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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OWC Adds Independent Mode to Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Hardware RAID Data Storage and Backup Solution

Priced from $279.00, OWC's prosumer storage solution offers four drive bays and up to 16TB capacity for data-intensive A/V editing, backup, photography, music, and graphics applications.

February 26, 2014, Woodstock, IL – Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac upgrade and storage technology company, announced the increased versatility of Independent Mode in its multi-interface, four-bay professional-grade Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 RAID storage product for enterprise, professional and prosumer users.

The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 has been enhanced with the addition of Independent Mode to the user selectable options of Hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and Span. In Independent Mode, each drive mounts as an individual volume. With the flexibility of multiple drive modes and high-speed USB 3.0, FireWire 800 and eSATA interfaces, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 offers the discerning user the ideal combination of speed, capacity, and redundancy to handle demanding applications.

The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 features four hot-swappable bays, multiple interface support, and up to 16TB of available storage capacity. It is engineered specifically for applications such as backup, audio/video, photography, data management, and data-intensive processes.

"We've listened to customer demands for ‘drive independence' and now the extremely robust Elite Pro Qx2 is even better with Independent Mode," said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "Its unique mix of multiple drive capacities, multiple high-speed interfaces, and multiple drive modes makes it the premier choice for power users."

Plug & Play Convenience for Mac & PC
Thanks to a variety of convenient features, adding the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 to any Mac or PC is plug-and-play easy. FireWire 800 (two), USB 3.0, and eSATA interfaces provide compatibility and interoperability with multiple operating systems and computers. Front panel LEDs allow for at-a-glance system status checks. A removable key lock ensures the installed hard drives and selected RAID mode remain secure. Four hot-swappable bays currently support up to 16TB of drive capacity.

Available as a non-populated kit, with no Drives:
  • 0GB Kit OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 add/mix/match up to four (4) SATA Drives – $ 279.00
Four Prosumer Models Available:
  • 4.0TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (1TB x 4) – $ 549.99
  • 8.0TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (2TB x 4) – $ 699.99
  • 12.0TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (3TB x 4) – $ 849.99
  • 16.0TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (4TB x 4) – $ 1,229.99
The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is also available in four enterprise-class options that range from 4TB to 16TB solutions. The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 includes all connecting cables, locking keys, documentation, and a disk utility software bundle valued at more than $100 (retail). Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 units are backed with an up to five-year warranty. For more information and immediate availability, please visit: OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2.

Built for Demanding, Performance-Intensive Applications
The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is built for demanding and performance-intensive professional applications such as audio/video editing, HD-video, digital photography, professional music, graphics, and redundant backup. It was engineered for professionals who require high-level data storage performance and reliability. The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is pre-configured in a Hardware RAID 5 mode to provide optimal performance with data redundancy, and to ensure uninterrupted access to stored data and protection against data loss. In addition, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 can be easily user configured between RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10, and can be set to non-RAID Span and Independent drive settings. To read how the Qx2 fits into the production workflow of professional users, visit http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/procorner/

Comprehensive "Burn-in" Test Ensures Highest Reliability
Unlike other companies that assemble and ship their products with little or no testing, each Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 undergoes a multi-hour "burn-in" performance certification procedure prior to shipping. This ensures every Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is operating properly and that the installed drives are ready for demanding use, with burn-in testing up to 30 hours.

Backed By the Best Support in the Industry
The best warranty is one a user will never have to use, but should the need occur, OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage. Each Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 comes with free lifetime, US-based 24/7 technical support, an up to a five-year warranty (which includes a 48-hour repair turnaround time guarantee), and six months of complimentary Level 1 data recovery.

For more information on all OWC External Storage Solutions, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/external-drives/

About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad® enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also provides extensive US-based technical support for Macintosh® users around the world as well as Internet access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net.

Widely recognized for the high quality of its products and exemplary customer service, OWC's industry awards and recognition include: Crain's Chicago Business 2009 and 2011-2012 "Fast Fifty" List of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Crain's Chicago Business 2008-2013 "Largest Privately Held Businesses in the Chicago Area". Inc. 5,000 "Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America" list honoree 2007-2013, and Inc. "Hire Power Awards" honoree 2012-13; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009-2013; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010-2013; About.com 2012 & 2013 Readers' Choice Award for best Mac Peripheral Reseller; 2013 Green Tech Company of the Year by Business Intelligence Group; CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree.

Company Contact:
Bill Herring
512-412-4009
bherring@macsales.com
Agency Contact:
Andy Marken
408-986-0100
andy@markencom.com
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