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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 11:41 AM   #1
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For Mini owners - Mac Mini form-factor external hard drives

I have recently seen reference to a number of different hard drives and/or enclosures that match the Mini form factor and I thought it would be useful to list them here.
I can update this first post with new products like that and people who own any of them are free to comment.

Right now I know of five companies that offer these:

Newer Technology - Largest variety of any vendor, with or without hard drive and enclosures that include USB 2.0 (all the others do as well) plus firewire 400, Firewire 800 and eSata
Newer Technology, Inc.® External Hard Drives
Sold by OWC in the US
NewerTech miniStack FireWire and USB Hub and Hard Drive up to 750GB at OtherWorldComputing.com

LaCie - Two versions, 320GB and 500GB both with USB and firewire hubs
LaCie - mini Hard Drive & Hub - USB 2.0 & FireWire 400

Vantec NexStar GX - Enclosure only (add your own 3.5 inch IDE drive) and three USB 2.0 ports
Nexstar GX
Vantec also has a model NST-375LX; it has the Mini form factor and provides both a USB 2.0 and Ethernet interface for NAS drives, but it has neither a USB hub not firewire ports.

G-Technology G-MINI - Several versions from 250GB to 1000 GB all with three USB ports and three firewire 400 ports
G-MINI - Storage Companion for Mac mini and Airport Extreme

ElephantStorage - A wide variety of different drive sizes and interfaces, but no enclosure without a drive is being offered. Available exclusively from Carbon Computing in Toronto.
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 11:45 AM   #2
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I have a Lacie, a 260GB model (which is *not* a USB hub...my fault, since that's part of why I picked it, I got confused on models)

However, I don't have a mini anymore, so it's just a single drive on my disk with that form factor.

No complaints.
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 12:05 PM   #3
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I have the Vantec and its been very reliable for me.
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 12:25 PM   #4
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I have the OWC miniStack v2. I've had it for a year. No issues, works well.
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 12:31 PM   #5
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Ottawa mini owners - PC Cyber has the Vantec for $70 - this one has an ethernet connection too.

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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 02:23 PM   #6
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Thanks Nick, I added that Vantec unit to my original post.
Good if you want Network access to your drive, not good if you are looking for an integrated USB hub as part of the package.
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FYI - I tried to get the Vantec from PC Cyber 1 week ago, they told me it was discontinued and unavailable.

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What will happen if they drastically change the size of the MMs???
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I bought an enclosure similar to this unit http://www.wiebetech.com/products/maxelerate.php My enclosure has the oxford 911 chip set and put a Western Digital 250 gb ide drive in it use it as a Fire Wire Drive.

I've been using it for 10 months and it works great.
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OWC - Larest variety of any vendor, with or without hard drive and enclosures that include USB 2.0 (all the others do as well) plus firewire 400, Firewire 800 and eSata
NewerTech miniStack FireWire and USB Hub and Hard Drive up to 750GB at OtherWorldComputing.com
NewerTech is maker of Ministack. NewerTech® Products
They link to a few Canadian resellers from their site. Got mine <ver. 2) from Mac Station It works great!
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