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OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID "Quad"
eSATA/FW800/400 & USB 2.0
Storage Solutions

High Performance, High Reliability, High Portability, and Style
are standard for the OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID Series!

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"it's a solid choice..."

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High Performance: The High-Speed Oxford 936 eSATA / FireWire 800/400 & USB 2.0 chipset combined with the fastest SATA drive mechanisms available give Mercury Elite Pro RAID Solutions some of the fastest single drive transfer rates possible, even exceeding 120 Megabytes Per Second!

High Reliability: A Top-Notch Design and the Best Components ensure the OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID Series is Built to Last. The included Three Year Warranty backs this up!

High Portability: The Compact and Shock Resistant Design has the Mercury Elite Series going places! In addition, the OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID series offers (1) eSATA port, (2) FireWire 800(1394B) ports, (1) FireWire 400 (1394A) port and 1 USB 2.0 port for Easy Plug and Play on ANY system! The OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID even includes all types of cables!

Style: Designed to compliment any user's system, the OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID was created in mind with the Power Macintosh G5 system as a starting point. As the pictures show, it's a fine storage solution for any computer. Also, a blue activity LED compliments the design recessed behind the front grille showing when your drive is being accessed.

From day one, the OWC Mercury Elite Series has been designed to be everything you'd hope for and more!

Time Machine Ready Logo Time Machine ready means that our external hard drives keep an up-to-date copy of all of your files and document under OS X Leopard™. Go back in time to recover anything with ease. 10.6 Snow Leopard Compatible
Software Included
PRoSoft Logo Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3
for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later

Backup Made Easy. Data Backup makes it easy to backup to FireWire and USB drives, network drives, CDs and even DVDs. Make schedules so you don'tneed to 'think' about backing up... It does it for you. A $59.00 Value!
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Carbon Copy Cloner logo Carbon Copy Cloner® for Mac OS X 10.4 or later
CCC 3 features an interface designed to make the cloning and backup procedure very intuitive. In addition to general backup, CCC can also clone one hard drive to another, copying every single block or file to create an exact replica of your source hard drive. CCC's block-level copy offers the absolute best fidelity in the industry!
NovaStor NovaStor NovaBACKUP® Solution
for Windows®

NovaBACKUP has been helping millions of users recover from data loss and disasters for over 18 years. Feature rich, NovaBACKUP provides a powerful backup solution. Built-in support for hundreds of the most popular storage devices and a step-by-step backup and restore wizard makes NovaBACKUP extremely easy to use. Requires Windows 2000 and later. A $49.95 Value!
Intech Speed Tools logo Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™
Intech Hard Disk SpeedTools consists of a suite of utilities managed by an application which administers the launching, documentation and version control of each individual component utility, such as Disk Defrag and QuickBack. An easy-to-use installation and removal application is provided to make installation a snap, Intech SpeedTools is powerful enough to allow you to customize which utility component set you would like to create.
An $89.95 Value!
All OWC Mercury FireWire hard drives are fully compatible with these systems
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Mac OS X 10.0.x and later - including the latest 10.5.x Leopard™, Mac OS 8.6 and Later.

Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later required for FW800 or eSATA Operation.

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Windows XP 64-bit Edition or later.

NOTE: Master Boot Record has a 2TB limit per-volume limit. Because of this, you must format the solution using GPT in Windows. GPT format is only supported by Windows XP 64-bit Edition or later. GPT format will not work with XP 32-bit or older Windows operating systems. Only Vista systems with EFI can boot from GPT partitions.

Product Specifications:
Chipset: Custom Oxford 936 eSATA / FW800 (1394B) / FW400(1394A) and USB 2.0 (1.1 Backwards compatible) Chipset
Interfaces Supported:
  • FireWire 800 (1394B)
  • FireWire 400 (1394A)
  • USB 2.0 (1.1 Backwards compatible)
*Recommended configurations supported:
  • RAID 0 Striping for maximum performance requires two identical Hard Drives.(As shipped from OWC)
  • Non-RAID Span mode combines any two drives to give a single volume of combined total drive capacity.
  • RAID 1 also supported, but we strongly recommend the NewerTech Guardian MAXimus for maximum RAID 1 performance requirements.
Drive Rotation Speed:

5400-7200RPM Variable with Intellipower, a finely-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate, and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.

Data Buffer: 64 Megabyte (2 Drives with 32MB (32,768k) cache each)
Port Configuration:
  • eSATA - (1) eSATA port
  • FireWire 800 - (2) 9 pin ports
  • FireWire 400 - (1) 6 pin port
  • USB 2.0 - (1) "A" port
Maximum Data
Transfer Rate:
  • eSATA - SATA-II (or 300MB/sec)
  • FireWire 800 - 800Mbps (or 100MB/sec)
  • FireWire 400 - 400Mbps (or 50MB/sec)
  • USB 2.0 - 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)
Macintosh System
  • Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, 10.0.x or later and an available USB 1.1 or FireWire 400 port.
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1, FireWire 800/400 port, or eSATA port.
Windows System
  • Windows XP 64-bit Edition or later.
    NOTE: Master Boot Record has a 2TB limit per-volume limit. Because of this, you must format the solution using GPT in Windows. GPT format is only supported by Windows XP 64-bit Edition or later. GPT format will not work with XP 32-bit or older Windows operating systems. Only Vista systems with EFI can boot from GPT partitions.

Software Included:
Supported eSATA cards:
Power Supply: 5A 100-240v 50/60hz US/International Auto Switching
External Case Dimensions: 9.0" x 2.9" x 5.3" (229mm x 73mm x 134mm)
Drive Weight
(no accessories):
Approximately 3.0 pounds (1.36kg)
Operating Environment:
Temperature: (operating) 5°C - 55°C (41°F - 131°F)
(non-operating) -40°C - 65°C (-40°F - 149°F)
Relative humidity: (operating) 8% - 90% RH (Non-condensing)
(non-operating) 5% - 95% RH (Non-condensing)
Shock: (operating) 65G 2mS (non-operating) 175G 2mS
Vibration: (operating) 1.0G (5 - 300Hz) (non-operating) 5.0G (5 - 500Hz)
MTBF: More than 300,000 power-on hours
Warranty: OWC 3 Year Solution Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use, but should the need occur - OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage to our customers. Even when not used, we understand the peace of mind afforded by a longer warranty period. OWC's industry leading coverage is a testament to our confidence in the reliability of the solutions that we offer. OWC solutions are engineered to demanding quality standards in order to deliver the most reliable, highest performance available on the market in each storage category.

For more information about the OWC 3 Year Solution warranty, click here.
Note: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your OWC solution prior to the conclusion of OWC's 3 year Warranty period. Doing so will void the remainder of the OWC warranty.

48 Hour Warranty Service 3 Year OWC Warranty

48 Hour Warranty Service

Standard mechanisms: Western Digital Caviar Green*

*OWC reserves the right to replace or upgrade to equivalent or better components.

Performance Benchmarks


eSATA benchmark results



fw800 benchmark results
FireWire 800 (1394B)


USB 2.0 benchmark results
USB 2.0

High Def Video Test Results

aja benchmark results
AJA System Test

FW400 benchmark results
FireWire 400 (1394A)

blackmagic benchmark results
BlackMagic Performance Test

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