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OWC Mercury Rack Pro

0GB 1U 4 Bay
Rack Storage Solution Kit

New Condition | Open Box

External mini-SAS / Mac / PC
  • external mini-SAS
  • Mac
  • PC
OWC affordability, reliability, and ease of use in a single 1U rack space.
Need massive amounts of storage?
The OWC Mercury Rack Pro Storage Solution is a four bay external mini-SAS hard drive enclosure configured as four independent hard drives, up to a maximum capacity of 16.0TB (4.0TB per hard drive mechanism).

The OWC Mercury Rack Pro features a single external mini-SAS interface, to not only reduce cable clutter, but to provide four full channels of data (one per drive) through a single external mini-SAS cable.  It's like having four separate eSATA/SAS cables but in a single package.

Designed specifically to meet the demands of server, audio production, and video production environments, the OWC Mercury Rack Pro four Bay 1U Solutions provide data transfer rates of up to 24Gb/s data rates¹! Using the highest capacity SATA hard drive mechanisms available, and offering Plug & Play simplicity, the possibilities are endless!

Note: OWC Mercury Rack Pro solutions do not include rack rails. If rails are required for your rack setup, OWC has them available. Click Here.
Outstanding Features
Great Performance
Using the fastest SATA drive mechanisms available gives the OWC Mercury Rack Pro mini-SAS 4 Bay 1 U Solutions a solid, performance focused base.  Adding a high-speed external mini-SAS card (not included) further enhances the OWC Mercury Rack Pro providing  some of the fastest drive transfer rates possible, up to 24Gb/s¹!
High Reliability
A Top-Notch design using the best components gives the OWC Mercury Rack Pro an industry leading one year warranty and ensures the series is built to last!
Flexible Form
The OWC Mercury Rack Pro can easily be converted to a desktop form-factor via a Phillips screwdriver by simply removing the rack ears and installing the included anti-skid, vibration dampening feet.
From day one, the OWC Mercury Rack Pro Series has been designed to be everything you'd hope for and more!

Includes

  • OWC Mercury Rack Pro 4 Bay 1U Storage Solution
  • Integrated ROHS, CE, and FCC compliant Power Supply
  • Rack Mounting Handles
  • Anti-skid, Vibration Dampening Desktop Mounting Feet
  • Screws for Rack / Desktop Conversion
  • Mercury Rack Pro mini-SAS Assembly Manual & User Guide
  • OWC 1 Year Solution Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time

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Product Specifications:

Interfaces Supported

  • Unit provides one (1) External mini-SAS, supporting up to 24Gb/s
  • Enclosure uses 3.5" Serial ATA (SATA) or 3.5" SAS hard drives

RAID / JBOD Support

  • RAID-Ready ² and JBOD; 4 independent drive channels

Drive Rotation Speed

  • Varies with drive mechanisms installed

Drive Cache Size

  • Varies with drive mechanisms installed

Qualified Hard Drives

Serial ATA drive models OWC has tested and qualified for use with the Mercury Rack Pro:

A 'recommended' drive is one that, through our extensive and ongoing evaluation process, we've found to have optimum operational characteristics required for demanding RAID applications.

Note: OWC is always testing new drive models and adds additional models as they become available and have passed our stringent requirements. If you do not see a new drive model listed, please check back in the future for confirmed OWC Mercury Rack Pro Qualification.

Note: Regardless of drive model used, OWC recommends all drives used in RAID configurations match exactly for proper RAID operation.

**NOT RECOMMENDED**
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 series - all models, particularly the 1.5TB 7200RPM model p/n ST31500341AS due to stability and performance concerns.
  • Western Digital Green drives - all models, due to potential critical operational issues attributed to the IntelliPower technology providing inconsistent variable transfer rates.

Port Configuration

  • external mini-SAS up to 24Gb/s

Format

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • external mini-SAS - up to 24Gb/s (or 2400 MB/sec)

Recommended external mini-SAS Cards

Recommended mini-SAS Connecting Cables

  • When using Passive/passthrough mini-SAS storage solutions equipped with "6G" 6Gb/s (SATA 3.0 Revision) drives, we strongly recommend only using connecting cables of 1 meter or shorter length due to the increased signal integrity requirements of 6G drives. Active storage solutions such as SAS expander systems equipped with 6G drives can utilize mini-SAS connecting cables up to 10 meters in length.

