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OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini FireWire 800/400+USB2+eSATA Bus-Powered Enclosure Solution

0GB for Apple MacBook Air 2010 & 2011 Flash Drive (SSD)

Mac / PC / eSATA / FireWire 800 / FireWire 400 / USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • Mac
  • PC
  • eSATA
  • FireWire 800/400
  • USB
High performance and Plug and Play data storage/ backup reliability with a fanless, bus powered design.
The Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable Storage Solution delivers up to 300MB/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. Install your own 2.5" SATA hard drive into a shock resistant portable aluminum enclosure. The Mercury Elite Pro mini is ready to go wherever you need an A/V, Digital Photography, Professional Music, Graphics, General Data, and Time Machine ready storage solution.

After making your 2010-2011 MacBook Air better than new with an OWC Mercury Aura® Pro Express SSD, "re-task" the replaced Apple factory SSD with the OWC External Enclosure Kit Solution. It's a unique and easy DIY solution that comes ready for you to simply "plug in" your factory SSD for immediate use as a high performance, bus powered external drive.

Bus powered and portable, the Mercury Elite Pro mini delivers up to 300MB/s data transfer speeds from your factory SSD 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 fanless operation. It's ready to go wherever you need an A/V, Digital Photography, Professional Music, Graphics, General Data, and/or Time Machine ready storage solution.

Everything's included for an easy 2-step installation:
  • Plug the factory SSD module into the special SATA adapter already installed in the OWC Enclosure Solution.
  • Attach the other end of the factory SSD module to the mounting stanchion secured to the OWC enclosure's drive bay.
Just two simple steps, less than two minutes, and no special tools needed to transform your factory SSD into fast and reliable external storage capacity!
The OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini enclosure solution provides an ultra-portable, totally bus powered design to reuse your Apple factory SSD. Key features include:
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Compact size: 3.8(W) x 5.5(D) x 1.1(H)
  • Lightweight: 11.5 ounces empty case
  • Bus powered or may be powered with AC adapter
  • Fully utilize the MacBook Air SSD's 200MB/s speed capability via eSATA which offers speeds up to 300MB/s
  • Super quiet fanless operation
  • Ultra-protective Shock Isolation System
  • Includes carrying case, all interface connection cables, and one year complete solution warranty
*When using eSATA connection, the use of a powered FireWire port or optional AC Adapter (not included) is required when using FireWire or USB connection, the Elite Pro mini autoswitches to bus power via FireWire or USB connection.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini enclosure has been specifically designed for use ONLY with the factory SSD found installed in Apple MacBook Air 2010 and 2011 models. Do NOT attempt to install or use the OWC Aura SSD in the Envoy as you can damage the Aura drive, the Envoy enclosure or both and such damage is not covered under warranty. To transfer data from the Apple SSD in the Envoy to the Aura SSD in the computer, please visit this link (http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/format2011/)"


Mercury Elite  Pro includes
  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini "Quad Interface" Case Kit
  • 18″ High Quality eSATA connecting cable (eSATA - eSATA)
  • 15″ High Quality FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • 15″ High Quality USB 2.0/1.1 connecting cable
  • Mercury Elite Pro mini Manual
  • Special SATA Adapter
  • Plastic Riser
  • OWC 1 Year Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time


Product Specifications:


  • Oxford 944SE High-Performance Chipset

Drive Mechanisms Supported

  • Specifically made for 2010-2011 MacBook Air SSDs, but when adapter is removed, will work with any 2.5" SATA hard drive or SSD up to 2.2TB in capacity and up to 12.5mm in size. Use of 12.5mm size drives requires Installation Support Kit.

Drive Interface

  • SATA (Serial ATA)

Port Configuration

  • eSATA - 1 port
  • FireWire 800 - (2) 9 pin ports
  • USB 2.0/1.1 - (1) 5 pin mini 'b' port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • eSATA - 3.0 Gbit/s (or 300 MB/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

  • Bus Power via FireWire 800 supported on all models equipped with an available FireWire 800 port either factory stock or via add on FireWire 800 PCI Card.
  • Bus Power via FireWire 400 on all models made in 2001 or later via Factory ports or any model with add on FireWire 400 PCI Card.
  • 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.

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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)

Product Manual

Operating Environment:


  • (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)


  • (non-operating) up to 1500G

Load/Unload Cycles

  • Dependent on drive mechanism installed


  • Dependent on drive mechanism installed


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 OWCSSDAPEPMQ UPC#: 794504333657


Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Jesse Location: Tulsa, OK Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Solid product, good construction, works! December 11, 2012 I have no issues with this enclosure. I used this to create a Fusion drive with my mac mini using the old SSD from my MacBook Air. The only thing I wish was different would be if it had a Thunderbolt connection. That would speed up the connection a bit.

Otherwise, this has been solid and I feel comfortable bringing it with me on trips as it's a very sturdy enclosure.

I would recommend this item to a friend!