M9 - Mini Pod
External Storage Enclosure for
3.5” Serial ATA Hard Drives
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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HUB FUNCTION
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REAR VIEW
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FAN SETTING
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M9-S2
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INSTALLATION ON A PC
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M9-S2H
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M9-DX2
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WIN2000/WINXP WITH SERIAL ATA
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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
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WIN98SE WITH FIREWIRE
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PC REQUIREMENTS
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UNPLUG PROCEDURE
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MAC REQUIREMENTS
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INSTALLATION ON A MACINTOSH
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PACKAGE CONTENTS
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MAC OS 9.X/10.X WITH FIREWIRE OR USB - 7 MAC OS 10.2 OR HIGHER WITH A USB 2.0,
CHAPTER 2 - HDD ASSEMBLY
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FIREWIRE 400 OR SATA CONNECTION
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UNPLUG PROCEDURE
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PARTITIONING & FORMATTING
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PC RUNNING WIN98SE OR WINME
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PC RUNNING WIN2000 OR WINXP
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MAC OS
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CHAPTER 4 - APPENDIX
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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
Features mentioned
in this manual may
vary between
different models.
The External Storage Enclosure “M9” is made of high quality
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.
Product Dimensions:
16.51cm x 16.51cm x 5.08cm
6.5in x 6.5in x 2in
Available Interfaces
• M9-S2
SATA & USB 2.0 High Speed
• M9-S2H SATA, USB 2.0 & USB hub
• M9-DX2 Firewire 400, USB 2.0 & USB hub
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Rear View
M9-S2
1. Exhaust Fan Vent
2. On/Off Switch
3. Power Receptacle
4. Fan Settings:
Auto/Manual/High/Low
5. USB 2.0 Port
6. eSata Port
7. Micro Security Slot
M9-S2H
1. Exhaust Fan Vent
2. On/Off Switch
3. Power Receptacle
4. Fan Settings:
Auto/Manual/High/Low
5. USB 2.0 Hub
6. USB 2.0 Port
7. eSATA Port
8. Micro Security Slot
M9-DX2
1. Exhaust Fan Vent
2. On/Off Switch
3. Power Receptacle
4. Fan Settings:
Auto/Manual/High/Low
5. USB 2.0 Hub
6. USB 2.0 Port
7. Firewire 400 Ports
8. Micro Security Slot
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System Requirements
PC Requirements
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Mac OS 8.6 users
should use USB
extension 1.41 or
Firewire extension
2.6 and later, to be
able to use USB 1.1
or 1394a.
Minimum Intel Processor II 350MHz, 64MB RAM
USB 1.1 equipped PC; WinME, Win2000, WinXP
USB 2.0 equipped PC; WinME, Win2000, WinXP
1394a equipped PC; Win98SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP
Serial ATA equipped PC (eSATA); Win2000, WinXP
Mac Requirements
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Minimum Apple G3 processor, 64MB RAM
USB 1.1 equipped Mac; Mac OS 9.2, 10.1.5 or above
USB 2.0 equipped Mac; Mac OS 10.2 or above
1394a equipped Mac; Mac OS 9.2, 10.1.5 or above
• Serial ATA equipped Mac (eSATA); Mac OS 10.2 or above
Package Contents
Package Content
may vary,
depending on
vendor & version.
• M9
• External Power Adapter;
Input 100-240V, Output 12V/2A, 5V/2A
• Power Cord
• Interface Cables
• Manual
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Chapter 2 - Hard Drive Assembly
1. Lift the top cover off the body.
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.
2. Install the hard drive and connect the cables to your drive.
3. Turn the enclosure around and fasten the four screws.
Be careful not to
damage any cables
or components and
do not bend the
thermal probe.
4. Attach the thermal probe with the tape provided to the top of
the drive, somewhere near the spindle motor.
5. 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
eSATA connection
requires eSATA
1.5Gbps Plug and
Play support for
host card driver.
A few tips on how to use your external storage enclosure:
• 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
Hard Disk Mode
For the HDD
connection, only
one interface at the
time can be used.
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!
For M9-DX2, the disk drive will mount to the first connection
that is presented. This will remain the default setting until the
device is next restarted. For M9-S2 and M9-S2H, the eSATA
connection has priority.
When not in use, turn off the power. This goes especially for
the M9-S2 and M9-S2H model, because for those, only SATA II
hard drives support stand-by. The M9-DX2 supports stand-by
and will go into stand-by depending on the status of your
Operating System.
Hub function
In order for the USB Hub function to work, the USB cable must
be attached to your computer and the power has to be ON.
This function is only available for the M9-S2H and the M9-DX2.
Fan Setting
Make sure not to
insert the Firewire
6-pin connector the
wrong way around,
or you will damage
the device!
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 use the Auto mode. When this mode is
selected the M9 automatically adjusts the fan speed up and
down as necessary to keep the HDD cool. Ensure the thermal
probe is attached to your drive to use the Auto mode.
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Installation on a PC
If the system
doesn’t recognize
the drive, turn on
the power first,
before connecting
the interface cable
or connect the
device before
booting your
Operating System.
Win2000 or WinXP with a USB or Firewire connection
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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 **
Win2000 or WinXP with a Serial ATA connection
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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 **
Win98SE with a Firewire connection
eSATA connection
requires eSATA
1.5Gbps Plug and
Play support for
host card driver.
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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
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.
• 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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Installation on a Macintosh
If the system
doesn’t recognize
the drive, turn on
the power first,
before connecting
the interface cable
or connect the
device before
booting your
Operating System.
Mac OS 9.x or Mac OS 10.x with a Firewire or USB
connection
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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 higher with a USB 2.0, Firewire 400
or SATA connection
• Turn on your computer and start Mac OS
For Mac OS 8.6,
the USB extension
has to be at least
v1.41.
• 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 Mac OS 8.6,
the Firewire
extension has to be
at least v2.6.
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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Partitioning & Formatting
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.
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.
PC running Win98SE or WinME
MS-DOS command “fdisk” (press Enter to confirm)
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Type “fdisk” and press Enter
Select ”Y” and press Enter
Enter "5” to change the drive
Select the drive you want to format
Choose “1” and follow the onscreen instructions
Win98SE and
WinME do not
recognize NTFS
formatted drives, so
if you want to use
your drive on those
platforms, we
recommend you to
use FAT32 instead.
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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PC running Win2000 or WinXP
Mac OS can not
write to NTFS
formatted drives. To
use your device on
both platforms, we
recommend you to
use FAT32.
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 Win2000
or WinXP and
FAT32, the biggest
single partition you
can create will be
32GB. To create
larger partitions,
you need to use the
DOS command
under Win98SE or
WinME or change
to NTFS format.
If you can not see
the drive, make
sure the drivers are
installed properly
and the power is
turned on!
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Mac OS
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.
Mac OS9.2 and earlier, does not support creating multiple
partitions on an external drive. To do that, you would need to
purchase additional 3rd party software, connect the drive to the
internal SATA connection or upgrade to OS X. Initializing the
drive can be done on all Operating Systems.
For 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
If you can not see
the drive, make
sure there are no
extension conflicts
and the power is
turned on!
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Chapter 4 - Appendix
Please read your
warranty carefully,
as this may vary
between different
vendors!
Technical Questions
For RMA and other questions, please contact your vendor or
check out their online support area!
About this Manual
This manual covers all interfaces and combinations for the M9.
Images and descriptions might therefore slightly vary between
this manual and the actual product you have.
© Copyright 2006 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.
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