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NewerTech miniStack MAX

6.0TB 7200RPM
Multi-Interface Storage Solution with built-in hard drive, 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
The only four-in-one storage, data access, and connectivity solution available!
The Newer Technology miniStack® MAX puts the diverse functionality of a high-capacity hard drive, Blu-ray/CD/DVD optical drive, SD card reader and USB powered hub into a single elegant aluminum finish enclosure. A perfect complement for ANY Mac or PC, yet sized to match the footprint of the Mac mini, miniStack MAX offers fully bootable data storage/backup along with three USB ports for powering and charging external devices.

An integrated SD card reader (SDXC) conveniently located on the front of the drive makes transferring photos and video from digital cameras easier than ever. Plus, an internal optical drive offering DVD/CD read/write and choice of Blu-ray read only or Blu-ray read/write capabilities completes your digital workflow needs without adding extra cords and clutter.

Looking for massive capacity in a desktop space-saving design or want to give your notebook more functionality while "on the go?" No problem, miniStack MAX can stack upon itself to create a "tower of power", yet is lightweight and compact so you can enjoy the power of desktop accessories wherever you roam. Now you truly can take storage, data access, and connectivity to the MAX!
Professional Level Storage Made Plug and Play Simple
With up to 6TB of capacity, the miniStack MAX is ready to handle the demands of extended storage or backup. It's also great for intensive data access such as professional audio and video editing. A multi-interface allows you to choose the data connection that suits your workflow-USB 3.0/2.0, FireWire® 800/400 or eSATA-with data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s. It's the perfect solution for storing your entire music, photo and video libraries, and even burning backups via the internal optical drive.
Restores Optical Drive Capabilities
The miniStack MAX provides modern optical drive capabilities for all users, and more so with systems that no longer even include an optical drive. The miniStack MAX returns the convenience of installing software from a CD, DVD or Blu-ray, loading music into iTunes, accessing archived photos, or watching DVD or even Blu-ray movies on their computer without extra cords, clutter, or cost. Two optical drive options are available: a Blu-ray read and DVD/CD read/write or Blu-ray read/write and DVD/CD read/write.
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.

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 »
Note: Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or the Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your drive, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Features

  • Fully Bootable and ideal for Backup, Audio, Video, Photography, and general storage needs.
  • 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.

Includes

  • Newer Technology miniStack MAX external storage solution
  • High-quality double-shielded connecting cables
    • High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
    • High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0 connecting cable
  • UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240v 50/60Hz input, 12 Volt 5 Amp output Power Supply (adapter plugs for International use sold separately)
  • miniStack MAX Owner's Guide (4MB PDF)
  • 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
  • Optical drive mechanism covered by 1 year warranty
  • Complimentary 1 Year Level 1 Data Recovery

Product Specifications:

Standard Mechanism

  • 6.0TB Toshiba MD04ACA600 Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    3.5″ HDD
    Interface
    SATA 6.0Gb/s
    Capacity1
    6.0TB
    Formatted Capacity2
    5580GiB
    Rotational Speed
    7,200 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    128MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    MD04ACA600
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    26.1mm (1.027″)
    Width (max)
    101.6mm (4.0″)
    Length (max)
    147mm (5.787″)
    Weight (typical)
    720g (1.587 lbs.)
    Bytes per Sector
    512 / 4096

    Reliability3

    MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
    1,400,000 hours
    Load/Unload
    600,000 times
    Warranty
    2 Year Toshiba Limited Warranty

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    6.0Gb/s
    Average Seek Time
    8.5ms
    Average Latency
    4.17ms

    Power

    Read Power
    11.3 Watts
    Write Power
    11.3 Watts
    Idle Mode
    6.0 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    Shock
    70 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 140°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 60°C
    Vibration
    0.75 G (5 to 500 Hz)
    Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
    8% to 90%
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Shock
    300 G max at 1ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 158°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 70°C
    Vibration
    1.04 G (5 to 500 Hz)
    Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
    5% to 95%
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    3.1 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.
    Toshiba 6.0TB MD04ACA Series Hard Disk Drive**

  • *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

  • 128 Megabytes

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:

    General

    Drive Type
    Internal Slim Blu-ray Reader & DVD/CD Writer
    Form Factor
    12.7mm Laptop
    Interface
    SATA
    Loading Mechanism
    Slot
    Bezel Color
    Black
    Buffer Memory
    2MB
    Mounting Orientation
    Horizontal / Vertical
    Manufacturer Model Number
    CA40N
    RoHS Compliant
    Yes

