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OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini

500GB 7200RPM
Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface Storage Solution

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)
High-performance and Plug and Play data storage/backup reliability with a fanless, bus-powered design
With your choice of a 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive OR Solid State Drive (SSD), the latest chipset, and USB 3.0/FireWire 800 interfaces, the Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable Storage Solution delivers up to 500MB/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. With the highest quality drive mechanism built 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.
  • Interfaces: USB 3.0 & 2.0; FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)
  • The USB 3.0 Micro-B port is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 cables (USB 3.0 standard A to Micro-B connecting cable is included)
  • All interface cables are included
  • Bus-powered via USB 3.0
  • Data transfer speeds up to 500MB/s (via USB 3.0; 100MB/s via FireWire 800)
  • Drive speeds up to 7200RPM
  • Perfect for digital photography, professional music, graphics, general data, and Time Machine
  • Portable size at 5.5in(L) x 3.8in(W) x 1.1in(H)
  • Brushed aluminum, impact resistant, heat dissipating enclosure
  • Super-quiet, fanless operation
  • ASMedia 1053E and Oxford 944SE high-performance chipset
  • 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty
Speedtools
Includes the Powerful SpeedTools Utility Suite for Mac
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Includes

  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface, USB 3.0 & 2.0, FireWire 800 Storage Solution with Hard Drive
  • High-quality FireWire 800 connecting cable
  • High-quality USB 3.0 connecting cable
  • Pre-installed Backup and Utility software
    • Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM (For Mac OS 8.6, OS X 10.3.9 or later only)
    • ProSoft Engineering® Data Backup for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
    • NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows 2000 or later
  • Over 1.5GB of Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software pre-installed
  • Mercury Elite Pro mini Assembly Manual & User Guide (1.1 MB)
  • OWC 3-year Solution Warranty with 48-hour Turnaround Time
  • Complimentary Level 1 Data Recovery for the first year

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • ASMedia 1053E and Oxford 944SE High-Performance Chipset

Standard Mechanism

    500GB HGST Travelstar™ Z7K500 Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    2.5″ HDD
    Interface
    SATA 6.0Gb/s
    Capacity1
    500GB
    Formatted Capacity2
    465GiB
    Rotational Speed
    7,200 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    32MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    HTS725050A7E630
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    7mm (0.275″)
    Width (max)
    69.85mm (2.750″)
    Length (max)
    100.35mm (3.951″)
    Weight (typical)
    95g (0.209 lbs.)
    Bytes per Sector
    512
    Areal Density
    630Gb/in2

    Reliability3

    Contact Start-Stops
    600,000
    Warranty
    3 Year HGST Warranty

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    600MB/s
    Track-to-track Seek
    1.0ms
    Average Seek Time
    13.0ms
    Average Latency
    4.2ms

    Power

    Maximum Start Current, DC
    5.5 Watts
    Seek Power
    2.1 Watts
    Read Power
    1.8 Watts
    Write Power
    1.8 Watts
    Idle Mode
    1.7 Watts
    Idle Mode, Active
    1.0 Watts
    Idle Mode, Low Power
    0.8 Watts
    Standby Mode
    0.2 Watts
    Sleep Mode
    0.1 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    Shock
    400 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 140°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 60°C
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Shock
    1000 G max at 1ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 149°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 65°C
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    2.3 bels
    Seek (Typical)
    2.4 bels
    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.
  • 500GB* HGST TravelStar Z7K500 Hard Disk Drive**

  • *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 800 – 2 port
  • USB 3.0 – (1) Micro-B port

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • FireWire 800 – 100 MB/s
  • USB 3.0 – 500 MB/s
  • USB 2.0 – 60MB/s
  • USB 1.1 – 1.5MB/s

Port/Interface Bootability

Can I use this solution as an external startup drive?

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.
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. Including 'Mavericks' 10.9.x and an available USB2.0/1.1, or FireWire 800/400 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.
  • Windows 2000 or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1, or FireWire 800/400 port.

Linux Requirements

  • Linux compatible via supported USB interface.

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 factory installed USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.
  • Optional AC Adapter* (available as a separate purchase here)
  • * AC adapter not required for most applications provided computer bus supplies appropriate power needs.

Related Items

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)

Software Included

User Guide

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (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)

Shock

  • (non-operating) up to1500G

Vibration

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

Load/Unload Cycles

  • 600,000

Warranty

3 Year OWC Solution Limited 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 complimentary 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 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty

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

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MEF3MH7500 UPC#: 794504339451

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 4.8 / 5 48 out of 49 (98%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: seattle, wa Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 4/5 wonderful addition to my network August 4, 2016 I needed an external SSD drive to handle my work in process. I'm a videographer and need as much processing power and speed as I can get. I have an old MacPro 4,4. This drive worked beautifully from day one. It was plug and play. I trust it with my most precious work.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable SSD USB 3.0 + eSATA Storage Solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Kankakee, IL Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Good looking, fast, best bang for the buck! July 13, 2016 I purchased this after getting a new Late 2015 iMac Retina. The iMac has a 1TB 7200 RPM drive and my previous Mac was a Mini that I had upgraded with an OWC SSD. I became spoiled having an SSD and really wanted to decrease boot and program load times substantially. Initially, I looked at Thunderbolt 2 enclosures, but couldn’t see enough benefit due to the increased cost. I labored over specs for days and had a few email exchanges with Rebecca @ OWC sales/support to clarify things that I was unsure about. As in my previous dealings with OWC she was professional, patient and informative.

