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NewerTech Guardian
MAXimus mini

2.0TB 7200RPM | 1.0TB + 1.0TB
Ultra Portable, Secure Storage Solution
with Versatile Interface

Mac / PC / USB 2.0 & 1.1 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible) / eSATA
Powerful, Dual Drive RAID 0/1 Performance
in a Bus-Powered, Portable Design
MAXProtect or MAXPerform - Your Choice
NewerTech Guardian MAXimus storage solution provides maximum Plug-and-Play "Live Activity" data backup and protection in a space-saving mini footprint. In the pre-configured MAXProtect mode, Guardian MAXimus mini guards against data loss and costly system downtime by writing the same information in real-time to create a "mirrored" copy of up to 1.0TB of data. For those seeking faster performance, Guardian MAXimus mini can be easily switched to MAXPerform mode for up to 2.0TB of high speed performance storage. Whatever your preference, Guardian MAXimus mini offers MAXimum performance, flexibility, and reliability for critical data backup.
MAXiumum Portability
Guardian MAXimus mini is ready to go wherever your "mobile office" needs take you. Bus-powered (no AC adapter required) and weighing as little as 1.24 pounds, it offers maximum data protection with minimal gear bag bulk. While ultra compact, the Guardian MAXimus mini comes packed with high performance features like dual hard drives or SSDs, data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s, and user conveniences like a front panel LCM screen/control interface for drive and system status monitoring.
Why You Need Guardian MAXimus mini RAID-0, RAID-1
With the RAID-0 striped mode, Guardian MAXimus mini dedicates its drives to maximum performance ensuring you stay working at the highest speeds. In the RAID-1 mode, you get a "live activity" backup of financial records, medical files, business projects...any critical data that you simply cannot risk losing. You're always protected against data loss as the same information is copied in real-time to two separate drives for a "mirrored" copy. You're also protected from costly system downtime and data restoring after a single hard drive-equipped system crash. By having a second, "mirrored" copy, you can keep working and saving until the failed drive is replaced. Best of all? After replacing that drive, the Guardian MAXimus mini automatically rebuilds the "mirror" by copying all the data to the new drive!
HD Video Certified
Test Certified for HD Video capture and playback of HDV, DVC Pro, and ProRes 422HQ file formats via eSATA and FireWire 800
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
  • NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini storage solution
  • High Quality Double Shielded eSATA connecting cable
  • High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • High Quality Double Shielded USB 2.0/1.1 connecting cable
  • UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240v, 50/60Hz input, 12Volt 2 Amp output Power Supply (adapter plugs for International use sold separately). For replacement power supply, click here.
  • 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
  • Guardian MAXimus mini Manual (7.8MB PDF)

Features

  • Uses two paired (identical) 2.5″ SATA type hard disk drives or solid state drives up to 9mm tall
  • LCM display menu provides convenience of drive and system status
  • Super quiet operation with a rugged, heat dissipating anodized aluminum enclosure
  • Shock resistant design
  • Bus powered via FireWire, or use FireWire for power while using an eSATA connection for data.

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Product Specifications:

Bridge Chipset

  • Oxford 936DS chipset with eSATA, FW800(1394B), and USB 2.0

Standard Mechanism

    1.0TB HGST Travelstar™ 7K1000 Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    2.5″ HDD
    Interface
    SATA 6.0Gb/s
    Capacity1
    1000GB
    Formatted Capacity2
    930GiB
    Rotational Speed
    7,200 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    32MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    HTS721010A9E630
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    9.5mm (0.370″)
    Width (max)
    69.85mm (2.750″)
    Length (max)
    100.35mm (3.951″)
    Weight (typical)
    95g (0.209 lbs.)
    Bytes per Sector
    512
    Areal Density
    676Gb/in2

    Reliability3

    Contact Start-Stops
    600,000
    Warranty
    1 Year OWC Fulfilled Warranty

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    600MB/s
    Track-to-track Seek
    1.0ms
    Average Seek Time
    13.0ms
    Average Latency
    4.2ms

    Power

    Maximum Start Current, DC
    5.5 Watts
    Seek Power
    2.1 Watts
    Read Power
    1.8 Watts
    Write Power
    1.8 Watts
    Idle Mode
    1.7 Watts
    Idle Mode, Active
    1.0 Watts
    Idle Mode, Low Power
    0.8 Watts
    Standby Mode
    0.2 Watts
    Sleep Mode
    0.1 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    Shock
    400 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 140°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 60°C
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Shock
    1000 G max at 1ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 149°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 65°C
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    2.5 bels
    Seek (Typical)
    2.7 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.
  • 2 x 1.0TB* 2.5″ HGST Travelstar™ 7K1000 Hard Disk Drives**

  • *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

  • 64 Megabyte (2 Drives with 32MB per drive)

Maximum Data Transfer Rate

  • eSATA - 3.0Gbps (or 300MB/sec)
  • FireWire 800 - 800Mbps (or 100MB/sec)
  • USB 2.0 - 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)

Port/Interface Bootability

    Can I use this solution as an external startup drive?
  • eSATA: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • FireWire 800: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • USB 2.0: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info

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 2.0)
  • 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.
  • USB 2.0: Macintosh with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via PCI USB 2.0 card.
  • Time Machine® Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later.

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows ME and later.
  • Windows 2000 or later required for FW800 Operation.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.

Power Supply

  • UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240v, 50/60Hz input, 12Volt 2 Amp output Power Supply. For replacement power supply, click here.
  • Operation with Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter requires external power supply.

