Mercury Elite Pro
16TB 3.5-inch USB 3.2 5Gb/s External Storage Solution
3.5-inch USB 3.2 5Gb/s External Storage Solution
Continuing the Legacy
The Mercury Elite Pro began OWC’s rich, storied history of storage solution innovations nearly 20 years ago. It has lasted the test of time by continuing to offer an incomparable blend of performance, quality, and value in a single-drive storage solution. The latest generation upholds our commitment to excellence and offers customers convenient access to their data with even more space and higher transfer speeds.
An Essential External Solution for Everyone
Photos, music, and videos are a part of everyday digital life. Add in presentations, reports, record-keeping, and correspondence, and the result is a staggering amount of data that needs to be stored in a single, accessible location. The Mercury Elite Pro is an essential desktop drive for creative pros, small businesses, home office users, and families with ever-growing storage capacity needs.
Housed in a rugged, solid aluminum enclosure, the Mercury Elite Pro is built for modern data management with a high performance 3.5-inch 7200RPM hard drive. It can be used for a variety of personal and business needs including:
- Pro-level video editing projects
- Time Machine and File History backups of important business data and irreplaceable personal photos
- Consolidating files from multiple smaller drives to a single location for faster, more convenient access
- Migrating data from an existing machine to a new computer
- Expanding game storage of console gaming systems
- Freeing up space on a computer's internal drive to improve performance
Offering an ideal blend of form and function, the Mercury Elite Pro’s fanless, brushed aluminum chassis provides maximum heat dissipation to run quietly cool while the shock isolation design keeps the drive – and your data — safe and protected. It fits discreetly on any desktop with the included vertical orientation stand. You can also place it horizontally, using the included non-skid rubber feet, and even stack multiple units to create a capacity “tower of power”.
- Pro-grade performance: up to 252MB/s real-world speed
- Easy backups: Apple Time Machine and Windows File History ready
- Space efficient: includes matching vertical stand
- Flexible: includes non-skid rubber feet for secure horizontal use
- Quiet: heat-dissipating, brushed aluminum chassis and fanless venting provide cool, nearly silent operation
- Rugged: built-in shock isolation protects drive
- Compatible: use with Mac, Windows, and Linux machines; Xbox consoles; and Smart TVs
- Deployment ready: preconfigured solutions undergo rigorous multi-step performance certification
Ready for Play
The Mercury Elite Pro isn’t just all work and no play. Besides saving and backing up computer data or functioning as a workhorse drive on set or in the edit suite, it can be used to watch videos, listen to music, and view pictures through your gaming console or attached directly to your Smart TV.
Gain Critically Needed Gaming Space
With their stunning realism, modern games have grown to an average of 40GB per game. For example, Xbox One gaming system’s standard 500GB internal drive will only hold 12 “regular” games. How do you play more games — including 4K games that are up to 100GB in size — without uninstalling other games? Easy … for every 1TB of Mercury Elite Pro capacity you add as external storage to your console, you’ll gain space to store up to 24 average-sized games. Besides eliminating the limitations of your internal capacity, you’ll gain the ability to offload the games you play most regularly and potentially load and save them faster.
Certified for Demanding Use
We understand having confidence in gear reliability is paramount to creative professionals. That’s why every Mercury Elite Pro pre-configured solution undergoes a multi-step performance certification prior to shipping. This ensures it arrives operating properly and immediately ready for demanding use.
- Sequential read/write (max) performance numbers are based on testing 14.0TB Toshiba HDD with AJA System Test (4KFull resolution, 64GB file size, 10bit RGB codec, file per frame test).
- If movie playback from an external hard drive and movie format is supported by your Smart TV.
OWC Part Number
Mac OS Compatibility
- Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
- Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
- OS X 10.9 Mavericks
- OS X 10.10 Yosemite
- OS X 10.11 El Capitan
- macOS 10.12 Sierra
- macOS 10.13 High Sierra
- macOS 10.14 Mojave
- macOS 10.15 Catalina
PC OS Compatibility
- Windows 7 32-bit Edition
- Windows 7 64-bit Edition
- Windows 8 32-bit Edition
- Windows 8 64-bit Edition
- Windows 8.1 32-bit Edition
- Windows 8.1 64-bit Edition
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows 10 32-bit Edition
- Windows 10 64-bit Edition
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Home Server 2011
Host Port Requirements
*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.
- (1) USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-B Port
Number of Bays
Plug and Play
- External UL-listed universal auto-switching power supply
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n ME3NH7T16 UPC#: 810586034685
- Environmental (Operating)
- Temperature (°F) 41° — 95°
- Temperature (°C) 5° — 35°
- Altitude -304.8 m to 3,048.0 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000 ft)
- Humidity 8% to 90% non-condensing
- Environmental (Non-Operating)
- Temperature (°F) −4° — 140°
- Temperature (°C) −20° — 60°
- Altitude -304.8 m to 12,192.0 m (-1,000 ft to 40,000 ft)
- Humidity 5% to 95% non-condensing
- Height: 11.8 cm (4.6 in)
- Width: 3.5 cm (1.4 in)
- Length: 19.5 cm (7.7 in)
- Varies depending on drive mechanism installed
Data Transfer Rate (Max)
- USB 3.2 Gen 1 : 5 Gb/s (or 625 MB/s)
Click any of the benchmarks below to view the results.
macOS Test Results
Windows Test Results
- (1) OWC Mercury Elite Pro USB
- (1) USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-B to Type-A cable
- (1) External power supply and cable
- (1) Quick start guide