I decided to go with a USB 3.0 enclosure as a trade off for just a little less speed for a lot less money. I ordered it on a Sunday, with Monday being a holiday. So the drive was shipped promptly on Tuesday as expected and arrived within two days. Not at all bad for free shipping!

When it arrived, I started with some simple benchmarks. I used XBench and saw results of 314-400MB/s write and read speeds. Certainly an improvement over the internal 7200 RPM Seagate which gave read/write of 162-172MB/s. The enclosure feels rock solid, is attractive and blends with the design elements of my iMac and supporting Twelve South HiRise.

So on to making a bootable clone. For this I used SuperDuper. That process was fairly simple and after 2.5 hours it was complete and I was ready for the moment of truth. After changing the startup drive designation and rebooting, program load times were reduced significantly. I don’t have hard numbers on these, but as a “for instance” when I would click on System Preferences I would get the bouncing icon for 5-30 seconds. Now it’s instantaneous. Office applications used to take several seconds and now just fly open.

After a shutdown I timed the startup sequence. It does take a little longer for the iMac to find/mount the drive but overall boot time has been reduced from 1:15 to 41 seconds. Less than half the time of previous booting.

All things considered I’m quite pleased with the performance improvements that this external SSD has brought me. I would not go so far as to say it’s a “true SSD experience”, but it is darn close. I don’t have the means to monitor the temperature of the drive, but any time that I place my hand on the enclosure it’s cool to the touch. And of course it’s completely quiet. I gave it a 4-star rating because ½ stars weren’t available. The only thing that keeps it from being a 5-star is that I really hoped for a bit more speed. Yes, I’m a very critical consumer.

The instructional videos from OWC are very good. I have relied upon them when installing an SSD in my old Mini. But the process of opening my 2015 iMac (that’s still under warranty) to swap the drive was a bit daunting.

Time will tell in regards to the stability and longevity of this arrangement for my uses. But I do have a lot of faith in the quality of OWC products. Every Mac I’ve owned has been upgraded with RAM or SSD’s from OWC. In six years I haven’t had one failure.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable SSD USB 3.0 + eSATA Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Berkeley, CA. Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Pleased customer May 9, 2016 Product was delivered in a very timely fashion. It takes up hardly any space at all, yet stores an amazing amount of data. I appreciated the fact that my customer number, address, etc., were still on file, which made ordering a breeze.

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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Iowa Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works really good. March 29, 2016 I partitioned this in half. Half is being used for Time Line backup. Other half is used as a manual backup.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 5400RPM USB3.0 + eSATA Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Florida, USA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This product works and is well built March 29, 2016 I just bought my second unit and feel very good about this product. Pro" 1. It is built well, allows SSD and HDD drives to run at full speed on either interface - USB3 or FW800. 2. The drive runs cooler than my previous tiny enclosure (which did neither and delay the startup process interminably), 3. It protects the internally mounted device from vibration with a small grommet around each of the four drive mounting screws. At least for portable use, I recommend using all four supplied screws. 4. Allows external power supply or internal bus power to run the unit. 5. Has a rear mounted on/off switch. A nice thought! 6. Runs cooler than others due to it's perforated enclosure design, e.g., better airflow. I keep it my deep desk drawer full time and monitored its temperature (DriveDX) on a S.M.A.R.T. device there - the case runs just a bit warm to the touch. The returned internal drive temp is 31°C. 7. While cost is higher than most 2.5" externals, the feature set puts it in a better performing group, in my opinion. Con 1. Not a toolless design. 2. A bit more but worth it! Also if you shop elsewhere a recent price reduction puts it closer to the "cheapos".

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" Bus-Powered Portable USB 3.0 + eSATA 6Gb/s Drive Enclosure Kit.

Verified Buyer Top 50 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Florida Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Reliable mini external drive January 12, 2016 Have purchased both standard size and the mini Mercury Elite Pro drives in the past which have performed well ; needed another mini drive unit w/ SATA connectivity dedicated to run an older Windows XP system using emulation software (VMware Fusion) on my 2012 MacPro - so far operation reliability and performance meets all my needs & expectations.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 7200RPM USB3.0 + eSATA Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: jjkeys Location: Nashville, TN Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 A winner in every way December 19, 2015 This is my third Mercury Elite external drive and I am totally satisfied with these drives. The build quality is excellent, and they work flawlessly with all my audio recording software. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this drive to anyone needing a high-speed drive for streaming audio and recording audio.

