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OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini

1.0TB 5400RPM
Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface Storage Solution

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)
High-performance and Plug and Play data storage/backup reliability with a fanless, bus-powered design
With your choice of a 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive OR Solid State Drive (SSD), the latest chipset, and USB 3.0/FireWire 800 interfaces, the Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable Storage Solution delivers up to 500MB/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.

When you want high style in high performance storage, look no further than the Mercury Elite Pro mini. With the highest quality drive mechanism built into a shock resistant portable aluminum enclosure, the Mercury Elite Pro mini is ready to go wherever you need an A/V, Digital Photography, Professional Music, Graphics, General Data, and Time Machine ready storage solution.
  • Interfaces: USB 3.0 & 2.0; FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)
  • The USB 3.0 Micro-B port is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 cables (USB 3.0 standard A to Micro-B connecting cable is included)
  • All interface cables are included
  • Bus-powered via USB 3.0
  • Data transfer speeds up to 500MB/s (via USB 3.0; 100MB/s via FireWire 800)
  • Drive speeds up to 5400RPM
  • Perfect for digital photography, professional music, graphics, general data, and Time Machine
  • Portable size at 5.5in(L) x 3.8in(W) x 1.1in(H)
  • Brushed aluminum, impact resistant, heat dissipating enclosure
  • Super-quiet, fanless operation
  • ASMedia 1053E and Oxford 944SE high-performance chipset
  • 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty
Speedtools
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

  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface, USB 3.0 & 2.0, FireWire 800 Storage Solution with Hard Drive
  • High-quality FireWire 800 connecting cable
  • High-quality USB 3.0 connecting cable
  • Pre-installed Backup and Utility software
    • Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM (For Mac OS 8.6, OS X 10.3.9 or later 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 User Guide & Assembly Manual (445KB PDF)
  • OWC 3-year Solution Warranty with 48-hour Turnaround Time
  • Complimentary Level 1 Data Recovery for the first year

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • ASMedia 1053E and Oxford 944SE High-Performance Chipset

Standard Mechanism

    1.0TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    2.5″ HDD
    Interface
    SATA 6Gb/s
    Capacity1
    1.0TB
    Formatted Capacity2
    931GiB
    Rotational Speed
    5400 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    8MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    WD10JPVX
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    9.5mm (0.374″)
    Width (max)
    69.85mm (2.75″)
    Length (max)
    100.2mm (3.94″)
    Weight (typical)
    0.11kg (0.24 lbs.)
    Guaranteed Sectors
    1,953,525,168

    Reliability3

    Warranty
    2 Year OWC Fulfilled Limited Warranty

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    6.0 Gb/s
    Average Latency
    5.50ms

    Power

    Read Power
    1.4 Watts
    Write Power
    1.4 Watts
    Idle Mode
    0.59 Watts
    Standby Mode
    0.18 Watts
    Sleep Mode
    0.18 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 140°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 60°C
    Altitude
    -1,000 feet to 10,000 feet

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    0°F to 149°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 65°C
    Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
    5% to 95%
    Altitude
    -1,000 feet to 40,000 feet

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    2.4 bels
    Seek (Typical)
    2.5 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 rates.
  • 1.0TB* Western Digital Scorpio Blue Hard Disk 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)

Drive Cache Size

  • 8 Megabyte (8,192k)

Drive Rotation Speed

  • 5400RPM

Port Configuration

  • FireWire 800 – 2 port
  • USB 3.0 – (1) Micro-B port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • FireWire 800 – 100 MB/s
  • USB 3.0 – 500 MB/s
  • USB 2.0 – 60MB/s
  • USB 1.1 – 1.5MB/s

Port/Interface Bootability

Can I use this solution as an external startup drive?

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.
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. Including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x and an available USB2.0/1.1, or FireWire 800/400 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, or FireWire 800/400 port.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB interface.

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 factory installed USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.
  • Optional AC Adapter* (available as a separate purchase here)
  • * AC adapter not required for most applications provided computer bus supplies appropriate power needs.

Related Items

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

User Guide

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 0°C – 70°C (32°F – 158°F)
  • (non-operating) -40°C – 85°C (-40°F – 185°F)

Relative Humidity

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

Shock

  • (non-operating) up to1500G

Vibration

  • (operating) 1.0G (5 – 300Hz)
  • (non-operating) 5.0G (5 – 500Hz)

Load/Unload Cycles

  • 600,000

Warranty

3 Year OWC Solution Limited 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 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty

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

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MEF3MH5T1.0 UPC#: 794504339659

Software

Prosoft Macworld 4.5 miceProsoft
Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3 for 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 softwareseparately 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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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 44 out of 45 (98%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: jjkeys Location: Nashville, TN Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 A winner in every way December 19, 2015 This is my third Mercury Elite external drive and I am totally satisfied with these drives. The build quality is excellent, and they work flawlessly with all my audio recording software. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this drive to anyone needing a high-speed drive for streaming audio and recording audio.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Dallas, Texas Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great once I figured out how to hook it up November 3, 2015 At first, the drive would power on, but not show up anywhere on my computer. I looked on OWC's website and couldn't find anything helpful. Finally, after trying everything I could think of to get my MacBook Pro to acknowledge the drive, a friend suggested I plug both the USB and Firewire into my laptop. This did the trick! I just wish I had known this first before I spent countless hours troubleshooting and getting very frustrated. That being said, now that the drive works, it does what it is supposed to do and I have no problems out of it.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable 7200RPM FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Toronto, ON Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Love it! very fast and stable! November 2, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Silicon Valley, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Small and powerful October 8, 2015 I am using this external HD to run my iMac. It runs faster than the original HD. Highly recommend.

