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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:16 pm    Post subject: Macpower/Tytech M9-mini Pod Reply with quote

Product: Macpower/Tytech M9-mini Pod
Category: Hard Drive Enclosures

Summary:
The M9 Mac mini Pod is an external disk drive enclosure, which also has a built in port replicator. It was created specifically to complement the Apple Mac mini and features a specially designed passive cooling system, ideal for multi-media users and quiet working environments.

The M9-DX's list of features include a USB 2.0 High-Speed 3-Port Hub, Firewire 1394a 3-Port Repeater/Hub, a switch for Firewire or USB hard disk modes, smart interactive cooling system with thermal probe automatically regulating fan speed, massive passive heat sink to radiate heat away from hard drive, smart power switch will power up and down the M9 in tandem with your Mac Mini, and a special micro security slot designed to allow the M9 to be anchored to a desk. The M9-LX includes the same features as the M9-DX minus the Firewire ports and connectivity. [List Price: NA]


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 6:35 am    Post subject: My day one experience with the miniStack (M9) Reply with quote

http://miniplus.blogspot.com/2005/07/my-first-mini-addition.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent review Greg! I'm unhappy with the noise and heat my miniMate produces. I'm thinking about replacing it with the miniStack next week.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
I'm unhappy with the noise and heat my miniMate produces.


I'm very happy with miniStack thus far. The only real noise comes from my drive when its accessing but its not excessive. Seemed like the unit was running pretty warm last night when I first set it up but with regular use this afternoon its not much warmer than the Mini. I'm not too concerned. I think the real test is when I use it for DVD burning. Then we'll see how warm it gets. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The miniMate doesn't have a fan, but is very noisy. How often do you find the M9's fan coming on? When it comes on how noisy is it? I'll understand if you need a few more days of testing before commenting.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really notice the fan coming on much at all tonight although I'm currently booted off of my internal drive. I have run some applications off of the external just for fun and I might have noticed the fan once every few minutes for brief periods of time. Last night when I was performing the SuperDuper copy it seemed like the fan was running continuously.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to stress test it download an HD-quality Quicktime video from Apple's website and play that looped on the external. I think that should do perfectly for seeing how the heat is when you're constantly running the drive.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:48 pm    Post subject: where can i buy it Reply with quote

where can i buy?
what's the price on it?
i cant find where to buy it...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: where can i buy it Reply with quote

thelox714 wrote:
where can i buy?


You can buy it at OtherWorldComputing (OWC) here.

thelox714 wrote:
what's the price on it?


It's $99.95 for the empty enclosure where you have to provide the 3.5" hard drive. It works up from there for the different sized; see the link for prices.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I transferred 32 GB between my Minimate and an external PC HDD on an XP machine. The Mac Mini was connected via wired ethernet and the PC was via 802.11b. The transfer was SLOW, about 15 hours.

The minimate got hot (250GB seagate HD), but I could still touch it, fan wasn't too loud, not any more so than my HD Tivo fan.

Now it runs much cooler. As I said earlier, I'm happy w/ it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are Firewire ports powered?

I need to hook up the EyeTV 200 to this enclosure without resorting a power adapter for it.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are Firewire ports powered?

I need to hook up the EyeTV 200 to this enclosure without resorting a power adapter for it.

Thanks,
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Yes. The ports are powered.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
A.T. wrote:
Are Firewire ports powered?

I need to hook up the EyeTV 200 to this enclosure without resorting a power adapter for it.

Thanks,
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Yes. The ports are powered.


Thanks blazer.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Macpower sent me a short animated video showing a hard drive being installed into the M9-DX. The video applies to other enclosures such as the NewerTech miniStack.

You can view the video here.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the ministack v2 a rebadged M9-DX + extra side ports? I've been reading the Newertechnologies' ministack v2 website and they offer a unit with a 750GB Seagate Baraccuda 7200.10 IDE drive even if Macpower says we cant use a any Seagate drive bigger than 160GB. I made some comparison with my 320GB Seagate Baraccuda 7200.10 IDE drive with older & smaller capacity Seagate models and they're as long. Other brands like Fujitsu, Samsung and Maxtor are shorter. So anyone having problems using a Seagate inside a M9 or ministack?
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