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OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini

2.0TB 5400RPM
Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface Storage Solution

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0
High-performance, high-reliability data storage/backup with a fanless, bus-powered design
With a 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive the latest chipset, and USB 3.0, the Mercury Elite Pro mini 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 and a shock resistant portable aluminum enclosure, the Mercury Elite Pro mini is ready to go wherever you need A/V, Digital Photography, Professional Music, Graphics, General Data, and Time Machine ready storage.

Interfaces: USB 3.0 & 2.0
  • 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)
  • Drive speeds of up to 7200RPM
  • Perfect for digital photography, professional music, graphics, general data, and Time Machine backups
  • 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 1456 high-performance chipset
  • 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty
Speedtools
Includes the Powerful SpeedTools Utility Suite for Mac
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Includes

  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface, USB 3.0 & 2.0, with Hard Drive
  • 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 User Guide & Assembly Manual (445KB PDF)
  • 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 1456 High-Performance Chipset

Standard Mechanism

    2.0TB Seagate Mobile HDD Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    2.5-inch HDD
    Interface
    SATA 6.0Gb/s
    Capacity1
    2.0TB
    Formatted Capacity2
    1.86GiB
    Rotational Speed
    5,400 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    128MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    ST2000LM007
    RoHS Compliant
    Yes
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    7.0 mm (0.276″)
    Width (max)
    69.9 mm (2.75″)
    Length (max)
    100.4 mm (3.95″)
    Weight (typical)
    90g (0.2 lbs.)
    Data Heads
    4
    Number of Disks
    2
    Guaranteed Sectors
    3,907,029,168
    Bytes per Sector
    512
    Areal Density
    51320Gb/in2

    Reliability3

    Load/Unload Cycles
    600,000
    Head-Rest Method
    QuietStep™ Ramp Load
    Nonrecoverable Read Errors
    1 per 1014 bits read

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    140 MB/s
    Track-to-track Seek
    1.5ms
    Average Seek Time
    13.0ms
    Average Latency
    5.6ms

    Power

    Start Current, DC
    1.0 Amps
    Seek Power
    1.8 Watts
    Read Power
    1.7 Watts
    Write Power
    1.8 Watts
    Idle Mode Average
    1.5 Watts
    Idle Mode, Active
    0.85 Watts
    Idle Mode, Low Power
    0.5 Watts
    Standby Mode
    0.13 Watts
    Sleep Mode
    0.13 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    Shock
    400 Gs at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 140°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 60°C
    Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
    8% to 90%
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Shock
    1000 Gs at 1ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 158°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 70°C
    Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
    5% to 95%
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    2.2 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.
  • 2.0TB* Seagate Mobile 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

  • 8 Megabyte (8,192k)

Drive Rotation Speed

  • 5400RPM

Port Configuration

  • USB 3.0 – (1) Micro-B port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • 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?
  • eSATA: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • USB 3.0: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • USB 2.0: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info

Format

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 eSATA port.
  • Time Machine® Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later.

Windows System Requirements

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

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB interface.

Power Supply*

  • Bus Power via USB on most computers with USB 2.0 port factory stock.
  • 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

User Guide

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 MEU3MH5T2.0 UPC#: 812437020670

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 70 out of 73 (96%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: TubaMan Location: Laurel, MD Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Loose USB3 connector August 1, 2020 While this Mercury Elite MINI has been a good addition to my backup plan, I have had issues with the USB3 socket on the drive. The mechanical connection is insecure at times and gets disconnected easily. I replaced the cable with a new one, but it is still too easily dislodged.

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Reviewer: Aristophanes Location: Nova Scotia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Solid drive January 16, 2017 My only concern is that sometimes powering down it exhibits a whine and click. Not sure if this is a proble.

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Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Wheatfield, IN Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Solidly built, very responsive and quite! May 20, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 7200RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.
Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Wheatfield, IN Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Very responsive and quite May 20, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 7200RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: RI Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 So far, great May 9, 2015 Easy setup, no hitches, quite fast.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Westport, CT Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great drive to work with *Time Machine* April 6, 2015 I bought two of these drives for my offspring to back up their Macs. The USB 3 interface means these drives really fly. And the case is excellent.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Wonderful storage March 30, 2015 This hard drive is a wonderful size, nice and small and it is great not needing to plug it in for power. I like the look on my desk and am very pleased with it.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Illinois Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Reliable and easy to use February 21, 2015 With one of these on both mine and my wife's computer, we use Carbon Copy Cloner for backups. I just plugged them into a USB port on each computer and they were ready to go. No "wall wart" required, they are powered from the bus. Perfect for backups! Mine had been in daily use for more than a year, so I bought a second one for use on her computer.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sebring, FL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 What hard drive? January 5, 2015 It is small, nice to look at and best of all totally quiet. Like no noise at all. I'd forget it was even there if the desktop icon wasn't there. And it was an icon I downloaded from OWC so it looks just like the hard drive- nice touch.

It was a breeze to set up and works flawlessly and quiet - did I mention quiet. With a SSD in my mac mini and this baby I have absolutely no noise when things are up and running.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 120GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable SSD USB 3.0 Storage Solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Laurel, MD Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Silent power December 27, 2014 This drive is the perfect solution to my wife's back-up concerns. I partitioned the drive so that she has room for TimeMachine and for CarbonCopyCloner. The drive is silent. It is very compact and can be placed behind her iMac where she doesn't have to see it. USB 3.0 makes this a very fast drive when connected to our iMac.

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Verified Buyer Top 50 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Well made by a great company December 23, 2014 Maybe a few more dollars than other companies, but it's worth it. Very well made and easy to setup.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NJ Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 A Great Little Drive October 24, 2014 The drive is very fast and quiet, and produces no heat. It runs off USB power so it cuts down on cord clutter. It's compact size is a big plus in a crowded set up.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Ithaca, NY
Rating: 5/5 Works as Expected October 20, 2014 Easy setup. Provided an inexpensive back solution for my new iMac. Seems quite fast.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Ontario, Canada Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 exactly as advertised October 6, 2014 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 7200RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 cost-effective storage August 26, 2014 It provides me with a 1 TB backup drive at a cost-effective price. It costs a bit more than many others, but I am willing to pay a bit more for reliability. I have had good results with OWC products - particularly hard disk drives, and I will continue to buy them for that reliability.

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