    Performance

    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

    Capacity

    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
    No

    Physical

    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-R
    6X
    BD-RE
    6X
    BD-RE (Dual Layer)
    6X
    BD-ROM
    6X
    DVD-R
    8X
    DVD+R
    8X
    DVD-R (Dual Layer)
    8X
    DVD+R (Dual Layer)
    8X
    DVD-RW
    8X
    DVD+RW
    8X
    DVD-ROM
    8X
    DVD-ROM (Dual Layer)
    8X
    CD-ROM
    24X
    CD-R
    24X
    CD-RW
    24X

    Maximum Write Speeds

    DVD-R
    8X
    DVD+R
    8X
    DVD-R DL
    6X
    DVD+R DL
    6X
    DVD-RAM
    5X
    DVD-RW
    6X
    DVD+RW
    8X
    CD-R
    24X
    CD-RW
    24X

    Reliability

    Warranty
    90 Day OWC Fulfilled Limited Warranty

    Environment

    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.

Bridge Chipsets

  • JMicron 355 chipset with eSATA & FireWire 800 (1394B)
  • JMicron 539 chipset with USB 3.0/USB 2.0

Interface/Ports

  • USB 3.0 hub with (3) USB 3.0/2.0 ports:
    • (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 800/400 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

Material

  • 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

Compatibility

  • 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:

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

  • (operating) 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 - we're proud to provide a superior level of support and service coverage to our customers. OWC and NewerTech storage solutions come fully backed by an Industry-leading 48-hour turnaround time which includes complimentary Level 1 data recovery for the first year, plus additional data recovery options available throughout the three year limited warranty period, for complete peace of mind ownership confidence.

View more information about the NewerTech 3 Year Solution warranty

*The installed optical drive mechanism is covered by a 1 Year NewerTech Enclosure Limited Warranty.
Note: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your NewerTech solution prior to the conclusion of 3 Year NewerTech Solution Limited Warranty's period. Doing so will void the remainder of the NewerTech 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 MSMXBD6.0TB7 UPC#: 811643015814

Benchmarks

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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

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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.3 / 5 41 out of 45 (91%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Capability Combination December 29, 2014 This was the perfect companion to my new Retina 27" iMac. 3TB drive for my nightly Carbon Copy Cloner or hourly Time Machine backups, the optical drive that iMacs no longer have internally, and a Smart Card slot out front where it's easily accessed. And all with only one box and one power supply/power plug. Apple should have such a great product available.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 3.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ DVD Burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Washington DC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great buy! December 27, 2014 I purchased this unit for a new iMac 27" Retina as a means of having a blu-ray DVD reader/writer available. While I haven't yet taken advantage of that feature, and likely will need some software to support playing Blu-ray DVDs on my mac, I'm very satisfied so far. The only feature which surprised me was the inability to daisy chain Fire-wire drives when using the USB 3.0 connection to my new computer. To make this work you also need to purchase a $29 FireWire 800 to Thunderbolt converter from Apple (or elsewhere?). I've done that and is seems to be working like a charm. Compared with my 1TB SSD, the hard drive is a bit noticeable, but really makes noise when spinning a DVD (about the same as the old internal apple drive in my old iMac). Needless to say, I only use it that way when I need to and I likely won't keep the disc running except for backups.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 3.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Brisbane, Australia Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 An excellent product October 10, 2014 I use the 4.0TB ministack storage-Blu-ray burner for my Time Machine backups and disk burning. I have had no problems with this unit and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is considering buying one. If a CF card reader was included it would be ideal for my photographic needs. EL, Australia.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 4.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Round Rock, TX Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great device being used in a non-traditional way October 5, 2014 I purchased this device when looking for a blu-ray burner to hook up to my 1st Gen MacBook Pro w/ Retina display. When coupled with my Apple Thunderbolt display the device essentially becomes a power doc to give me USB3 ports plus, Blu-ray, plus a Time-Machine/"scratch" disk when working at my desk.

