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OWC Mercury Elite Pro

3.0TB External Drive

USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 compatible) / Mac / PC
Time-Tested
The Elite Pro has been a professional and enthusiast favorite thanks to its reliable, large capacity, and fast performance for over 11 years.
High-Performance, Easy-to-Connect
The Elite Pro combines fast 7200RPM hard drives with fast interfaces to achive speeds up to 300MB/s. It features two FireWire 800 ports (FireWire 400 compatible) and a USB 3.0 / 2.0 port. It's also plug-and-play and easy to connect to any Mac or PC.
Runs Cool & Quiet
The Elite Pro utilizes a vented front plate to cool the internal drive, coupled with a rugged 2mm thick aluminum enclosure that acts as a heat sink. This tandem cooling action keeps the Elite Pro running coolly, quietly, and reliably.
Built to Last
The rugged, shock-resistant aluminum enclosure coupled with high-quality internal components ensures the Elite Pro is built to last, and 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 »

Includes

  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro External Drive
  • High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0 Standard-B to Standard-A (backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1) connecting cable
  • UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240v input, 50/60Hz input, 12 Volt 3 Amp output Power Supply (adapter plugs for International use sold separately). For replacement power supply, click here.
  • Vertical Stand
  • Mercury Elite Pro Manual (2.5MB PDF)
  • 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
  • Over 1.5GB of Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software pre-installed
  • OWC 3 Year Solution Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time
  • Complementary Level 1 Data Recovery

Gallery

Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • ASMedia 1053e USB 3.0 chipset and Oxford 944SE FireWire

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.
  • 3.0TB* Toshiba/HGST Deskstar™ 7K1000.D 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

  • 64 Megabyte (65,536k)

Drive Rotation Speed

  • 7200RPM

Port Configuration

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

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0 – Up to 300MB/sec
  • USB 2.0 – Up to 60MB/sec
  • USB 1.1 – Up to 1.5MB/sec
  • FireWire 800 – Up to 100MB/sec
  • FireWire 400 – Up to 50MB/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 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.

Format

Power Supply

External Case Dimensions

  • 1.5 in (W) x 9 in (D) x 4.6 in (H)
  • 38.1mm x 228.6mm x 116.84mm

Total Shipping Weight

  • Approximately 2.7 pounds (1.2kg)

Software Included

Product Manual

*With certain eSATA interfaces an improperly dismounted message may appear following sleep. This message can be ignored.

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)

  • 1,200,000

Load/Unload Cycles

  • 300,000

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.

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

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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 143 out of 151 (95%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Freescotland Location: Anderson, SC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Fast. reliable January 5, 2017 As a video editor, I rely on my external drives heavily and this one has been a workhorse. Fast firewire connection, never a problem, and I use it every single day.

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

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great external enclosure - I use for Firewire 800 March 14, 2016 I own five of these identical enclosures (and one additional double-drive version). They allow me to use the Firewire 800 connectivity on my Mac Mini server and, with an adapter, the Thunderbolt connectivity on my wife's iMac. They do get pretty warm (I have them stacked up 3-high using the add-on brackets sold by OWC) but have never had a melt down. Once in a while I have had to use them with the FW400 or USB connectivity and it's nice that all are available.

This review is from (*) OWC Mercury Elite Pro FireWire 800 & USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 Enclosure Kit for 3.5" HDDs up to 8.0TB.

Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Austin TX Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Needed a large hard drive for HD music files March 5, 2016 I needed a good reliable hard drive to store and play HD music files I download from one of the internet providers. I download .aiff files in 96/24 and 192/24 which makes for some large files, so I needed a large hard drive. I did a lot of research into who makes the best, and most reliable hard drives and decided to go with OWC. The hard drive arrived, and my first impression was how well it seems to be made. A very professional look and feel ti this unit. To make a long story short, I've had this hard drive for two years now, and it performs flawlessly. Since this purchase I have bought several items from OWC and have found the quality on everything to be first rate.

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

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Marietta, GA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product February 29, 2016 Excellent product and good service.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: FL Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Perfect November 26, 2015 Outstandiing.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from (*) OWC Mercury Elite Pro FireWire 800 & USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 Enclosure Kit for 3.5" HDDs up to 8.0TB.

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: cambridge, ma Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 not as quiet as expected March 24, 2015 if this unit were not from OWC Id give it only 3 stars, but because of OWC quality I know the unit is worth it…

Unit is louder than expected when it starts up…and at first I thought it wasn't powering down when not in use…used at a client running osx 10.5 so figured that was why…. but after more time I realized it did stop running after 10 min or so and so didn't choose to return it for warranty repair….OWC was more than ready to take/ check the unit, which I also appreciate...

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM FW800 &USB3 Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Carson City, NV Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Very nice product... March 23, 2015 This hard drive and enclosure is beautifully designed and manufactured. I now have four of these drives. They look great on the desk and feel good in the hand!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM FW800 &USB3 Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Bloomingdale, IL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Company, Great Products! March 12, 2015 This is my 3rd Mercury Elite Pro that I have bought from OWC. I have never had a problem with these drives! I use it every week for my DJ Gigs (for music and videos.) I am getting close to filling up my 2TB version so yesterday I decided to order this 6TB version. And to my surprise what shows up today, the 6TB Drive I just ordered yesterday. Thanks for the speedy shipping!

