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OWC Mercury
On-The-Go® Pro

500GB 5400 RPM
Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface Storage Solution

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)
  • Mac
  • PC
  • FireWire 800/400
  • USB 3.0
The OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible) Storage Solution provides maximum storage in an ultra-portable, totally bus powered design!
Stylishly engineered in a sleek, impact-resistant acrylic enclosure, the Mercury On-The-Go Pro incorporates shock-isolation technology to give maximum protection for your precious data inside. The Mercury On-The-Go Pro is a true must-have for users like you who are seeking High-Performance and Highly Reliable storage weighing less than 11 ounces and that is small enough to fit in your pocket.
Outstanding Features
Compact and Versatile
If you're looking for one of the most compatible mass storage solutions made, look no further! The OWC Mercury On-The-Go drive is all you'll need! Packing a one-two punch of super fast USB 3.0 and FireWire 800, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go has what it takes to truly work cross platform. The Mercury On-The-Go Pro is bus-powered, so it doesn't require an AC adapter!
Cool and Silent
The OWC Mercury On-The-Go's fanless design offers near silent operation while still keeping your drive cool. The built-in aluminum heatsink underneath the drive and passthrough cooling vents on the top of the case work in tandem to provide optimum results.
Fast and Reliable
The OWC Mercury On-The-Go uses the latest Oxford and ASMedia chipset for both USB 3.0 and FireWire 800. Designed to work with SATA hard drives and SSDs, this chipset is the latest evolution for the best performance on the market.
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

Mercury On-The-Go includes
  • OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface, USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible) Storage Solution with Hard Drive
  • 15" High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • 16" High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 certified connecting cable
  • Carrying Case
  • 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
  • Assembly Manual & User Guide
  • OWC 3 Year Solution Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time

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Product Specifications:

Bus Interface

  • FireWire 1394B (IEE1394A/B/iLink Compliant), 2 9 Pin (powered) ports, backwards compatible with FireWire 400 (9-Pin to 6-Pin Cable) – requires FireWire 800 to 400 Cable/Adapter for use with 1394A Interface, see related items.
  • USB 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 Backwards compatible 9 pin mini "B" port.

Cables

  • All cables included. The USB cable connects to systems with USB, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0. No additional USB cable is needed to connect the drive.

Chipset

  • Oxford 944 and ASMedia 1051e FireWire/USB chipset

Standard Mechanism

  • 500GB HGST Travelstar™ Z5K500 Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    2.5″ HDD
    Interface
    SATA 6.0Gb/s
    Capacity1
    500GB
    Formatted Capacity2
    465GiB
    Rotational Speed
    5,400 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    8MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    HTS545050A7E680
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    7mm (0.275″)
    Width (max)
    69.85mm (2.750″)
    Length (max)
    100.35mm (3.951″)
    Weight (typical)
    95g (0.209 lbs.)
    Bytes per Sector
    512
    Areal Density
    636/in2

    Reliability3

    Contact Start-Stops
    600,000
    Warranty
    3 Year HGST Warranty

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    1087 Mb/s
    Track-to-track Seek
    1.0ms
    Average Seek Time
    13.0ms
    Average Latency
    5.5ms

    Power

    Maximum Start Current, DC
    4.5 Amps
    Seek Power
    1.8 Watts
    Read Power
    1.6 Watts
    Write Power
    1.6 Watts
    Idle Mode
    1.5 Watts
    Idle Mode, Active
    0.8 Watts
    Idle Mode, Low Power
    0.5 Watts
    Standby Mode
    0.2 Watts
    Sleep Mode
    0.1 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    Shock
    400 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 140°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 60°C
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Shock
    1000 G max at 1ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 149°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 65°C
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    1.9 bels
    Seek (Typical)
    2.1 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.
    500GB* HGST Travelstar Z5K500 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 (8,1922k)

Drive Rotation Speed

  • 5400RPM

Port Configuration

  • FireWire 800 – (2) 9 pin powered ports
  • USB 3.0 – (1) 9 pin mini B port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • FireWire 800 – 100MB/sec
  • FireWire 400 – 50MB/sec
  • USB 3.0 – 500MB/sec
  • USB 2.0 – 60MB/sec
  • USB 1.1 – 1.5MB/sec

Port/Interface Bootability

  • Can I use this solution as an external startup drive?
  • 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 3.0: 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 compatible, OS X 10.1.x and later. (10.2 or later required for FW800 and USB 3.0)
  • FireWire 800: Macintosh with FireWire 800 interface, either built in or via PCI FireWire 800 card.
  • FireWire 400: Macintosh with FireWire 400 interface, either built in or via PCI FireWire 400 card.
  • USB 3.0: Macintosh with USB 3.0 interface, either built in or via PCI USB 3.0 card.
  • USB 2.0: Macintosh with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via PCI USB 2.0 card.