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Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NZ Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great design and easy to use September 20, 2015 Gret design, easy to install and use, all the interfaces I needed and great for maintaining an off site backup to my system

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" Bus-Powered Portable USB 3.0 + eSATA 6Gb/s Drive Enclosure Kit.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cajun Country Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great backup option at a reasonable price September 14, 2015 Keeps my 1T of SSD storage safely backed up effortlessly!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Fresno, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Strong Case August 29, 2015 I wanted a strong case for my just replaced 240GB SSD drive and so I selected this one in USB3 and eSATA. Now that it's in my hands I can see that it is strong, sturdy and should last and work for years to come.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" Bus-Powered Portable USB 3.0 + eSATA 6Gb/s Drive Enclosure Kit.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Goldsboro, NC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product August 28, 2015 Performs as advertised, time will speak to it's quality/durability. My only drawback was the packaged software and setup instructions, both are flawed, however, a call to the techs was the solution, by the way, they direct you to apple software for formatting and setup which works seamlessly...the techs are very helpful. I think the price/product ratio is very good also, as I've purchased a number of upgrade items and I always go to OWC.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 New owc customer August 26, 2015 My first experience with OWC....first impressions...Great service, quick shipping, easy to get through to tech support.. So far so good, using it as external boot drive and storage for sample libraries on Mac mini.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 I had it up and running within five minutes of opening the package. July 15, 2015 A great addition that will make doing photos on my 2008 iMac faster. Love the ease of operation. It was up and running within five minutes of opening the box. It wasn't my first purchase from OWC and won't be the last>

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sweden Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great speed July 11, 2015 SSD on a old computer is the best investment ever. Easy to change and makes the computer feel brand new.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cupertino, CA Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great for off site backup. June 20, 2015 I already have Elite Pros for backing up our systems. The Mini is handy for a weekly backup that I keep in my fire safe. If my system (and its backup disk) are lost to fire or theft, I can use the Mini to boot up on another system. Belt AND suspenders. This is the second Mini I have purchased from OWC. Now, both my wife's system and my system have this additional recovery ability. All my disks from OWC have performed flawlessly over the years -- some way beyond their warrenty period.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Baton Rouge, LA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent SSD Drive June 20, 2015 Very fast and has been completely reliable.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Pacifica, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 SSD drive brings new life to a 2008 iMac June 18, 2015 After upgrading the internal hard drive on my 2008 iMac to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, it performed poorly. Following the advice found on a Mac website, I installed Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite on this new Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD, connected it to the FireWire 800 port on my iMac, booted from it and it's been working superbly.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Victoria, BC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 3/5 Not fast enough to use a permanent external boot drive May 25, 2015 Bought this hoping to speed up my 2007 iMac extreme without doing surgery on the iMac itself. I had just seen a major online magazine recommend this specific drive for this use.

Although this drive is reasonably quick, it definitely didn't give me the "SSD experience" that I was looking for when I used it as a boot drive via FW800.

I ended ordering a internal Crucial SSD elsewhere and installed it inside the iMac itself. *That* gave me the SSD experience that I was hoping for.

This external drive is now just an expensive unused backup.

This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Response from MacSales.com, Technical Support May 27, 2015 As shown in the benchmarks tab, the SSD installed in this external enclosure does fully saturate the 80MB/s maximum bandwidth of FireWire 800. You would need to be connecting via USB 3.0 in order to reach speeds that will give you that "SSD experience" that you were looking for.
Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Wheatfield, IN Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Solidly built, very responsive and quite! May 20, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 7200RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Wheatfield, IN Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Very responsive and quite May 20, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 7200RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: RI Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 So far, great May 9, 2015 Easy setup, no hitches, quite fast.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 5400RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent enclosure May 4, 2015 Sturdy and attractive. Unlike many other bus-powered enclosures, this one has a physical on-off switch on the back, which I appreciate. The blue LED inside can be distracting in a dark room, but not difficult to cover up.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Albany, Western Australia Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Stellar product May 3, 2015 I use this as a boot drive for my iMac via Firewire 800 and it performs flawlessly. It has given the Mac a whole new lease of life, and when I eventually buy another Mac I can still use it via one of its USB3 ports.

All in all a really great product, and excellent service from OWC.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Denver, CO Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 4/5 Very nice April 20, 2015 I am using this as the startup drive on a 2010 Mac Mini connected by firewire-800. It is a good deal faster than the Mini's hard drive though there are some slight delays if there has been no disk access for several minutes. They are also a bit hotter than expected. Otherwise, recommended.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Puerto Rico Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 BEST COMPANY IN THE MARCKET!!!!!!!!!!!! April 9, 2015 Worked Perfectly and reliable as always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had never had an issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Westport, CT Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great drive to work with *Time Machine* April 6, 2015 I bought two of these drives for my offspring to back up their Macs. The USB 3 interface means these drives really fly. And the case is excellent.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Wonderful storage March 30, 2015 This hard drive is a wonderful size, nice and small and it is great not needing to plug it in for power. I like the look on my desk and am very pleased with it.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 7200RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great February 27, 2015 Connected to my Mac Pro (Mid 2010) to add-on eSATA PCI Card (don't remember the brand). Fast on the eSATA connection, and reliable so far. I use it for sample playback on music applications, which requires very fast disc/access time, and is doing great. The enclosure is sturdy. It is expensive, compared to similar items, but the quality is as good as it gets.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" Bus-Powered Portable USB 3.0 + eSATA 6Gb/s Drive Enclosure Kit.