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OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini

0GB
Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface Enclosure Kit

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 & 2.0 / FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 Backwards Compatible)
  • Mac
  • PC
  • USB 3.0
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 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. 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.
  • 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 of up to 7200RPM or Solid State Drive
  • 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
  • 1 Year OWC Enclosure Limited Warranty

Includes

  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Bus-Powered, Multi-Interface, USB 3.0 & 2.0, FireWire 800 Enclosure Kit
  • High-quality FireWire 800 connecting cable
  • High-quality USB 3.0 connecting cable
  • Mercury Elite Pro mini Assembly Manual & User Guide (1.2 MB)
  • 1 Year OWC Enclosure Limited Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

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

Drive Mechanisms Supported

  • Any 2.5" SATA hard drive or SSD up to 12.5mm in size.

Drive Cache Size

  • Dependent on drive mechanism installed

Drive Rotation Speed

  • Dependent on drive mechanism installed

Drive Interface

  • SATA (Serial ATA)

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?

UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Compliant

  • Yes

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.

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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)

Software Included

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

1 Year OWC Enclosure Limited 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 1 Year OWC Enclosure Limited Warranty

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n MEPMU3F8K UPC#: 794504333251

Reviews

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 57 out of 59 (97%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: grus
Rating: 5/5 Quality products, service and communication January 31, 2017 This is the second time I have obtained products from Macsales.com and I am very well pleased with their products and services. My most recent purchase was an OWC external HD. After receiving my product, I did have a few technical questions and needed help from the macsales team. I contacted them via email and my questions were very promptly, professionally and thoroughly answered. I highly recommend!!

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Reviewer: Jenny
Rating: 5/5 Hard drive January 1, 2017 OWC 460 g. Solid state hard drive works great. It's fast!

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Reviewer: SoCalHal Location: Thousand Oaks, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Delivers Almost Everything I Expected November 3, 2016 OWC hard drive reliability is unsurpassed in my experience. My 10 year old 500GB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro is still going strong backing up my Power Mac G5 (early 2005). And now two 1TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro minis are backing up my Mac mini (late 2014). One star deducted for confusing wording in specs regarding Mac boot-ability. The specs note should clearly state that pre-2008 Intel Macs and non-Intel Macs will not be able to boot from this external enclosure. Period.

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Reviewer: resource Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 just what I needed October 21, 2016 The unit is solidly built, is fast, and worked without complications.

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Reviewer: singingheart Location: Prescott, AZ Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great for time machine September 26, 2016 Nice and quiet. Would not know it was there. Works well on my usb 2. port. Did take a few hours to load it up for the first back up, but now it is a no brainer. So far so good.

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Reviewer: Turbolegs Location: Phoenix, AZ Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works as advertised September 23, 2016 Easy set up ... fast copy speed ... quiet ... compact size ... all the cables included ... everything I wanted and shipped out quickly direct to my house.

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Reviewer: JimWY Location: Wyoming Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great as external startup on Mac September 15, 2016 I used the directions from the MacWorld article (print version) and had an easy time setting the drive up. Definitely a boost for my 2011 iMac. See the online article at http://www.macworld.com/article/2907125/use-an-external-ssd-to-make-an-old-mac-feel-new-without-cracking-it-open.html

Enjoy!

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Reviewer: DocFather Location: Bangkok, Thailand Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product. Have had no problems with it. September 3, 2016 As with ALL the OWC products I have had this 3TB Mini works flawlessly. I am very pleased to add it to my external HD chain.

OWC keep up the SUPURB work; your products are Great.

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Reviewer: traveler11 Location: St Paul, MN Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 A less expensive alternative. August 11, 2016 I needed to replace an external hard drive. During the discussion with the representative, I found out that I could replace the innards. I did that and saved money.

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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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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Durable Junior of the Mercury Elite Line March 19, 2016 I've called the larger Mercury Elite "The Rock of Enclosures" and the Mini appears to follow in its sturdiness footsteps.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Long Beach, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent Enclosure January 28, 2016 This OWC mini 2.5" enclosure was the perfect solution to testing and configuring a SDD. Once I got the SDD configured, I swapped the HD in my MacBook Pro (MacOS 10.9.5) with the SDD. The MacBook booted and all is well and perfect. The FireWire interface is the way to go.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Ontario, Canada Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Just works January 25, 2016 There is not much to say. Oder placement was esy. Shipping was fast. Installing an SSD I had earlier purchased from OWC Took about 15 minutes, I had to format the SSD for Macintosh file format. In less than 30 minutes I was making a bootable copy of my main drove onto the OSW housing and SSD.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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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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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.

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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: Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Perfect timing October 19, 2015 I've got it faster than I thought, great performance and quality materials as always.

Thanks OWC team keep it neat.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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: 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.

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