OWC miniStack STX

Stackable Storage + Thunderbolt Hub Xpansion Solution

OWC miniStack STX

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4KVIDEO

With up to 770MB/s Speed

Add Connectivity

3-PORT HUB

40Gb/s Thunderbolt

Expand Storage

200X

vs. Factory Options

First Thunderbolt-Certified

THUNDERBOLT 4

Storage Solution

OWC

OWC miniStack STX

Quantity will be limited, so pre-order NOW for expected delivery in mid-December.

Pre-order with up to 14TB HDD + up to 4TB NVMe M.2 SSD starting at $369.00.

Or select a DIY Enclosure and add your own 2.5/3.5-inch SATA drive + NVMe M.2 SSD only $299.00.

You will not be billed until your order ships. You can change/cancel your pre-order at any time.

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Mini Sized. Mammoth Possibilities.

Just like great duos Kirk and Spock, Frodo and Sam, or Woody and Buzz, the miniStack and the Mac mini have been the perfect pair since 2005. The miniStack STX now features Storage and Thunderbolt Xpansion, continuing its award-winning legacy as the best sidekick a Mac mini can have. Meet the world’s first Thunderbolt certified Thunderbolt 4 storage solution.

With a universal SATA HDD/SSD bay AND an NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD slot, you can expand your mini’s storage capacity to gigantic proportions. Three Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports enable you to connect to millions of Thunderbolt, USB, and future USB4 drives, displays, A/V mixers, cameras and tablets; as well as desktop accessories like a keyboard, card reader, or mouse. Now the possibilities of how you can use your Mac mini are limited only to your imagination.

OWC miniStack STX with Mac mini

Massive Capacity

Add over 200x greater data storage on top of your Mac mini's built-in storage1

More Connectivity

Add a mix of up to five Thunderbolt devices, three USB devices, and two displays 2, 5

Whisper-Quiet

An aluminum housing with internal heat sink and high-efficiency cooling fan provides cool, nearly silent operation

Maximum Compatibility

Use with Thunderbolt or USB equipped Macs, PCs, iPads, Chromebooks, Android tablets…virtually anything that supports external storage 2, 3

Data Security

Add RAID 1 protection with optional OWC SoftRAID software

Easy Backups

Apple Time Machine and Windows File History ready

Plug and Play

Includes Thunderbolt cable

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Xpands Notebooks, Tablets, and More

Sized identically to the Mac mini, the miniStack STX is also a sleek, complementary companion for MacBook and PC notebook and desktop machines, iPads, and Chromebooks. While highly powerful, these machines are often limited in the number and variety of ports they offer. The miniStack STX solves that expansion limitation with a new world of increased connectivity and storage capacity.

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OWC miniStack STX inside view

The Dual Drive Dynamo

Just like superheroes have an alter ego, so too does the miniStack STX. The universal SATA drive bay holds a hard disk drive or SSD for big capacity data storage performance. When you need to support low latency instant access operations, the NVMe M.2 SSD slot reveals miniStack STX’s ferocious nature. NVMe was designed to deliver the speed potential of modern flash drive technology by using a more direct path to a computer’s processor over PCIe. As a result, you can enjoy on-demand high performance with the miniStack STX.

Edit. Save. Access. Like a Pro

With multiple drive configurations available, you can experience up to 770MB/s of real-world data transfer speed. Move 5GB of GoPro footage in about 6 seconds. Transfer 1000s of photos from that priceless event in mere seconds. Use the SATA drive for Time Machine or File History backups while working off the NVMe drive. With heavyweight performance like this, the miniStack STX is great for multi-stream compressed 4K video editing, photography, audio, virtual machines, and everyday data tasks.

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OWC SoftRAID for Mac and PC screenshots and logo

Easily Monitor and Protect Your Data

For even more power and security, add OWC’s SoftRAID software to your miniStack STX and create a RAID 1 to automatically maintain identical copies of all your data on each drive. For over 25 years, SoftRAID has been the most fully featured and powerful software RAID solution available for Mac and Windows. It starts protecting your data even before you start saving by validating the miniStack STX drives are safe for data storage. In the improbable event that you experience a disk issue, your data is still complete and accessible on the miniStack STX’s other drive! SoftRAID then constantly monitors your disks with a combination of S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) attributes along with its own I/O statistics. This deep dive disk health analysis identifies potential problems so you can take preventive action. SoftRAID is available for both Mac and PC making it possible to share the miniStack STX between computers.

