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OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID

6.0TB Multi-Interface Performance RAID

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)
High-performance and reliability come standard with the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Drive RAID.
Outstanding Features
Time-Tested
The Elite Pro Dual is a customer favorite in the OWC external drive lineup and has provided professionals and enthusiasts alike with reliable, time-tested, large capacity, and high-performance storage for over 8 years.
High-Performance, Easy to Connect
The Elite Pro Dual combines high-speed Oxford chipsets with two SATA drives to provide fast data transfer rates up to 300MB/s. It has two FireWire 800 ports, which are FireWire 400 compatible and a USB 3.0 / 2.0 port. It's also plug-and-play easy to connect to any Mac or PC.
Runs Cool & Quiet
The Elite Pro Dual utilizes a vented front plate and whisper quiet fan to cool its two internal drives by moving air through the enclosure. In addition, its rugged 2mm thick aluminum enclosure acts as a heat sink. This tandem cooling action keeps the Elite Pro Dual running coolly, quietly, and reliably.
Built to Last
A rugged, shock-resistant aluminum enclosure coupled with high-quality internal components ensures the Elite Pro Dual RAID is built to last. It also comes backed by a 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty.
Speedtools
Includes the Powerful SpeedTools Utility Suite for Mac
The comprehensive Mac utility used by professionals for accurate Mac diagnosis and maintenance. Click the SOFTWARE tab below to learn more »
From day one, the OWC Mercury Elite Series has been designed to be everything you'd hope for and more!

Includes

  • External OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Bay Hard Drive
  • High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0/2.0 connecting cable
  • UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240v, 50/60Hz input, 12 Volt 5 Amp output Power Supply (adapter plugs for International use sold separately). For replacement power supply, click here.
  • Owner's Manual
  • Pre-installed Backup and Utility software
    • Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM (For Mac OS 8.6 - X only)
    • ProSoft Engineering® Data Backup for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
    • NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows 2000 or later
  • Mercury Elite Pro Dual-Drive Multi-Interface Assembly Manual (2.9MB PDF)
  • Over 1.5GB of Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software pre-installed
  • 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time
  • Complimentary 1 Year Level 1 Data Recovery

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • Custom Oxford 946DSE and Oxford 3101 FW800 (1394B) / USB 3.0 (2.0 Backwards compatible) Chipset

Interfaces Supported

  • FireWire 800 (1394B)
  • USB 3.0 (2.0 Backwards compatible)

Recommended configurations supported

  • RAID 0, RAID 1, and span for maximum performance (requires two identical Hard Drives).

Standard Mechanism

  • 3.0TB Toshiba DT01ACAxx Series Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    3.5″ HDD
    Interface
    SATA 6GB/s
    Capacity1
    3.0TB
    Formatted Capacity2
    2790GiB
    Rotational Speed
    7,200 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    64MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    HDKPC08
    RoHS Compliant
    Yes
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    26.1mm (1.03″)
    Width (max)
    101.6mm (4.00″)
    Length (max)
    147mm (5.79″)
    Weight (typical)
    680g (1.499 lbs.)

    Reliability3

    Contact Start-Stops
    300,000
    Warranty
    2 Years Toshiba Warranty

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    6 Gb/sec
    Track-to-track Seek
    0.5ms

    Power

    Read Power
    6.4 Watts
    Write Power
    6.4 Watts
    Idle Mode
    5.2 Watts
    Standby Mode
    1.0 Watts
    Sleep Mode
    1.0 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    Shock
    70 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 107°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 42°C
    Vibration
    0.67 G, with 5 - 500 Hz
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Shock
    300 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 158°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 70°C
    Vibration
    1.04 G, with 2 - 200 Hz
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    2.7 bels
    Seek (Typical)
    2.8 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.
    2 x 3.0TB* Toshiba DT01ACAxx Series Hard Disk Drives**

  • *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.

Drive Rotation Speed

  • 7200 RPM

Drive Cache Size

  • 32 Megabyte (2 Drives with 16MB (16,384) cache each)

Port Configuration

  • FireWire 800 - (2) 9 pin ports
  • USB 3.0 - (1) Standard-B port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • FireWire 800 - 100MB/s
  • FireWire 400 - 50MB/sec
  • USB 3.0 - 300MB/s
  • USB 2.0 - 60MB/s
  • USB 1.1 - 1.5MB/s

Port/Interface Bootability

Can I use this solution as an external startup drive?

