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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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?


No I haven't. Had a broken down MiniStack though, send it back from Europe to USA and they (OWC) send it back repaired under warranty, but charged my creditcard with $ 35.00 shipping to EU! I used a Seagate Barracuda 400 GB in it, no problem. But since I had another problem with the Seagate, I am using a Hitachi 160 GB right now. That gets real warm though, that's why I stuck some clear "rubber" doorknob stoppers under my mini to make a little distance and that works to keep both units cool. Since the underside of the mini is all grey rubber, it is easy removable also...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got this enclosure, and it works quite nice. My only gripe is that the fan is a bit loud when it turns on, fpr example when iTunes accesses my music files. Although reading the LaCie enclosuers, which I planed to buy this one seems to be silent....

Strange that there is no (more) silent solution to the problem.

Other than that the M9 is nifty piece of hardware.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MichaelSD wrote:
I got this enclosure, and it works quite nice. My only gripe is that the fan is a bit loud when it turns on, fpr example when iTunes accesses my music files. Although reading the LaCie enclosuers, which I planed to buy this one seems to be silent...


This is a VERY nice looking enclosure. Between all the enclosures made for the Mac mini, the M9 and the LaCie Mini are my favorites.

When I access iTunes, I can definitely hear the hard drive spin up, but mine isn't loud at all. My LaCie Mini is very silent, and I was surprised at how loud some people review theirs to be.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought the M9, because there was a 3 three year warranty on it. I bought a HDD also with 3 year warranty. A LaCie would give only 1 year.
AlthoughI like the LaCie design much better. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's true. They both have different features which benefit them better. For instance, you can buy the M9 without a hard drive.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does any use two M9 pods? Any experiences with it?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found an M9-DX drive installation video if anyone's interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90M1Zk5D7AE

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:45 pm    Post subject: newertech v3 Reply with quote

We have a newertech ministack v3 with 750GB Seagate, that we put in ourselves.

The HD itself is quiet, but the fan in the new ministack, when on, is louder than the mac mini itself. whether it's too loud for you, is a subjective decision, but I wouldn't classify it as "whisper-quiet"

So, with the ministack v3 the fan is on whenever the drive is being used. When not being used, the fan does turn off.

Is there a way to check the temp of the drive in the external enclosure? What about controlling the fan speed? My sense is if the fan in the ministack could be run slower, it's noise profile would be like the mini's, and hence unobtrusive.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there Bulldog,

Some years back, 10000rpm SCSI drives were in fashion for a while (whatever happened to 10000rpm drives?). Because they ran so hot, they were often installed with dedicated fan units.

If you've seen the video I linked to in the post above, the guy doing the drive install tapes a thermal sensor to the casing of the drive spindle. So there's some form of temperature monitoring happening that's fed back to the fan control. Going in the opposite direction to 10000rpm drives, wouldn't installing a slower drive (5400rpm or 4200rpm) in the external unit require the fan to come on less often? Would it make a difference?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
Hi there Bulldog,

If you've seen the video I linked to in the post above, the guy doing the drive install tapes a thermal sensor to the casing of the drive spindle. So there's some form of temperature monitoring happening that's fed back to the fan control.

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There is definitely a temperature sensor for the ministack v3. I just don't think it works all that well. I know there are programs that can control CPU fan speeds, but I'm curious if something like that exists for hard drive fans? Just trying to slow the fan down to keep the noise down. Heat doesn't seem to be a real issue with the HD, so slower fan speed should be fine.

Thanks for the link!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,
has anbyody tried the newer M9 DX2?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
Hi there Bulldog,

Some years back, 10000rpm SCSI drives were in fashion for a while (whatever happened to 10000rpm drives?). Because they ran so hot, they were often installed with dedicated fan units.


The most reliable drive I have is a Seagate Cheetah 10K rpm SCSI that's been running my server OS pretty much non-stop for 10 years. It's currently running at 43C in a removable drive rack in an Antec P180.

10K drives are still around, the most popular being the SATA WD Raptors. My 74GB Raptor runs cooler than any of my other drives (26C) in a Lian Li PC-70.
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