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OWC Mercury Elite Pro

0GB Quad Interface Storage Kit

Mac / PC / eSATA / FireWire 800 / FireWire 400 / USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • Mac
  • PC
  • eSATA
  • FireWire 800/400
  • USB
High Performance, High Reliability, and High Portability are standard for the OWC
Mercury Elite Pro series!
Outstanding Features
High Performance
The next-gen High-Speed Oxford 944SE chipset gives the Mercury Elite Pro Enclosure Kit the fastest single drive transfer rates possible, up to an amazing 150 Megabytes Per Second! Install your favorite SATA drive mechanism up to 4.0TB and go!
High Reliability
A top-notch design and the best components ensure the Mercury Elite Pro Series is built to last.
High Portability
The compact and shock-resistant design has the Mercury Elite Pro Series going places! In addition, the Mercury Elite Pro offers (1) eSATA, (2) FireWire 800(1394B), (1) FireWire 400(1394A), and (1) USB 2.0+1.1 ports for easy Plug and Play on virtually ANY system! Even the cables are included!
Style
Designed to complement any user's system, the Mercury Elite Pro was created in mind with the Mac Pro system as a starting point. As the pictures show, it's a fine storage solution for any computer. Also, a blue activity LED complements the design recessed behind the front grille showing when your drive is being accessed.
Hard Drive Not Included - Needs 3.5" Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Drive
2.5" sata hard drive
OWC NOTE: This drive enclosure requires a 3.5" Serial ATA (SATA) drive mechanism. Most computers produced since 2006 use Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. Please make sure that the drive you wish to use with this enclosure is compatible. If you need an enclosure for an ATA/IDE hard drive, click here.
From day one, the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Series has been designed to be everything you would hope for and more!

Includes

Mercury Elite Pro includes
  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro "Quad Interface" Hard Drive
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded eSATA connecting cable (eSATA - eSATA)
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 400 connecting cable (6-6 Pin cable)
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded USB 2.0/1.1 connecting cable
  • External AutoSwitching 100/240v 50/60Hz Power Adapter
  • Vertical Stand
  • Mercury Elite Pro Quad Assembly Manual (5.2MB PDF)
  • OWC 1 Year Solution Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • Oxford Semiconductor 944SE

Mechanisms Supported

Port Configuration

  • eSATA - 1 port
  • FireWire 800 - (2) 9 pin ports
  • FireWire 400 - (1) 6 pin port
  • USB 2.0/1.1 - (1) 5 pin port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • eSATA - 3.0 Gbit/s (or 300MB/sec)
  • FireWire 800 - 800Mbps (or 100MB/sec)
  • FireWire 400 - 400Mbps (or 50MB/sec)
  • USB 2.0 - 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)
  • USB 1.1 - 12Mbps (or 1.5MB/sec)

Port/Interface Bootability

Can I use this solution as an external startup drive?

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 or FireWire 400 port.
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. Including ‘Lion’ 10.7.x and an available USB2.0/1.1, FireWire 800/400 port, or eSATA 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, FireWire 800/400, or eSATA port.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.

Power Supply

External Case Dimensions

  • 1.5 in (W) x 9 in (D) x 4.6 in (H)

Total Shipping Weight

  • Approximately 3.0 pounds (1.36kg)

Recommended eSATA Cards

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • Varies depending on drive mechanism installed

Relative Humidity

  • Varies depending on drive mechanism installed

Shock

  • Varies depending on drive mechanism installed

Vibration

  • Varies depending on drive mechanism installed

MTBF (hours)

  • Varies depending on drive mechanism installed

Warranty

OWC 1 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.

View more information about the OWC 1 Year Solution warranty

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n OWCMEP944FW8EU2 UPC#: 718122773572

Reviews

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 9 out of 10 (90%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Macdroid Location: US Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Old review but good product April 24, 2018 Bought this drive enclosure years ago and 6 years later it is still going strong. Used exclusively for backups and the only thing I would like to see is a faster interface but now we have USB 3 which we didn't have at the time. No worries, it works great.