Learn more about SoftRAID »

Move Between Macs and PCs

Accessing your miniStack STX on a Windows PC is remarkably easy with the addition of OWC’s MacDrive. This seamless software runs in the background, so there’s nothing to launch or learn. Just connect the miniStack STX and not only do you have instant read access, but full write access too! MacDrive also includes powerful features that enable you to format and partition drives as well as repair basic disk issues.

Learn more about MacDrive »

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Home music studio

Xpand Your Sonic Journey

Building your music setup can be daunting. With two configurable drives in the OWC miniStack STX, it’s easy to create a storage powerhouse for recording and playback of essential tracks in real-time. You can even store your entire loop and sample libraries on the NVMe SSD for in-a-flash use with near zero latency.

OWC miniStack STX back view

Xpand Your Connections

You’ll experience a newfound freedom when you’re able to connect to nearly any past, present, or future device/accessory via three Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports. Just like the miniStack STX’s innovative storage capability, these three ports have a second superpower: They reinvent the daisy chain by allowing you to create three independent chains with up to five bus-powered Thunderbolt devices with a USB device on the end of each chain (for 8 devices total). You can now also remove devices from one chain without affecting the other chain(s).

Xtend Your Investment

If you own a 2018 Intel Mac mini or the latest M1 version, the fact that the internal factory drive can’t be upgraded is no longer a reason to sell your beloved little powerhouse. The miniStack STX maximizes your mini’s investment with a mighty capacity punch for a fraction of the time and money you would spend in buying and setting up a new machine. You’re not left behind if you own a Mac, PC, or device equipped with USB-A only. With a USB-C to USB-A adapter cable (sold separately), you can utilize the miniStack STX’s SATA drive bay to transfer data to/from your machine plus infuse your trusty setup with additional device connectivity.

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Store from Minutes to Millions

All the features and “technospeak” of an external drive don’t mean a thing if you don’t know how much of a particular file type it can hold. For every 1TB of miniStack STX capacity, you can store up to any of the following:4

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250K

Photos

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41.6 Hrs

of GoPro 4K footage

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200

High Definition Movies

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38K / 250K

High / Standard Quality Songs

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4.3m

MS Office Documents

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Keeps the Power Flowing

Whether you’re taking a short break or are done for the day, the miniStack STX keeps you powering ahead. No matter if your machine or STX goes into sleep mode, the STX’s Thunderbolt ports continue to power and/or charge connected devices. Your notebook will stay charged and ready too with 60 watts of power through its Thunderbolt or USB-C connection.

Professional Grade

Professional Grade = Ready to Work

We understand having confidence in gear reliability is paramount to creative professionals. That’s why every miniStack STX goes through a multi-step performance certification prior to shipping. This ensures your miniStack STX arrives operating properly and immediately ready for demanding use.

OWC ClingOn

Secure Your Workflow with OWC ClingOn

Greatly reduce — if not eliminate — cable strain and accidental disconnects with the OWC ClingOn (sold separately). These custom cable stabilizers secure your Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections to prevent work session interruption and possible data loss.

OWC, Trusted by Pros & Enthusiasts the World Over

OWC, Trusted by Pros & Enthusiasts the World Over

We build our hardware to the highest standards of reliability and performance. Because 100% reliability is always the goal, we rigorously quality test and back our hardware with a 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty and award-winning customer support.

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  1. Based on 2018 Mac mini with factory equipped 128GB SSD vs miniStack STX with 18TB HDD and 8TB NVMe SSD.
  2. Thunderbolt 4 devices like miniStack STX are not supported for use with legacy Thunderbolt 1 and 2 machines via Apple’s Thunderbolt adapter. Use with a Mac, PC, or device equipped with USB-A only requires USB-C to USB-A cable (sold separately). Up to two external displays supported by Intel Mac machines over Thunderbolt connection. M1 Macs support one external display over Thunderbolt.
  3. Use of miniStack STX with a USB-C or USB-A host allows use of the miniStack STX’s SATA drive only and use of its ports for USB accessories only.
  4. Storage examples for illustrative purposes only. Individual results may be different based on variety of factors including specific file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors. Storage estimates based on the following:
    • 12-megapixel camera with 4MB image sizes
    • 4-minute average 4MB MP3 songs
    • 4-minute average uncompressed Apple Lossless (ALAC) songs
    • 1080p HD videos with 5GB average file size
    • GoPro 4K footage at 60FPS 24GB/hr
    • 250KB average MS Office document file size
  5. Use with Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 peripheral devices requires a certified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 (mDP) adapter. Devices such as external drives will operate at Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 speeds.