Friday, October 28th 2016

OWC Announces the miniStack High Performance External Storage

OWC, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, today introduced the OWC miniStack, a powerful external hard drive with USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity designed to stack perfectly with Mac mini. The new OWC miniStack offers exceptional performance, with transfer speeds up to 208 MB/s, capacities up to 6 TB, and an ultra-quiet MagLev cooling fan-all in a low-profile aluminum enclosure with a glossy black top designed to complement the look and feel of Mac computers. For virtually any Mac user, but especially those with a Mac mini desktop, home media library, or server, the OWC miniStack is an ideal solution to expand their computer's storage for documents, movies, photos, music, and to perform Time Machine backups.

"The OWC miniStack is an exciting new addition to our external storage lineup. Its footprint is identical to 2010 and later Mac mini, so it's a perfect external drive and Time Machine backup for our customers who use a Mac mini as a home computer, or with their home entertainment system," said Jen Soulé, President of OWC. "We designed the miniStack to be our most convenient, stackable external storage solution-and we think our customers who use a Mac at home are going to love its compact and stylish design."
Perfectly Stackable, Space-saving Storage
OWC miniStack is designed to easily stack together with Mac mini computers and other miniStack drives, so users can increase external storage without taking additional space on their desktop. Because it features fast USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity, miniStack is a perfect solution to store and stream a personal collection of HD videos, music, and photos. Users who use a Mac mini as a server for their home entertainment system will enjoy miniStack as a natural extension of their media libraries. And for photographers managing large volumes of RAW images, or music producers who use a Mac for their workstation, miniStack accelerates pro-audio and photo workflows with powerful 7200RPM hard drives.

The durable aluminum enclosure, dedicated power switch, and integrated cooling fan make the miniStack a professional-grade solution that fits perfectly alongside virtually any Mac or PC at home.

Highlights
  • Perfectly stacks with Mac mini computers or other miniStack drives to save space
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 port
  • Read: Up to 211 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 208 MB/s
  • Up to 6.0 TB capacity with 7200RPM drives
  • Also offered as 0 GB build-your-own-drive kit
  • Durable aluminum enclosure
  • Ultra-quiet MagLev cooling fan
  • Mac & PC compatible
  • Three-year OWC Limited Warranty including award-winning technical support
  • Includes power supply and a 36-inch (1m) USB 3.0 cable
Pricing and Availability
OWC miniStack is now available at MacSales.com and authorized OWC resellers in seven stackable configurations:
  • 1.0 TB (7200RPM) - $139.99
  • 2.0 TB (7200RPM) - $169.99
  • 3.0 TB (7200RPM) - $198.99
  • 4.0 TB (7200RPM) - $249.99
  • 5.0 TB (7200RPM) - $278.99
  • 6.0 TB (7200RPM) - $348.99
  • Add Your Own Drive enclosure kit - $77.99
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18 Comments on OWC Announces the miniStack High Performance External Storage

#1
Prima.Vera
Those look lovely, but wth is with that price??!? Are those guys for real?? o.O
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TheLostSwede
No USB-C? These are clearly not for Mac users any more :p
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Ferrum Master
TheLostSwedeNo USB-C? These are clearly not for Mac users any more :p
Just get the right cable...

Gosh... seems to be getting Type C syndrome...
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#4
Hood
Prima.VeraThose look lovely, but wth is with that price??!? Are those guys for real?? o_O
External drives sell for about $80 (1TB) and $200 (6TB), so yes, the 75% markup is a bit hard to justify, but they do have a thin mag-lev fan and a stylish aluminum enclosure. Our entire culture is trending towards style over substance, bling factor sells more than actual performance, and marketing departments have much larger budgets than engineering. They'll sell even at that price...
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#5
P4-630
Hoodaluminum enclosure
Aluminium... :D
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#6
TheLostSwede
Ferrum MasterJust get the right cable...

Gosh... seems to be getting Type C syndrome...
You seen any USB-C to USB 3.0 type B cables, as I haven't...
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#7
TheLostSwede
P4-630Aluminium... :D
It's American vs English, also known as Simplified English vs English :p
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Hood
TheLostSwedeIt's American vs English, also known as Simplified English vs English :p
Also known as the only spelling (and pronunciation) ever taught in American schools, at least during my lifetime. Sorry if that offends anyone's delicate sense of propriety...BTW I received straight "A"s in English class for 12 years, so blame my teachers for not knowing "proper" English. Oh, sorry - BTW means "by the way", for all you proper English speakers...I hereby apologize in advance for any abbreviations, acronyms, or shortcuts that I may use in the future - I have to go now and Over-Clock my Central Processing Unit so that I may get the most out of my Random Access Memory - I hope that adjusting my Real Time Clock does not cause a problem with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface or cause my Universal Serial Bus version 3.0 to malfunction.
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#11
Prima.Vera
Guys, really, nobody gives a f**k how you spell AL. Much more concern would be that some you guys in North America and U.K. only speak English, and that one broken :) :) :); not to mention other languages, but still make fun of non-native speakers and their accent and/or spelling. ;)

But that's off-topic...
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#12
lZKoce
TheLostSwedeIt's American vs English, also known as Simplified English vs English :p
+1 :D ahahaha. Please, apply lukewarm water to the burned place :P

I still cringe when I see "color" instead of "colour" ;)

As long as we understand each other, is not a big deal.

I've been grasping the concept of "markup" recently. And it's all a nice word for margin. It's hard to explain people they are paying two and a half times the production costs for the product. There are so many "invisible" expenses hard to explain really.
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#13
bug
Form over function, that's aimed at mac users alright. No redundancy, no proper USB 3.1, but it's shiny and it comes from a "zero emissions" company.
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#17
Caring1
HoodAlso known as the only spelling (and pronunciation) ever taught in American schools, at least during my lifetime. Sorry if that offends anyone's delicate sense of propriety...BTW I received straight "A"s in English class for 12 years, so blame my teachers for not knowing "proper" English. Oh, sorry - BTW means "by the way", for all you proper English speakers...I hereby apologize in advance for any abbreviations, acronyms, or shortcuts that I may use in the future - I have to go now and Over-Clock my Central Processing Unit so that I may get the most out of my Random Access Memory - I hope that adjusting my Real Time Clock does not cause a problem with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface or cause my Universal Serial Bus version 3.0 to malfunction.
I guess that sounded funny in your head when you thought of it, or was it an attempt at sarcasm, because both failed as the English use acronyms too.
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#18
Hood
Caring1I guess that sounded funny in your head when you thought of it, or was it an attempt at sarcasm, because both failed as the English use acronyms too.
Yes, the English use acronyms too, and abbreviations, emojis, etc - so how did this post about external hard drives get so off-topic? Ask P4-630 why - that person wasn't interested in the actual contents of my post, more interested in putting someone's English down. Really, P4-630, if you're that bored, go after everyone on this site who can't spell, you've missed literally thousands of opportunities to try to sound superior. @ Caring 1 - just trying to illustrate how silly and tedious it would be if we avoided all shortened forms of words and insisted on "proper" English...
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