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NewerTech Guardian
MAXimus mini

0GB Add your own drive enclosure
Multi-Interface RAID-1 (Mirrored)
Redundant Data Storage Enclosure

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
MAXimum Protection & Flexibility
NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini RAID-1 mirror storage solution provides maximum Plug-and-Play "Live Activity" data backup and protection in a space-saving mini footprint. In the pre-configured RAID-1 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 1.0TB of data.
MAXProtect or MAXPerform, Your Choice
For those seeking performance over redundancy, Guardian MAXimus mini can be easily switched via the LCM screen menu to the RAID-0 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-1
Guardian MAXimus mini 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 between your last backup and the moment the hard drive fails. By having a second, "mirrored" copy, all of your data stays backed up and accessible while you replace the failed drive.
Drives not included - uses two 2.5" SATA drives
Requires two identical model drives for best operation,
operation with non-matched drives is not supported.
2.5" sata hard drive
OWC NOTE: OWC recommends that all drives used in RAID configurations be identical for best performance. This drive enclosure requires a 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) drive mechanism. Most computers produced since 2006 use Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. Please make sure that the drive you wish to use with this enclosure is compatible. If you need an enclosure for an ATA/IDE hard drive, click here.

Please note that the 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD and 1.0TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD are not recommended for use with this enclosure.

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.
  • Guardian MAXimus mini Manual (7.8MB PDF)

Features

  • Uses Two matching 2.5" SATA drives up to 9.5mm
  • 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

  • Any two 2.5" SATA drive or Raid 0/1 approved-qualified SSD up to 2.0TB in capacity and up to 9.5mm in size.

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.

Selectable RAID Modes

  • MAXProtect RAID 1 (factory default)
  • MAXPerform RAID 0

Power Supply

Format

Enclosure Size

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

Enclosure Weight (no accessories)

  • Weighs as little as 1.24 lbs with SSDs, 1.26 lbs with hard drives

Product Manual

Notes

  • Please note that the 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD and 1.0TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD are not recommended for use with this enclosure.

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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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

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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!

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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! This review is from 2.0TB NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini Portable 7200RPM FW800&400 +USB2+eSATA Storage Solution.

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.

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