Macintosh System Requirements

  • Mini-SAS cable sold separately: 1M mini-SAS cable is required and available here for use with SATA/SAS 6Gb/s drives due to signal integrity requirements, longer cable lengths are not supported. When using SATA/SAS 3Gb/s drives, longer cable lengths can be used and are available here.
  • external mini-SAS: Macintosh with external mini-SAS via 3rd party controller card interface, (not included). external mini-SAS requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later. Including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x.
  • Time Machine® Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later.

Windows System Requirements

  • Mini-SAS cable sold separately: 1M mini-SAS cable is required and available here for use with SATA/SAS 6Gb/s drives due to signal integrity requirements, longer cable lengths are not supported. When using SATA/SAS 3Gb/s drives, longer cable lengths can be used and are available here.
  • external mini-SAS: Windows with external mini-SAS via 3rd party controller card interface, (not included). external mini-SAS requires Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP.

Cooling

  • Three (3) 4cm Brushless, whisper quiet, constant speed fans

Power Supply

  • UL Listed U.S./International Adjustable 100 ~ 240v, 50/60Hz, 200W (Max.) input Power Supply (power cords for International use sold separately).

External Case Dimensions

  • 11.9"(D) x 17.3"(W) x 1.7"(H)
  • 30.3cm x 44cm x 4.5cm
  • 11.9"(D) x 17.3"(W) x 2.2"(H) (with feet)
  • 30.3cm x 44cm x 5.5cm (with feet)
  • 11.9"D) x 19.2"(W) x 1.7"(H) (with rack mounting handles)
  • 30.3cm x 48.7cm x 4.5cm (with rack mounting handles)

Enclosure Weight (no accessories)

  • Approximately 10 lbs. (4.5kg)

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • Varies with drive mechanisms installed

Relative Humidity

  • Varies with drive mechanisms installed

Shock

  • Varies with drive mechanisms installed

Vibration

  • Varies with drive mechanisms 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 OWCMRP1UMSAS UPC#: 794504330052

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.5 / 5 2 out of 2 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Alexandria, VA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent and affordable Raid 5 Storage March 20, 2013 We are using one of these units connected to a MacPro with an OWC miniSAS PCIe card and it has been rock solid from day one. In fact, we are getting ready to add a second one.

It took us about a day to set it up and get it configured, but after that it has been easy to use and maintain. We currently have it configured in Raid 5 and it's hosted on our iSCSI SAN. Multiple edit suites access this storage and our SAN server and this drive array runs without any problems.

If you have not worked with miniSAS do your homework ahead of time to avoid disappointment. It would be great to see this style raid from OWC with Thunderbolt.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 12.0TB OWC Mercury Rack Pro Enterprise Class 4 Bay SAS 1U Rackmount Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Storeithere
Rating: 4/5 Big, fast and quite. November 6, 2012 The Mercury Rack Pro mini-SAS is a 16TB hard drive in a single rack space. Unfortunately, there is no RAID associated with this product.There is a PCIe card that's required for SAS operation which is supposed to have some RAID capabilities, but those seem to be unavailable with a Mac. However, you can have it appear as 4 separate drives on your desktop, and that works well. Populating these drives takes a while (about 9 hours per TB), but once completed, things work reasonably fast. One issue is that the drives never stop spinning. I put the computer to sleep for the weekend, and on Monday morning the drives were spinning just as fast as they were on Friday evening. So you need to either turn everything off everyday, or just let them spin. The Mercury Rack Pro mini-SAS is a good hard drive that's big enough to last for a while. It works fast and is quite. I would recommend this product to anyone needing a fast drive, or for use as a back up.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 16.0TB OWC Mercury Rack Pro 4-Bay SAS 1U Rackmount Solution.

Response from MacSales.com, Marketing November 7, 2012 Your comment of, "There is a PCIe card that's required for SAS operation which is supposed to have some RAID capabilities, but those seem to be unavailable with a Mac." is not quite accurate. Yes, any RAID features of this mini-SAS enclosure would be dependent on the HBA card you're using. However, we offer several options for Mac such as the Newer Technology MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G 2e http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/MXPRMS6G2E/ Additional RAID controllers can be found under the Specifications Tab on the product page.


¹ Depending on selected drives, RAID setting, and external mini SAS equipped SAS or SATA card.
² RAID drives via software or SATA controller card.