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OWC DIY Bundle: Mercury On-The-Go Pro + 1.5TB HGST 5400RPM HDD
OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro FireWire 800 / USB 3.0 & 2.0,
2.5" 1.5TB HGST Travelstar 5400RPM 9.5mm Hard Drive, and OWC 5 Piece Toolkit

OWC DIY Bundle
Everything you need in one package, immediately ready to assemble.
Backup and store your data with style
and confidence
  • Upgrade, transfer & use original drive as external.
  • Take your data with you - small enough to keep
    in a pocket!
  • Easily add additional laptop storage with
    no AC adapter required.
Examples of how this bus-powered On-The-Go bundle can be used in real world situations:

Power Users / Travelers
Relocate your "home folder" to your On-The-Go Pro and have your files with you at home, at work or on the road without the need to synchronize your machines.
Laptop Owners
Clone your current internal SATA hard drive in your laptop to the Mercury Electra 3G SSD. Then install the Electra 3G SSD in your laptop and retask your original hard drive in the On-The-Go Pro for additional storage space.
iTunes Aficionados
Keep a copy of your iTunes library on your external drive to play on multiple machines.
Gamers
Add additional storage to your XBox 360 or PS3 game console to store music, media, and other downloads. PS3 even includes a backup utility to protect your internal drive's data.
For Everyone
Have the peace of mind of a complete backup plan. Create a bootable clone of your hard drive at regular intervals so if your computer goes down, your productivity doesn't go down with it. Boot to another computer and keep on working!

Note: The Mercury Electra 3G 960GB SSD is designed for use in Mac and PC systems and is not supported or recommended for use in external, bus-powered enclosures.
Includes:
  • OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro
  • 1.5TB HGST Travelstar 5400RPM HDD
  • 15" FireWire 800 Connecting Cable
  • 18" USB 3.0 Connecting Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • OWC 5 Piece Toolkit


Includes

Mercury On-The-Go includes
  • OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro FireWire 800 / USB 3.0 storage solution for SATA 2.5" Hard Drives
  • 1.5TB HGST Travelstar 5K1500Hard Disk Drive
  • OWC 5-Piece Mini Toolkit
    • Nylon Spudger
    • Phillips #00
    • Straight Blade 1.8mm
    • Torx T8
    • Torx T6
  • 15" High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • 18" High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0 (5 pin mini A - B) certified connecting cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Assembly Manual & User Guide
  • 1 Year OWC Enclosure Limited Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time

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1.5TB HGST Travelstar 5K1500 Specifications:

Specifications

Form Factor
2.5″ HDD
Interface
SATA 6.0Gb/s
Capacity1
1.5TB
Formatted Capacity2
1395GiB
Rotational Speed
5,400 RPM
Cache / Data Buffer
32MB
Manufacturer Model Number
0J28001
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Physical

Height (max)
9.5mm (0.370″)
Width (max)
69.85mm (2.750″)
Length (max)
100.35mm (3.951″)
Weight (typical)
118g (0.260 lbs.)
Bytes per Sector
512
Areal Density
694Gb/in2

Reliability3

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

Performance

Transfer Rate (Max)
600MB/s
Track-to-track Seek
1.0ms
Average Seek Time
13.0ms
Average Latency
5.5ms

Power

Maximum Start Current, DC
5.0 Watts
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)
2.5 bels
Seek (Typical)
2.7 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.

OWC On-The-Go Pro Specifications

Bus Interface

  • FireWire 1394B (IEE1394A/B/iLink Compliant), 2 9 Pin (powered) ports
  • USB 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 Backwards compatible 9 pin mini "B" port.

Chipset

  • Oxford 944 and ASMedia 1051e FireWire/USB chipset

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • FireWire 800 - 800Mbps (or 100MB/sec)
  • FireWire 400 - 400Mbps (or 50MB/sec)
  • USB 3.0 - 4000Mbps (or 500MB/sec)
  • USB 2.0 - 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)
  • USB 1.1 - 12Mbps (or 1.5MB/sec)

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.

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 USB 3.0 port factory stock.
  • Optional AC Adapter* (available as a separate purchase here)

  • * AC adapter not required for most applications provided computer bus supplies appropriate power needs.

Drive Requirements

External Case Dimensions

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

Total Shipping Weight

  • 6.8 oz. (.19kg) bare enclosure

Assembly Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Relative Humidity

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Vibration

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

MTBF (hours)

