much quieter (which is important to me) and the hardware-based RAID1 seems faster (I was using SoftRaid with the Mercury Elite). I put two WD 3TB Reds in it no problem, and haven't had any problems at all. I did call customers support about whether I should run SoftRaid on top of the hardwared-based RAID, and the answer was "no." So that made it even easier to get going. It's a bit of a hassle to open up and deal with all the tiny screws, but I don't plan on having to do that much.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Brisbane, Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Pretty good but a few niggles November 14, 2013 OK, let me start by saying that if you stick to this enclosure's primary function, ie. RAID-1 (mirrored HDDs) under USB 3.0 then it's all good news. Great performance with the usual functionality that you take for granted on a Mac, eg. HDD spin down on sleep/disconnect/energy saver, etc.

There are a few niggles if you step outside the G-Max's comfort envelope though ... . HDDs don't spin down when the host connection is via FireWire . you can not access the HDDs in "independent" mode when the host connection is via USB . cursory observations suggest that RAID-1 mode only reads from one side of the mirror limiting maximum read performance . the chassis is a little noisy, at first I thought it was the fan but actually the fan is *very* quiet ... it seems more like the noise is caused by airflow through the chassis (I will admit to being particularly noise-averse so this won't bother most people as much as it does me)

Overall a nice little unit give the target audience and price point.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Great little raid! October 22, 2013 I put my own 4TB drives in this bad boy. Great for HD video editing!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chicago Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 I love it but mine is loud April 3, 2013 It's rock-solid and it's already saved me more than once, that's for sure. But I don't keep it on all the time because it's rather loud, with what I would guess is fan noise? That makes my backups somewhat intermittent. (I have an original 750GB+750GB model). I would be very excited to learn of any way to quiet this wonderful RAID system. So, one star off.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Dallas, TX Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great enclosure! January 2, 2013 I bought 2 of these over the past couple of years, and both have worked out very well. I am about to buy another, and thought a review might be helpful. This is a high-quality enclosure. Good fit and finish, and appears to work well, too. Very Quiet, with a small footprint. Highly recommended. (I bought the enclosure only version, since I wanted to pick the drives to put in it.)

I would recommend this item to a friend!

NewerTech 0GB Guardian MAXimus RAID-1 Mfr P/N: NWTGM3QKIT0GB OWC SKU: NWTGM3QKIT0GB Multi-Interface Hardware RAID-1 (Mirrored) Data Redundant Kit 1 Year Newer Technology Limited Warranty
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