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OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini

500GB 7200RPM
Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface Storage Solution

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)
High-performance and Plug and Play data storage/backup reliability with a fanless, bus-powered design
With your choice of a 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive OR Solid State Drive (SSD), the latest chipset, and USB 3.0/FireWire 800 interfaces, the Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable Storage Solution delivers up to 500MB/s data transfer speeds for demanding data storage and backup needs. All that performance resides in an impact resistant, heat dissipating 5.5 in (L) x 3.8 in (W) x 1.1 in (H) brushed aluminum enclosure with super-quiet operation.

When you want high style in high performance storage, look no further than the Mercury Elite Pro mini. With the highest quality drive mechanism built into a shock resistant portable aluminum enclosure, the Mercury Elite Pro mini is ready to go wherever you need an A/V, Digital Photography, Professional Music, Graphics, General Data, and Time Machine ready storage solution.
  • Interfaces: USB 3.0 & 2.0; FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)
  • The USB 3.0 Micro-B port is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 cables (USB 3.0 standard A to Micro-B connecting cable is included)
  • All interface cables are included
  • Bus-powered via USB 3.0
  • Data transfer speeds up to 500MB/s (via USB 3.0; 100MB/s via FireWire 800)
  • Drive speeds up to 7200RPM
  • Perfect for digital photography, professional music, graphics, general data, and Time Machine
  • Portable size at 5.5in(L) x 3.8in(W) x 1.1in(H)
  • Brushed aluminum, impact resistant, heat dissipating enclosure
  • Super-quiet, fanless operation
  • ASMedia 1053E and Oxford 944SE high-performance chipset
  • 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty
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Includes

  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface, USB 3.0 & 2.0, FireWire 800 Storage Solution with Hard Drive
  • High-quality FireWire 800 connecting cable
  • High-quality USB 3.0 connecting cable
  • Pre-installed Backup and Utility software
    • Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM (For Mac OS 8.6, OS X 10.3.9 or later only)
    • ProSoft Engineering® Data Backup for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
    • NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows 2000 or later
  • Over 1.5GB of Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software pre-installed
  • Mercury Elite Pro mini Assembly Manual & User Guide (Download only)
  • OWC 3-year Solution Warranty with 48-hour Turnaround Time
  • Complimentary Level 1 Data Recovery for the first year

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • ASMedia 1053E and Oxford 944SE High-Performance Chipset

Standard Mechanism

    500GB HGST Travelstar™ Z7K500 Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    2.5″ HDD
    Interface
    SATA 6.0Gb/s
    Capacity1
    500GB
    Formatted Capacity2
    465GiB
    Rotational Speed
    7,200 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    32MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    HTS725050A7E630
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    7mm (0.275″)
    Width (max)
    69.85mm (2.750″)
    Length (max)
    100.35mm (3.951″)
    Weight (typical)
    95g (0.209 lbs.)
    Bytes per Sector
    512
    Areal Density
    630Gb/in2

    Reliability3

    Contact Start-Stops
    600,000
    Warranty
    3 Year HGST Warranty

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    600MB/s
    Track-to-track Seek
    1.0ms
    Average Seek Time
    13.0ms
    Average Latency
    4.2ms

    Power

    Maximum Start Current, DC
    5.5 Watts
    Seek Power
    2.1 Watts
    Read Power
    1.8 Watts
    Write Power
    1.8 Watts
    Idle Mode
    1.7 Watts
    Idle Mode, Active
    1.0 Watts
    Idle Mode, Low Power
    0.8 Watts
    Standby Mode
    0.2 Watts
    Sleep Mode
    0.1 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    Shock
    400 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 140°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 60°C
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Shock
    1000 G max at 1ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 149°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 65°C
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    2.3 bels
    Seek (Typical)
    2.4 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.
  • 500GB* HGST TravelStar Z7K500 Hard Disk Drive**

  • *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 Interface

  • SATA (Serial ATA)

Drive Cache Size

  • 32 Megabyte (32,768k)

Drive Rotation Speed

  • 7200RPM

Port Configuration

  • FireWire 800 – 2 port
  • USB 3.0 – (1) Micro-B port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • FireWire 800 – 100 MB/s
  • USB 3.0 – 500 MB/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

UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Compliant

  • Yes

Macintosh System Requirements

  • Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, Mac OS X 10.0.x or later and an available USB 1.1.
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. Including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x and an available USB2.0/1.1, or FireWire 800/400 port.
  • Time Machine® Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later.

