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Express USB 3.0
1.0TB Portable Storage Solution

Mac / PC / USB 3.0
Exceptional Data Rates up to 155MB/s
Portable simplicity in an affordable, pocket-sized package
Express your digital life with style and convenience
The pocket-sized OWC Express USB 3.0 Portable Storage Drive offers bus-powered personal storage performance in an ultra-portable, design no AC adapter needed. With the included USB connecting cable and carrying sleeve, and compatible with Macs and PCs, the OWC Express USB 3.0 Portable Storage Drive puts your music, photos, and personal data right where you need them, with storage to spare.

Product Specifications:

Software Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.2 or later
  • Windows 98 or later

Hardware Requirements

  • Recommended: Mac or PC featuring a USB 3.0 port
  • Minimum: Mac or PC featuring a USB 2.0 port

Interface (Chipset)

  • USB 3.0 (ASMedia 1053e)

Max Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0: 5Gb/s

Notes

  • 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.

Color

  • Black

Ports

  • (1) USB 3.0

Standard Mechanism

  • 1.0TB* Toshiba MQ04AB Series Hard Disk Drive**

Plug and Play

  • Yes

Power

  • Bus Powered

Security Slot

  • None

Drive Interface

  • SATA 6.0Gb/s

Rotational Speed

  • 5,400 RPM

Drive Cache

  • 128 MB

Dimensions

  • Height: 15 mm (0.6 in)
  • Length: 130 mm (5.1 in)
  • Width: 79 mm (3.1 in)

Altitude

  • Environmental (Operating)
    • -304.8 m to 3,048.0 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000 ft)
  • Environmental (Non-Operating)
    • -304.8 m to 12,192.0 m (-1,000 ft to 40,000 ft)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n ESU3M1.0B UPC#: 810586030908

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Videos


Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 84 out of 98 (86%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Expat in Chile
Rating: 4/5 Decent case but inferior cable. September 4, 2021 Cable that came with it fits loose in the port of the case dropping the connection even if moved slightly. Originally thought it was the connector on the board but trying two other cables quickly revealed the culprit was the cable.

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Reviewer: brosioda
Rating: 5/5 Salvaged Hard Dr. September 3, 2021 ready to toss the drives buy got restored thx to owc

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Response from OWC, Support September 3, 2021 Thank you for providing us with your feedback. If further assistance is needed, please feel free to reach out to our support team.
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Reviewer: d_tomes
Rating: 5/5 Exactly what I wanted. September 2, 2021 This enclosure was exactly what was recommended by OWC. Worked just as advertised.

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Response from OWC, Support September 2, 2021 Thank you for your 5/5 review! We are glad to hear that this recommended enclosure is working as it should for you!
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Reviewer: QuaintMongoose-87790
Rating: 5/5 External drive case August 31, 2021 I have been using these cases for several years, they are inexpensive and get the job done.

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Response from OWC, Support September 1, 2021 Thank you for providing us with your feedback. We are pleased to hear you are happy with the OWC Express enclosure!
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Reviewer: Yeayomama
Rating: 5/5 Great product & Support August 9, 2021 Product is as expected. Came quickly. Videos were helpful.

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Response from OWC, Support August 11, 2021 Very nice to hear! Thanks for the review and hopefully we can assist you with tech needs again soon!
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Reviewer: jim_taylor
Rating: 5/5 Fast and light weight August 9, 2021 Like my other OWC devices, reliable, easy to setup, and super convenient.

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Reviewer: PerfectBeetle-65840
Rating: 5/5 enclosure... August 6, 2021 went well...may have taken a little more effort to locate the right model, is all....

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Reviewer: JoelRochon
Rating: 5/5 Of course OWC is the best July 12, 2021 I don't have to worry about the quality of the products. OWC does the worrying for me and always delivers the best

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Response from OWC, Support July 13, 2021 Thank you for that response. Your absolutely right! We work to provide the highest quality product and experience at an incredible price, and each time we find a way to move our products forward, we work to make sure it is the best, and then we deliver. Always know if you need any help or expertise with a product, OWC is right behind you every step of the way.
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Reviewer: WildQuail-18401
Rating: 5/5 Working perfectly July 6, 2021 Easy to order and was shipped in a reasonable time. Easy setup, plugged it into my iMac and it worked.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB OWC Express USB 3.0 Portable External Drive - Black.

Response from OWC, Support July 8, 2021 Good to hear! Hope the solution will be useful for a long time with your iMac!
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Reviewer: tedbrinkley
Rating: 5/5 So far so good July 5, 2021 Always great service from these people. Accept no substitutes.

