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OWC Mercury Pro

16X External Blu-ray Burner

Mac / PC / FireWire 800 / FireWire 400 / USB 3.0
The next generation of storage technology.
The OWC Mercury Pro Optical Drive Solution is Plug and Play easy. Archive massive amounts of data, and start creating DVDs using your own family and friends as the stars! USB 3.0, FireWire 800 and FireWire 400 with transfer rates of up to 300MB/s! With so many interface choices, it's compatible with virtually any system.

Supports the burning of up to 128GB of data or high definition video per Blu-ray disc, or up to 8.5GB using low-cost Dual Layer DVDs. This drive is compatible with single-, dual-, and quad-layer Blu-ray media for up to 128GB of storage on a single optical disc.
M-DISC – Write Once and Read Forever
Compared to other recordable DVDs on the market today, M-DISC offers superior reliability in data storage that provides the permanent optical data storage solution. Once written, the M-DISC can be read or played on any quality DVD drive that supports the common DVD+R/RW format. M-DISC Media sold separately.
Reads and Writes Blu-ray discs
Although commercial Blu-ray movie playback not supported in OS X, Blu-ray discs do mount on the desktop and can be backed up to the computer or played via third party software options.
Get started right away with included media
This OWC Mercury Optical solution includes 2 pieces of 25GB BD-R Write-Once media in slimline cases.
Note: Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal optical drive or the Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your drive, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Get ready to be creative, the possibilities are endless with the OWC Mercury Pro!

Includes

  • OWC Mercury Pro Quad Interface External Blu-ray Drive
  • 110v US Standard Power Cable
  • UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240v, 50/60Hz input, 12 Volt 2.5 Amp output Power Supply (adapter plugs for International use sold separately). For replacement power supply, click here.
  • High-quality, double shielded FireWire 800 (1394b) connecting cable (9-9 pin cable)
  • High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0 Standard-B to Standard-A (backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1) connecting cable
  • Two (2) Pieces 25GB BD-R 4x Write-Once Media
  • Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3
  • Smile On My Mac: DiskLabel

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • Initio 1615 and 3609

Optical Drive Support

  • 5.25" SATA optical drives (all CD & DVD devices and Blu-ray drives 6.7 in (17cm) and shorter)

LED Indicator

  • Preconfigured solutions only

Solution Material

  • ABS Plastic

Port Configuration

  • USB 3.0 (2.0 Backwards Compatible) – 1 Port
  • FireWire 800 (1394b) – 2 Ports
  • FireWire 400 (1394a) – 1 Port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0 – 3.0Gbps (or 300MB/sec)
  • USB 2.0 – 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)
  • USB 1.1 – 12Mbps (or 1.5MB/sec)
  • FireWire 800 – 800Mbps (or 100MB/sec)
  • FireWire 400 – 400Mbps (or 50MB/sec)

Cooling

  • Fan Cooled

Macintosh System Requirements

  • FireWire Interface and OS X 10.3 or later
  • USB 3.0 / 2.0 Interface and OS X 10.3 or later

Windows System Requirements

  • FireWire Interface and Windows XP SP2 or later.
  • USB 3.0 / 2.0 Interface and Windows XP SP2 or later.

Power Supply

OWC Notes

  • Drive is Plug & Play natively supported by Apple iLife, Apple iDVD, etc with Mac OS X 10.4.3 and later.
    • If you are using Mac OS X 10.4.2, the latest version 10.4.11 is a free update we recommend installing.
    • If you are using Mac OS X 10.3.x, you will need PatchBurn for 10.3.x for support.
  • This drive is not supported under Mac OS 9 or earlier.
  • Apple software currently does not support Blu-ray drives, but the DVD and CD burning/reading portions of the OS do function.
  • Burning via FireWire is only supported in OS 10.9 or later.

External Case Dimensions

  • 6.3 in (D) x 11.3 in (W) x 3.1 in (H)
    (16.00 cm x 28.70 cm x 7.87 cm)

Enclosure Weight

  • 4.0lbs (1.81kg)

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 5°C – 55°C (41°F – 131°F)
  • (non-operating) -40°C – 65°C (-40°F – 149°F)

Relative Humidity

  • (operating) 8% – 90% RH (Non-condensing)
  • (non-operating) 5% – 95% RH (Non-condensing)

Shock

  • (operating) 65G 2ms
  • (non-operating) 175G 2ms

Warranty

LG Super Multi Blue Specs:

General

Drive Type
Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 16x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter
Form Factor
5.25" Desktop
Interface
SATA
Loading Mechanism
Tray
Bezel Color
Black
Buffer Memory
4MB
Mounting Orientation
Horizontal / Vertical
Manufacturer Model Number
WH16NS40
RoHS Compliant
Yes

