NewerTech 0GB Guardian MAXimus mini Quad Interface Hard Drive Array

NewerTech 0GB Guardian MAXimus mini Quad Interface Hard Drive Array

NewerTech 0GB Guardian MAXimus mini Quad Interface Hard Drive Array

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Product Highlights

  • eSATA + USB 2.0 + FireWire 400 / 800
  • RAID 0 & RAID 1 Support
  • Fits Two 2.5" SATA Hard Drives
  • Supports SSD or HDD Formats
  • Bundled Utility Software
  • Supports Bus Powering via Any Interface
  • Heat Dissipating Fan-Free Design
  • Impact Resistant Aluminum Enclosure
  • Mac & Windows Compatibility
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NewerTech MAXimus overview

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The 0GB Guardian MAXimus Mini Quad Interface Hard Drive Array from Newer Technology is a portable hard drive array which features two slots for 2.5" SATA solid state (SSD) or hard disk (HDD) drives. It is powered by a custom Oxford 936DS chipset, which allows the array to be configured 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 the 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.

RAID 0 is pretty much the opposite of RAID 1. It writes data to both disks simultaneously, but not the same data. Data is spread across the disks rather than mirrored, allowing it to be written and accessed more quickly. 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, all data is lost. Professionals often use RAID 0 arrays as scratch data drives. They use RAID 0 for tasks that demand performance, but make 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. Opt for eSATA or FireWire 800 to maximize performance. Stick with USB 2.0 for broad compatibility. Although it doesn't have a FireWire 400 port, The Guardian MAXimus mini connects 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.

Note: This product only comes with the Guardian MAXimus mini enclosure. Hard drives sold separately.

MAXimum Performance & Compatibility
The Guardian MAXimus mini has RAID 1 mirror storage, which provides maximum plug-and-play "Live Activity" data backup and protection in a space-saving portable enclosure. In the pre-configured RAID-1 MAXProtect mode, the 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 the stored data
MAXProtect or MAXPerform, Your Choice
For those seeking performance over redundancy, the Guardian MAXimus mini can be easily switched via the LCD screen menu to the RAID 0 MAXPerform mode for high performance storage. The Guardian MAXimus mini offers MAXimum performance, flexibility and reliability for critical data backup
MAXimum Portability
The Guardian MAXimus mini is a portable device featuring a shock resistant, compact design. With a 3.5 x 5.2 x 2.1" footprint and weighing in at only 1.4 pounds (with drives installed), the Guardian MAXimus mini provides maximum data protection while using minimal desk space
Why You Need Guardian MAXimus mini RAID 1
The Guardian MAXimus mini is a "live activity" backup of financial records, medical files, business projects and any critical data that simply cannot be lost. Always on guard against data loss, the Guardian MAXimus mini writes the same information in real-time to two separate drives for a "mirrored" copy. It also protects files from costly system downtime and data restoration after a single hard drive-equipped system crash. Even daily scheduled software driven data backups can't prevent data loss between the last backup and the moment the hard drive fails. By having a second "mirrored" copy, all of the data stays backed up and accessible while replacing the failed drive
Prosoft Engineering Data Backup 3 Software
Data backup makes it easy to backup to FireWire / USB drives, network drives, CDs and even DVDs. Supports scheduled backups. Requires Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
Carbon Copy Cloner Software
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. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later
NovaStor NovaBACKUP Software
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 painless
In the Box
NewerTech 0GB Guardian MAXimus mini Quad Interface Hard Drive Array
  • eSATA Cable
  • FireWire 800 (9-pin) Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Backup and Utility Software CD
    • Intech SpeedTools Utilities OEM for Mac OS 8.6 - X only
    • Prosoft Engineering Data Backup for Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
    • NovaStar NovaBACKUP for Windows 2000 or later
    • Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    NewerTech MAXimus specs

    Number of Bays 2 x 2.5"
    Compatible Drive Interface SATA
    Operating System Support Linux, Windows, macOS/OS X
    Power Source AC Adapter
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.5 x 2.1 x 5.2" / 5.6 x 3.3 x 9.0 cm
    Weight 1.3 lb / 0.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 8.1 x 4.2"

    NewerTech MAXimus reviews

    0GB Guardian MAXimus mini Quad Interface Hard Drive Array is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Product, Solid Price I am and web designer and developer working remotely from LA for a documentary company in NY. I use this drive in a RAID-1 configuration to store all company related files for our website (text, photos, and a large amount of videos). Since I travel quite a bit, I require a bus-powered portable RAID-1 solution and the Guardian MAXimus Mini fits the bill perfectly. I paired the MAXimus Mini with two 750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black 2.5 7200rpm 16MB cache 5-year warranty drives (I've had a very good experience with WD's Black drives) and the device works beautifully. The speeds are as fast as listed in the spec. The Guardian MAXimus Mini is a hardware RAID enclosure with an onboard LCD screen that allows you to see the RAID status, configure the RAID level, alarm, backlight, as well as monitor the temperature of the enclosure and hard drives. The onboard LCD menu system is a big plus because configuring the RAID and monitoring the temperature doesn't require any additional software installation on your machine(s). The build quality of the enclosure is top notch, all aluminum, and very rugged. It has an integrated heat sink on the bottom of the device and ventilation throughout to help with heat dissipation. Since I am using 7200rpm drives, the enclosure gets warm, but not too warm (the manufacturer offers 7200rpm configurations of the enclosure with a 3-year warranty which gives me confidence that its heat dissipation is sufficient). Additionally, the hard drives are mounted on two sturdy metal (possibly aluminum) trays. (On a side note, an additional metal tray can be purchased separately for hot-swapping a failed drive with a new drive with as little down time as possible). The MAXimus Mini is bus powered via FW and comes with a power adapter for use with USB 2.0 or ESATA (ESATA may also be powered by FW). It also comes with all the necessary cables (FW, USB, ESATA) and two FW800 ports for daisy-chaining. CONS: -No power switch (the device automatically switches to sleep mode) -LCD is somewhat difficult to read -No Bus Power via USB -No USB 3.0 Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic device that seems like it'll last many years (1-year manufacturer warranty). The current generation MAXimus Mini is a few years old now, so hopefully the next generation will contain USB 3.0, a power switch, and a clearer LCD display.
    Date published: 2013-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great little enclosure As a mobile DJ, I'm always concerned about a USB powered,external HD crash. Sure, I carry a backup, but if I had to, it would take 10 minutes to relink the library to the player. With this enclosure, I'm not going to have to worry about a drive failure and changeover. I've already used this with 2-500GB HD's and it performed well, even in 94 degree weather.
    Date published: 2013-06-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for what it is A nice little bus powered backup drive with the extra security of RAID 1. Though I was a little disappointed it didn't support my 12mm drives and isn't fast enough to get the most out of my SSD's in RAID 0. It does make a nice portable backup with dual 1 TB drives.
    Date published: 2012-09-17
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