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Warranty

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n OWCDIYTOSH1.5F3

Reviews/Awards

This OWC DIY kit is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook White Unibody
MacBook (Late 2009)
(October, 2009)
Model ID: MacBook6,1
2.26Ghz
MacBook White Unibody
MacBook (Mid 2010)
(May, 2010)
Model ID: MacBook7,1
2.4GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (17-inch 2011)
(October, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookPro8,3
2.4GHz, 2.5GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011)
(February, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookPro8,3
2.2GHz, 2.3GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2010)
(April, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookPro6,1
2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2009)
(June, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,2
2.8GHz, 3.06GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2009)
(January, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,2
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2008)
(February, 2008)
Model ID: MacBookPro4,1
2.5GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid/Late 2007)
(June, 2007)
Model ID: MacBookPro3,1
2.4GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo)
(October, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro2,1
2.33GHz
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (17-inch)
(April, 2006)
Model ID: MacBookPro1,2
2.16GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro9,1
2.3GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.7GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch 2011)
(October, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookPro8,2
2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, 2.5GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011)
(February, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookPro8,2
2.0GHz, 2.2GHz, 2.3GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010)
(April, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookPro6,2
2.4GHz, 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009)
(June, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,4
2.53GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009)
(June, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,3
2.66GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.06GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008)
(October, 2008)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,1
2.4GHz, 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (13-inch 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro9,2
2.5GHz, 2.9GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (13-inch 2011)
(October, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookPro8,1
2.4GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011)
(February, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookPro8,1
2.3GHz, 2.7GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010)
(April, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookPro7,1
2.4GHz, 2.66GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2009)
(June, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,5
2.26GHz, 2.53GHz
PC Laptop
PC Laptops
Consult your system specifications for maximum allowable drive height before attempting to install a 12.5mm tall drive.

OWC's Step-by-Step Install Video

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 5 out of 5 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: GiantSalamander Location: New York City Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 When replacing laptop drives, always consider a bundle like this March 16, 2017 My 500GB SSD drive (which I purchased from Other World) filled up and I needed more internal room in the laptop. I went with a hybrid drive to economize as SSDs still get very expensive above 500GB. The 1TB drive is fast and I see no change in doing most tasks or programs. There certainly is a change with boot times on start-up with the 1tb taking a few minutes to fully boot where the SSD was ready under a minute. Oh well, but with the enclosure I now have a really zippy 500GB external drive and that's nice.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY KIT: OWC On-the-Go FW800/USB 3.0 2.5" Enclosure + 1.0TB Toshiba Hybrid SSHD.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Philippines Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 More storage + Enclosure August 22, 2014 Mercury on the Go Enclosure is great, nice design, cool looking. Only issue is the bottom part gets really hot when transfering a large files back and forth, put my stock apple HD in there.

HGST 1.5gb hdd, wow perfect for my media files and documents, Time Machine backup, and mutiple virtual machines for development.

-1 star for not including the software bundle and made me email them, but the support team always there for your concerns and they give me the link to download the bundle.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cleveland, OH Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very good product June 8, 2014 Easy to follow video and written instructions. Drive works as advertised.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY KIT: OWC On-the-Go FW800/USB 3.0 2.5" Enclosure + 1.0TB Toshiba Hybrid SSHD.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great and was easy to install May 29, 2014 Once I verified which drive I needed to order for my MacBookPro version, the rest of the process was easy. My order arrived quickly and the toolkit made replacing the hard drive very easy.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY KIT: OWC On-the-Go FW800/USB 3.0 2.5" Enclosure + 1.0TB Toshiba Aquarius 5400RPM HDD.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: N.C. Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Great - but September 22, 2013 The kit is just what I wanted to upgrade my Late 2011 17" MacBook Pro. There were two problems. First, the software was not included with the kit. There was a slip of paper that said the software was pre installed on the new drive, but the new drive was unformatted, no software. It took some communications with support, but I finally was able to download it, after three days. The second problem was the torx driver supplied with the kit did not fit the mounting studs in my factory drive. Fortunately I had s torx driver that was almost the correct size, good enough, by very little, to get the studs out of the old and into the new. Overall, the drive gave me an extra 750 GB in my MBP. I only had 80GB left on the factory drive before the upgrade. This review is being prepared with new drive in operation.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY KIT: 1.5TB Toshiba Aquarius 5400RPM 12.5mm SATA HDD + OWC On-The-Go FW800 & USB 3.0/2.0 Kit.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: DriveUpgrade Location: Salt Lake City Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product idea; excellent result June 25, 2011 This was a great way to upgrade the internal drive in my MacBook Pro, and end up with another excellent FW/USB portable external drive using my previous drive. Worked out very well. I mainly want to complement OWC on their excellent service to me over the years, there very searchable and well-organized website, and their useful and adaptable product line.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY KIT: OWC On-the-Go Pro FW800/USB 3.0 2.5" Enclosure + 500GB HGST Travelstar Z7K500 7200RPM HDD.

OWC DIY Bundle 1.5TB 2.5" HGST Travelstar 5400RPM 9.5mm HDD, OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro FireWire 800 / USB 3.0 & 2.0 Kit and OWC 5 Piece Toolkit Mfr P/N: OWCDIYTOSH1.5F3 OWC SKU: OWCDIYHGSH1.5F3 Upgrade, transfer and use original drive as external! On-The-Go: 1 Year OWC Enclosure Limited Warranty
Drive: 3 Year Warranty
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