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240GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable SSD FW800&400+ USB2+eSATA Storage Solution Connection Cables, Prosoft Data Backup, Intech HD SpeedTools, and 3 Year OWC Warranty included. (MEQMSSD240)

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OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini

240GB SSD
Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface Storage Solution

Mac / PC / USB 2.0 & 1.1 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible) / eSATA
  • Mac
  • PC
  • eSATA
  • FireWire 800/400
  • USB
High performance and Plug and Play data storage/ backup reliability with a fanless, bus powered design.
Benefits of Elite Mini w/SSD This OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD based Plug and Play external solution provides
  • Exceptional External Drive Performance - up to over 240MB/s
  • Ultra-Quiet & Ultra Low-Power
  • No moving parts, exceptional shock tolerance
With your choice of a 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive OR Solid State Drive (SSD), the latest chipset, and with Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface USB 2.0/FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)/eSATA connectivity, the Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable Storage Solution delivers up to 300MB/s data transfer speeds for demanding data storage and backup needs. All that performance resides in an impact resistant, heat dissipating 5.5 in (L) x 3.8 in (W) x 1.1 in (H) brushed aluminum enclosure with super quiet operation.
  • Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface, USB 2.0 & 1.1, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible), and eSATA for flexible connectivity
  • Supports bus powering via any interface*
  • Data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s
  • Daisy chain multiple FireWire 800 devices
  • Drive speeds of up to 7200RPM or Solid State
  • Perfect for A/V, Digital Photography, Professional Music, Graphics, General Data, and Time Machine ready.
  • Portable size at 5.5in(L) x 3.8in(W) x 1.1in(H)
  • Brushed aluminum, impact resistant, heat dissipating, super quiet fanless enclosure
  • Oxford 944SE High-Performance Chipset
  • Three Year Solution Warranty
*When using eSATA connection, the use of a powered FireWire port or optional AC Adapter (not included) is required When using FireWire or USB connection, the Elite Pro mini autoswitches to bus power via FireWire or USB connection.
Includes the Powerful SpeedTools Utility Suite for Mac
The comprehensive Mac utility used by professionals for accurate Mac diagnosis and maintenance. Click the SOFTWARE tab below to learn more »

Includes

Mercury Elite  Pro includes
  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface, USB 2.0 & 1.1, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible), and eSATA Storage Solution with SSD
  • 18″ High Quality eSATA connecting cable (eSATA - eSATA)
  • 15″ High Quality FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • 15″ High Quality USB 2.0/1.1 connecting cable
  • Pre-installed Backup and Utility software
    • Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM (For Mac OS 8.6 - X only)
    • Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
    • NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows 2000 or later
  • Over 1.5GB of Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software pre-installed
  • Mercury Elite Pro mini Manual (3.8MB PDF)
  • OWC 3 Year Solution Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time
  • Complimentary Level 1 Data Recovery

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • Oxford 944SE High-Performance Chipset

Standard Mechanism

    Full 16 channel Implementation

    Release Candidate (RC) firmware set

    There are two kinds of firmware for SSDs Mass Production (MP) and Release Candidate (RC). Prior to an MP firmware release, there are beta firmware releases and an RC firmware release. Often, the RC is the same as the MP release, however there can be small changes and bug fixes made between the two. OWC has evaluated the RC for the 6Gb/s SandForce 2281 Processor and found it to be stable with no issues reported during our testing. However, as with any evolutionary product, issues may surface as different usages and configurations are employed and it is important to understand that there will be further updates and revisions.

    Since no firmware update is currently offered for the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD, no update page exists. To see the typical steps involved with a self performed field firmware update, please visit our 3Gb/s product update page at: http://eshop.macsales.com/Customized_Pages/Framework.cfm?page=sf_firmware.html

    It is important to note that the current firmware update tool requires the use of Windows XP/Vista/7. OWC is currently working on a Mac OS based update tool, but we do not have an exact availability date.

    240GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD Specifications:

    Specifications

    Controller
    SandForce 2181 Series Processor with 7% Over Provisioning
    NAND
    Tier 1 Asynchronous MLC NAND Flash Memory
    Form Factor
    Standard 9.5mm 2.5"
    Interface
    SATA 3Gb/s
    Capacity1
    240GB useable capacity
    Total Flash Memory Components – 256GB
    16GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
    Formatted Capacity2
    223GiB
    RAID Support
    Qualified for single drive and multiple drive production workstation RAID 0/1/10/0+1 and SPAN usage.
    SMART Attributes
    Standard5
    Native Command Queuing
    up to 32 commands
    Manufacturer Model Number
    OWCSSDEX3G240
    RoHS Compliant
    Yes
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    7mm (.276″)
    Width (max)
    70.06mm (2.758″)
    Length (max)
    100.12mm (3.941″)
    Weight
    77g (0.170 lbs.)

    Reliability3

    Data Reliability
    ECC Recovery: Up to 55 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
    Security
    Chip Based Data Encryption: 128-bit AES-compliant
    TRIM Support
    OS Dependent
    Nonrecoverable Read Errors
    Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read
    Warranty
    3 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty
    (Standard return policy applies.)