Esthetically is matches the MBPw/Retina and the Apple Thunderbolt display and look great. Functionality has been great!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 3.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles
Rating: 4/5 Good product September 23, 2014 I recently retired my MacPro from 2007 and upgraded to a new iMac 27 inch with SSD internal drive. My dilemma was what to do with all the HDD I had from my MacPro. I looked for enclosures that would also work as a hub and this even doubled as a DVD drive. The installation was easy and set up super fast. No issues here. I have this drive connected via USB3 and the read and write speeds are great. The additional 2 USB3 ports are very helpful as well. I only found that in the product description, it was left out that the FireWire800 connection was only to be used as an alternative connection to the usb3 and not an additional input. bummer.... I heard that some customers complained about loud fan noise but I don't find that the fan makes much noise at all and I am running a recording studio, so any extra buzz or hum would be noticed. I'll be getting another ministack in the future.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 0GB Newer Technology miniStack MAX w/DVDRW and no HDD (Speedtools/Backup bundle included)..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: San Mateo, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent marriage of necessary features September 13, 2014 I purchased a Mac mini, which has limited storage and no CD/DVD capability. The NewerTech unit not only provides the storage, CD and DVD link but also extra USB connections and Blu Ray. Great product.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

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! This review is from Newer Technology miniStack MAX w/BD-ROM/DVDRW and no HDD (Speedtools/Backup bundle included)..

Response from OWC, 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 Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: College Station, TX Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 3/5 Was a pain to get mine setup September 1, 2014 They don't have a "try" option for my recommendation, but that is what I would give it. Once you get through some of the issues its not bad. It would have been nice if the drive was already partitioned and formatted; I had a heII of a time getting the drive to be recognized. The Blu-ray works, but be ready to catch the disc when you eject it I had one shoot across the desk.

The drive is stable; I've been running it as my backup drive for the past month with no issues. I like the SD reader in the front; makes is easy to offload my pictures. It would like more than 2 USB outlets, if you are going to be called a USB hub I think it needs to be 4+ outlets

This review is from 3.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Bristol, CT Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 I purchased MiniStack MAX for my new MacMini August 23, 2014 AWESOME Works great. Looks great with the MacMini. Love it!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 Seems to do All that it is suppose to August 10, 2014 I have had it only a few months so I have not used it extensively except as a backup drive. I like the Card slot and usb 3 capability, as well as the auto start up feature. Have not yet used the bluray capability but have made DVDs. All in all I am well satisfied.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 3.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Costa Mesa, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product July 28, 2014 Lots of storage space, sleek design, great connectivity options. Came with all cables needed, arrived on time and in perfect operating order.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Bonita Springs, FL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Secondary storage device with plenty of options July 26, 2014 While I got this for the hard drive, I'm liking it for the immediate access to my SD media cards and the additional USB plugs in the back. I haven't had a chance to use the eSATA header in the back, but I'm sure at some point I will.

It is a nice match to my Mac Mini cosmetically, and is extremely easy to setup. Over a single USB 3.0 connection, there is plenty of bandwidth to access the HD, SD media and CD/DVD at the same time. Both read/write performance averaged at amount 189 MB/s. To put this into perspective, my SSD measures about the same...

My first unit had a buggy Bluray/DVD drive, and I didn't notice this right away as it wasn't really something I had planned to use it for. I will say, the Bluray/DVD does not eject with the same quality as my Macbook DVD drive, discs pop out slightly askew and can fall out of the device altogether if you don't grab it in time.

While it doesn't seem to have the same quality as my Mac hardware, it's extremely functional and well worth the money. For anyone looking to augment particularly a Mini, I'd recommend this as a good pick.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX SSHD Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Abingdon, VA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent Product July 1, 2014 I bought this product to connect to a new Mac Pro. I installed my own hard drive. The optical drive, the card reader and the installed drive work flawlessly. Very good product.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from NewerTech miniStack MAX w/BD Writer/DVDRW and no HDD (Speedtools/Backup bundle included)..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Vancouver, BC Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 4/5 Great product, but things to consider. June 17, 2014 I absolutely love my miniStack. It has so far been a reliable and efficient addition to my workspace. My favourite touch is the powered USB port for phone charging.

The only thing that I wasn't expecting is that you cannot run the disk drive off of Firewire. If you want to use Firewire for the HD, then you have to have both FireWire and USB cables hooked up at the same time. This isn't a big deal as the miniStack comes with USB ports, but it wasn't something I was expecting. My other issue is that the FireWire ports don't feel as solid as I'm used to with other drives, but so far they have operated perfectly, so no complaints.

