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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.
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"
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
1x eSATA 1x USB 2.0 (mini-B) 2x FireWire-800 (9-pin)
Average Seek Time
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate
Not Specified by Manufacturer
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