    Performance

    Sustained
    Reads (up to)
    285MB/s
    Sustained
    Writes (up to)
    275MB/s
    Read Incompressible
    Data Rate (up to)
    208MB/s
    Write Incompressible
    Data Rate (up to)
    235MB/s
    Random 4K Read4
    Up to 60,000 IOPS
    Random 4K Write4
    Up to 60,000 IOPS
    Read Latency
    less than 0.1ms
    Write Latency
    less than 0.1ms

    Environmental (Operating)

    Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 158°F
    Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 70°C

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Temperature (°F)
    -67°F to 302°F
    Temperature (°C)
    -55°C to 150°C

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    0.0 bels
    Seek (Typical)
    0.0 bels
    1. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences. 
    2. In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity of shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
    3. Specific application environments such as temperature and duty cycle will affect the overall reliability.
    4. Specifications provided by SandForce.
    5. Temperature reporting is currently an unsupported feature because due to the operating characteristics of SSDs, it is highly unlikely one would ever exceed an OWC Mercury SSD's stated operating temperature ceiling of 158F/70C. However, we are looking into supporting this feature in the future via a firmware update. Firmware updates can be found here: http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/OWC/SSD.
  • 240GB* OWC Mercury Electra 3G Solid-State Drive**

    *1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences.

    **OWC reserves the right to replace or upgrade to equivalent or better components.

Drive Interface

  • SATA (Serial ATA)

Port Configuration

  • eSATA - 1 port
  • FireWire 800 - (2) 9 pin ports
  • USB 2.0/1.1 - (1) 5 pin mini 'b' port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • eSATA - 3.0 Gbit/s (or 300 MB/sec)
  • FireWire 800 - 800Mbps (or 100MB/sec)
  • FireWire 400 - 400Mbps (or 50MB/sec)
  • USB 2.0 - 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)
  • USB 1.1 - 12Mbps (or 1.5MB/sec)

Port/Interface Bootability

    Can I use this solution as an external startup drive?
  • eSATA: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • FireWire 800: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • FireWire 400: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • USB 2.0: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info

Format

Macintosh System Requirements

  • Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, Mac OS X 10.0.x or later and an available USB 1.1 or FireWire 400 port.
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. Including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x and an available USB2.0/1.1, FireWire 800/400 port, or eSATA port.
  • Time Machine® Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later.

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows 98SE or later and an available FireWire 400 or USB 2.0/1.1 port.
  • Windows 2000 or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1, FireWire 800/400, or eSATA port.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.

Power Supply*

  • Bus Power via FireWire 800 supported on all models equipped with an available FireWire 800 port either factory stock or via add on FireWire 800 PCI Card.
  • Bus Power via FireWire 400 on all models made in 2001 or later via Factory ports or any model with add on FireWire 400 PCI Card.
  • Bus Power via USB on most computers with USB 2.0 port factory stock.
  • Optional AC Adapter* (available as a separate purchase here)
  • * AC adapter not required for most applications provided computer bus supplies appropriate power needs.

Recommended eSATA Cards

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External Case Dimensions

  • 3.8 in (W) x 5.5 in (D) x 1.1 in (H)
  • 96.52mm x 139.7mm x 27.94mm

Total Shipping Weight

  • Approximately .73 pounds (.33kg)

Software Included

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 0°C - 70°C (32°F - 158°F)
  • (non-operating) -40°C - 85°C (-40°F - 185°F)
  • Tech note: Sandforce processor based SSDs, like the OWC Extreme Enterprise SSD, do not fully support all SMART status attributes, in particular temperature reporting. This will be addressed in the future, but at this time SSDs can incorrectly report to be 200 degrees F. This is solely a reporting error. At no time have any OWC brand SSDs approached an unsafe temperature lev

Relative Humidity

  • (operating) 5% - 90% RH (Non-condensing)
  • (non-operating) 5% - 95% RH (Non-condensing)

Warranty

OWC 3 Year Solution Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use - but should the need occur - we're proud to provide a superior level of support and service coverage to our customers. OWC and NewerTech storage solutions come fully backed by an Industry-leading 48-hour turnaround time which includes complimentary Level 1 data recovery for the first year, plus additional data recovery options available throughout the warranty period, for complete peace of mind ownership confidence.

View more information about the OWC 3 Year Solution warranty

Note: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your OWC solution prior to the conclusion of OWC's 3 year Warranty period. Doing so will void the remainder of the OWC warranty.

IMPORTANT LAPTOP USER NOTE: There have been reports of system hangs in relation to hibernation mode. We recommend not using ANY program that puts your laptop into hibernation mode when using an SSD.

Normal, automatic sleep mode functions perfectly with no issues.

We also highly recommend you avoid draining your battery completely (5% or less remaining charge) to avoid being automatically switched into hibernation mode by your machine's power saving settings. If your notebook does go into hibernation mode, the machine can hang once it is plugged into an outlet or when using a charged battery as the machine comes out of hibernation mode. If you should experience this, you will need to restart your machine and any unsaved work from that session will be lost. SandForce is working on this issue and it will be addressed in a future firmware update. We will post the update on our firmware update page as soon as it becomes available.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MEQMSSD240 UPC#: 718122779574

Software

Prosoft Macworld 4.5 mice
Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3 for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
Backup Made Easy. Data Backup makes it easy to backup to FireWire and USB drives, network drives, CDs and even DVDs. Make schedules so you don't need to 'think' about backing up... It does it for you.
A $59.00 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase software separately from solution
Novastor
NovaStor NovaBACKUP® Solution for Windows®
NovaBACKUP has been helping millions of users recover from data loss and disasters for over 18 years. Feature rich, NovaBACKUP provides a powerful backup solution. Built-in support for hundreds of the most popular storage devices and a step-by-step backup and restore wizard makes NovaBACKUP extremely easy to use. Requires Windows 2000 or later.
A $49.95 Value! View detailed software info
Intech SpeedTools Utilities
Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™
Intech SpeedTools consists of a suite of utilities managed by an application which controls the launching, documentation and version control of each individual component utility, such as Disk Defrag and QuickBack. An easy-to-use installation and removal application is provided to make installation a snap, yet powerful enough to allow you to customize which utility component set you would like to create.
An $89.95 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase software separately from solution

Reviews

Benchmarks

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