M9 – Mini Pod
External Storage Enclosure for
3.5” Hard Drive
User Manual (English)
EN
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
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CHAPTER 3 SYSTEM SET UP
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ICON KEY
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CONNECTION TO YOUR COMPUTER
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THE M9 MINI POD
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HARD DISK MODE
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AVAILABLE INTERFACES
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FIREWIRE:
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DIMENSIONS
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AUTO:
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INTERFACE INFORMATION
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HUB FUNCTION
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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
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FAN SETTING
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MAC REQUIREMENTS
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INSTALLATION ON A MACINTOSH
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PC REQUIREMENTS
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INSTALLATION ON A PC
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PACKAGE CONTENTS
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PARTITIONING & FORMATTING
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MAC OS
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PC RUNNING WIN2000 OR WINXP
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CHAPTER 2 INSTALLING THE HDD
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PREPARING THE ENCLOSURE
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HARD DRIVE ASSEMBLY
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TECHNICAL QUESTIONS
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ABOUT THIS MANUAL
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Chapter 1 Introduction
Icon Key
Throughout this manual you will see icons on the left margin
that denote either Notes or Special Remarks as outlined below:
General Notes and Tips
Remarks for PC users and Microsoft Windows OS
Remarks for Mac users and Apple Macintosh OS
The M9 Mini Pod
The External Storage Enclosure “M9” is made of high quality
Features mentioned
in this manual may
vary between
different models.
plastic with a smart interactive cooling system, which
automatically regulates and varies fan speed according to
temperature of the hard drive. Available with various types of
interfaces, this is the perfect solution for additional external
storage.
Available Interfaces
Firewire is only
offered with the DX
model.
• USB 2.0 High Speed
• Firewire 1394a & USB 2.0
Dimensions
• 16.51cm x 16.51cm x 5.08cm
• 6.5in x 6.5in x 2in
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Interface Information
M9 LX
1. On/Off Switch
2. Exhaust Fan Vent
3. Power Receptacle
4. Fan Settings
5. USB 2.0 Hub
6. USB to Mac/PC
7. Micro Security Slot
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M9 DX
1. On/Off Switch
2. Exhaust Fan Vent
3. Power Receptacle
4. Fan Settings
5. USB 2.0 Hub
6. USB to Mac/PC
7. Firwire ports
8. Input select
9. Micro Security Slot
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System Requirements
Mac Requirements
Package Content
may vary,
depending on
vendor & version.
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Minimum Apple G3 processor (G4 for 1394b), 64MB RAM
USB 1.1 equipped Mac; Mac OS 9.2, 10.1.5 or later
USB 2.0 equipped Mac; Mac OS 10.2 or later
1394a equipped Mac, Mac OS 9.2, 10.1.5 or later
(DX model only)
PC Requirements
Your unit might
come with an
installed hard drive.
Before opening
such an enclosure,
please read the
warranty and any
other notes from
your vendor
carefully before
doing so, as this
might void your
warranty.
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Minimum Intel Processor II 350MHz, 64MB RAM
USB 1.1 equipped PC; 2000/XP
USB 2.0 equipped PC; 2000/XP
Firewire 1394a equipped PC; 2000/XP
(DX model only)
Package Contents
• M9
• External Power Adapter;
Input 100-240V, Output +12V/2A, +5V/2A
• Power Cord
• USB 2.0 High-Speed Cable
• Firewire 1394a Cable (DX model only)
The hard drive
jumper settings
should be master or
factory default.
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Chapter 2 Installing the HDD
Preparing the Enclosure
Be careful not to
damage any cables
or components and
double check the
connection between
the cables, the
bridge board and
your hard drive
before you close up
the case.
1. Remove the 4 screws on the bottom of the unit.
2. Lift the top cover off the body.
3. Remove the heat sink from the enclosure.
4. Place the hard drive upside down in the heat sink.
5. Fasten the heat sink to the hard drive using four screws
Hard Drive Assembly
6. Connect the ATA cable and the power line to your hard drive.
7. Place the hard drive into the enclosure.
8. Fasten the 4 screws on the bottom of the heat sink.
9. Attach the thermal probe with the tape provided to the
spindle motor on the bottom-side of the drive.
10. Align the top cover with the body and push lightly into place.
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Chapter 3 System Set Up
Connection to your Computer
If you buy a spare
power adapter for
your working place
or at home, make
sure the output and
polarity is identical
with the power
adapter supplied!
A few tips on how to connect your external storage enclosure:
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The M9 was designed to be placed under a Mac Mini
Do not cover the enclosure’s exhaust vent
Do not expose the product to water or humid conditions
Always check for visible damage and defects of power and
interface cables before using it
Hard Disk Mode
Firewire:
As long as a Firewire connection is present, the disk drive will
mount as a FireWire device; otherwise, it will mount as a USB
device.
