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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: NewerTech Intros Guardian Maximus with Quad-Interface Reply with quote

NewerTech Intros Guardian Maximus with Quad-Interface
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Posted by: Glenn

NewerTech today announced the release of their Guardian Maximus RAID 1 storage solutions with a quad-interface. The new Guardian Maximus comes equipped with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA ports. It also features an improved energy efficient design with up to 40% lower power usage and data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s. The new Guardian Maximus is available in capacities from 250GB to 2TB, with prices starting at $229.99. It should also be noted that a barebones kit is available for $149.99.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This drive has always sounded like a winner. It's just that fan in the back that worries me. Can anyone convince me to put one on the short list? I'm still looking around for a new external with Firewire 800.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/add/12112/NWTGM8Q7S15TB64/

a 1.5tb mirrored is 450 with fan noise.



http://www.jr.com/seagate/pe/SAG_15DESKMAC/

a pair of these are 380 with no fan. 5 percent back from live.com search is 19 off 361. pay that to carbon copy cloner for auto clone every nite

http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html

save 70 dollars dead quiet


http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html

or use super duper unlocked for 28. will auto clone every night either way it is under 390 and quiet.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still playing the field, but that's the drive I'm leaning towards. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could slap in two Seagate 1.5Tb's @$119 ea. (newegg) and buy the bare bones enclosure for $145. $383ish total.

The Specs of this enclosure are appealing.
AND they say CarbonCopy Cloner is included if you buy a pre-configured unit.

http://www.newertech.com/products/gmax.php

Custom Oxford 936DS chipset

(2) FireWire 800 9 pin ports
(1) FireWire 400 6 pin port
(1) USB 2.0 "B" port
(1) eSATA port
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The price on this is still a bit high, but not as bad as G-Technology. Anyone know why G-Tech RAID enclosures/drives are so pricey, are they worth it?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that I would rather have a hardware based RAID over two of the Seagate Freeagent drives. I would go the route TonyMontana described though.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ESUNintel wrote:
Anyone know why G-Tech RAID enclosures/drives are so pricey, are they worth it?

I think you are just paying a premium for the brand, design and quality aluminum enclosures. G-Tech also targets their products towards Mac users. Can you say Apple Tax?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to rehash this bit again, but if you just need a drive to be backed up every night, or once a week for that matter, I've been really happy with the media server that I built, detailed HERE. $400 with 2TB, but could be 3TB for a few $ more. Plus, you can use it to download torrents or what have you.

I thought I needed RAID at first too, but really, RAID only seems necessary if you work with a lot of sensitive data that needs every bit backed up. Backing up movies and music, the worst that would happen is I'd lose a couple of them. I just have SuperDuper! do automatic backups weekly. It pretty dang quiet, and energy efficient too.

I know, I know, Hackintosh blah blah blah... Rolling Eyes

I'm just really happy with it all, so I like to blab about it. Very Happy


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

229.00 for 2tb

or 149.99 for a barebones kit.

How about neither.

When i can get a 2tb drive for 100.00 and a cage for 25.00 why would i want to spend 229.00 kinda overpriced if you ask me.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aargh-a-Knot wrote:
Not to rehash this bit again, but if you just need a drive to be backed up every night, or once a week for that matter, I've been really happy with the media server that I built, detailed HERE. $400 with 2TB, but could be 3TB for a few $ more. Plus, you can use it to download torrents or what have you.

I thought I needed RAID at first too, but really, RAID only seems necessary if you work with a lot of sensitive data that needs every bit backed up. If you're only backing up movies and music, the worst that would happen is I'd lose a couple of them. I just have SuperDuper! do automatic backups weekly. It pretty dang quiet, and energy efficient too.

I know, I know, Hackintosh blah blah blah... Rolling Eyes

I'm just really happy with it all, so I like to blab about it. Very Happy


Nice little computer, I like the logo on it Very Happy

...speaking of having computers back-up stuff, I'm happy with my custom built Windows Home Server, mines worked fine. My friend also has a WHS, and his PSU stopped working, which ruined one of the 1.5TB HDD, the WHS proved to do its job, and no data was lost.

I also like the fact it can be used as a PC, since the WHS software is really Windows Server Small Business Edition.

At times I do wish I would have gotten the HP WHS though, since it actually supports Time Machine now.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
229.00 for 2tb

or 149.99 for a barebones kit.

How about neither.

When i can get a 2tb drive for 100.00 and a cage for 25.00 why would i want to spend 229.00 kinda overpriced if you ask me.


Dude, you're smokin' crack!

Where are you going to get a 2TB drive for $100?

I'd like to buy a couple at that price...
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TonyMontana wrote:
You could slap in two Seagate 1.5Tb's @$119 ea. (newegg) and buy the bare bones enclosure for $145. $383ish total.

It looks like they have the old enclosures on sale for $97. It doesn't have eSATA, but we can't use that anyways.
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g5g5 wrote:
TonyMontana wrote:
You could slap in two Seagate 1.5Tb's @$119 ea. (newegg) and buy the bare bones enclosure for $145. $383ish total.

It looks like they have the old enclosures on sale for $97. It doesn't have eSATA, but we can't use that anyways.


Is the Chipset the same or different?
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TonyMontana wrote:
Is the Chipset the same or different?

Nope.

Bridge Chipset: Custom Oxford 924 FW400(1394A) FW800(1394B) and USB 2.0 Integrated Chipset

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/FW8U2RGRDRF/

Bridge Chipset: Custom Oxford 936DS eSATA, FW400(1394A), FW800(1394B), and USB 2.0 Integrated Chipset

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/GM8QKIT0GB/

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