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OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB)

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Product Highlights
  • 1TB
  • 5400rpm
  • USB 2.0
  • FireWire 800 / 400
  • eSATA
  • Bus-Powered
  • Plug-and-Play
  • Fanless Cooling
  • Extra Long 3-Year Limited Warranty

With your choice of FireWire 800 / 400, USB 2.0, or eSATA connectivity, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution from Other World Computing delivers a powerful and flexible portable storage solution. This super quiet device features the highest quality in drive mechanisms built into a shock resistant portable brushed aluminum enclosure. Ready to go whenever you need it, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini drive is a sleek, high performance solution to your portable storage needs.

Note! In order to use FireWire 400, you will need to purchase a FireWire 400 to FireWire 800 adapter.

Supports bus-powering via any interface
Data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s
Drive speeds up to 5400rpm
Time Machine ready
Daisy chain multiple FireWire 800 devices
Quad-Interface - FireWire 800 / 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA for flexible connectivity
Perfect for digital photography, professional music and graphics application
Brushed aluminum, impact resistant, heat dissipating and fanless enclosure
Oxford high-performance chipset
Extra long 3-year limited warranty
Chipset Oxford Semiconductor 934DSB
Interface SATA (Serial ATA)
Cache 8MB
Drive Speed 5400rpm
Ports One eSATA port
Two FireWire 800 ports (9-pin)
One USB 2.0 port (5-pin) 1
Please Note:

FireWire 400 is supported with an optional FireWire 400 to FireWire 800 adapter (sold separately)

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Maximum Data Rate eSATA: 3.0Gb/s
FireWire 800: 800Mb/s
FireWire 400: 400Mb/s
USB 2.0: 480Mb/s
USB 1.1: 12Mb/s
Format Pre-formatted for Mac OS X
System Requirements Macintosh:
- Mac OS 86 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 and an available USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 or eSATA port
Windows:
- Windows 98SE or later and an available FireWire 400 or USB 2.0 port
- Windows 2000 or later and an available USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 or eSATA port
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 USB 2.0 port factory stock
- Optional AC Adapter (separate purchase)
Temperature Operating: 32-158°F (0-70°C)
Non-Operating: -40-185°F (-40-85°C)
Humidity Operating: 5-90% RH (Non-condensing)
Non-Operating: 5-95% RH (Non-condensing)
Shock Non-Operating: Up to 1500G
Vibration Operating: 1.0G (5-300Hz)
Non-Operating: 5.0G (5-500Hz)
Dimensions 3.8 x 5.5 x 1.1" (96.52 x 139.7 x 27.94 mm)
Weight 0.75 lb (0.34 kg)
OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB)
  • 18" eSATA Cable
  • 18" FireWire 800 Cable
  • 18" USB 2.0 Cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Backup and Utility Software CD
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OWC / Other World ComputingMercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB)
     
    4.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (4)
    • Attractive (3)
    • Compact (3)
    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Primary use:
          • Business (5), Personal (5)
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac (8)

        Reviewed by 10 customers

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        5.0

        Nice external HDD,

        By dhp

        from Romania

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • File Transfer
          • Photo Storage
          • Video

          Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

          It is a well build enclosure.
          Happy to have a Hitachi HDD inside.
          It is quiet and the LED light does not bother me much since is facing away from me (as others said).
          I am looking at the ports side where the power switch is and where all the work is done (opposite the light is)...
          It has all the connection I need it and the extra DC power input.
          It came with all the cables necessary, as described in the specifications.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          4.0

          Ah Space

          By Lazarus

          from NYC

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

                I recently had to make more space on my computor so I could work with larger files. With this device I was able to partion part of it's drive for a mirror copy of my C drive and still have room to store one of two copies of saved photo volumes.

                Everything was included in the box including wires.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Great Drive

                By The Chief

                from Englewood, NJ

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Portable
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • File Transfer
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

                  I use it to back up large music files. I like the plug and play ease of use.
                  Seems like a great drive to me. OWC was recommended by a mac tech friend of mine.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Zippy little drive!

                  By JDub

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

                      Using with ProTools, bus powered, came with cables, lightweight.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      HIgh Quality and Workmanship

                      By MacMarc

                      from DC

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

                            Wow--all alum around including cover plates. Came with screws to tighten down the drive inside the enclosure. Perhaps a bit larger than some other enclosures--definitely does not fit in your pocket. But small enough to easily carry around in your bag. So if you do not mind the price (and BH has the lowest I saw), you ARE going to like the enclosure. The cords are about 18 inches long. Another ft, and they would be perfect. But cables are cheap.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            4.0

                            The perfect little drive

                            By Rusty

                            from Pasadena, CA

                            About Me Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Price compact size

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Location Photography

                              Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

                              At this moment I am in shooting in Italy and the OWC mini drive is working flawlessly. Small and compact with plenty of storage (1TB). The bus power is perfect for being on location where there is no AC power. Could not ask for more. Plus B+H pricing and quick delivery is the icing on the cake.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              4.0

                              Works well, portable

                              By Larry the filmmaker

                              from NY NY

                              About Me Filmmaker

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Portable

                              Cons

                              • No power adaptor

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

                                I use this for video editing. Is powerful enough to do ProRes via eSata with minimal frame drops.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                First Choice

                                By Seth The Cowboy

                                from Dallas, Tx

                                About Me Video Producer Editor

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                • Easy to Navigate
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

                                  The Price is right and the versatility is a big plus. A solid solution for external storage and great for a multi-user project where you have to pass the drive between people.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Brilliant

                                  By Photoshop teacher

                                  from SHrewsbury, England

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                  • Easy to Customize
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

                                      I partitioned the disk into two 500Gb – one for my iMac and one for my MacBookPro.
                                      I am using a disk cloning program to take weekly snapshots of them both to supplement my Time Machine backups.
                                      The small compact size means I can take all my data with me when I go away foe a weekend secure knowing I have all I need and without worrying what would happen if there were some disaster at home.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      4.0

                                      Pro Feel

                                      By Studio Head

                                      from New York, NY

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini Quad-Interface Storage Solution (1TB):

                                          Worth the only-slightly-extra money for a solid product and almost complete versatility (ports).

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • Mac

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