If the system
doesn’t recognize
the drive, turn on
the power first,
before connecting
the USB/Firewire
cable.
Auto:
The disk drive will mount to the first connection that is
presented. This will remain the default setting until the device is
next restarted.
Hub function
In order for the USB Hub function to work, the USB cable must
be attached to your computer. The same applies for accessing
Firewire devices with only a USB connection.
Fan Setting
There are 3 modes available for you to select the desired
cooling. Automatic (Auto) / Manual Low (M/L)/ Manual High
(M/H).
We recommend you leave your unit on the Auto setting. When
this mode is selected the M9 automatically adjusts the fan
speed up and down as necessary to keep the HDD cool.
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Installation on a Macintosh
If the system
doesn’t recognize
the drive, turn on
the power first,
before connecting
the USB/Firewire
cable.
Mac OS 9.2 or Mac OS 10.x with a USB connection:
Turn on your computer and start Mac OS
Connect the M9 and turn it on
No driver installation required
The external drive will mount and show up on your desktop**
Mac OS 10.2 or 10.3 with a Firewire and USB 2.0
connection:
Turn on your computer and start Mac OS
Connect the M9 and turn it on
No driver installation required
The external drive will mount and show up on your desktop**
Unplug Procedure:
Drag the external hard drive icon into the trash bin
Turn off your device
For save removal of
your drive and to
assure that no data
is lost, always
follow the unplug
procedure. If not, an
error message will
show up.
** For factory new drives and formatting, see “Partitioning & Formatting”
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Installation on a PC
For safe removal of
your drive and to
assure that no data
is lost, always
follow the unplug
procedure. If not, an
error message will
show up.
Win2000 or WinXP with a USB or Firewire connection:
Turn on your Computer and start Windows
Connect the M9 and turn it on
Let Windows search and install the driver automatically
Open “My Computer” to see your external hard drive **
Unplug Procedure:
• Click on the taskbar icon for external hardware
• Choose your external hard drive and confirm to remove it
** For factory new drives and formatting, see “Partitioning & Formatting”
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Partitioning & Formatting
Mac OS does not
recognize NTFS
formatted drives, to
use your device on
both platforms, we
recommend you to
use FAT32.
If you want to use
your drive on a PC
running Microsoft
Windows as well as
on your Mac, we
recommend you to
use a PC to format
the drive. Choose
FAT32 when
formatting and do
not change
anything on the
partition or format
on your Mac,
otherwise the PC
will not be able to
recognize the drive
anymore.
Be aware that this will destroy all your existing data on the drive,
so make sure you have a backup! This step is usually only
required the first time you install a factory new hard drive, if you
change the format or want to erase all data on your drive.
Mac OS:
Mac OS9.2 and earlier, does not support creating partitions on
an external drive. To do that, you would need to purchase
additional 3rd party software, connect the drive to the internal
IDE bus or upgrade to OS X. Initializing the drive can be done
on all Operating Systems.
Mac OS X, use the Disk Utility to format and create partitions
on your external disk.
Select “Disk Utility” in the utilities folder
Choose your external drive and format it according to your
requirement.
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PC running Win2000 or WinXP:
You can choose to
create several
partitions but be
aware that if you
want to change this
at a later point, it’s
required to format
the drive again or
use 3rd party
software.
Disk Management Program
Right click on “My Computer” and choose “Manage”
Select “Disk Management”
Choose the drive you want to format and right click on it for
further commands (Choose New Partition)
Follow the Partition Wizard
If you use this
device to backup
your data using a
3rd party software
running MS-DOS,
we recommend you
to format the drive
using FAT32.
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Technical Questions:
For RMA and other questions, please contact your vendor or
check out their online support area.
Please read your
warranty carefully,
as this may vary
between different
vendors.
About this Manual:
This manual covers all interfaces and combinations for the M9
Enclosure. Images and descriptions might therefore slightly
vary between this manual and the actual product you have.
© Copyright 2005 by Macpower & Tytech Technology Co., Ltd. all Rights Reserved
The information contained in this manual is believed to be accurate and reliable. Macpower & Tytech
Technology assumes no responsibility for any errors contained in this manual. Macpower & Tytech
Technology reserves the right to make changes in the specifications and/or design of this product
without prior notice. The diagrams contained in this manual may also not fully represent the product that
you are using and are there for illustration purposes only. Macpower & Tytech Technology assumes no
responsibility for any differences between the product mentioned in this manual and the product you
may have.
May 19, 2005 / PN:15-5752100001
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