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows 98SE or later and an available FireWire 400 or USB 2.0/1.1 port.
  • Windows 2000 or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1, or FireWire 800/400 port.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB interface.

Power Supply*

  • Bus Power via FireWire 800 supported on all models equipped with an available FireWire 800 port either factory stock or via add on FireWire 800 PCI Card.
  • Bus Power via FireWire 400 on all models made in 2001 or later via Factory ports or any model with add on FireWire 400 PCI Card.
  • Bus power via USB on most computers with factory installed USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.
  • Optional AC Adapter* (available as a separate purchase here)
  • * AC adapter not required for most applications provided computer bus supplies appropriate power needs.

Related Items

External Case Dimensions

  • 3.8 in (W) x 5.5 in (D) x 1.1 in (H)
  • 96.52mm x 139.7mm x 27.94mm

Total Shipping Weight

  • Approximately .73 pounds (.33kg)

Software Included

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 0°C – 70°C (32°F – 158°F)
  • (non-operating) -40°C – 85°C (-40°F – 185°F)

Relative Humidity

  • (operating) 5% – 90% RH (Non-condensing)
  • (non-operating) 5% – 95% RH (Non-condensing)

Shock

  • (non-operating) up to1500G

Vibration

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

Load/Unload Cycles

  • 600,000

Warranty

3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use – but should the need occur – we're proud to provide a superior level of support and service coverage to our customers. OWC and NewerTech storage solutions come fully backed by an Industry-leading 48-hour turnaround time which includes complimentary Level 1 data recovery for the first year, plus additional data recovery options available throughout the warranty period, for complete peace of mind ownership confidence.

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 period. Doing so will void the remainder of the OWC warranty.

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MEF3MH7500 UPC#: 794504339451

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

Reviews

Benchmarks

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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 57 out of 59 (97%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Gordon Location: Modesto CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Bus-powered from Thunderbolt 2 Dock June 13, 2015 Hard drive from a 2012 MacBook Pro installed, BUS powered from a rear USB 3 port of a OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock, QuickBench extended test of 77.8 MB read and 74.5 MB write. Have copied large 100 GB Logic Pro projects reliably. Great way to re-use the old drive from my lap top.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" bus-powered portable FW800/400 + USB3.0 drive enclosure kit.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New Caledonia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Nice manufacturing June 11, 2015 however, I expected a little smaller in size for a 2.5 ". The only problem I have is that sometimes when I turn off the drive via the on / off button it does not reconnect (I'm in firewire). I have to unplug the cable and put it back. This may simply be the cable I do not know and can not find here another firewire cable. Otherwise, it goes super fast (ok I put a 512GB SSD) does not heat at all and is very beautiful (I like aluminum, and in addition it is identical to my iMac 27 ") Handsome purchase I will renew.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" bus-powered portable FW800/400 + USB3.0 drive enclosure kit.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Victoria, BC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 3/5 Not fast enough to use a permanent external boot drive May 25, 2015 Bought this hoping to speed up my 2007 iMac extreme without doing surgery on the iMac itself. I had just seen a major online magazine recommend this specific drive for this use.

Although this drive is reasonably quick, it definitely didn't give me the "SSD experience" that I was looking for when I used it as a boot drive via FW800.

I ended ordering a internal Crucial SSD elsewhere and installed it inside the iMac itself. *That* gave me the SSD experience that I was hoping for.

This external drive is now just an expensive unused backup.

This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Response from MacSales.com, Technical Support May 27, 2015 As shown in the benchmarks tab, the SSD installed in this external enclosure does fully saturate the 80MB/s maximum bandwidth of FireWire 800. You would need to be connecting via USB 3.0 in order to reach speeds that will give you that "SSD experience" that you were looking for.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent enclosure May 4, 2015 Sturdy and attractive. Unlike many other bus-powered enclosures, this one has a physical on-off switch on the back, which I appreciate. The blue LED inside can be distracting in a dark room, but not difficult to cover up.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable 7200RPM FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Albany, Western Australia Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Stellar product May 3, 2015 I use this as a boot drive for my iMac via Firewire 800 and it performs flawlessly. It has given the Mac a whole new lease of life, and when I eventually buy another Mac I can still use it via one of its USB3 ports.

