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OWC Mercury Elite Pro

1.5TB Combo Interface Storage Solution

Mac / PC / FireWire 400 / USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • Mac
  • PC
  • FireWire 400
  • USB
High Performance, High Reliability, and High Portability are standard for the OWC
Mercury Elite Pro series!
Outstanding Features
High Performance
Our high-speed Oxford 934 bridge chipset combined with the fastest SATA drive mechanisms available allow Mercury Elite Pro Solutions to deliver the fastest single drive transfer rates possible, up to 60 Megabytes Per Second! With any drive up to 2.0TB!
High Reliability
A top-notch design and the best components ensure the Mercury Elite Pro Series is built to last. The included three year warranty backs this up!
High Portability
The compact and shock-resistant design has the Mercury Elite Pro going places! In addition, the Mercury Elite Pro offers (2) FireWire 400(1394A) ports and (1) USB 2.0+1.1 Port for easy Plug and Play on virtually ANY system with a FireWire port! Even the cables are included!
Style
Designed to complement any user's system, the Mercury Elite Pro was created in mind with the Mac Pro system as a starting point. As the pictures show, it's a fine storage solution for any computer. Also, a blue activity LED complements the design recessed behind the front grille showing when your drive is being accessed.
Speedtools
Includes the Powerful SpeedTools Utility Suite for Mac
The comprehensive Mac utility used by professionals for accurate Mac diagnosis and maintenance. Click the SOFTWARE tab below to learn more »
From day one, the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Series has been designed to be everything you would hope for and more!

Includes

Mercury Elite Pro includes
  • External OWC Mercury Elite FireWire 400+USB2 Drive
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 400 connecting cable (6-6 Pin cable)
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded USB 2.0/1.1 connecting cable
  • External AutoSwitching 100/240v 50/60Hz Power Adapter
  • Vertical Stand
  • Mercury Elite Pro Combo Manual (3.9MB PDF)
  • Backup and Utility software CD
    • Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM (For Mac OS 8.6 - X only)
    • ProSoft Engineering® Data Backup for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
    • NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows 2000 or later
    • Carbon Copy Cloner© for Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Over 1.5GB of Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software installed
  • OWC 3 Year Solution Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time
  • complementary Level 1 Data Recovery

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • Oxford 934 High-Performance Chipset

Standard Mechanism

    1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    3.5″ HDD
    Interface
    SATA 3Gb/s
    Capacity1
    1.5TB
    Formatted Capacity2
    1396GiB
    Rotational Speed
    7,200 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    32MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    SE3ST31500341AS
    RoHS Compliant
    Yes
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    26.1mm (1.028″)
    Width (max)
    101.6mm (4.000″)
    Length (max)
    146.99mm (5.787″)
    Weight (typical)
    720g (1.587 lbs.)
    Guaranteed Sectors
    2,930,277,168

    Reliability3

    MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
    750,000 hours
    Contact Start-Stops
    50,000
    Annual Failure Rate
    0.34%
    Warranty
    3 Year Seagate Warranty

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    3.0Gb/s
    Average Latency
    4.16ms

    Power

    Maximum Start Current, DC
    2.8 Amp

    Environmental (Operating)

    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)
    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.
  • 1.5TB* Seagate Barracuda 7200.11**

  • *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

  • 32 Megabyte (32,768k)

Drive Rotation Speed

  • 7200RPM

Port Configuration

  • FireWire 400 - (2) 6 pin port
  • USB 2.0/1.1 - (1) 5 pin port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • 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?
  • FireWire 400: 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 including ‘Lion’ 10.7.x and an available USB 1.1 or FireWire 400 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.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.

ProTools Compatible

  • Protools Compatible Yes.
  • OWC recommends 7200RPM Drive Rotation Speed using FW800 & eSATA connections

Power Supply

External Case Dimensions

  • 1.5 in (W) x 9 in (D) x 4.6 in (H)
  • 38.1mm x 228.6mm x 139.7mm

Total Shipping Weight

  • Approximately 2.7 pounds (1.2kg)

Software Included

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 5°C - 55°C (41°F - 131°F)
  • (non-operating) -40°C - 65°C (-40°F - 149°F)

Relative Humidity

  • (operating) 8% - 90% RH (Non-condensing)
  • (non-operating) 5% - 95% RH (Non-condensing)

Shock

  • 65G 2mS; (non-operating) 175G 2mS

Vibration

  • (operating) 1.0G (5 - 300Hz)
  • (non-operating) 5.0G (5 - 500Hz)

MTBF (hours)

  • 750,000

Load/Unload Cycles

  • 50,000

Warranty

OWC 3 Year Solution 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 complementary 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 OWC 3 Year Solution warranty

Note: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your OWC solution prior to the conclusion of OWC's 3 year Warranty period. Doing so will void the remainder of the OWC warranty.

