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OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit

B&H # OWCME3QHKIT Mfr # OWCMEP944FW8EU3
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You Pay: $74.00
Product Highlights
  • Supports 3.5" SATA 1/2/3 HDD Up to 4TB
  • Triple Interface & All Cables Included
  • High-Speed Oxford 944 & 3100 Chipset
  • USB 3.0 Transfer Rates Up to 300 MB/s
  • eSATA Transfers Rates Up to 300 MB/s
  • FireWire 800 Transfers Up to 100 MB/s
  • Compact & Shock-Resistant Design
  • Easy Plug & Play on Virtually Any System
  • Windows & Mac Compatible

The OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit features a stylish and flexible aluminum enclosure that supports installation of your favorite 3.5" Serial ATA (SATA I/II/III) hard drive up to 4TB. The Mercury Elite Pro is equipped with next-generation high-speed Oxford 944 and Oxford 3100 Chipsets, which are compatible with eSATA, FireWire 800 and USB 3.0 connectivity. The single USB 3.0 port offers data transfer rates up to 300 MB/s. The single eSATA port also supports transfer rates up to 300 MB/s. The dual FireWire 800 ports facilitate 100 MB/s transfer rates. Plus, the USB 3.0 port is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 interfaces.

Supporting three different interfaces ensures that you'll achieve the fastest data transfers possible on your PC or Mac. And, by offering a USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 port, an eSATA port and dual FireWire 800 ports, all your interface needs are covered. For added convenience, all supported interface connector cables are included. Besides offering triple connectivity and high-performance, the Mercury Elite Pro enclosure features a top-notch design, constructed from high-quality parts. The enclosure is also compact and shock-resistant, which affords maximum portability with limited risk of damage or loss of data. Although designed to match the aesthetic sensibilities of Apple's Mac Pro systems, the Mercury Elite Pro's unique style, flexibility and easy plug-and-play setup make it a perfect fit for virtually any system.

High-Performance
The next-gen high-speed Oxford 944 and Oxford 3100 USB/FireWire/eSATA chipset gives the Mercury Elite Pro Enclosure Kit the fastest single drive transfer rates possible, up to 300 MB/s. Install your favorite SATA drive mechanism up to 4.0TB and go
High Reliability
A top-notch design and the best components ensure the Mercury Elite Pro Series is built to last
High Portability
The compact and shock-resistant design ensures safe portability. In addition, the Mercury Elite Pro offers one USB 3.0 port (backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1), two FireWire 800 (1394B) ports and one eSATA port 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 with the Mac Pro system in mind as a starting point. However, it's a fine storage solution for any computer
Material Brushed aluminum
Chipset Oxford 944 and Oxford 3100 eSATA/FireWire/USB chipset
Drive Types Supported Up to a 4TB 3.5" SATA ( I/II/III) hard drive
Bays 1
Port Configuration 1 x USB 3.0 (B Standard-B port)
2 x FireWire 800 (9-pin ports)
1 x eSATA port
Maximum Data Rate USB 3.0: up to 300 MB/s
USB 2.0: up to 60 MB/s
USB 1.1: up to 1.5 MB/s
FireWire 800: up to 100 MB/s
FireWire 400 (800 to 400 adapter required): up to 50 MB/s
eSATA: up to 300 MB/s
Windows System Requirements USB 3.0: Windows XP and later with USB 3.0 interface, either built in or via USB 3.0 expander card

USB 2.0: Windows 2000 and later with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via USB 2.0 expander card

FireWire 800: Windows 2000 and later with FireWire 800 interface, either built in or via FireWire 800 expander card

FireWire 400 (800 to 400 adapter required): Windows 2000 and later with FireWire 400 interface, either built in or via FireWire 400 expander card

eSATA: Windows 2000 and later with eSATA interface, either built in or via eSATA expander card
Mac System Requirements Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2.2 compatible, OS X 10.1.x and later. Including 'Lion' 10.7.x (10.2 or later required for FW800 and USB 2.0)

USB 3.0: Macintosh with USB 3.0 interface, either built in or via USB 3.0 expander card

USB 2.0: Macintosh with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via USB 2.0 expander card

FireWire 800: Macintosh with FireWire 800 interface, either built in or via FireWire 800 expander card

FireWire 400 (800 to 400 adapter required): Macintosh with FireWire 400 interface, either built in or via FireWire 400 expander card

eSATA: Macintosh with eSATA interface, either built in or via eSATA expander card