All in all a really great product, and excellent service from OWC.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Denver, CO Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 4/5 Very nice April 20, 2015 I am using this as the startup drive on a 2010 Mac Mini connected by firewire-800. It is a good deal faster than the Mini's hard drive though there are some slight delays if there has been no disk access for several minutes. They are also a bit hotter than expected. Otherwise, recommended.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Puerto Rico Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 BEST COMPANY IN THE MARCKET!!!!!!!!!!!! April 9, 2015 Worked Perfectly and reliable as always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had never had an issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product February 19, 2015 This drive is working very well and adds to my storage capacity. It's very responsive in both read and write modes.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable 7200RPM FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Brooklyn NY Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 It's the goods! February 7, 2015 I got this "Elite Pro" in exchange for an "On-The-Go Pro" that I found unsatisfactory for several reasons, and I'm VERY happy with it.

It's well designed and engineered...looks and feels like a substantial device, not just a trinket.

It was easy to assemble...only 6 screws.

Even without a heatsink, it wasn't overly hot after I ran a 2 hour surface scan.

Testing with a 33GB folder containing 326 .m4a[s], it wrote my data at 575Mbps and read it at 625Mbps via FireWire 800. (5400RPM HDD)

The assembly manual is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but not fatally.

Long-term performance, of course, remains to be seen.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" bus-powered portable FW800/400 + USB3.0 drive enclosure kit.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great size for cluttered desks January 26, 2015 I purchased this drive to serve as a bootable backup drive. I used to have a miniStack (another great product) but found over the years, I really didn't need a USB or Firewire hub. This Mercury Elite Pro mini drive helped save some desk real estate and it also helps remove a bunch of wires running on and under my desk, since unlike the miniStack it does not need a separate power brick. Setup instructions for the Mercury Elite Pro mini drive were clear and simple. So far, I barely notice the drive, which was what I wanted.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 320GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable 5400RPM FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Boston Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Ridiculously fast December 21, 2014 I get 300+ MB/sec transfer speeds from this thing. It's bus powered over USB 3.0. No moving parts. Boom.

It is frequently faster than the OWC SSD *in my Macbook Pro*. Hard to beat that.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Perth, On., Canada Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Better than most! October 21, 2014 Fast shipping. Solid construction and sleek looks. Easy to configure. Excellent software included. Fast performance as expected. Would purchase another.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable 5400RPM FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 SSD Drive October 6, 2014 Great unit for the price. Lighter gauge aluminum case that other compititors but an insignificant issue.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Drive works well on iMac with Firewire October 2, 2014 Purchase was painless and delivery was quick. I had some worries that this Firewire drive (I can't use USB3.0) would have a problem with spontaneous unmounting with a Mac. At first there were issues, but then the problem went away, perhaps due to the most recent Mavericks update.

Since this normally bus-powered drive is daisy-chained on Firewire, I bought the recommended power brick too. This drive is second on a chain of three drives. All works well.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable 5400RPM FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: London Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Why I buy OWC enclosures and kits September 30, 2014 1 With a sealed external drive from the usual suspects, the enclosure can fail in which case , unless you can break it open and save the drive, your purchase is ruined. I did this once, I put mine in an OWC case and it still rocks

2 I choose cases with the most connections. Most third party companies only have 1 X USB 3 tops, no daisy chaining with these guys!

3 Of course a mech can fail. put in a new one in the OWC enclosure and your still good to go

4 I am a brand loyalist esp with drives HGST have never failed for me. Here you can choose the brand of the mech. Lacie never tell you

5 You may want a better mech in side the box in the future , swop it out.

My only wish is having thunderbolt built in to all the range but I am sure they know this

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" bus-powered portable FW800/400 + USB3.0 drive enclosure kit.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Birmingham, AL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Little Dive!!!! August 16, 2014 Got this for my studio to keep my sound library on. So far, this little guy has been great! Thinking about another one for my mobile DJ rig.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable 5400RPM FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

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