This review is from (*) 6.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM FW800 &USB3 Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cupertino, CA Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Lifesaver -- reliable backup disks February 28, 2015 We own three of these and use them for our primary backup disks on our iMacs. This has been over the last several years and has saved our data on more than one occasion. They are reliable and reasonably priced. Completely plug & play.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM FW800 &USB3 Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Nashville Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Will not use any other HD- February 27, 2015 I've had 5-6 of these Mercury Elite drives and not one of them has failed- that's with heavy use for several years- I became aware of OWC because lots of producer engineers swear by the OWC drives and RAM- Ordering is easy too

LOVE IT

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

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 4/5 Sleek February 26, 2015 Seamless hook up and great looks (I know I'm shallow). Only complaint is it produces a gentle rumble on occasion even though setting on a silicon pot holder. Feels heavy and substantial.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Torrance, Ca Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC is the Best January 27, 2015 Love OWC enclosed Hard Drive for external storage. They just work and work well. I have been using OWC external Drives for years and years and I currently have six attached to my 2009 Mac Pro.

Thanks

OWC

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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Michigan Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Exactly as promised; arrived quickly January 24, 2015 Product was exactly as promised, arrived quickly and was easy to set up with the directions/software included. It solved my memory problem on my mac.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM FW800 &USB3 Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chapel Hill, NC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Simple and perfect January 18, 2015 I bought this hd to use for backup with my 2009 iMac MC015LL/A. I'm ashamed to say that I put off setting up a permanent backup solution for an outrageously long time, even after losing all of my data twice, because I was intimidated by the process. This piece is so simple and perfect for that purpose and the peace of mind I have now, well you can't even put a dollar value on something like that. Had a slightly bumpy start with my Mercury Elite Pro but customer service at OWC is THE BEST, even with techno-ninnies like me, they will smooth the road for you in every way possible. I've had it up and running for over six months now and still there isn't a day that goes by where I'm not aware on some level of the value of having this hd backing up my stuff. Thank you, OWC for being such an awesome resource!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM FW800 &USB3 Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: PNW Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 I like these! January 15, 2015 These are very nice, quiet and swift drives for back-up. Very nice quality case, mount, ports. You will be slightly surprised and pleased when you compare with others. Really nice price/performance ratio.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chicago, IL Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Nice drive with one flaw January 13, 2015 As with all OWC drives, this one was a breeze to set up. My sole complaint is that, when plugged into a Firewire 800 port, the blue drive light is on continuously REGARDLESS of whether the switch for the drive is on or off. As I'm using the drive with a PowerBook which gets no power when I'm not working (I turn off the switch on the surge suppressor to eliminate power drain), the effect is that the LED in the OWC driuve drains my PowerBook battery. Tech support at OWC assures me that this behavior is a virtue, not a bug, but I can't see how it does anything positive; I've taken to unplugging the Firewire 800 cable when not using the drive. A minor irritant, perhaps, but definitely an irritant.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 5.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM FW800 &USB3 Storage Solution.

Response from MacSales.com, Technical Support January 13, 2015 That behavior is part of the FireWire design specifications. When connecting via FireWire, you can daisy-chain drives even if an individual drive has been switched off. That LED indicates that the FireWire bus is powered and available for use. While the power draw for that LED is extremely low, we can’t disagree with you that this FireWire feature is not always a benefit.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Socal
Rating: 5/5 Works as advertised January 13, 2015 The external hard drive works as advertised. I am happy with it. I really like the aluminum case and stand. It is very much a premium product from the looks of it.

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

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Rangiora, New Zealand Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent for backups January 12, 2015 My previous backup disks were not large enough for the iMac's TimeMachine program. This 1.0TB disk does the job perfectly.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM FW800 &USB3 Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Newport, Oregon Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Highly recommended & user-friendly December 29, 2014 OWC products were recommended by a friend and digital business owner several months after I had done some research myself and had "discovered" OWC.

The ease of operation, file transfer-backup procedure, and reliability to date along with the great price and 3 year warranty, have confirmed that I made a wise business decision.

The 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM 32MB Cache Solution with FW800 & USB3 interfaces. Intech HD Speedtools, Prosoft Data Backup, and connecting cables included. 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty, has met our expectations thus far. The Firewire 800 option was a must for us.

Finally, customer support has been sought and a positive outcome-understanding was achieved.

Respectfully,

ODG

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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Another Great OWC HDD December 25, 2014 This my second Mercury Elite Pro HDD, bought the first one (500 GB) about seven years ago and just got this one (2 TB) this spring. Man, this thing is fast! My incremental backups with SuperDuper just fly now, take about 10 minutes compared to almost 30 minutes with the older Elite (and it was pretty quick!).

I love the form factor/case, quiet operation, bang-for-the-buck and overall quality feel of the device. What can I say? When I need a new hard drive I look to OWC...period.

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

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Works as advertised December 6, 2014 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM FW800 &USB3 Storage Solution.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 Product works flawlessly December 5, 2014 External 1TB drive was delivered very promptly and works as advertised. I was able to connect it to my iMac and clone my Hd before replacing it with a newer SSD that I got as a gift.

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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 prompt delivery and excellent product November 3, 2014 The drive was delivered promptly and worked correctly.OWC is an excellent source for Mac accessories.

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

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cleveland, Queensland, Australia. Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 A product that works right the 1st time. November 3, 2014 I'am 55 years old and this is the first hard drive I have every installed on a computer which is also my first one, so I was very happy when it went without any problems at all. It all so fits well into the "Horizontal Desk Stand" I purchased with it.

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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good External Storage solution November 1, 2014 I like to use it for Backup and cloning main machine, Fast, supplied with quality cable.

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