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OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB 3.0 External, Bus-Powered Enclosure Solution

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

Mac / PC / USB 3.0, 2.0 & 1.1
  • Mac
  • PC
  • USB 3.0
The OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB 3.0 2010-2011 MacBook Air Enclosure Kit packs an incredible punch into a 3" W x 5.5" L x 1" H 11 ounce package!
After making your 2010-2011 MacBook Air better than new with an OWC Mercury Aura® Pro Express SSD, "re-task" the replaced Apple factory flash storage by installing it into this OWC Mercury On-The-Go Enclosure Solution for immediate use as a high performance, bus powered external drive.

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 On-The-Go USB 3.0 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: 3.5"(W) x 5.5"(D) x 1"(H)
  • Lightweight: 11 ounces empty case
  • Bus powered or may be powered with AC adapter
  • Fully utilize the MacBook Air SSD's 200MB/s speed capability via USB 3.0 which offers speeds up to 500MB/s
  • Super quiet fanless operation
  • Clear, shock resistant polycarbonate acrylic case design
  • Includes carrying case, all interface connection cables, and one year complete solution warranty
*IMPORTANT NOTE: The OWC Mercury On-The-Go 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/)"

Includes

Mercury On-The-Go includes
  • OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 storage solution
  • High Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0 certified connecting cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Special SATA Adapter
  • Plastic Riser
  • On-The-Go Pro Manual
  • OWC 1 Year Warranty

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Product Specifications:

Bus Interface

  • USB 3.0 / 2.0 & 1.1 Backwards compatible port.

Chipset

  • ASMedia 1051e USB 3.0 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.

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0 - 5.0 Gbit/s (or 500 MB/sec)
  • USB 2.0 - 60MB/s

Port/Interface Bootability

  • Can I use this solution as an external startup drive?
  • 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

System Requirements

  • Macintosh: Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, OS X 10.2.x or later including ‘Lion’ 10.7.x, and an available USB 3.0 port. Time Machine® Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later.
  • PC: Windows Vista, XP, 2000, NT, 98, and an available USB 3.0 port.
  • Linux: Linux compatible via supported the USB interface.

Power Supply

  • Bus Power via USB on most computers with USB 3.0 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.

External Case Dimensions

  • 3.5" (W) x 5.5" (D) x 1" (H)
  • 88.9mm x 139.7mm x 25.4mm

Unit Weight (no mechanism)

  • 0.40lbs. (0.18kg)

Product Manual

Recommended USB 3.0 Cards

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Relative Humidity

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Vibration

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

MTBF (hours)

  • Dependent on mechanism installed

Warranty

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n OWCSSDAPOTGU3 UPC#: 736211771056

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 188 out of 201 (94%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: brushworks Location: Indiana Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Best Product of Its Kind April 22, 2018 These little drive enclosures are the best I've ever used. Strong, sturdy and durable to the extreme. Provides superb shock protection for even "old-fashioned" mechanical hard drives. They cost a little more than a lot of other enclosures, but they're worth every penny. And they look so good! I plan to buy more as gifts for my kids and grandkids.

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Reviewer: mrr714 Location: new castle, de Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 great SSD Drive April 15, 2018 Good speed, right size - decent price. Like the enclosure.

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Reviewer: Austin Location: Cupertino, CA Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Used w/ SSD as offsite backup. March 22, 2018 Easily installed an SSD into the enclosure. Very fast w/ USB3. Small enough to fit in my fire safe. Has worked well over the years.

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Reviewer: PapPap Location: Michigan Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great backup and archive solution December 30, 2017 Grandson used his MacBook Pro with Retina for two and a half years of college. His small solid state drive was nearly full and cooling fan was running regularly. He had no external drive and no backup plan! This drive was a great solution at a very reasonable cost. Created two partitions, archive and backup. We moved seldom used files to archive and set up Time Machine for backups. This simple addition will keep his 8 gig, 120 Gig SSD MacBook relevant for the foreseeable future at a very reasonable cost. Thank you Macsales!

