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NewerTech Guardian
MAXimus mini

500GB + 500GB 1.0TB total capacity Ultra Portable, Secure Storage Solution
with Versatile Interface

Mac / PC / USB 2.0 & 1.1 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible) / eSATA
  • Mac
  • PC
  • eSATA
  • FireWire 800/400
  • USB
Powerful, Dual Drive RAID 0/1 Performance
in a Bus-Powered, Portable Design
OWC SSDs make Guardian MAXimus mini the ideal mobile RAID solution
  • No moving parts
  • Silent
  • Extreme shock tolerance

Which all adds up to the highest drive performance and reliability you can take out "in the field"!

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 500GB of data. For those seeking faster performance, Guardian MAXimus mini can be easily switched to MAXPerform mode for up to 1.0TB 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!
Built with the Mercury Electra 3G SSD model featuring industry leading SandForce® DuraClass™ Technologies:
  • DuraWrite™ extends the endurance of your Solid State Drive (SSD).
  • Intelligent Block Management & Wear Leveling automatically distributes data evenly across the entire SSD.
  • Intelligent Read Disturb Management spreads the active read/write across the flash components eliminating data corruption caused by constant use.
  • Intelligent "Recycling" for advanced free space management gradually re-writes data across the SSD over time to ensure data never gets corrupted.
  • RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) protects the data on your drive similar to having a RAID setup.
  • Best-in-Class ECC Protection for longest data retention and drive life.
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:

Drive Type

  • Two paired (identical) 2.5″ SATA devices

Bridge Chipset

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

Standard Mechanism

    Release Candidate (RC) firmware set

    There are two kinds of firmware for SSDs Mass Production (MP) and Release Candidate (RC). Prior to an MP firmware release, there are beta firmware releases and an RC firmware release. Often, the RC is the same as the MP release, however there can be small changes and bug fixes made between the two. OWC has evaluated the RC for the 6Gb/s SandForce 2281 Processor and found it to be stable with no issues reported during our testing. However, as with any evolutionary product, issues may surface as different usages and configurations are employed and it is important to understand that there will be further updates and revisions.

    Since no firmware update is currently offered for the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD, no update page exists. To see the typical steps involved with a self performed field firmware update, please visit our 3Gb/s product update page at: http://eshop.macsales.com/Customized_Pages/Framework.cfm?page=sf_firmware.html

    It is important to note that the current firmware update tool requires the use of Windows XP/Vista/7. OWC is currently working on a Mac OS based update tool, but we do not have an exact availability date.

    500GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD Specifications:

    Specifications

    Controller
    4-Ch
    NAND
    Tier 1 3D NAND
    Form Factor
    Standard 7mm 2.5"
    Interface
    SATA 3Gb/s & 1.5Gb/s supported,
    SATA 3.1 Compliant
    Capacity 1
    500GB useable capacity
    SMART Attributes
    Standard 2
    Native Command Queuing
    up to 32 commands
    RoHS Compliant
    Yes
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    7mm (0.276″)
    Width (max)
    70.06mm (2.758″)
    Length (max)
    100.12mm (3.941″)
    Weight
    77 grams +/- 2 grams
    0.170 lbs +/- 2.71 oz

    Reliability

    TRIM Support
    OS Dependent

    Performance

    Sequential Read (Compressible Data)
    274MB/s
    Sequential Write (Compressible Data)
    260MB/s
    Sequential Read (Incompressible Data)
    270MB/s
    Sequential Write (Incompressible Data)
    250MB/s
    Random 4K Read
    Up to 90,000 IOPS
    Random 4K Write
    Up to 60,000 IOPS

    Power

    Active
    2.1W
    Idle
    0.1W

    Environmental (Operating)

    Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 158°F
    Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 70°C

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 185°F
    Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 85°C
    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. Temperature reporting is currently an unsupported feature because due to the operating characteristics of SSDs, it is highly unlikely one would ever exceed an OWC Mercury SSD's stated operating temperature ceiling of 158F/70C. However, we are looking into supporting this feature in the future via a firmware update. Firmware updates can be found here: http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/OWC/SSD.
  • 2 x 500GB* Mercury Electra™ 3G SSD**

  • *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.

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)

  • 1lb. (0.46kg) (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
Manufacturer provided specifications for Newer Technology p/n GM8QMSSD1TB UPC#: 811643016750

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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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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