Performance

Access Time
BD-ROM: 180ms typ.
DVD-ROM: 160ms typ.
DVD-RAM: 180ms typ.
CD-ROM: 150ms typ.
Supported Formats
BD-ROM (SL/DL), BD-RE (SL/DL), BD-R (SL/DL), DVD-ROM (SL/DL), DVD-R (SL/DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R (SL/DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, CD-ROM, CD-ROM, XA-Ready, CD-I, Photo-CD (Single & Multi-Session), Video-CD, CD-Audio Disc, Mixed Mode, CD-ROM (Data and Audio), CD-R, CD-RW

Capacity

Data Capacity
128GB : Blu-ray Quad Layer
50GB : Blu-ray Double Layer
25GB : Blu-ray
8.5GB : DVD General Use Double Layer
4.6GB : DVD General Use
700MB : 79 minute CD
650MB : 74 minute CD
550MB : 63 minute CD

Physical

Height (max)
41.3mm (1.6")
Width (max)
146.0mm (5.7")
Length (max)
172mm (6.8")
Weight (typical)
0.8kg (1.8lbs.)

Environment

Operating Temperature
5° C to 45° C
Non-Operating Temperature
-30° C to 60° C
Operating Humidity
15% to 80% R.H.
Non-Operating Humidity
10% to 90 % R.H.

M-DISC Support

Yes
M-DISC DVD / Blu-ray engraving / burning requires M-DISC specific media
(available separately)

Maximum Read Speeds

BD-ROM
12X
BD-R
12X
BD-RE
8X
BD-ROM (Dual Layer)
8X
BD-R (Dual Layer)
8X
BD-RE (Dual Layer)
6X
BD-R (Triple Layer)
6X
BD-R (Quad Layer)
6X
DVD-RAM
5X
DVD-R
16X
DVD+R
16X
DVD-R (Dual Layer)
12X
DVD+R (Dual Layer)
12X
DVD-RW
12X
DVD+RW
12X
DVD-ROM
16X
DVD-ROM (Dual Layer)
12X
CD-ROM
48X
CD-R
48X
CD-RW
40X

Maximum Write Speeds

BD-R
16X
BD-RE
2X
BD-R (Dual Layer)
12X
BD-R (Triple Layer)
12X
BD-R (Quad Layer)
6X
BD-RE (Dual Layer)
2X
BD-RE (Triple Layer)
2X
M-DISC/+M
4X
DVD-RAM
5X
DVD-R
16X
DVD+R
16X
DVD-R (Dual Layer)
8X
DVD+R (Dual Layer)
8X
DVD-RW
6X
DVD+RW
8X
CD-R
48X
CD-RW
24X

Reliability

System Requirements

Mac
Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
Available 5.25" drive bay and SATA connection
Burning software that supports Blu-ray, such as Toast.
At this time Commercial Blue-ray movie playback not supported in OS X.
Minimum of 1 GB of RAM
30GB or more available hard drive space (60GB for Blu-ray Disc authoring)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MR3F8BDSD16 UPC#: 794504322453

Software

Smile On My Mac: DiskLabel for Mac OS X
Full Version! With DiscLabel you can create, print, & share CD labels, jewel case inserts, and DVD covers that look truly professional.... a $35.95 value!
View detailed software info
Prosoft
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! Click here to purchase software separately from solution

Reviews

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 14 out of 14 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Camarillo, California Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Solid and Compact, Well sort of January 3, 2016 Great burner. No issues as of yet. Good compact size for a full size burner. Also came with Toast 14. Easy download from disc on the first try. The USB cord could be a little longer.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 16X OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray Burner+SuperMultiDrive USB3.0+FW800/400 +Toast 14 Titanium HD.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Only the best from OWC! November 23, 2015 I had to buy an external optical drive since the iMac's no longer come equipped with them. I needed something durable and made to last. I'm only a few months in but I already know that it will outlast the computer. Thanks, OWC!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: houston, TX Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 plug it in. get to work. go to bed. July 16, 2015 100% problem free. plug it in. mac sees it right away. fire up your software and start burning blu-rays. it's just that easy!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: San Francisco Bay Area Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 BluRay Burner May 4, 2015 Good solid unit. Utilized for backups. Had more problems with software and none with the burner. Disc are very low error rate, which says burner is solid and reliable