Time Machine Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later
Linux Requirements Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces
Recommended eSATA Cards eSATA Extender Cables for Mac Pro:
Newer Technology eSATA Extender Cable Adapter

PCIe (PCI Express) for Desktops:
NewerTech MAXPower 6G eSATA RAID card with port multiplier
Firmtek Seritek/2SE2-E PCI Express eSATA card
DAT Optic PCIe 8x 4 Channel eSATA Card
HighPoint RocketRAID 2314 PCI-Express eSATA card

Note: these cards have all been tested and qualified by OWC for the OWC Mercury Elite Pro
Operating Environment Varies depending on drive mechanism installed (temperature, relative humidity, shock, vibration, MTBF/hours)
Power Supply AC 100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz (3A)
US/international power supply (auto-switching)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.5 x 4.6 x 9.0" (3.8 x 11.7 x 22.9 cm)
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit
  • 36" (91.4 cm) High-Quality Double Shielded eSATA Connecting Cable (eSATA - eSATA)
  • 36" (91.4 cm) High-Quality Double Shielded FireWire 800 Connecting Cable (9-9 Pin Cable)
  • 36" (91.4 cm) High-Quality Double Shielded USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 Standard-B to Standard-A Connecting Cable
  • External Auto-Switching 3A 100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz Power Adapter
  • Vertical Stand
  • 1-Year Solution Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OWC / Other World ComputingMercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit
     
    4.2

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (3)
    • Quiet (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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          • Heavy duty user (3)

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        1.0

        Be Careful

        By Hard 2 fool

        from Miami, Florida

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Hmmmm

        Cons

        • No Good

        Best Uses

        • Garbage

        Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit:

        I bought two of these enclosures. I put two WD Black HD in each of them. They worked perfectly for a while. After about six months my headaches started. Endless dropouts. The USB 3 ports went first on one of them. Then all ports went KAPUT.
        Now as of writing the other one is acting up. DROPOUTS galore. I would not advise even my worst enemy to buy these Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit by OWC.

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        5.0

        Great enclosure for a great price.

        By daveost

        from DeSoto Tx.

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Easy To Install
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Hot
        • Needs A Fan
        • Wish It Had Thunderbolt

        Best Uses

        • Gaming
        • Home
        • Multimedia
        • Office
        • Replacement
        • Upgrade

        Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit:

        Great data disk for my Mac Pro.
        Lot of connection choices.

        eSata

        USB 3

        Firewire 800

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        5.0

        Excellent enclosure

        By cae758

        from Somerville, MA

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Install
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Replacement

          Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit:

          I installed my own HDD drive, the Seagate 3TB, and since using it, I have had zero problems. I use the drive as a clone of my LaCie 2TB Raid drive for video editing and I purchased the enclosure and drive after another failed me and the older enclosure wasn't capable of handling such a large drive. I have it connected via my MacBook Pro eSATA expresscard and it's excellent for backing up my external HDD. I haven't had it long, but it seems to work excellent with the drive I installed and Carbon Copy Cloner. Also, it came with all the necessary cables if you didn't already have them yourself. Which means, extras for me.

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          4.0

          Great product

          By Salemthan

          from Texas

          Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit:

          Works as expected, nice looking

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          5.0

          So Simple It's "Other Worldly"

          By fluke fotography

          from So Cal

          About Me Tech Savvy

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Complete Kit
          • Durable
          • Easy Set Up
          • Fast Connectivity
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional External Stora
            • Backup

            Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit:

            Switching to a 4TB external hard drive from a 2TB drive was easy as pie, so my tech friend told me. When I received my new 4TB drive, I called B&H customer service to complain that the drive was only 1.8 TB. The knowledgable person on the other end looked up my current hard drive enclosure and informed me that it was only for drives 2 TB or less. He recommended this Mercury Elite enclosure. When I received it, it took me 15 minutes to completely swap in my new 4 Tb drive, and have it up and running. The Seagate 4TB drive, reviewed earlier, screams in this enclosure, and that's on fire wire. Yeah, it looks cooler because it matches the brushed chrome look of my Mac Pro

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

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            5.0

            Great case, simple, well manufactured

            By Mark

            from Virginia

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast Connectivity
            • Quiet
            • Reliable
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Travel

              Comments about OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro 1-Bay Storage Kit:

              Had this for 1 week, simple and usefull case. Have 4 older versions of this case that have been going without problem for years, OWC is a great brand for external drive enclosures.

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

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