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OWC Mercury Elite-Al Pro Qx2 Puts 8Tb Of Redundant High Performance Data Storage/Backup On The Desktop For Under $1,000

Plug & Play four bay high capacity solution for A/V editing, backup, photography, music, & graphics features selectable hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 plus FireWire, USB, & eSATA interfaces priced from $519.99

June 2, 2010, Woodstock, IL -- Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today its Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 desktop hardware RAID storage line delivers an entirely new level of affordability to high capacity, highly reliable performance data storage with its 8.0TB model now priced at $979.99. Pre-configured with hardware RAID 5 redundancy to protect against data loss, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 has four hot swappable SATA hard drive bays; a “Quad Interface” of FireWire® 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports for Mac and PC compatibility; and data transfer speeds of up to 300MB/s.

Three Plug and Play Models Starting At $519.99
  • 2TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (500GB x 4 w/64MB cache) & three year warranty - $519.99
  • 4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1TB x 4 w/128MB cache) & three year warranty - $649.99
  • 8TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (2TB x 4 w/128MB cache) & three year warranty - $979.99

In addition to the three “prosumer” models, three Enterprise Class options and a 0GB (no drives included) option are also available. For more information on the complete OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 line, visit:

Comprehensive “Burn-in” Test Ensures Highest Reliability
OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 solutions undergo a multi-hour, comprehensive “burn in” procedure prior to shipping to ensure each unit will deliver the highest degree of reliable performance. Unlike most other brand solutions that are assembled then shipped with little or no testing, OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 units are put under an extreme multi-hour load test for value added piece of mind confidence that the unit is operating properly and that the installed drives are ready for demanding uses. With its unmatched commitment to quality, OWC backs Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 solutions with up to an industry leading five year warranty.

Built for Demanding Performance-Intensive Applications br /> The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is built for demanding performance-intensive applications such as Audio/Video editing, HD-video, digital photography, professional music, graphics, redundant backup, and any use requiring data storage performance and reliability. Pre-configured in a hardware RAID 5 mode to provide data redundancy to ensure uninterrupted access to stored data, as well as protecting against data loss, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 can also be configured to automatically perform one of the other three hardware RAID settings:  0, 1, 10, as well as a Span (NRAID) setting. Selecting and/or visually confirming the RAID setting is performed via a recessed selector switch safely located behind the lockable front panel.

Plug & Play Desktop RAID for Mac & PC
The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 also offers a variety of convenience features that make adding it to any Mac or PC Plug & Play easy:  FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA interfaces, along with connection cables provide compatibility with multiple operating systems and computers; front panel LEDs give quick, at-a-glance system status; and a removable key lock ensures the installed hard drives and selected RAID mode remain secure.

About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing (OWC) 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 As a Premiere Level Apple Developer Connection member, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via and OWC’s industry awards and recognition include: Crain’s Chicago Business 2009 “Fast 50” List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 Top 100 Computers & Electronics Companies 2007 to 2009; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009 & 2010; Reflex Packaging Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld MagazineTop Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 Business Champion Award.

In March 2010, OWC’s corporate campus was awarded LEED Platinum Certification ( by the Green Building Certification Institute. Platinum is the highest achievable level of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program, which began in 1998. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program's inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. On a local level, OWC also became the first privately owned light manufacturing/assembly building in Illinois to obtain LEED Platinum status.

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