Mini Storage Tower

Applying the innovative storage design concept from the original Storage Tower, the Mini Storage Tower features increased portability and almost half the size and weight of its predecessor. The Mini Storage Tower stores up to 4 standard 3 1/2" or four 2.5" Mobile Racks, and comes with a low noise cooling fan and stylishly designed with a swinging front panel for easy drive access. Similar to the Storage Tower, all the hard drives inside can be connected to computer via a single USB, eSATA, mini SAS cable or 4 eSATA cable with a choice of different back panel configurations.

Example of back panels with different interface connection

 

Using the back panel with eSATA or the mini SAS connector, you can build yourself a high performance (up to 6 Gbits/sec) external storage system or a terabyte storage farm, and connect it up to 6 feet away from the computer system! Any SATA hard drives inside the Mini Storage Tower can be easily converted into eSATA. Each drive can be connected directly to a eSATA host controller for maximum throughput in any system. For better cable management, multiple SATA hard drives inside the Mini Storage Tower can be connected to a system via one cable using a Port Multiplier or a SATA - mini SAS bridge.

A Mini Storage Tower with a built-in Hardware Port Multiplier (HPM) is the ideal external RAID storage solution for sharing data with different computers. Once the HPM is configured, the entire RAID set can be attached an eSATA port or USB port of any system. Click here for a Port Multiplier Tutorial

 

Illustration of Mini Storage Tower
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Mini Storage Tower with examples of various configuration possibilities

When combined with the Jupiter Mobile Rack, the Mini Storage Tower is capable of becoming a multiple bay(up to 4) hot swappable* removable drive system for 2 1/2" IDE or Serial ATA hard drives through the ubiquitous USB 2.0/1.1 or high speed eSATA interface. For the security conscious, Ruby Cipher Drive Cartridge System or Jupiter Cipher Mobile Rack can be added to provide bullet proof hardware security to protect the data.


A list of devices which can be installed in the Mini Storage Tower

To ensure efficient cooling of all the storage devices inside the enclosure, the Mini Storage Tower includes a high CFM cooling fan and vented front panel for a well ventilated interior with superior air flow. The case cover which extends over the top and side panels can also be easily removed to provide easy access for storage device installation and cable connection.



Mini Storage Tower LED Configurations

  • Great for variety of storage applications - external RAID storage, Video storage, Server storage
  • 4 standard 3 1/2" drive bays with build-in mounting brackets
  • Available in Acrylic white and Acrylic black
  • Back panels with the following connection choices or a combination:
    • 5x1 Hardware Port Multiplier with eSATA and USB 3.0 (AD5HPMREU) to connect up to 4 SATA/SATA II/SATA III hard drives to computer via any eSATA port. Can be configured as RAID 1, 0, 10, 5, 3, BIG, or Clone mode. (RAID setting is configured through dip switches or included Windows software)
    • 5-port 6G Rak Mount Port Multiplier (AD5SARPM6G) to connect up to 5 SATA/SATA II/SATA III hard drives to computer via any eSATA port. Drives appear as individual drives**. (requires a PM compatible SATA controller)
    • Mini SAS bridge (AD4MSAS) connect up to 4 SATA i, II or III hard drives to system via 1 mini SAS cable
    • 4 eSATA connectors for connecting 4 hard drives to system via 4 individual eSATA cables.
  • Light weight and sturdy metal frame construction
  • Compact size
  • Swing open front panel for convenient access to disk drive.
  • Ventilated front panel for efficient air flow.
  • Low noise high CFM ball bearing cooling fan
  • 150W 110/220 power supply
  • Power and drive access LEDs (drive access LED available only on model with Port Multiplier or JBOD USB controller)
  • Individual storage device can be hot swapped* when installed with 2.5" SATA Mobile Rack solutions

* For eSATA connection, hot swap feature depends on the controller. All Addonics SATA controllers support the hot swap feature. The Mini Storage Tower can be powered down and restarted to swap out hard drive without rebooting the system.

**Independent drive configuration is only supported with controllers with Silicon Image SIL3124 or SIL3132 chip set.

IDE and SATA hard drive can be mixed in the Mini Storage Tower. IDE hard drives can be changed to SATA interface with the addition of IDE - SATA converter. SATA hard drives can be changed to IDE interface with the addition of SATA - IDE converter.

For power and drive access (access LED for model with Port Multiplier and JBOD USB back panels only)

Drive Bays 4 standard 3.5" drive bays
Connectors on back panel
  • MST4ESA-B- 4 eSATA connectors
  • MST4MS - 1 mini SAS connectort
  • MST-B - base unit with no back panel

Supported Operating Systems

Supported Operating Systems depend on type of interface or back panel used.