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Response from OWC, Support July 6, 2021 Thank you for your continued support, we appreciate it!!
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Reviewer: christopheroldham
Rating: 5/5 Product as described - Does the job June 26, 2021 Recommended by a CSA at WC and does the job as expected. Arrived promptly. Great service

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Response from OWC, Support June 28, 2021 We are glad ti hear that our customer service team was able to assist with locating a compatible enclosure to suit your computing needs.
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Reviewer: ObedientRaven-442
Rating: 5/5 Owc is always the best. June 1, 2021 Took me 5 minutes to put together and with an ssd fit is tight and it is fast, think we cloned a hard drive with 400gb in 25-40 min. Real6Gbps speed (with 6Gbps SSD). Amazing value, comes with a real USB SS cord too...

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Reviewer: appum
Rating: 5/5 Compact Quality May 22, 2021 No issues at all. Recommended!

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Reviewer: CalmPartridge-78549
Rating: 3/5 MichaelB Australia April 27, 2021 All was good until I tried to plug in the power! Was sent a USA plug instead of an Australian plug.

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Reviewer: writty
Rating: 5/5 Fits my needs perfectly April 26, 2021 I plugged this drive in, set up Time Machine to back up to it, and that was all there was to it. I'd recommend this product and seller to anyone.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: eggman9713 Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Inexpensive enclosure from a name I trust. September 7, 2020 I've used many different enclosures like this from various brands, and often they are of questionable quality and have high failure and DOA rates. This one has given me no trouble in the year I've owned it. Simple, inexpensive, and reliable. It is still made of plastic so it would be better if metal, but there are other products for that.

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Reviewer: Philonous Location: Gold Coast, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Cheap enclsosure that works perfecty August 15, 2020 What can I say? It's cheap, it has perfect circuitry, and it is rugged. I got it, I installed my old hard drive into it, and now I get blazing speed via USB 3 with my new MacBook.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC Express 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure for SATA Notebook HDDs - Discreet Black.

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Reviewer: DaWeve Location: Missouri Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great backup for my wife's MacBook Pro August 10, 2020 Purchased this to replace older external drive that finally gave up the ghost.

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Reviewer: Available2act Location: WA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works Like a Charm July 13, 2020 Plug it in and the OWS portable drive tells you what to do next. I have not used the 1 Tb portable drive yet but can assume I will be just as satisfied with it. Thank you.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB OWC Express USB 3.0 Portable External Drive - Black.

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Reviewer: starman Location: Williams Bay, WI Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 enclosure is easy to use July 3, 2020 I have now used this enclosure for various new disks as I clone old disks to new and then install the new disks as replacements in laptops. It has been easy to install the disks and then remove them as needed.

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Reviewer: OldTimer70 Location: Long Island, New York Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 A reliable & affordable mini external drive, ideal for Time Machine backups, May 14, 2020 especially the 2.0 TB model (Mfr P/N: ESU3M2.0B; OWC SKU: OWCESU3M2.0B; eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/ESU3M2.0B/). And the USB 3.0 (mini) interface is plenty fast for any 2.5" hard drive.

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Reviewer: GrantY Location: Savannah, GA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 As advertised February 3, 2020 Easy to setup and install. Works perfectly.

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Reviewer: Krismo Location: Sapporo, Japan Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Affordable quality June 24, 2019 The external hard drive was at a good price and I decided to buy it to have somewhere to store my school and work files. It`s basic, but my only complaint is the case it comes in feels a little flimsy. But it is very light and easy to carry with me on the go. Overall I`m very happy, and I don`t care about writing speeds, as long as I have lots of memory and writes at a decent speed. It also came with a small carry case.

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Reviewer: GlennC Location: Tucson, AZ Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 A great little drive chassis January 29, 2019 I upgraded the hard drive in several Mac Minis to SSDs, and use these to contain the original spinning drives for off-site backups. Lightweight but durable.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Express 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 Enclosure for SATA Notebook HDDs - Sleek Silver.

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Reviewer: djseebee Location: Qatar Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Product January 17, 2019 very good quality & Cheap Price

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Express Portable Bus-Powered USB 3.0 Enclosure for 2.5" SATA Notebook HDDs & SSDs - Smooth White.

OWC Express USB 3.0 1.0TB Portable Storage Solution Mfr P/N: ESU3M1.0B OWC SKU: OWCESU3M1.0B Compact, Bus-Powered, Boot Compatible storage for home, office, school, and on the go! 2 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $69.99Cyber Saver $59.88
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