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OWC Mercury Elite Pro

1.5TB Quad Interface Storage Solution

Mac / PC / eSATA / FireWire 800 / FireWire 400 / USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • Mac
  • PC
  • eSATA
  • FireWire 800/400
  • USB
High Performance, High Reliability, and High Portability are standard for the OWC
Mercury Elite Pro series!
Outstanding Features
High Performance
The high-speed Oxford 944SE 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 300 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 Series going places! In addition, the Mercury Elite Pro offers (1) eSATA, (2) FireWire 800(1394B), (1) FireWire 400(1394A), and (1) USB 2.0+1.1 ports for easy Plug and Play on virtually ANY system! 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.
From day one, the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Series has been designed to be everything you would hope for and more!
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 »

Includes

Mercury Elite Pro includes
  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro "Quad Interface" Hard Drive
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded eSATA connecting cable (eSATA - eSATA)
  • 36" High Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • 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 Quad Manual (3.7MB 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 944SE 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

  • eSATA - 1 port
  • FireWire 800 - (2) 9 pin ports
  • FireWire 400 - (1) 6 pin port
  • USB 2.0/1.1 - (1) 5 pin 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?
  • eSATA: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • FireWire 800: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements. - Click for more info
  • 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 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.

ProTools Compatible

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

Recommended eSATA Cards

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.

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MEAQ7S15TB32 UPC#: 736211767257

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 5 / 5 7 out of 7 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: MPandP Location: Ca Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Get one November 11, 2016 Dependable ,quiet, durable, low heat,sturdy

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB (1000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Austin Location: Cupertino, CA Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Five years old and still humming... August 7, 2016 This is the proper time for a review of a disk device: five years after it’s been ordered and two years out of warranty.

This Elite Pro has been backing up systems all this time, year after year. It has always spun up and worked perfectly. I only “retired” it as I have moved to a MacPro and the backup disks are now internal. I suppose I could crack it open (an easy task) and add a 4 - 6 GB disk and use it for really big files (the e-SATA port would allow for quick transfer), but I’ll probably end up using it as an extra offsite backup for a safe deposit box.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB (1000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: oregon Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 performed as advertised March 7, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB (1000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.
Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Apple Valley, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Everything you could ask for. February 6, 2016 I have had the OWC Mercury Elite Pro 1.0TB since 2012 and it is still humming along without a hitch. I use it as a backup for all my important information and it has done so dependably. It is fast, quiet and rock solid. Highly recommended!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB (1000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Rock solid. January 23, 2016 I'm mostly about reliablity, and there are only two types of HD's, those that have failed, and those who are going to.

This one has lasted a very long time, no errors, and is used as a backup. Someday it'll fail, and I'll get a new internal drive to replace it, reusing the case as they are very good.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB (1000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: theeffort Location: Bethesda MD Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC Merc Elite drives are reliable and stable September 20, 2012 I cannot say anything more commendable. We have at least a dozen of these running backup on our workstations and they have been flawless!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB (1000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: RD84 Location: Simi Valley, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Dependability is what counts September 20, 2012 This is my 6th drive of this product from OWC and have had ZERO problems. This is what counts when you have 3TB's of my critical professional photograph restorations.

I ordered this product on a Sunday and it was delivered on Tuesday. Great service.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 3.0TB (3000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: 2ndpatriot Location: Connecticut Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 As advertised August 4, 2012 I've only had this drive one week. Performs as advertised. Transfer speeds are also confirmed to perform as listed using firewire 800. But I believe transfer rate a bit slower using Superduper! for some reason. I don't believe it's the drive that's the problem. Smart Backup with 360gb on my 1TB drive takes only 10 minutes, so I'm not too concerned about it. The ordering/shipping process was backed up with informative emails providing status and tracking information without having to request anything. Just as customer service should be. I ordered on a Monday night, received drive on Saturday with free shipping.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB (2000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: loneleepiner Location: orlando Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 The sweetest, most reliable drive you'd want. Does what it's supposed to do--"files your files" and doesn't cough. May 23, 2012 The drive is excellent--the sweetest, most reliable firewire drive you'd want. Does what it's supposed to do--"files your files" and doesn't cough. In additiona to those fact, the online ordering process at OWC is a breeze.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: RogerThatWizard Location: USA
Rating: 5/5 Greatest external hard drive in the universe April 18, 2012 The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad external hard drive is all set to go when it arrives at your door. A solid superior quality product that you will be proud to own and display! As a bonus, the box includes a bundle of various connecting cable types (eSATA Firewire 800 Firewire 400 USB) so that you can start using it right away with your computer. Someone is thinking ahead at OWC!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB (2000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Photowizard Location: Los Angeles Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 2 TB External Drive February 24, 2012 After installing the new ram in my IMAC 24" I plugged in the firewire 800 cord to the new drive and it fired right up. There was really nothing else to do, it was running right away. I used my firewire 800/400 to connect the new drive to my 750 Mercury Elite and it also fired up right away. So far the new drive is running well and used for system back up and external storage. It came with a nice selection of cables as well so no added purchase was needed.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB (2000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Stephen Location: Santa Fe Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Fast, quiet, great support July 31, 2011 Product is excellent, as all reviewers attest. Service is out of this world, too. No fuss; they just fix any problem you may have.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB (2000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad Interface eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.

Reviewer: BenM Location: Fox River Grove, IL Age: 18-24 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Quick and Pretty April 23, 2011 I've had my Mercury Elite-AL Pro for about 3 months now and absolutely love it! This 2TB model replaced an aging 750gb backup drive. The FireWire 800 connection provides quick and seamless Time Machine backups. My favorite part of this drive is the aluminum finish, it looks perfect next to my 27" iMac!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB (2000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.

Reviewer: Alan Location: Woodstock, IL Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 A work horse April 6, 2011 I was an OWC customer before I was an employee and a long time Mac user. When I started to run out of room on my trusty OWC Neptune drive, I decided to try one of our aluminum enclosures. I opted for the 1TB for back up and to store a growing movie library. I purchased this in Sept. of 2009, and leave it on 24/7. I use CCC to make weekly back-ups of my iMac. Silent, cool running. It just works!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB (1000GB) OWC Mercury Elite Pro 7200RPM eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB2 Solution.