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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Dallas, Texas Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great once I figured out how to hook it up November 3, 2015 At first, the drive would power on, but not show up anywhere on my computer. I looked on OWC's website and couldn't find anything helpful. Finally, after trying everything I could think of to get my MacBook Pro to acknowledge the drive, a friend suggested I plug both the USB and Firewire into my laptop. This did the trick! I just wish I had known this first before I spent countless hours troubleshooting and getting very frustrated. That being said, now that the drive works, it does what it is supposed to do and I have no problems out of it.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable 7200RPM FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Toronto, ON Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Love it! very fast and stable! November 2, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Silicon Valley, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Small and powerful October 8, 2015 I am using this external HD to run my iMac. It runs faster than the original HD. Highly recommend.

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Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NZ Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great design and easy to use September 20, 2015 Gret design, easy to install and use, all the interfaces I needed and great for maintaining an off site backup to my system

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" Bus-Powered Portable USB 3.0 + eSATA 6Gb/s Drive Enclosure Kit.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cajun Country Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great backup option at a reasonable price September 14, 2015 Keeps my 1T of SSD storage safely backed up effortlessly!

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Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Fresno, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Strong Case August 29, 2015 I wanted a strong case for my just replaced 240GB SSD drive and so I selected this one in USB3 and eSATA. Now that it's in my hands I can see that it is strong, sturdy and should last and work for years to come.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" Bus-Powered Portable USB 3.0 + eSATA 6Gb/s Drive Enclosure Kit.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Goldsboro, NC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product August 28, 2015 Performs as advertised, time will speak to it's quality/durability. My only drawback was the packaged software and setup instructions, both are flawed, however, a call to the techs was the solution, by the way, they direct you to apple software for formatting and setup which works seamlessly...the techs are very helpful. I think the price/product ratio is very good also, as I've purchased a number of upgrade items and I always go to OWC.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 New owc customer August 26, 2015 My first experience with OWC....first impressions...Great service, quick shipping, easy to get through to tech support.. So far so good, using it as external boot drive and storage for sample libraries on Mac mini.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 I had it up and running within five minutes of opening the package. July 15, 2015 A great addition that will make doing photos on my 2008 iMac faster. Love the ease of operation. It was up and running within five minutes of opening the box. It wasn't my first purchase from OWC and won't be the last>

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sweden Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great speed July 11, 2015 SSD on a old computer is the best investment ever. Easy to change and makes the computer feel brand new.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cupertino, CA Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great for off site backup. June 20, 2015 I already have Elite Pros for backing up our systems. The Mini is handy for a weekly backup that I keep in my fire safe. If my system (and its backup disk) are lost to fire or theft, I can use the Mini to boot up on another system. Belt AND suspenders. This is the second Mini I have purchased from OWC. Now, both my wife's system and my system have this additional recovery ability. All my disks from OWC have performed flawlessly over the years -- some way beyond their warrenty period.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Baton Rouge, LA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent SSD Drive June 20, 2015 Very fast and has been completely reliable.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" Bus-Powered Portable USB 3.0 + eSATA 6Gb/s Drive Enclosure Kit.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Pacifica, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 SSD drive brings new life to a 2008 iMac June 18, 2015 After upgrading the internal hard drive on my 2008 iMac to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, it performed poorly. Following the advice found on a Mac website, I installed Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite on this new Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD, connected it to the FireWire 800 port on my iMac, booted from it and it's been working superbly.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Victoria, BC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 3/5 Not fast enough to use a permanent external boot drive May 25, 2015 Bought this hoping to speed up my 2007 iMac extreme without doing surgery on the iMac itself. I had just seen a major online magazine recommend this specific drive for this use.

Although this drive is reasonably quick, it definitely didn't give me the "SSD experience" that I was looking for when I used it as a boot drive via FW800.

I ended ordering a internal Crucial SSD elsewhere and installed it inside the iMac itself. *That* gave me the SSD experience that I was hoping for.

This external drive is now just an expensive unused backup.

This review is from 480GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini portable SSD FW800/400 + USB3.0 storage solution.

Response from MacSales.com, Technical Support May 27, 2015 As shown in the benchmarks tab, the SSD installed in this external enclosure does fully saturate the 80MB/s maximum bandwidth of FireWire 800. You would need to be connecting via USB 3.0 in order to reach speeds that will give you that "SSD experience" that you were looking for.
Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Wheatfield, IN Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Solidly built, very responsive and quite! May 20, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 7200RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.
Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Wheatfield, IN Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Very responsive and quite May 20, 2015 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 500GB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 7200RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: RI Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 So far, great May 9, 2015 Easy setup, no hitches, quite fast.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable 5400RPM USB 3.0 Storage Solution.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent enclosure May 4, 2015 Sturdy and attractive. Unlike many other bus-powered enclosures, this one has a physical on-off switch on the back, which I appreciate. The blue LED inside can be distracting in a dark room, but not difficult to cover up.

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