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NewerTech miniStack MAX

Multi-Interface Drive Enclosure with built-in Blu-ray read-only & DVD/CD read/write optical drive, SD card reader, & USB powered hub

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible) / eSATA
  • Mac
  • PC
  • eSATA
  • FireWire 800/400
  • USB 3.0
  • Supports 1 x Serial ATA Drive (HD or SSD) up to 4.0TB
  • Front panel easy access SD card reader (SDXC)
  • Blu-ray Reader, DVD/CD Reader/Writer
  • 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 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. 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.
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  • Supports 1 x Serial ATA Drive (HD or SSD) up to 4.0TB
  • Durable aluminum finish complements Mac models as well as aluminum finished PCs
  • Front panel easy access SD card reader (SDXC)
  • Blu-ray Reader, DVD/CD Reader/Writer
  • 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:

Standard Mechanisms

  • 3.5" or 2.5" SATA* Hard Drive or SSD

Hard Drive Speed

  • Up to 7200RPM (HDD only)

Bridge Chipsets

  • JMicron 355 chipset with eSATA & FireWire 800 (1394B)
  • JMicron 539 chipset with USB 3.0

Read Speeds*

  • Blu-ray: up to 4X
  • DVD: up to 8X
  • CD: up to 24X

Write Speeds*

  • DVD: up to 8X
  • CD: up to 24X

Standard Optical 1, 2

  • LG CA40N Specs:


    Drive Type
    Internal Slim Blu-ray Reader & DVD/CD Writer
    Form Factor
    12.7mm Laptop
    Loading Mechanism
    Bezel Color
    Buffer Memory
    Mounting Orientation
    Horizontal / Vertical
    Manufacturer Model Number
    RoHS Compliant


    Supported Formats
    BD-ROM, BD-ROM DL, BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM DL, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM (Ver.2), CD-DA, CD-ROM (Mode 1 and mode 2), CD-ROM XA (Mode 2, form 1 and form 2), Photo CD (Single and multiple sessions), CD Extra, CD-R, CD-RW and CD-TEXT


    Data Capacity
    50GB : Blu-ray Double Layer
    25GB : Blu-ray
    8.5GB : DVD General Use Double Layer
    4.6GB : DVD General Use
    700MB : 79 minute CD
    650MB : 74 minute CD
    550MB : 63 minute CD

    Disk Labeling

    Disc Labeling


    Height (max)
    12.7mm (0.50")
    Width (max)
    128.0mm (5.04")
    Length (max)
    129.0mm (5.00")
    Weight (typical)
    0.18kg (0.50lbs.)

    Maximum Read Speeds

    BD-RE (Dual Layer)
    DVD-R (Dual Layer)
    DVD+R (Dual Layer)
    DVD-ROM (Dual Layer)

    Maximum Write Speeds

    DVD-R DL
    DVD+R DL


    90 Day OWC Fulfilled Limited Warranty


    Operating Temperature
    5° C to 50° C
    Non-Operating Temperature
    -40° C to 65° C
    Operating Humidity
    5% to 90% R.H.
    Non-Operating Humidity
    5% to 95% R.H.
    LG Internal Slim Blu-ray Reader & DVD/CD Writer

    * Click for all supported formats and specific mode speeds.

    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.


  • 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

Software Included

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.

**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 NWTMSMXBD0GBSW UPC#: 811643013148


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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.2 / 5 4 out of 4 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: ApplGuy Location: Philadelphia, PA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Blu-Ray Drive for my iMac June 28, 2017 Blu-Ray drive works great with my new 2017 iMac 5K. Can rip my Blu-Ray discs for my iTunes library. Added my own SSD and it performs well in this enclosure. (Tested using QuickBench.) Overall I think this product is great and would recommend to anyone who needs a Blu-Ray drive and more ports for their Mac.

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Mountain View, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 3/5 Good but lacking September 1, 2014 The design and user accessibility is pretty good. It matches my Mac Mini very nicely.

There are two shortcomings (minus one star for each): 1. The fan on the unit stays on. Forever. Even if the drive spins down. Dumb. 2. Even though it offers many different ports on the back, you cannot chain FW drives while using USB3 (the fastest option).

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from, Technical Support September 3, 2014 Between the compact design and the plethora of components, the miniStack MAX requires active cooling. Remember, it isn't just a hard drive, there's a HDD, and optical drive, a card reader and a USB hub configured into that little unit. Since the fan needs to run while the unit is powered on in order to keep all the components cool, we designed it with the same whisper-quiet MagLev fan that the Mac mini itself uses. If you're using the fastest USB 3.0 option for the data connection, there would be no need to add the miniStack MAX to a separate FireWire daisy chain in the first place. The miniStack MAX offers several data connectivity ports so you can use the fastest external bus you have available.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Canada Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic device June 19, 2013 Ordered online and product was received less than 36 hours later IN ANOTHER COUNTRY! Took less than 15 minutes to unpack and install a used 1TB drive I had from a Windows box I was decommissioning. I like the multiple connections like USB 3.0 and FireWire as well as the SD card reader. Much more convenient than reaching around the back of my iMac. Works flawlessly! Highly recommend!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Pittsburgh, PA Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Beautiful product. April 25, 2013 This is an external hard drive enclosure with multiple slots to make it very versatile. Armed with Firewire, USB 3.0 and e-SATA, you can probably connect your computer to this enclosure at whatever highest speed you have available. Well, unless... god forbid... you only have USB 2.0 that is. It also acts as a USB hub with 2 additional USB 3.0 slots and 1 USB power slot(that the manual says does NOT have connectivity, I haven't tried though).

I don't own a mac mini but I assume this product matches the size of the mac mini perfectly. Being in metallic silver color, however, this enclosure will match most Macbook pros and macbook air colors as well.

There is one thing I was a bit disappointed about this beauty, though. The manual does not mention it so I assume this isn't an issue with most CD/DVD or blu-ray drives you can install in this machine- and definitely not with one of which OWC provides pre-installed, but when you look at the inside of the outer casing of the enclosure, the optical disk slot is covered with a soft tape that is probably meant to protect it from dust or whatever coming into the enclosure. The tape is very soft so it will allow the disk to pass in and out while trying to keep dust out. That was a brilliant design, but it seems that for some optical drives, this would prevent the optical disk from safely unmounting from the enclosure, such as the Panasonic UJ265 which I needed for the 100GB backup disks. After some frustration I just pulled off the protective tape from the inside of the enclosure and now it works perfectly fine. Fortunately, UJ265 has its own layer of slot protection so I wonder if this was absolutely necessary.

All in all, I am extremely pleased with this product. I think I will use it for another long time to come.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

NewerTech 0GB miniStack® MAX Mfr P/N: NWTMSMXBD0GBSW OWC SKU: NWTMSMXBD0GBSWMulti-Interface Drive Enclosure with built-in Blu-ray read-only & DVD/CD read/write optical drive, SD card reader, & USB powered hub1 Year Newer Technology Limited Warranty
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