Format

Macintosh System Requirements

  • Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2.2 compatible, OS X 10.1.x and later. Including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x (10.2 or later required for FW800 and USB 2.0)
  • USB 3.0: Macintosh with USB 3.0 interface, either built in or via USB 3.0 expander card.
  • USB 2.0: Macintosh with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via USB 2.0 expander card.
  • FireWire 800: Macintosh with FireWire 800 interface, either built in or via FireWire 800 expander card.
  • FireWire 400: Macintosh with FireWire 400 interface, either built in or via FireWire 400 expander card.
  • Time Machine® Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later.

Windows System Requirements

  • USB 3.0: Windows XP and later with USB 3.0 interface, either built in or via USB 3.0 expander card.
  • USB 2.0: Windows 2000 and later with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via USB 2.0 expander card.
  • FireWire 800: Windows 2000 and later with FireWire 800 interface, either built in or via FireWire 800 expander card.
  • FireWire 400: Windows 2000 and late with FireWire 400 interface, either built in or via FireWire 400 expander card.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.

Pre-installed Backup and Utility software

Power Supply

External Case Dimensions

  • 2.8 in (W) x 9 in (D) x 5.25 in (H) (71.2mm x 228.6mm x 133.4mm)

Drive Weight (no accessories)

  • Approximately 5.5 pounds (2.5kg)

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 5°C - 42°C (41°F - 107°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

  • 65G 2mS; (non-operating) 175G 2mS

Vibration

  • (operating) 1.0G (5 - 300Hz)
  • (non-operating) 5.0G (5 - 500Hz)

MTBF (hours)

  • More than 300,000 power-on hours

Warranty

3 Year OWC Solution Limited 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.

View more information about the 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty

Note: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your OWC solution prior to the conclusion of the 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty's period. Doing so will void the remainder of the 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty.

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MED3FH7T6.0 UPC#: 794504331653

Software

Prosoft Macworld 4.5 miceProsoft
Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3 for 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't need to 'think' about backing up... It does it for you.
A $59.00 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase softwareseparately from solution
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 or later.
A $49.95 Value! View detailed software info
Intech SpeedTools Utilities
Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™
Intech SpeedTools consists of a suite of utilities managed by an application which controls 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, yet powerful enough to allow you to customize which utility component set you would like to create.
An $89.95 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase software separately from solution

Benchmarks

Click any of the benchmarks below to view the results.
RAID 0 (Striped) Test Results

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 13 out of 18 (72%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Jambo Location: St. Louis Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good Price. Easy setup. November 8, 2016 This Dual Drive has worked out great. I finally have a good mirrored back up system in place. I went with RAID 1 and formatted with 2 partitions. One is for Time Machine and the other is for general manual BU. I can finally rest that I am covered. MacSales chat was great to get me some answers right on the spot to a couple of questions.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 6.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 7200RPM Storage Solution with USB 3.1 Gen 1 + FireWire 800. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Rodzilla Location: Bella Vista, Arkansas Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product evryone should have at least two! October 11, 2016 My Macbook-Pro, is like a new machine after transfering a gilzillion files over to the Mighty 4.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID USB 3.0 / FireWire 800 Storage Solution. Service was great and price could always be lower.

However I am one happy customer. RWH

This review is from 4.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 7200RPM Storage Solution with USB 3.1 Gen 1 + FireWire 800. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Pampa Location: Kansas Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Storage Problem Solved September 5, 2016 I needed help with storing my large photo collection and was previously using a mis-match of external drives. Slow and tedious was my mode of operation. I purchased the 4TB solution and immediately experienced positive night and day transformation. I set this up as a Raid 0 for speed and have not been disappointed. I backup to an older pair of USB drives using Carbon Copy Cloner. No problems. Everything works great and the installation and set-up was straight forward and easy to do. Like everything OWC the design is beautiful. A couple of comments: the enclosure is nosier than expected (hence a four and not a five star rating) and seems to be a function of the fan. Also, when my iMac goes to sleep I get a Disk Not Ejected Properly message when the mac wakes up. I have just started to research this so I am uncertain at this point if it is related to the product or El Capitan. Still, all and all, I am satisfied with the design and performance, and I would recommend to others with the noisier than expected comment.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 4.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 7200RPM Storage Solution with USB 3.1 Gen 1 + FireWire 800. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: terrafilms Location: Hudson Valley, NY Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product August 11, 2016 Love this item. Use it as dual, independent backups. I copy the footage from my camera to 1 drive and use Carbon Copy Cloner to duplicate it to the other drive. Very easy to setup. Already considering buying just the enclosure and consolidating some other drives I have laying around.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 10.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 7200RPM Storage Solution with USB 3.1 Gen 1 + FireWire 800. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New York, NY Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works As Expected July 11, 2016 I need a drive to make a clone of my MacPro, and this drive works perfectly in that role. Running 10.6.7.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 4.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 7200RPM Storage Solution with USB 3.1 Gen 1 + FireWire 800.

