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OWC Mercury Pro 12x Blu-ray Pioneer BDR-206 External

OWC Mercury Pro 12x Blu-ray Pioneer BDR-206 External

Burn Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-RAM, CD - all popular types of optical media!

The next generation of storage technology. Upgrade your system with an external Blu-ray burner!

With the OWC Mercury Pro 12x Blu-ray Pioneer BDR-206 External you can archive massive amounts of data (up to 50GB per disc!), and start creating DVDs using your own family and friends as the stars!

  • Supports the burning of up to 50GB of data or high definition video per Blu-ray disc, or up to 8.5GB using low-cost Dual Layer DVDs.
  • Has everything you will need to get up and burning with ease! Offering true Plug & Play, it's never been easier to get started creating your own DVDs.
  • Four interface types! FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA! With so many interface choices, it's compatible with virtually any system!
  • Includes two 25GB pieces of retail Panasonic write-once media.

Reviews & Awards
American Photo 2007 Award"OWC Mercury Blu-ray External
While hard drives are cheap these days, serious shooters often back up image files to recordable DVDs because they're less vulnerable to physical damage and can be easily stored in multiple locations. The capacity of these disks is limited to 8GB, however. Enter the Blu-ray format, which squeezes up to six times the data on the same size disc. Blu-ray disks are relatively expensive -- about $17 for a 25GB single-layer and $35 for 50GB dual-layer -- but prices are likely to fall when the new format's high-density rival, High-Definition DVD (HD DVD), offers writable disks. (HD DVD is currently limited to read-only movies.)

Even 2X Blu-ray writers like the OWC Mercury, an external drive, are cheaper than their 1X predecessors. This one uses a Panasonic mechanism that allows recording of 25GB in about 45 minutes, a rate of 9MB/second. The one we tested came with Roxio Toast 8 Titanium, which we needed because the Mac OS X we used doesn't offer native support for Blu-ray burning. The Mercury's rugged plastic case has a cooling fan along with three data ports, two Firewire and one USB 2.0."
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Macworld 4 mice MacAddict Rated Great
MacAddict Editor's Choice American Photo

Get ready to be creative, the possibilities are endless with the OWC Mercury Pro!

The OWC Mercury Pro drive is fully compatible with all of the applications you want it to work with.
The OWC Mercury Pro has been tested and works with:

Apple iDVD*

Apple iTunes*

Apple DiscBurner*
iLife 05
Apple iLife*

Roxio Toast

*Apple software currently does not support Blu-ray drives, but the DVD and CD burning/reading portions of the OS do function. It is expected a future release of the OS will add Blu-ray support and the ability to display HD Blu-ray video.

