If you’re the type of couch potato/movie fan who prefers saving your entire movie collection into a single library that handily saves you from having to shuffle Blu-ray discs and DVDs into a player, then you’ve probably ran into storage issues at one point or another. Here’s something you might want to look into: Newer Technology’s MiniStack external drives, feature a compact footprint, a range of storage options, and a number of connectivity ports for hooking it to Mac, Windows, and Linux systems (or straight into a compatible home entertainment setup). Oh, and they look good too.
The MiniStack’s dimensions match the 2010 (and later) Mac mini’s dimensions, letting you stack a few of these with Apple’s compact desktop box into a nice-looking aluminum tower. For Apple users, the drive boxes are also compatible with Airport Extreme, allowing for wireless backups using Time Machine. For everyone else, you still get a nice-looking kit that you can add on to when you need more space, with connectivity options that include FireWire 800/400, USB 3.0/2.0, and eSATA.
The MiniStack is available in pre-configured drives that range from a base 500GB model with a 7200rpm drive and 32MB cache for $159.99 to a 4TB drive with a 7200rpm drive and a 64MB cache for $479.99. Newer Technology is also offering a “0GB Bare Kit,” offering you an empty enclosure that you can fit with your own 3.5” SATA hard drive (up to 4GB supported), starting at $89.99.
The MiniStack can be ordered through OWC’s online store.