*ATTENTION: The external drive solution purchased contains a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive mechanism. Due to a problem with Mac OS X and this specific size hard drive mechanism, drive performance is below acceptable levels when the solution is formatted as one single HFS+ 1.5TB volume. (There is around a 19MB/s drop etc when used as a single 1.5TB volume) To work around this performance issue, we have formatted the storage solution as 2 identical sized HFS+ partitions. If you are using Windows and NTFS, you may reformat the drive to the full capacity in a single partition with no issues. Windows NTFS does properly support partitions of over 1.0TB on a single physical drive solution. NTFS is not supported by Apple MAC OS without the use of 3rd party software, which is not included. For Mac or Windows users, the option to initialize using FAT32 with a single partition and to the full capacity also has no performance issues. FAT32 does properly support partitions of over 1.0TB on a single physical drive solution. However, there are some limitations when using FAT32. The FAT32 schema supports files only up to 4.0GB - you can not read/write files larger than 4.0GB to a FAT32 volume. Mac Users Only: FAT32 volumes are not supported for booting and also may not be used for Time Machine backup. We expect this problem to be resolved in the near future, via either a Mac OS software update, or a firmware update to the Oxford chipset in the storage solution. Please check back to this product description page for any update announcements. Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MAU4S7S15T32 UPC#: 718122778577

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

Benchmarks

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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.9 / 5 9 out of 10 (90%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: wallymac Location: San Bernardino, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Killer drive! December 14, 2016 I bought this years ago to store my iTunes library as well as my Time Machine backup disk. This drive just keeps on working. It has moved several times as I've relocated, and it is still working like new. Overall look and feel is quite professional and it has been a fine accessory.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro High Performance 7200RPM 32MB Oxford 934 FireWire 400/USB 2.0. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: MPandP Location: Ca Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Bought 3 of these November 11, 2016 Dependable ,quiet, durable, low heat,sturdy

This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro High Performance 7200RPM 32MB Oxford 934 FireWire 400/USB 2.0. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: MPandP Location: Ca
Rating: 5/5 No Problems-Rock steady performance November 11, 2016 Easy to set up ,quiet and dependable...I bought 3. Great for storage and Pro Audio applications.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro High Performance 7200RPM 64MB Oxford 934 FireWire 400/USB 2.0 Sol. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Petaluma, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great external drive February 18, 2016 Great drive and enclosure, no problems.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 320GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM Oxford 934 FireWire 400 & USB2 External Complete Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Laurel, MD Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 reliable storage December 29, 2014 I use this drive as a backup device and as home for a different OS. My Mac Mini runs Mavericks and I have Snow Leopard installed on a different partition.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM Oxford 934 FireWire 400+USB 2.0.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Phoenix Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent external drive December 26, 2014 As a design professional, I've used a pair of these drives for years as alternating external backup drives. Using Time Machine all day, at least 6 days a week, they last about 4 years. Open the box, plug in the cable, and they're ready to go. My kind of simple.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM Oxford 934 FireWire 400+USB 2.0.

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: FearisFatal Location: Las Vegas Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Solid Product September 20, 2012 Only been running it for a week, but I'm in love, ha ha.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro High Performance 7200RPM 32MB Oxford 934 FireWire 400/USB 2.0.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Jerry Location: West Babylon, NY Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 I have actually purchased the 1TB version, not the 500GB version August 16, 2012 I have actually purchased the 1TB version, not the 500GB version. I have this unit for over 3 years now, and cannot express how happy I am with it. It has worked so well over that period of time, that I have purchased this year, a 2TB 800 Firewire version. The 2TB unit also works extremely well, and I have been very satisfied with it since I purchased it. Originally I had the 2TB unit connected to the computer (via the 400 connection since my computer does not have an 800 connector), and the 1TB unit daisy-chained to the 2TB unit. It unfortunately did not work well in the manner in which I use them, so I had to change the setup with the 1TB connected via the 400 connector, and the 2TB connected via the USB2 port. I will be receiving my new computer soon, and will be connecting the 2TB via the eSata port and an eSata to USB 3 adapter to the new computer, and will try to daisy-chain my 1TB to the 2TB. I hope this configuration works.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM Oxford 934 FireWire 400+USB 2.0.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Compozzer Location: Hollywood, CA Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Great choice for Music Production July 2, 2011 I have been using the 1TB OWC for nearly 2 years with an exceptional performance. Very reliable and fast. I have been also carrying the HD all over and would always work great. Works great with music production softwares and you may have all libraries running from it with no problem.

Just 1 Con: After the almost 2 years of use it started doing noises... not constantly, but when loading heavy stuff you may be able to hear the obvious hardware mechanics.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro High Performance 7200RPM 32MB Oxford 934 FireWire 400/USB 2.0.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: tcjimm Location: Michigan Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Flawless May 29, 2011 Hassle free and it was ready to use with my Macbook; without additional formatting. Works well with Carbon Copy.

My only suggestion for improvement is to indicate voltage and pin polarity on the case or put an OWC logo on the DC charger. The DC supply is generic and hard to make sure I am using the right one from my collection of DC power supplies

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro High Performance 7200RPM 32MB Oxford 934 FireWire 400/USB 2.0.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: GreySkate Location: Cambridge,MA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 OWC 1.0TB Mercury Elite May 8, 2011 OWC: Easy to find desired product Great reputation for quality Delivers on-time, as specified, as expected

Sometimes quality&service degrades as a shop gets bigger; not so OWC!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro High Performance 7200RPM 32MB Oxford 934 FireWire 400/USB 2.0.