NewerTech 1TB (2x500GB) Guardian MAXimus mini Portable Hard Drive Array

NewerTech 1TB (2x500GB) Guardian MAXimus mini Portable Hard Drive Array

NewerTech 1TB (2x500GB) Guardian MAXimus mini Portable Hard Drive Array

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Product Highlights

  • Hardware RAID 0 & RAID 1
  • 7200rpm Disks
  • Bus-Powered Design
  • USB 2.0
  • FireWire-400 via Optional Cable
  • FireWire-800
  • eSATA
  • Software Bundle
  • Mac & Windows Compatibility
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NewerTech MAXimus overview

  • 1Description

The 1TB (2x500GB) Guardian MAXimus mini Portable Hard Drive Array from Newer Technology is a portable hard drive array which features two 500GB 7200rpm disks. It is powered by an Oxford 936DS controller which allows you to configure the array as a RAID 0 or RAID 1.

A RAID 1 array mirrors data on two separate drives for total redundancy. If a single drive fails, none of your data will be lost. Simply replace the dead drive with one of identical capacity and the array will rebuild, once again preserving mirrored data integrity. Because of this, even though the total physical capacity of the array is 1TB, only 500GB is available for data storage.

RAID 0 is pretty much the opposite of RAID 1. It writes data to both disk simultaneously -- but not the same data. Data is spread across the disks rather than mirrored, allowing it to be written and accessed more quickly than if you were writing to a single disk. Because of this, RAID 0 arrays perform read and write operations faster than single disks or RAID 1 arrays. The downside to this is that if either drive in the array fails, you will lose all of your data. Professionals often use RAID 0 arrays as scratch data drives, using them for tasks that demand performance, but making sure that the data stored within is also stored on a separate physical disk for backup.

The array features a quad interface for flexible connectivity. You can opt for eSATA or FireWire-800 to maximize performance, or USB 2.0 for broad compatibility. Although it doesn't have a FireWire-400 port, you can connect it to any FireWire-400 host using an optional 9-pin to 6-pin adapter cable. This is possible due to the backwards compatibility that is built into the FireWire-800 bus. A front-panel LCD display is present to display array health and status.

MAXimum Performance & Compatibility
The 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 up to 500GB of data.
MAXProtect or MAXPerform, Your Choice
For those seeking performance over redundancy, Guardian MAXimus mini can be easily switched via the LCD screen menu to the RAID 0 MAXPerform mode for 1TB of high performance storage. Whatever your preference, Guardian MAXimus mini offers MAXimum performance, flexibility, and reliability for critical data backup.
MAXimum Portability
Guardian MAXimus mini is ready to go, wherever you need a storage sentinel on duty featuring a shock resistant, compact design. With a super small 3.5 x 5.2 x 2.1" footprint and weighing only 1.5 pounds with drives, the Guardian MAXimus mini provides maximum data protection with minimal use of desktop space.
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.
  • Quad Interface drive supports FireWire-800, FireWire-400 (via adapter cable), USB 2.0, and eSATA for flexible connectivity
  • Pre-set for MAXProtect RAID 1 mode
  • Selectable MAXPerform RAID 0 mode via front panel menu
  • Supports bus powering via USB 2.0 and FireWire
  • Includes AC adapter for use with systems that cannot provide bus power
  • Data transfer speeds up to 300MB/sec via eSATA
  • Daisy chain multiple FireWire-800 devices thanks to dual ports
  • Disks boast a fast 7200rpm rotation speed
  • Perfect for A/V editing, digital photography, professional music, graphics, data storage, and Time Machine backup
  • Includes eSATA, USB 2.0, and FireWire-800 cables
  • Weighs only 1.5 pounds and measures only 3.5 x 2.1 x 5.2"
  • Brushed aluminum, impact resistant, heat dissipating, super-quiet fanless enclosure

Software Bundle - Installed on Drive

Prosoft Engineering Data Backup 3
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. Requires Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later.
Carbon Copy Cloner
CCC 3 features an interface designed to make the cloning and backup procedure very intuitive. In addition to general backup, CCC can also clone one hard drive to another, copying every single block or file to create an exact replica of your source hard drive. CCC's block-level copy offers the absolute best fidelity in the industry! Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
NovaStor NovaBACKUP Solution
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.
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. Requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
In the Box
NewerTech 1TB (2x500GB) Guardian MAXimus mini Portable Hard Drive Array
  • Power Adapter
  • FireWire-800 Cable
  • USB Cable
  • eSATA Cable
  • Software Bundle (Installed on Drive)
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    NewerTech MAXimus specs

    Capacity 1TB (2x500GB)
    Interface 1x eSATA
    1x USB 2.0 (mini-B)
    2x FireWire-800 (9-pin)
    Drive Speed 7200rpm
    Buffer 16MB
    Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Sustained Data Transfer Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
    System Requirements Operating System: Windows 98SE or later (FireWire-400, USB 1.1/2.0); Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 (USB 1.1/2.0, FireWire-400, FireWire-800, eSATA); Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 (USB 1.1, FireWire-400); Mac OS X 10.1, 10.2.7 (USB 1.1, FireWire-400); Mac OS X 10.2.8, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 (USB 2.0/1.1, FireWire-400, FireWire-800, eSATA)
    Hardware: FireWire-800, USB 1.1/2.0, or eSATA port; FireWire-400 supported via optional adapter cable

    Ships with HFS+ format for use in Mac OS X; Must be reformatted for use in Windows
    Mounting Portable
    Power Requirements Bus-powered via USB 2.0 or FireWire
    100-240VAC adapter included for AC power
    Environmental Requirements None
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 2.1 x 5.2" (8.9 x 5.3 x 13.2cm)
    Weight 1.5 lb (0.68kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 8.1 x 4.3"

    NewerTech MAXimus reviews

    1TB (2x500GB) Guardian MAXimus mini Portable Hard Drive Array is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small and Powerful I took this out of the box, hooked it up to my Macbook Pro 17 via FW800, and started working. Couldn't be easier or safer to work on the road knowing that i have my footage backed up. The unit is built like a TANK!!!! It is blazing fast connected to my MBP via the supplied Esata cable and my express card.
    Date published: 2011-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from New addition It is hooked up and the blue lamp is lit .
    Date published: 2011-02-28
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