Other notes: OWC says you cannot run Mac's DVD player with this external drive. I find that as long as you reboot DVD player after the disk is inserted that it works perfectly and have never once had to resort to VLC.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

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! This review is from Newer Technology miniStack MAX w/BD-ROM/DVDRW and no HDD (Speedtools/Backup bundle included)..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Washington DC Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 3/5 Great Idea and MOSTLY executed well. June 5, 2013 Upgraded my 2007 iMac to a smaller SSD Hard Drive so I need to add some external storage. I also ripp blu-rays and could use a SD card reader so this was a no-brainer. USB 3.0 and Firewire 800 was a great bonus also.

Pros: 1) All in one package 2) Blu-Ray support with slot drive 3) USB 3.0 and FW800 4) Matches iMac materials beautifully

With that being said, this thing is huge. Even looking at the dimensions online before I placed my order I didn't think it would take up so much room on my desk. The Blu-Ray drive reader is pretty slow (2X). The units fan runs continuously and loud. Oh and I almost forgot, the 2.1 amp charging port is just that. Charging only. Was hoping to charge my iPad while syncing. Bummer.

1) Massive size 2) Slow Blu-Ray read 3) Loud 4) 2.1 Amp USB port is charging only 5) NewTech logo plastered on front

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray reader, USB hub, & SD card reader..

Response from OWC, Marketing July 5, 2013 It does have the same footprint as the Mac mini, but is quite a bit taller than such... http://eshop.macsales.com/imgs/ndesc/nwt_ministackmax/gall/nwt_ministackmax_gall4.jpg Yes, out of the 3 USB ports available, Two ports are for powering/charging common desktop accessories and digital devices and one port is a dedicated charging port with 2.1Amp power for higher charging power required devices like the iPad. To clarify, the NewerTech logo isn't plastered nor glued onto the front, but rather screened-on and intended to be minimalistic in size - as shown in the photos.
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! This review is from Newer Technology miniStack MAX w/BD-ROM/DVDRW and no HDD (Speedtools/Backup bundle included)..

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: TN Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Great drive with one flaw April 19, 2013 This is a perfect match for the newer mini mac except for the location of a power switch. Looking at the mac mini rear the power switch is on the rear left. On the ministack max the power switch is located on the rear right.. Stacked with the mac must be placed to reach the rear requires space for use of both the right and left hand, one to turn on the mac the other for the ministack. A rocker switch would have been nicer than the slider.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray burner, USB hub, & SD card reader..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Seattle Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent - even without Thunderbird March 6, 2013 When I first heard that this product would not include a Thunderbird connector, I paused and reconsidered purchasing it.

I am glad I did not. The product is an amazing "all-in-one" unit that completes my late 2012 Mac mini. I purchase the "0 GB" model and added an older 1.5 TB drive from my "old" ministack. Installation took all of about 5 minutes and the most difficult part was finding the (included) mounting screws. The HD is almost inaudible in the housing, the BD has very quick read speeds (haven't burned anything yet) and the SD slot on the front allows me to just insert my photo card. No additional cables required to hook up my camera.

The addition of a high-amperage USB "0" charging slot is highly welcome as I am now able to charge my iPad on my computer in a reasonable period of time.

Yes, thunderbolt would be nice for daisy chaining peripherals. But to be honest, with the new Mini Supporting dual displays, the only thing I think it would be useful for in my situation is a Thunderbird RAID. However, with large hard drives becoming so inexpensive and fusion drive available on the Mini, I just decided to hook an large external to my airport extreme and don't really notice the difference.

The product is quiet, looks great, feels extremely well constructed and is reasonably compact. It looks like it is actually part of the Mini. If you are hesitating because of the lack of Thunderbird, I would urge you to reconsider. I am happy I did.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from NewerTech miniStack MAX w/BD Writer/DVDRW and no HDD (Speedtools/Backup bundle included)..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: claifornia Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 great features March 5, 2013 This a great idea, burner and hard drive and works well. My only criticism is that on light is hidden under the front panel and difficult to see.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB NewerTech miniStack MAX Storage Solution w/ Blu-ray reader, USB hub, & SD card reader..

NewerTech 6.0TB miniStack® MAX Mfr P/N: MSMXBD6.0TB7 OWC SKU: NWTMSMXBD6.0TB7 7200RPM Multi-Interface Storage Solution with built-in hard drive, Blu-ray read-only & DVD/CD read/write optical drive, SD card reader, & USB powered hub 3 Year Newer Technology Limited Warranty
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