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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

  • Silver

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 ESU3M1.0W UPC#: 810586030892

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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.6 / 5 73 out of 88 (83%) reviewers would recommend this product
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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: cdocdsc
Rating: 2/5 Drive/OS mismatch May 31, 2021 Purchased product for my wife's older desktop Mac. Turns out that it will not work because she cannot upgrade to a sufficiently recent operating system which is required by the product. Returns are a hassle so I an keeping it in case I need one for my desktop Mac someday. Disappointing that it wasn't clear that it would not work with OS 10.10.

This review is from 1.0TB OWC Express USB 3.0 Portable External Drive - Black.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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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.

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: 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.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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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.

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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

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Reviewer: Frank Location: Prescott, AZ Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Very nice external case December 20, 2018 I currently have a 1TB hard disk drive in the case, connected to a 2018 Mac Mini. It's the perfect case/drive for a back up drive and I'm very happy with it

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Express USB 3.0 Portable External Drive - Black.

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Reviewer: Curtterp Location: Northern IL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Works like a charm October 25, 2018 I use this as a travel backup Hard drive. Works well with my MacBook Pro 2013

I yet to use it with my new MacBook Pro 2018

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Reviewer: JimT61 Location: Derwood, MD Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Just as advertised September 17, 2018 Bought to serve as drive to receive Carbon Copy Cloner files. Worked just great and has added attraction of being so light and compact.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Express USB 3.0 Portable External Drive - Black.

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Reviewer: MikeB5 Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 A solid product August 7, 2018 I gave away the first enclosure I got from OWC. Decided to buy another for myself.

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Reviewer: dnfnd Location: Fargo, ND Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Worked for my needs July 29, 2018 I put the drive from my failing 2010 MacBook Pro in this enclosure so I could copy the contents to another external drive. Installation was a piece of cake. (I agree with another reviewer who noted that the instructions show installing the screws in the reverse positions from what actually works.) The enclosure is well-designed, and fit and finish is excellent. It's plastic, so it maybe wouldn't stand up to a large number of drive changes, so plan accordingly for your needs. It lives up to the quality standards of other products I've purchased from MacSales.

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Reviewer: Maclovr
Rating: 5/5 Great Product July 4, 2018 Everything worked as promised, but the included machine screws were the opposite of the instructions.

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Reviewer: adolfo Location: Mexico Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 great product May 20, 2018 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: JayT Location: USA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Nice External Enclosure April 1, 2018 This is a nice external enclosure, easy to work with, easy to install a drive.

The case is plastic so if you plan on opening the case a lot to switch drives, this is not the case for you. Get a drive dock instead.

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Reviewer: Mamu
Rating: 5/5 A Fine Enclosure March 29, 2018 I had trouble with several hard drive enclosures exhibiting strange problematic behaviors on my Mac Mini so I came to MacSales to get something that was more certain to work. I am not disappointed. This enclosure is working fine and while I haven't bothered to benchmark it at all performance seems plenty fast considering the standard rotational drive I've put inside - certainly USB 3.0 speeds. The only ding I'd give it is that it is not especially sturdy. It's fine, but it would never be mistaken for a rugged product. If you buy one - and id recommend it, just treat it gently.

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Reviewer: Carcass Location: Monrovia, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good price and great product March 11, 2018 MacSales has the perfect stuff for Mac users and this item is no exception. I installed a Mercury SSD and it is flawless.

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 - Discreet Black.

OWC Express USB 3.0 1.0TB Portable Storage Solution Mfr P/N: ESU3M1.0W OWC SKU: OWCESU3M1.0W Compact, Bus-Powered, Boot Compatible storage for home, office, school, and on the go! 2 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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