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Bethesda Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent Device April 14, 2015 This is my second OWC external optical drive. Like the previous one, a Pioneer, this LG performs exceptionally well connected to an iMac. Its read and write speeds are excellent. While a tad noisier than the Pioneer, I am very satisfied with the product's performance.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: California Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Speed and Burns Great Blu Ray Discs. April 12, 2015 I've Bought Two Of these Mercury Pro 16X External Burners i use One To Read and The Other to write, thats just my preference my programs allow me to select the read disc and target Disc and saves the wear and tear from having just one unit doing all the work. when using this Burner on a iMac id reccomend going into the System preferences and Deselecting "Put Hard Discs To sleep" so while your in the middle of a Burn/Read or write the system won't try to sleep until your done. also whatever burn program you use, go to your applications folder,select the program, SelectCmd " I " and select "Prevent app Nap. if you don't the app will sleep and will cut off communication with the Burner and the burner will rev up and get stuck spinning at a high rate of speed and get the Unit Hot, these OWC Lg Burners do a great job at burning Blu Ray Discs Cds and DVDs, if you looking for a reliable Burner for the Price this is for you. I've had Two of the burners for about 4 months now and have made many copies of Backups while connected to Firewire800. Go for it. Great product.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Pompton Lakes, NJ Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Very Versatile April 1, 2015 I have used this drive for quite a number of years. It works with a variety of hookups depending on which computer I am using, easy to transport, and works with all the media choices that I could possible need. When the drive wears out, I'll just put a new one in the case and be on my way. Highly recommended!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Fort Mill SC Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User
Rating: 5/5 Very Pleased! March 12, 2015 This is a great unit and just what I needed. I use it with my MacPro and it is the fastest burner in my office. I use it with USB 3.0 and it flies through the discs..It is truly plug & Play. I haven't tried it burning BluRay yet but am sure it will be great.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chicago, IL Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Plug And Play Burner Drive February 23, 2015 I have a Mac Pro Early 2008 and the super drive has stopped working. Was looking at other drives. All of them had Mix reviews saying they work with a mac and they dont work with a mac. So I made up my mind paid a little more then I wanted but HEY now I can burn Blu-rays and watch Blu-ray Movies on my Mac Pro. Only the down side is I just wish that the USB 3.0 Cable was longer. I have to keep moving the driver so I can reach my USB ports.

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Photo:

Verified Buyer Top 50 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Josh12 Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 16X OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray Burner January 10, 2015 Drive works well for backing up my data and personal video files.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Central Florida Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Product December 27, 2014 I purchased this product due to my internal Superdrive is acting up and very finicky on what discs it likes. Rather than spend a hundred or so to replace it I figured this was a better option as it also burns BluRay at up 50gb. My plan for this unit is to for hard backups of my data. I haven't tried to watch any video with it as all my video is in electronic format that I stream from a central server across my network to all my devices. Connections were easy and right out of the box it has worked great. I am running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and it works with no problems whatsoever. I highly recommend this drive to anyone who owns a Mac. With the various port connections there is no shortage of being able to connect this unit to any computer.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 16X OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray Burner+SuperMultiDrive USB3.0+FW800/400 +Toast 14 Titanium HD.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Michigan
Rating: 5/5 The UL listing made this product very attractive for me. December 18, 2014 Packaging was good. Delivery was fast.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 50 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Indiana Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 convenient USB ports August 3, 2014 Works great as an external drive to my small computer, plus gives me additional FireWire/USB 3.0 ports. It was some savings to purchase with Toast Titanium 11, but Roxio released a new version just after I got this and won't upgrade. Version 11 seems to be quite buggy on Mavericks.

Drive comes in a solid case.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 16X OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray Burner+SuperMultiDrive USB3.0+FW800/400 +Toast 14 Titanium HD.

Response from MacSales.com, Product Support August 6, 2014 Just to clarify, the unit comes with eSATA, USB 3.0, and FireWire 800 ports for options for connecting the optical drive to your computer depending on which ports you have available. The remaining unused ports do not then in turn become available for other devices.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 So very simple to use! June 7, 2014 I purchased this burner bundle because of an article that you wrote on how to burn a Blu-ray disk using iMovie and Toast. First of all the article was spot on! I used this burner and the Toast software to make my first high definition Blu-ray disk movie from some previous footage in iMovie that was shot in 1080/60p. Even though this footage was converted to AIC before I burned it to Blu-ray, the quality was stunning! I played the Blu-ray disk in my Blu-ray player attached to my 70 inch tv and the quality blew me away! I figured if this disk looked awesome on my 70 inch tv, then it would look good on anything. .. I recommend this bundle deal or the Blu-ray recorder. Both are great. Also, I had a question for tech support about Daisy chaining the Blu-ray recorder and an external drive for one of my projects. Tech support was fast, concise, friendly, and very helpful. All in all, I think OWC is the total package! Is too bad they don't have a 10 star rating! Thanks to all.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 16X OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray Burner+SuperMultiDrive USB3.0+FW800/400 +Toast 14 Titanium HD.

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