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Reviewer: jwarren Location: Hansville WA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 LOVE these pocket-sized multi-terabyte storage units December 16, 2017 I've been using these OWC On-The-Go external drives since at least 2012, and love 'em! Have [at least] 18 of 'em - 500GB to 2TB; most USB2/USB3; some Firewire400-800/USB2or3. Something like 20-30 TERAbytes in total. Got most of 'em with the mass-store already inside, but also got a few 0GB cases and stuffed my own drives in 'em (usually extracted from obsolete computers on the way to recycling). Nightly backups (using wun'erful Carbon Copy Cloner); off-site back-ups; easy sharing of monster-sized files; etc. [Well okay - so maybe it has to be a slightly largeish pocket. :-) ]

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Reviewer: TommyZ Location: Long Beach CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Compact/Fast July 5, 2017 A nice little portable package, that's faster than most portable HDs. One potential issue I've had is with connecting it to a hub. It "clicks" and won't fire up when attached to one of my powered USB 3 hubs. It must be a power issue as the drive works great when connected directly to the MacPro and Powerbook. Could be a hub issue, though other peripherals are working, so I'm not sure it's that the drive's power requirements are a bit steeper than the hub can handle.

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Reviewer: Rhenig Location: Paris, France Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Reassuring Solid Construction July 5, 2017 Anyone already having bought this item will know the merits of this transparent acrylic casing. For a first time purchase, it may be an act of faith. However, on installing the disk and reasembling, one is totally reassured as to its robustness, the more so when copying files. It performs well. All in all, a highly satisfying acquisition.

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Reviewer: Jody Location: New Bern, NC Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Good price, rapid shipping, great product. June 23, 2017 This is the fourth Mercury On-The-Go drive I have bought from MacSales. The compact size, the bus-powered operation, the included cable, and the convenient carrying case all make this very useful. Setup is a snap -- I was making a backup a half hour after opening the shipping carton.

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Reviewer: Vinnny Location: Chestnut Ridge, NY Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good Time Machine drive June 11, 2017 I like the fact that it has a power switch.

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Reviewer: KenW Location: Asheville, NC Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great, but... June 4, 2017 I purchased this 0GB enclosure when we came to the conclusion that my older 1GB On-The-Go-Pro hard drive enclosure had failed while the hard drive itself was in good condition. The diagnosis of MacSales Support proved to be correct and I now have a functioning external hard drive. However, the latest version of the 0GB enclosure is slightly different that the original and the included instructions are directed toward a newer SSDs. My advice is to contact OWC/MacSales for help if you're installing an older mechanical hard drive in this enclosure. Other than that, the new enclosure performs flawlessly.

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Reviewer: Howie Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great June 4, 2017 Perfect as usual

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Reviewer: davidah1 Location: San Francisco CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 works fine, as it should May 22, 2017 What is there to say? It works.

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Reviewer: AgileJim Location: Connecticut Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Plug and Play; Fast April 28, 2017 I bought this drive to backup a new machine I purchased. It was recognized quickly when plugged into the computer and the initial set-up was simple and straightforward. I am satisfied with the speed of the drive.

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Reviewer: KartRacer48 Location: Ohio Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great HD for the small size April 16, 2017 This is my 4th OWC on the go 7200 RPM hard drive. I travel with these and bus power works great too.

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Reviewer: jeremy284 Location: 38632 Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great little enclosure for spare hard drives April 3, 2017 I have half a dozen of these enclosures now to do backups, store photos and music libraries. A great product and very reliable.

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Reviewer: StumpJumper Location: Ohio Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Small, Light, Convenient & Reliable April 2, 2017 This is the second Mercury On-The-Go Pro that I've purchased from OWC/MacSales.com. I use them for clone backups of our two MacBook Pro's, usually weekly, to supplement the normal hourly Time Machine backups to other external drives (Mercury Elite Pro's or MiniStacks). We've been using the older On-The-Go Pro for over 5 years now. These drives are light weight and easily transportable along with a laptop computer's other necessary gear. Being USB bus powered (the older one is powered through the FireWire 800 connection) you don't have to lug around an additional power brick.

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Reviewer: DustyMac Location: Washington DC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Enclosure March 31, 2017 This is my fourth or fifth of these enclosures bought from OWC. This one was to resurrect the hard drive from my dead 2011 MacBook Pro. As always, installation was easy and my old drive works great. If I have any criticism, it's the brightness of the blue LED activity light, but a piece of label tape dims it quite nicely.