  • USB 3.0/2/0 - Windows 98SE and above, Linux kernel 2.4 and higher, Solaris 9.0 and higher, Mac OS 10
  • SATA/eSATA - DOS, all Windows, Linux kernel 2.4 and higher, Mac OS 10
  • mini SAS - All Windows and Linux, Mac OS 10.4.x with G4 or G5
Number of LED lights: 5

Power Supply:

150 Watts 110/220V input
Cooling fan 1

Weight:

4.9 lb (2.22 kg) (78.4oz)

Size:

5.25 x 10.4 x 7.25 inch (133.35 x 264.16 x 184.15 mm) (W x D x H)

Operating Temperature and Humidity:

5°C - 60 °C, 10% - 90%

Storage Temperature and Humidity:

-10°C - 60 °C, 5 - 90% non-condensing

Warranty: One Year


System Requirements

  • PC/AT or Compatible System
  • One of the following IO ports: USB 2.0/1.1, Multilane, eSATA or SATA port.
  • Pentium II 350 MHz or Greater
  • Minimum 64 MB RAM

PRODUCTS

MST-B - (Mini ST no back panel, black color)
Content: base unit with four 4P Molex connectors, power cord, mounting screws, and user guide.
Price: 99.95
MST4MS-B - (Mini ST (black) with 1 mini-SAS)
Content: Mini Storage Tower (black color) with 1 mini SAS (SFF-8088)connector on back panel, four(4) 4P-15P SATA power connector adapters (AA4PSAPC), four(4) Internal SATA data cables (AAHPISC8), power cord, user guide
Price: 129.95
MST4ESA-B - (Mini Storage Tower (black) with 4 eSATA)
Content: Mini Storage Tower in black color (MST-B), 4 SATA - eSATA bracket (AD4ESASB)mounted on back panel, 4 Internal SATA data cables (AAHPISC8), four(4) 4P-15 pins SATA power connectors (AA4PSAPC), power cord, mounting screws, and user guide,
Price: 129.95

ACCESSORIES

AASAEDC3F (External SATA data cable, 100 cm.)
AASAEDC3F 100 cm. external Serial ATA cable with standard SATA conncectors on both ends of the cable. Constructed with heavy duty shielding and connector to ensure reliable connection to external data storage devices.
Price: 9.00
AASA2SA100C (External eSATA - SATA cable, 100 cm)
AASA2SA100C eSATA to SATA connecting cable, 100 cm. eSATA connector on one end and heavy duty SATA1 (regular SATA connector) on another end. Great for connecting external SATA storage device to eSATA port.
Price: 12.99
AAESATA100C (eSATA - eSATA cable, 100 cm.)
Content: 100 cm. eSATA connecting cable with eSATA connectors on both ends. Full compliance with eSATA specification. Great for connecting external storage device with eSATA connector to eSATA host controller.
Price: 9.00
AAESATA200C (eSATA cable, 200 cm (6 ft.))
Content: 200 cm. eSATA connecting cable with eSATA connector on both ends. Full compliance with eSATA specification. Great for connecting external storage device with eSATA connector to eSATA host controller.
Price: 13.99
AAIB4C150 (Infiniband 4X multilane SATA, 150 cm.)
AAIB4C150 Infiniband 4X Multilane SATA cable. 150 cm with secure thumb screws. Compliant with SFF 8470 and include SATA2 blocking keys
Price: 29.95
AAUSBAB6F (USB A-B cable 6 feet)
AAUSBAB6F 6 feet USB 2.0 A-B cable. Compatible with Addonics Storage Tower ST4IDEU2, external drive enclosure AE5IDECSU2, AE5IDECSUF, AE5SACSU2 and AE5SACSUF. Can also be use as a replacement USB printer cable.
Price: 3.99
ADU3ESA (USB 3.0 to eSATAp adapter)
one USB 3.0 to eSATAp Adapter, user guide,
Price: 25.00
STSSDVR (tool for security screws)
STSSDVR Special tool for tightening and loosing the security screws on the Storage Tower.
Price: 14.95
STSS-R6X32 (Security screws for Storage Tower)
STSS-R6X32 A pair of security screws for locking the side panels of the Storage Tower, top cover of the Mini Storage Tower and other Addonics Storge Tower. Screws also used to secure top cover on standard computer cases. This screw prevents users from opening the Storage Tower or computer case to temper the inside.
Price: 2.00
AA4PSAPC (4P power to 15-pin SATA power connector)
AA4PSAPC power connector adapter for standard 4P power to 15-pin SATA power
Price: 2.99
AAUSBAB6F (USB A-B cable 6 feet)
AAUSBAB6F 6 feet USB 2.0 A-B cable. Compatible with Addonics Storage Tower ST4IDEU2, external drive enclosure AE5IDECSU2, AE5IDECSUF, AE5SACSU2 and AE5SACSUF. Can also be use as a replacement USB printer cable.
Price: 3.99
AA4PSAPC (4P power to 15-pin SATA power connector)
AA4PSAPC power connector adapter for standard 4P power to 15-pin SATA power
Price: 2.99
AAHPISC8 (High performce 8" internal SATA cable)

AAHPISC8     Content:  High Performance 8" internal Serial ATA data cable

For more detail, visit product web page www.addonics.com/products/aahpsac.php

Price: 3.50
AA4PSAPC (4P power to 15-pin SATA power connector)
AA4PSAPC power connector adapter for standard 4P power to 15-pin SATA power
Price: 2.99
AA2IDE80-12 (12" Ultra IDE ribbon cable, 3 connectors)
AA2IDE80-12 12" UDMA 80-pin IDE ribbon cable with 2 female 40-pin IDE connectors for master ans slave device.
Price: 3.00
AA4PSAPC (4P power to 15-pin SATA power connector)
AA4PSAPC power connector adapter for standard 4P power to 15-pin SATA power
Price: 2.99
Datasheets
Mini Storage Tower
Applies to: MST5HMXA, MST5HPMES, MST5X1PM, MST4IDEU2, MST4ML, MST4ESA, NASMT4IU
Mini Storage Tower
Applies to: MST5HMXA, MST5HPMES, MST5X1PM, MST4IDEU2, MST4ML, MST4ESA, NASMT4IU
Tutorials