Windows System Requirements

  • FireWire 800: PC with FireWire 800 interface, either built in or via PCI FireWire 800 card.
  • FireWire 400: PC with FireWire 400 interface, either built in or via PCI FireWire 400 card.
  • USB 3.0: PC with USB 3.0 interface, either built in or via PCI USB 3.0 card.
  • USB 2.0: PC with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via PCI USB 2.0 card.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.

Related Items

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.

External Case Dimensions

  • 3.5" (W) x 5.5" (D) x 1" (H)
  • 88.9mm x 139.7mm x 25.4mm

Enclosure Weight (no accessories)

  • 0.65lbs. (0.29kg)

Software Included

User Guide

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 5°C – 42°C (41°F – 107°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

  • 70G 2mS; (non-operating) 175G 2mS

Vibration

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

MTBF (hours)

  • 1,200,000

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 MS8U3H5500GB UPC#: 812437020250

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/Awards

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 134 out of 147 (91%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Baltimore, MD Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product April 4, 2016 Easy To Used.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury On-The-Go Portable 2.5" FW800/USB3.0 Enclosure Kit for Serial ATA (SATA) NoteBook Drives.

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Pensacola, FL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Simply Awesome! April 3, 2016 Rather than wipe and destroy a SATA hard drive that I replaced with a solid-state drive that I purchased from OWC, I saw this as an option to continue using the SATA hard drive. The assembly process was simple, thanks to the comprehensive tutorial. Everything is included here, even the USB cables. As an added benefit, the drive is powered by the USB cable, so no separate power cable is needed. I now have a bootable drive that I can use when I travel. The padded carrying case protects the drive and holds the cable.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure for SATA NoteBook HDs.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Tucson, AZ Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 High quality, reasonable price. March 23, 2016 During the last two months I have placed multiple orders for hardware for my clients. I have never been disappointed with OWC products, information and support. I always choose OWC for mission critical hardware for myself and my clients. OWC equals stress free.

This review is from 2.0TB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 5400RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Montreal, Quebec Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This is a great product to have, easy to use and affordable. March 16, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 7200RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution..
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Philadelphia, PA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 I use it every day March 15, 2016 It's fast, efficient, and portable. I use Pro Tools at work, at home and on the road. I have a 1TB SSD in it which holds a lot of big sessions. This drive is always with me so my latest projects are always right at hand if I have an inspiration, or need to fix something quick. I can use it in my studios, or on my laptop in bed (my favorite way to work). Couldn't do without it.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury On-The-Go Portable 2.5" FW800/USB3.0 Enclosure Kit for Serial ATA (SATA) NoteBook Drives.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: North Carolina Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Outstanding Drive March 10, 2016 I've ordered these drives before and have been very pleased with their performance and reliability. Great drive for the money....

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro Portable FW800&400/USB3 7200RPM Storage Solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Great Little Enclosure ! March 4, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure for SATA NoteBook HDs.
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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Great Little Enclosure ! March 4, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury On-The-Go Portable 2.5" FW800/USB3.0 Enclosure Kit for Serial ATA (SATA) NoteBook Drives.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Marietta, GA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product February 29, 2016 Excellent product. Good service.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Alaska Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Love these mobile devices February 21, 2016 I love these mobile devices, particularly the fact that they do not require a separate power unit. Big plus!

Overall performance has always been excellent. I highly recommend!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 750GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro Portable FW800&400/USB2 7200RPM Storage Solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Alaska Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Love these mobile devices! February 21, 2016 I love these mobile devices, particularly the fact that they do not require a separate power unit. Big plus!

Overall performance has always been excellent. I highly recommend!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 7200RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution..

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Alaska Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Love these mobile devices! February 21, 2016 I love these mobile devices, particularly the fact that they do not require a separate power unit. Big plus!