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Mountain View, CA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 solid dependable awesome December 24, 2015 I got two of these 3 years ago to be used as my always-on Time Machine backup for 2-3 computers. They have never failed me, never wavered, and have given me no problems. Very solid dependable engineering. Awesome

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: McKinney, TX Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Works great but a little on the large side July 1, 2013 I've always likes the Mercury line of drive enclosures and this one doesn't disappoint. The aluminum construction gives me confidence of heat being dissipated away from the drive, unlike a plastic enclosure. How many sellers of such devices include all the cabling for all supported interfaces while still keeping the price reasonable? I could probably count them on one finger. I'm primarily using Firewire 800 and have had no issues with connectivity or speed.

My only gripe is the physical size of the enclosure. With the heat transfer properties of aluminum, I would have thought the size could have been reduced somewhat.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: MI Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 No better way to add storage capacity! January 12, 2013 I have just installed a new 1.0 TB drive in my Mac and had the old 500GB drive that I had taken out. Rather than get rid of the old drive, I ordered an OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad eSATA Enclosure Kit. The included instructions with illustrations allow anyone with only basic tools to easily install your old drive in the new enclosure. The kit comes with a complete selection of high quality cables that allow you to connect this drive to any type of connection including the newest and fastest types. Even if the CPU you have now doesn't have Fire wire 800 or SATA connectors, with this kit you will have the needed cables for when you upgrade to the faster system later. It's not very often you can buy any equipment for a computer that is designed NOT to be obsolete in in a month or two.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Nevada Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Ease of use January 11, 2013 Opened the box and had it setup and running in 10 minutes. Product well made, looks good, and works. Would buy another if I needed one.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Stamford CT Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 SUPER FAST January 6, 2013 I bought this device and had to get it overnight shipped. Unpacked it and all the instructions were in the box and all wires included.. It didn't take me no more than 10 min to install my drive. Super fast read and write on firewire 800. I got the best bang for the BUCK!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: lfruchtman Location: Sandy Springs, GA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Nice piece of equipment December 5, 2012 The drive was easy to install and the pieces all fit together very nicely. Works like a dream and looks good. What else do you need?

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: LittleSwitcher Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellente external enclosure. October 25, 2012 I bought this external enclosure for my iMac 27” without HDD. I used two 1TB HDD SATA-II from my ex-windows box (I’m a switcher). Installing them was a snap, open enclosure, fit HDD, connect to iMac, power on and you´re done! I chose to install them as 2 separate disks. HDD were full of data and appeared in Finder as read-only so I had to move data to my main HDD in my iMac, format one, move data back in for each drive. I’m using FW-800 so file transfers are really fast compared to USB 2.0 It is really quiet; it has a small fan on the backside that you can barely notice. I’m really happy with it, thinking of buying a new one to hold an extra 2TB drive that I will buy next week (I have lots and lots of photographs and videos).

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: antonis Location: greece thessaloniki Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 nice finishing June 5, 2012 The item is stellar in build quality and beautiful. OWC was my first option for enclosure

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: talmy Location: Oregon Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 I've bought 5 over time and would buy more February 22, 2012 Not too much one can say about a drive enclosure. It's well built, functions fine, aluminum design radiates heat to keep drive cool, comes with every cable you might need. I've got both the FW800 and FW400 versions and have bought them both "bare" and with drives installed. The ones with the drives have since been "upgraded" to larger capacities. It's easy to do with these enclosures.

You can stack them or sit them vertically in provided stands. Four of them are sitting pretty next to my Mac mini server where they have been running 24/7 for two years. They are built to last.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

OWC 0GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mfr P/N: OWCMEP944FW8EU2 OWC SKU: OWCMEP944FW8EU2 Quad Interface Storage Kit 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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