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Washington, DC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Very Good Deal May 23, 2016 This 10T RAID array is cheaper and easier than buying two separate 5T drives. And it should be just as dependable as separate drives.

What is not to like?

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 10.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 7200RPM Storage Solution with USB 3.1 Gen 1 + FireWire 800.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Emerald Coast Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 No Drama May 16, 2016 After getting by with smaller, less option choices I decided to do this right. Select Raid choice. Format the drive, select it for Time Machine and forget it. This just works no fuss and no fiddling. Data is secure. I should have done this years ago. I bought a size for growth. 1TB on iMac. I have 2, 2TB disks in raid 1.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 4.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 7200RPM Storage Solution with USB 3.1 Gen 1 + FireWire 800.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: phoenix Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Reliable April 12, 2016 OWC is my first choice for hard drive purchases. I have purchased every size and shape. I have had only one drive that had issues and it was fixed and returned with no other problems.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 4.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 7200RPM Storage Solution with USB 3.1 Gen 1 + FireWire 800.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 great November 17, 2015 no problem - used it to house old drive with a new drive

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual-Drive RAID Enclosure Kit with FireWire 800 & USB 3.0 Interfaces.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 25-34 Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Easy to use and fast September 30, 2014 Fast and good for me to use with my older computer with fw800 and usb 3.0. One thing I'd change would be putting legs on the wider edge of the drive to minimize chances of it tipping over. Great drive though!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Denver Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Very Fast Raid0 July 17, 2014 I bought this for my media drive for Final Cut Pro X Libraries. The read and write speeds are better than I expected. The Fan keeps everything cool and is not to loud for my work area. This came with the usual OWC cables that are thick and stout. The power supply had a long enough cable to reach my surge protector. I could not ask for a better or faster USB 3.0 Raid0 set up. Thanks OWC for always coming through with Top Quality drives and enclosures.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Performance FW800 & USB3 Dual Drive RAID. 7200RPM.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional
Rating: 5/5 Great raid July 17, 2014 Easy to assemble and maintain raid, cool design I have four have served me for years.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual-Drive RAID Enclosure Kit with FireWire 800 & USB 3.0 Interfaces.

Verified Buyer Top 50 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Austin, TX Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 does what it's supposed to June 23, 2014 i bought the 0GB version & added my own dual-4TB hard drives because i found it to be cheaper than buying the 8TB version. this is my 2nd OWC Elite Pro Dual enclosure and i couldn't be happier. my 1st one still works great to this day but i replaced it due to it's limitation of hard drives up to 2TB drives.

this is no longer a problem, this version now allows for the use of drives up to 4TB & it works great as my TIME MACHINE backup drive.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual-Drive RAID Enclosure Kit with FireWire 800 & USB 3.0 Interfaces.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Lexington, Kentucky Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Generally good enclosure with a few flaws March 15, 2014 I'm about 2 weeks into ownership of this enclosure, and so far, so good.

Setup: Installing drives is very straightforward. It was a little tricky getting the power and SATA cables out of the way so they didn't interfere with the fan. If you need them, the included step-by-step instructions seem very easy to follow as well.

Use: Very happy so far. This enclosure support RAID 0, 1, and Span modes. I'm using it in span mode to store my media library, and it works very well. USB 3 transfer speeds are very fast (sorry, no actual data). Can't speak to Firewire speeds.

Design/Manufacturing: Aluminum case feels very solid. It looks good next to my Mac Mini. I could do without the OWC branding on the side, but such is life. I have a few real issue in this area: 1) The stock fan seems fairly noisy for a 40 mm fan. Especially in light of OWC's claim that it's "whisper quiet." I've ordered a replacement to hopefully remedy this. 2) Whoever installed the feet on my enclosure managed to strip one of the screws while doing so. It made getting the feet off rather challenging. 3) It doesn't sit flat on my desk. Presumably a manufacturing defect, but it rocks a little bit side to side. This occurs with and without the feet attached, so it seems that the case isn't as square as it's supposed to be.

This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual-Drive RAID Enclosure Kit with FireWire 800 & USB 3.0 Interfaces.

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