OWC Mercury Pro 12x Blu-ray Pioneer BDR-206 External Product Specifications:
Oxford 934DSB
  • FireWire 800 (1394b) - 2 Ports
  • FireWire 400 (1394a) - 1 Port
  • eSATA - 1 Port
  • USB 2.0 (1.1 Backwards Compatible) - 1 Port
Pioneer BDR-206 12x SATA Blu-ray Recordable Drive
Write Speed:
  • BD-R (Single Layer/Double Layer): 12x
  • BD-RE (Single Layer/Double Layer): 2x
  • DVD-RAM: 5x
  • DVD-R: up to 16x
  • DVD-R (DL) up to 8x
  • DVD-RW up to 6x
  • DVD+R up to 16x
  • DVD+R (DL) up to 8x
  • DVD+RW up to 8x
  • CD-R up to 40x
  • CD-RW up to 24x
Read Speed:
  • BD-ROM (Single/Dual Layer): 8x
  • BD-R (Single Layer/Double Layer): 8x
  • BD-RE (Single Layer/Double Layer): 8x
  • DVD-RAM: 5x
  • DVD-R: 16x
  • DVD+R: 16x
  • DVD-R DL: 12x
  • DVD+R DL: 12x
  • DVD-RW: 12x
  • DVD+RW: 12x
  • DVD-ROM (Single Layer): 16x
  • DVD-ROM (Dual Layer): 12x
  • CD-ROM: 40x
  • CD-R: 40x
  • CD-RW: 24x
Buffer Size:
Data Capacity:
  • 50GB BD-R (Double Layer)
  • 25GB BD-R (Single Layer)
  • 8.5GB (Double Layer DVD+/-R DL Disc, General Use)
  • 4.7GB (DVD General Use)
  • 700 MB (79 min. disk)
  • 650 MB (74 min. disk)
  • 550MB (63 min. disk)
Loading Mechanism:
Supported Formats:
  • Blu-ray single/dual layer media
  • DVD single layer/dual layer / 120mm / 80mm disc
  • DVD-R (when writing, use only 650nm ¡V for General use ¡V media)
  • DVD-R (4X, 8X, 16X, 18X write speed)
  • Dual Layer DVD-R and Double Layer DVD+R
  • DVD-RW (1X, 2X, 4X, 6X write speed)
  • DVD+R (2.4X, 4X, 8X, 16X, 18X write speed)
  • DVD+RW (2.4X, 4X, 8X write speed)
  • DVD-RAM (non-cartridge, Version 2.0, Version 2.1) (Read only)
  • CD-ROM Mode 1
  • CD-R XA Mode 2 (form 1, form 2)
  • Photo CD (single and multiple sessions)
  • CD-DA
  • CD-Extra (CD PLUS)
  • Video-CD
  • CD Text
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW / High Speed CD-RW / Ultra Speed CD-RW
OWC has tested and qualified the following cards for use with the eSATA interface port on your OWC Mercury Pro Optical Solution:
eSATA Extender Cables for Mac Pro  
Newer Technology eSATA Extender Cable Adapter for Mac Pro (NWTMPQXES2) PRICE: $5.88
SHIPS: Same Day
PCIe (PCI Express) for Desktops and Towers  
Sonnet Technology Tempo SATA E2P Serial ATA Host Adapter Card (STITSATAIIE2P) PRICE: $19.00
SHIPS: Sold Out
NewerTech MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card (NWTMXPCIE6GS2) PRICE: $39.99
SHIPS: Sold Out
Firmtek Seritek/2SE2-E PCI Express (PCIe) Serial ATA Adapter (FTKSATA2SE2E) PRICE: $99.00
SHIPS: 24-48 hrs
DAT Optic PCIe 8x 4 Channel eSATA host adapter (DOIESATAPCIE8) PRICE: $157.99
SHIPS: Sold Out
Recording Modes:
  • Disc-at-Once
  • Session-at-Once
  • Track-at-Once
  • Packet Writing (variable and fixed)
  • Multi-Session
Apple OS X Notes:
Drive is Plug & Play Natively supported by Apple iLife, Apple iDVD, etc with Apple OS X 10.4.3 and later Apple OS Versions. If you are using Apple OS X 10.4.2, the latest version 10.4.11 is a free update we recommend installing. if you are using Apple OS 10.3.x 'panther', click (here) for PatchBurn version for 10.3.x support, if you are using Apple OS 10.2.8, click (here) for Pathburn version for 10.2.8 support.
Mac OS 9 Notes:
This drive is not supported under Mac OS 9 or earlier.
Operating System:
  • Macintosh
    • FireWire Interface and OS X 10.3 or above
    • USB 2.0 Interface and OS X (any version)
  • PC
    • FireWire Interface and Windows XP SP2 or later.
    • USB 2.0 Interface and Windows XP SP2 or later.
  • Linux
    • Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.
Case Dimensions:
10.5"(D) x 7.5"(W) x 2.5"(H)
266.7mm x 190.5mm x 63.5mm
1 Year OWC Warranty

48 Hour Warranty Service

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This Solution Includes:
  • OWC Mercury Pro (Pioneer BDR-206 8x Blu-ray Recordable Drive Mechanism) FireWire / USB / eSATA Combo Drive
  • Power Cable
  • FireWire 800 (1394b) 9 pin - 9 pin Connecting Cable - 3'
  • FireWire 400 (1394a) 6 pin - 6 pin Connecting Cable - 3'
  • eSATA connecting cable - 3'
  • USB A-B Connecting Cable - 3'
Roxio Toast 9

Brand may differ from pictured
  • Two Pieces 25GB BD-R 4x Write-Once Media
OWC Note:
Requires disabling of hard disk sleep in Mac Pro Systems to prevent drive from disappearing during sleep.
To disable hard disk sleep go to the Apple --->System Preferences ---> Energy Saver and uncheck “Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible."