To think it's been three years since the NewerTech Guardian MAXimus debuted. How time flies. But also too the pace of technology, which is why it's time to upgrade. The new Guardian MAXimus mini claims to do everything its ancestor did but with a pair of far smaller drives, making for a 1.5 pound package of RAID storage little bigger than a single 3.5-inch hard disk standing all by its lonesome. The brushed aluminum fanless unit connects via eSATA, USB 2.0 and both FireWire 800 and 400 in sizes up to 1.5TB, starting at $250 for a pair of 500GB, 5400RPM drives, but if you're the go-big-or-go-home type you'll also find a wallet-obliterating $3,300 package with two 400GB SSDs to make your files fly by. Strangely though, there's no USB 3.0 to be had even for that price. Perhaps next time? PR after the break.
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NewerTech Announces Guardian MAXimus mini Bus Powered "Quad Interface" Portable RAID Storage Solution For "Live Activity" Backup

High performance FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, & eSATA interface equipped hardware RAID-1 & RAID-0 solution provides backup/data redundancy of critical data with Plug and Play simplicity on any Mac or PC

September 14, 2010, Woodstock, IL -- Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech®) http://www.newertech.com, a leading developer of Macintosh®, PC, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad™ performance upgrades and accessories, announced today it has expanded its award-winning storage solution line with the new Guardian MAXimus® mini bus powered portable hardware RAID storage solution for "live activity" backup/data redundancy of critical data. Featuring hardware RAID-1 redundancy for a MAXProtect "mirrored" copy of data or RAID-0 for MAXPerform speed and a "Quad Interface" of FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, & eSATA connections, the Guardian MAXimus mini offers Mac and PC users Plug and Play storage capacity up to 1.5TB and data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s.

The NewerTech Guardian MAXimus mini is available immediately in six pre-configured hard drive and Solid State Drive (SSD) models with up to 1.5TB of storage capacity starting at $249.99 MSRP from NewerTech's exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (OWC®), as well as through the retail channel. For more details on this new storage solution, as well as reseller inquiries, visit: http://www.newertech.com/products/gmaxmini.php. For more information on NewerTech's complete line of accessories and upgrades for Macs, PCs, and iDevices, visit: http://www.newertech.com/products.

"Live Activity" Backup for Maximum Data Protection
Guardian MAXimus mini comes factory set as a RAID-1 Plug And Play "live activity" data redundant/backup solution for financial records, medical files, business projects --any critical data that consumer and professional users simply cannot risk losing. Always guarding against data loss and costly system downtime, the Guardian MAXimus mini MAXProtect mode writes the same information in real-time to two separate 2.5" SATA drives, each offering up to 750GB of storage capacity, for a "mirrored" copy.

MAXPerform For High Speed Data Transfers
For Mac and PC users seeking ultimate performance over redundancy, Guardian MAXimus mini can be easily switched via the front panel LCD screen menu to the RAID-0 MAXPerform mode for up to 1.5TB of high speed storage.

MAXimum Flexibility & Portability
Guardian MAXimus mini provides maximum data protection with minimal use of desktop space thanks to a shock resistant, compact 5.2" x 3.5" x 2.1" footprint. And if a mobile storage sentinel is needed, Guardian MAXimus mini offers maximum portability with a 1.50 pound weight and bus powered, fanless operation.

MAXimum Compatibility
With a "Quad Interface" of two FireWire 800, one FireWire 400, one USB 2.0, and one eSATA ports and all connecting cables included, Guardian MAXimus mini doesn't require any complicated set-up and is ready for Plug and Play use with legacy Macs, the latest 2010 Mac models, as well as PCs. It provides data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s and can be moved between different systems utilizing its supported interfaces with complete interoperability for maximum data backup performance and flexibility.

"The new Guardian MAXimus mini upholds the award-winning, expert reviewed reputation established over the last three years by the desktop sized namesake model," said Grant Dahlke, Brand Manager, Newer Technology Inc. "With its lightweight, bus powered design, the new Guardian MAXimus mini is the ideal solution for in-the-field creative professionals requiring highly portable, highly reliable, and high performance data backup and storage."

Guardian MAXimus mini Features:

Up to 1.5TB of storage capacity via two paired 2.5 SATA drives
Up to 16MB of drive cache (8MB per drive)
Selectable MAXProtect RAID-1 or MAXPerform RAID-0 modes
2 FireWire 800 9 pin ports
1 USB 2.0 "B" port - backwards compatible with USB 1.1
1 eSATA port
High quality interface connecting cables
Front panel LCD display for system status
Brushed aluminum, impact resistant, heat dissipating, super quiet fanless enclosure
RoHS certified
Lightweight, (1.50 lbs with drives) compact, 5.2″(D) x 3.5″(W) x 2.1″(H) and bus powered for portable use
External US/International 2 Amp UL listed power adapter
3 year solution warranty
Includes $200 retail value utility software bundle consisting of ProSoft Engineering® Data Backup 3, NovaStor NovaBACKUP®, Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™, and Carbon Copy Cloner.

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