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Reviewer: MacBeil Location: Kamloops, B.C. Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This product is cool March 25, 2017 I bought this enclosed to hold my Laptop drive that I was changing out with a 2 T drive. The old drive just slid right in and was up and running in min's. I might try the enclosed with the Thunderbolt port to compare the speeds.

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Reviewer: Donww Location: Texas Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 On the go pro 1.0tb February 21, 2017 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro USB 3.0 / 2.0 7200RPM Portable Bus Powered Solution.. Customer Videos:
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Reviewer: Also Location: Atchison KS Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Tony the Tiger says, "Great.!" February 10, 2017 I recently purchased the 1T Mercury ON-the-go Drive and I an happy to say it works like a charm.

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Reviewer: shortimer Location: Ellington, Connecticut Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 SSD & USB3 • Go for it ! February 1, 2017 Bought this enclosure & Crucial M500 1TB SSD. This is my music drive for my recording studio. It has OS X installed with Logic Pro X, Komplete11, and all my other plug-ins. Using USB3 on this enclosure with the Crucial SSD, I startup on the drive and can record twenty or more tracks of all varieties in Logic. Latency is very good with my prior Apogee FW interface, and excellent with my new Focusrite Thunderbolt interface. My 13" 2016 MacBook Pro w/ 16GB RAM, chokes with a few hefty plug-ins running, so I simply freeze tracks, and all is well. This config has worked great for the last two years. Obviously, the new MBpros with USB-C are changing things, as USB-C externals will be all that much faster & reliable.

Bought the exact same setup for my beats writing, musician son. He's had two years of glitch free hard use with his setup too ! One caveat I learned. Be careful when doing remote sessions that the external drive & wire don't disconnect. If you must record remotely, keep the drive and the mac on a very solid, not movable surface, or area. If the drive or wire are moved in a way that disconnects, even for the shortest of moments, your drive and its content face the chance of corruption & a crash.

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Reviewer: Matreya Location: Gold Coast, Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 The best little enclosure on the market January 11, 2017 Over the years, I have bought many of these enclosures. They are reliable, sturdy and easy to assemble.

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Reviewer: Tulio Location: Honduras Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great adquisition for ANY Mac January 1, 2017 I obtained this external 1,0 TB drive as a necessity for the limitted memory of my 2004 aluminum Powerbook G4; it works perfect. Maje sure you purchase the power supply as well since the usb slot will not provide enough voltage to move this drive.

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Reviewer: jwarren Location: Hansville WA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 have maybe 15-20 of these OTG enclosures; LOVE 'em! December 21, 2016 Compact. EASY to use. EASY to install/insert 2.5" hard-disks in 'em. RELIABLE. VERY portable!

I've been buying and using these OTG units - sometimes with a disk already in 'em; sometimes (like these three) empty - which allows me to insert my own disks in 'em ... including disks that I get from OWC when they're available at ESPECIALLY EXCELLENT DISCOUNTS.

Donno what else I can say - other than maybe to note that I've been a computer pro since the late '69s (an antiquitarian! :-), and am NOTORIOUSLY PICKY about my hardware (and software - which isn't of concern for this enclosure).

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Reviewer: MountainMan Location: Woodland Park, CO Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Infinitely better than other USB-powered drives December 11, 2016 Between huge apps and client files, the 500GB SSD on my MacBook Pro was maxed out. So, I took to carrying all client files on a small external 2TB drive made by Toshiba, and leaving only apps on the laptop itself The Toshiba drive was very convenient to carry on a trip, and was inexpensive. Trouble is, it stopped working after a few months, in the middle of a trip, leaving my client files inaccessible. I was not pleased.

So, I purchased a OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 2TB drive. It was considerably more expensive than most of the pocket-sized USB drives on the market, and it is substantially larger, making transport a little more problematic. But, I have three of these OWC USB drives, and so far, they have been utterly reliable. I will trade that for smaller size and for saving a few bucks any day.

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OWC 0GB Mercury On-The-Go USB 3.0 External, Bus-Powered Enclosure Solution Mfr P/N: OWCSSDAPOTGU3 OWC SKU: OWCSSDAPOTGU3 for Apple MacBook Air 2010 & 2011 Flash Drive (SSD) 1 Year Warranty
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