Format

Software Included

Enclosure Size

  • 5.2″(D) x 3.5″(W) x 2.1″(H)
  • 90mm x 56mm x 33mm

Enclosure Weight (no accessories)

  • 1.55lbs. (0.70kg)

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (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)

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

3 Year NewerTech Solution 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.

View more information about the 3 Year NewerTech Solution Limited Warranty

Note: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your NewerTech solution prior to the conclusion of NewerTech's 3 year Limited Warranty period. Doing so will void the remainder of the NewerTech limited warranty.

Manufacturer provided specifications for Newer Technology p/n GM8QM7S20T32 UPC#: 811643013322

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

Reviews

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 4 out of 4 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: CBRider
Rating: 4/5 Very compact, nice finish May 17, 2018 Works well and worth the investment. The only minus: the LCD display is difficult to read from an angle, even when you try to vary the contrast. Aside from that, it's an overall good product

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from NewerTech GMAX mini 2-Bay 2.5" SATA RAID Kit FW800&400+USB2+eSATA Portable includes SW Bundle. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer Top 50 Contributor
Reviewer: krazikofiman Location: Ocala, FL Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Easy-piesy! April 12, 2018 So I see the video and think this will be quick. Then just the trial I had to back out the drive bay screws made me think I would break it. Those screws are tightened way to much! Once the screws were out it was plop, plop, fizz, fizz what a relief it is. I found the area below the unit gets really hot and after a quarter inch spacing it all cooled down. Definitely needs that space! I'm using the MAXImus with two other FW 800 drives and there was no issue with the additional drives. All is well and running great!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from NewerTech GMAX mini 2-Bay 2.5" SATA RAID Kit FW800&400+USB2+eSATA Portable includes SW Bundle. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: CanadianPhotoArtist Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent, solid and compact. February 4, 2018 This drive may not be as 'designer glam' as other brands, but for a compact, bus-powered 2x2Tb RAID, it is excellent. It runs silently on my desk and can also travel easily when required.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 4.0TB NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini Portable 5400RPM FW800&400 +USB2+eSATA Storage Solution. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Aviates Location: Central Iowa Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Small Form Factor with Great Functionality January 15, 2018 Bought this on a bit of a whim - had a couple of different external drives (Gardian Max and now the Mini) but with the replacement of a couple of drives in laptops, figured it would be a great recycle of these drives. Installs easily and connects quickly to my existing eSATA PCIe card. Probably the only downside is to always remember to eject the drives on shutdown. Bought another for a friend and he's delighted also. Have backed up at least 500MB and found the reliability to be suberp and would be a repeat buyer.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from NewerTech GMAX mini 2-Bay 2.5" SATA RAID Kit FW800&400+USB2+eSATA Portable includes SW Bundle. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: AWD1 Location: Akron, OH Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great little RAID drive for Mac backup December 1, 2017 This is a fantastic RAID solution for backing up your Mac. All metal construction, simple to install and very easy to change out a drive it one should fail. Way better solution than a standard desktop external drive.

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Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: 377Ohm Location: Lausanne, Switzerland Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Wonderful little device September 11, 2017 I have bought this kit in order to reuse two HDDs that became freed up after upgrading the data storage in my vintage MBP 17s to SDDs. The GMAX mini kit is super-easy to populate with disks and put to service (you need no more than 2 minutes) and extremely handy and useful, especially when used with FIreWire, which provides enough power for use without the external power supply that also comes with the kit. I had an issue with the LCD in my particular kit. After taking a picture of the display and e-mailing it to the OWC customer service, a replacement kit was briskly sent to me. The service was exemplary: Very understanding and helpful, polite and totally hassle-free. Without exaggeration, this was by far the best customer service that I have experienced in the last 20 years.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from NewerTech GMAX mini 2-Bay 2.5" SATA RAID Kit FW800&400+USB2+eSATA Portable includes SW Bundle. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: 377Ohm Location: Lausanne, Switzerland Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product for everybody who loves FireWire July 25, 2017 To my knowledge, this is the only product of its kind that maximizes the utility of FireWire's capability to power external devices: two 2.5" disks in the RAID-0 or -1 configuration, all bus-powered. The fact that no external power supply is needed when powered by FireWire makes the device extremely handy and useful -- I find myself taking MAXimus mini around even where I would not have expected it. In summary, MAXimus mini is a wonderful little device worth every penny.

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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent June 20, 2015 Absolutely trouble free. Hopefully a USB3-C version is on the way.

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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Arlington, Texas Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great little raid drive. April 10, 2015 Great little raid drive, easy to use, already configured for max protect ready to go. I connected it to my Time Capsule and I use it for storing information that I want to access with my iPad and iPhone using the program file browser, so I do not have to leave my computer on all the time. This drive goes to sleep when it is not needed.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini Portable 5400RPM FW800&400 +USB2+eSATA Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Las Vegas Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent Drive June 28, 2014 This RAID 1 drive is better and faster than the internal dual Mac Mini drives and it is bus powered. It has saved the day for my server needs.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: errorik Location: Boise, ID Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Perfect portable companion for MacBook Pro October 26, 2011 I took my GMAX mini with me on a 12,000 mile cross country motorcycle ride this last summer for extra storage for my photo/videos documenting my trip.

The GMAX mini worked great. I love that it is Bus powered from the Firewire 800 port, so I only needed a single cable to plug it into my MacBook Pro and it would turn on and I could offload my multiple camera's SD cards to it.

Data redundancy is a personal requirement of mine, and the NewerTech Guardian MAXimus line gives that to me with all my external storage. The mini is the perfect travel companion piece to the desktop line.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini Portable 5400RPM FW800&400 +USB2+eSATA Storage Solution.

1. The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity. varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The above capacity specifications are based on the factory default configuration of RAID 1. If the RAID 0 configuration is set, capacities are doubled.

2. 1MB per 2.4 megapixel JPEG photo - low resolution

3. DVD Quality Digital Video at a 2.597GB/hour data rate

4. 2.85MB per MP3 song
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