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miniStack MAX 0GB
Multi-Interface Drive Enclosure Kit

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible) / eSATA
  • Supports 1 x Serial ATA Drive (HD or SSD) and 1 x 12.7mm or 9.5mm Slim Optical SATA Optical Drive
  • Front panel easy access SD card reader (SDXC)
  • Fully Bootable and ideal for Backup, Audio, Video, Photography, and general storage needs.
  • FireWire 800/400, USB 3.0/2.0, eSATA with data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s*.
  • High quality FireWire (9 pin to 9 pin) & USB 3.0 (Standard-B to Standard-A) USB 2.0 backwards compatible cables included. (eSATA cable sold separately)
  • MagLev fan offers frictionless, whisper-quiet operation.
  • Integrated Kensington Security Slot for theft prevention.
Multi-Interface external enclosure kit offers the perfect complement to your Mac mini.
The Newer Technology miniStack MAX is the perfect external storage and backup enclosure kit designed specifically to complement the look and feel of the latest Mac lineup. With a footprint identical to the Mac mini, the two stack and fit together for seamless desktop integration. It also looks great when paired with the iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and aluminum finished or black PCs.

This enclosure kit lets you install the hard drive and optical drive of your preference to take advantage of a multi-interface that allows you to choose the way you connect to your computer-via FireWire 800/400, USB 3.0/2.0, or eSATA - with data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s. With multi-interface options, the miniStack MAX can be fully bootable and ideal for backup, audio, video, photography, and general storage needs.
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.

Hard Drive/SSD/Optical Drives Not Included - Requires User Provided Drives For Self Installation
2.5" sata hard drive
OWC NOTE: This drive enclosure requires user provided and self installed 2.5" or 3.5" Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Drive or Solid State Drive and a 12.7mm or 9.5mm optical drive if desired. 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.


  • Supports 1 x Serial ATA Drive (HD or SSD) up to 6.0TB and 1 x 12.7mm or 9.5mm Slim Optical SATA Optical Drive
  • Durable aluminum finish complements Mac models as well as aluminum finished PCs
  • Front panel easy access SD card reader (SDXC)
  • 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.

Product Specifications

Part Number


Standard Mechanisms

  • 3.5" or 2.5" SATA Hard Drive or SSD*
  • 9.5mm or 12.7mm optical drive**

Hard Drive Speed

  • Up to 7200RPM (HDD only)

Compatible Optical Drives1, 2

  • Hitachi-LG Storage 8X
    Burn DVD 8X, DVD-DL 6X, CDRW 16X R/W Speed
  • Hitachi-LG CA10N
    Read up to 2X Blu-ray
    Burn DVD 8X, DVD-DL 4X, CDRW 16X R/W Speed
  • Hitachi-LG CA21N
    Read up to 6X Blu-ray
    Burn DVD 8X, DVD-DL 6X, CDRW 24X R/W Speed
  • Hitachi-LG CA30N
    Read up to 6X Blu-ray
    Burn DVD 8X, DVD-DL 6X, CDRW 24X R/W Speed
  • Hitachi-LG CA40N
    Read up to 6X Blu-ray
    Burn DVD 8X, DVD-DL 6X, CDRW 24X R/W Speed
  • Panasonic UJ265
    Burn up to 6X Blu-ray,
    DVD 8X, DVD-DL 6X, CDRW 24X R/W Speed
  • 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 3.0 hub with (3) USB 3.0 ports (backward compatible with USB 2.0, cable included):
    • (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 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

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


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.

View more information about the 1 Year NewerTech Enclosure 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.

**Different processes are required to install a 9.5mm drive versus a 12.7mm drive. Please refer to Chapter 2, Assembly section in product manual for exact steps to follow.

***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 NWTMSMX0GB UPC#: 811643012127




Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.3 / 5 5 out of 6 (83%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Emerald
Rating: 5/5 2010 iMac Upgrade January 4, 2018 After replacing my original hard drive and SuperDrive on my 2010 iMac with solid state drives, I installed the removed drives in this unit. It was easy to do and works great.

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Reviewer: seasound Location: Oregon Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Solid construction and operation. June 29, 2017 Bought miniStack MAX to house my old iMac Optical and hard drive. Everything works nicely. Could have a quieter fan. Very happy so far. Thanks.

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Reviewer: phcm Location: Florida Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 MiniStack January 29, 2017 The drive enclosure works great using esata and usb connections

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Reviewer: fallofredmond Location: New Jersey Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent So Far November 21, 2016 Only had it for about a month. Using a 2TB Seagate SATA HDD with TM and a BD-RE drive that came with MacOS BluRay movie software. Easiest HDD and Optical installation I have ever experienced as a lifelong Mac enthusiast-didn't need instructions but at least it included good ones. Drives work in El Capitan and Win 8.1 (with HFS+ driver) without issues and appear to function at full speed. DVD and BD movies play without issue, ISO images burn and boot without issues, Oh, and yea it looks beautiful with my late 2012 Mac Mini (that's kind of the whole point actually).

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Montreal, QC Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 3/5 Cute but very noisy for a Mini accessory June 6, 2016 This box is actually made out of aluminium (apart from the plastic base), and its looks match Mini's pretty well. But very little thought has gone into its design. For instance, the hard disk and the optical drive remain completely detached from the aluminium walls, so they don't have any heat sink to cool them down. NewerTech has instead installed a very small fan that has to turn at a high speed to cool down the system (yes it is a brushless fan, but it is still blowing a lot of air against the ventilation grids in the back of the case. These are very strange design choices and end up turning your silent Mini into a noisy beast like other computers. The Mini can't serve as a music server or a media center anymore.

In order to make this box usable, I have put some resistors (~150 Ohms) in serial with the high speed fan to slow it down. It looks like the fan does its job just as well even at lower speeds (no excessive heat for now -- and it is summer). I have also installed pieces of felt on top and in front of the optical drive, leaving only the loading slot open. These two hacks have considerably reduced the emitted noise. My next step would be to have a look at the circuit and see if I can use the case as a heat sink without creating ground issues for the box. If that is the case, I can eventually turn the fan off with no side effect. The aluminium case makes for a pretty large heat sink.

In the end I would say this box is completely useless as a Mini accessory, unless you mod it for yourself. If you are using this with a computer that has at least one fan running at high speed all the time, you are fine. But if you are expecting a device just as silent as your Mini, you will be disappointed. With the mod's though, I find this a pretty decent device. It looks absolutely awesome beside the Mini as well.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from MacSales.com, Product Development June 7, 2016 While we don’t necessarily agree with design comments, we do respect all feedback. Also please note, modifications to the enclosure may void its warranty.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: florida Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Working well so far October 23, 2015 Easy to install hard drive. Fits the look of my mini.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

NewerTech 0GB miniStack® MAX Mfr P/N: NWTMSMX0GB OWC SKU: NWTMSMX0GB Multi-Interface Drive Enclosure Kit w/ USB hub, & SD card reader. FW800 / FW400 / USB 3.0 / eSATA. Supports all 3.5" SATA Hard Drives up to 6.0TB & slim SATA optical drives up to 12.7mm. 1 Year Newer Technology Limited Warranty
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