Overall performance has always been excellent. I highly recommend!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 5400RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 very nice product with quality February 19, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure for SATA NoteBook HDs.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Pittsburgh, Pa Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Super fast! February 19, 2016 I love this external drive, it has been a power house for me! Being Solid state, I feel it's far more durable for traveling with compared to a conventional drive which has lots of moving parts. It also has very fast read/right speeds, great for on the fly video editing and for transferring and viewing large photo files. The only slight downside is the housing is far larger than it needs to be, adding some unnecessary bulk. But it is very well made.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB SSD OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 SSD Portable Bus Powered Solution..

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Reviewer: HiggsBoson Location: Aiken, SC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Encased Drive February 16, 2016 Like it so far. Used to back up my wife's Air book. Throw it right into the safe. Comes with a nice neoprene protector too. Fine little gadget. Lots of connector options.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 7200RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sacramento Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great for archiving February 6, 2016 It seems like only a few years ago buying a terabyte external hard drive cost a small fortune. This was on sale at a price I could afford. And it was just what I needed. I determined my laptop was sluggish and showing too many beachballs from a too full hard drive. After copying all my video and music files to the Mercury hard drive and deleting stuff that I didn't need on my laptop then defragging, my laptop finally got it's speed back and no beachballs. I have several of Mercury on the Go hard drives. Love them. It gets power from the USB on my laptop though I did buy a power cable to plug in the wall just in case. it's small, fast, quiet and has a cool blue blinking light that indicates when working and when resting. It really shows up in the dark. Some shareware is included. It also comes with a carry case which holds both the drive and the cable. The case is sturdy and I don't worry about stuffing it in suitcase or computer bag.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 5400RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: California Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 solid performance January 21, 2016 As a backup for my digital music collection this is a fine product. I needed capacity and reliability at a reasonable price. I could wish for more transfer speed and perhaps more options for continuing backups, but those are quibbles not major concerns. OWC is a consistently good performer in my experience.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Columbus, OH Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 A USB 3.0 drive that works with lots of drives connected! January 14, 2016 I have a couple of backup drives and several other USB peripherals connected through an industrial strength 7-port USB3 25W powered hub connected to my MacBook Pro. Basically all ports are full. I've tried out two other USB drives, and doing a clone from my internal SSD drive to them would inevitably end in errors, even when not connected through the hub! I think OWC's drive came with a better cable... it has shielding rings on both ends. (I tried the cable with a cheaper drive, and it worked.)

Thanks for a problem-free product all around, OWC!!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Rochester, NY Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product, reliable and the USB is a bonus January 14, 2016 This review is from OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure for SATA NoteBook HDs.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Gothenburg Sweden Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 great product January 9, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 5400RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution..
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chicago Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Speeds up back-ups from MBP greatly January 9, 2016 I have a late '08 MBP 2.53Ghz which I have upgraded with an SSD 480 Gb HD. It has rejuvenated it so much that I needed an external enclosure to place a spare 7200 rpm HD which could be used on both MBP with Firewire 800 & use USB-3 with my new 27" Imac. The Backups from the MBP via Firewire 800 to the 7200 HD is great, compared to my experience in the past with slower HD's. Of course, via USB-3 its faster still. Extremely pleased, gets a little warm but no worries.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury On-The-Go Portable 2.5" FW800/USB3.0 Enclosure Kit for Serial ATA (SATA) NoteBook Drives.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Functional & affordable external hard drive December 27, 2015 I bought this to use as my Time Machine backup on my MacBook Pro. So far, it's been great. MacSales has a good reputation, and my own experience suggests that it's deserved. Highly recommended if you're looking for an external hard drive.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Elizabeth, NJ Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Can't Be Beat December 26, 2015 For the price and the quality, you can't beat the 1.0TB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 5400RPM. I have a few older models 40GB and 100GB that I needed to replace as they aren't compatible with the newer iMacs. This drive is perfect. Plug and play. I use the Apple Time Machine with it and there are no configuration problems. I am pleased with my purchase as I am with anything I have bought from Macsales.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 5400RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution..

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Sturdy, no complaints. December 22, 2015 This little drive feels very sturdy, compact yet it sits solidly on a flat surface. Not quite as cheap as some portable drives but this thing feels well worth the quality boost price.

This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 7200RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NEPA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 These drives are great December 22, 2015 This is my 4th OWC Mercury and they are flawless. I have one in both laptops I own and now also have started using them externally as backup drives, as they have become so affordable. I don't even consider other drives when I buy.

The On the Go enclosure is very fast to assemble and high quality. I travel some 200 days a year and those enclosures never blink.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure for SATA NoteBook HDs.