OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 8TB 4-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (4 x 2TB)

OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 8TB 4-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (4 x 2TB)

OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 8TB 4-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (4 x 2TB)

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Product Highlights

  • 4 x 2TB 3.5" 7200 rpm HDDs
  • Four Drive Bays
  • USB 3.0, 2x FireWire 800, eSATA
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
  • Pre-Configured in RAID 5 Mode
  • Hardware Controller
  • Up to 300 MB/s Data Transfer Speeds
  • Front Panel RAID Switch with Lock
  • Pre-Formatted for Mac OS X
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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The OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 8TB 4-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array is a multi-interfaced RAID storage solution that provides a total capacity of 8TB for your Mac and Windows systems. This storage array offers USB 3.0, dual FireWire 800, and an eSATA port with maximum transfer speeds of 300, 100, and 300 MB/s respectively. The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 has four 2TB 7200 rpm SATA drives and stores up to 8TB of data. Actual storage capacity depends on the RAID configuration. This storage array is pre-configured in RAID 5 mode, which is designed for optimized data protection, capacity, and performance. Hardware RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10 can also be selected from the system's lockable front panel; each RAID level offers configuration options for capacity, data protection, redundancy, and speed.

This storage array is pre-formatted for Mac but can be re-formatted to work in a Windows environment. Included along with the Mercury Elite Pro storage array are USB 3.0, eSATA, and FireWire 800 cables. Furthermore, a free downloadable software suite is available for backing up and tuning your Mac and Windows systems.

Front Panel RAID Selector
Thanks to a front panel selector switch, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 enables easy configuration of the Hardware RAID settings - Span, 0, 1, 5, 10. These setting allow you to select the best combination of speed, capacity, redundancy, or any combination of the three.
RAID Levels
Span: Combines capacity of two or more drives of the same size without any RAID data distribution scheme into one logical desktop volume. Will also combine the capacity of varying size drives based on the lowest capacity drive in the set.

RAID 0 (Stripe): Data is split into blocks over two or more drives at same time for high speeds and large capacity.

RAID 1 (Mirror): Data is written at the same time to two drives only for the highest level of data safety and redundancy.

RAID 5 (Stripe with Parity): Data is Striped (RAID 0) while incorporating redundancy over three or more drives for the best combination of speed, capacity, and redundancy.

RAID 10 (1+0): Data is Striped (RAID 0) over two Mirrored sets (RAID 1) of drives for fast redundancy.

JBOD/Independent drive operation: Each drive can be operated as an individual volume using the Firewire 800/400 or eSATA connections. This feature is not supported for USB connections.
Downloadable Software Suite
Prosoft Engineering Data Backup 3: Data Backup 3 is a software utility for Mac that allows you to backup, restore and synchronize your valuable data with minimal effort. Whether you are a new computer user or a seasoned professional, Data Backup 3 is designed for new and power users alike.

Intech Hard Disk Speed Utilities 3 OEM: SpeedTools Utilities 3 is designed to offer fast, easy, and automated Mac disk repair and maintenance. This utility software has the ability to optimize and tune your Mac system for optimal performance in a matter of minutes.

NovaStor NovaBACKUP: NovaBACKUP is designed for simple, fast, and reliable backup of your Windows software. NovaBACKUP offers automatic system backups and step-by-step wizards for simplified setup and configuration.
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 8TB 4-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (4 x 2TB)
  • 4 x Internal Hard Drives
  • 39" eSATA Cable
  • 36" USB Cable
  • 36" FireWire 800 Cable
  • 2 Front Panel Lock Keys
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    OWC / Other World Computing OWCM3QX2T08.0S specs

    Chipset JMicron 355 FW800 (1394B) / FW400 (1394A) and Micron 567 USB 3.0 (2.0/1.1 Backwards compatible)
    Interface Supported eSATA (SATA-II)
    FireWire 800 (1394B) (FireWire 400 Backwards compatible)
    USB 3.0 (2.0 Backwards compatible)
    Ports 1 x eSATA
    2 x FireWire 800 - 9-pin ports
    1 x USB 3.0 - 9-pin mini B port
    Maximum Data Transfer Rate eSATA - 300 MB/sec
    FireWire 800 - 100 MB/sec
    FireWire 400 - 50 MB/sec
    USB 3.0 - 300 MB/sec
    USB 2.0 - 60 MB/sec
    Capacity Up to 8 TB
    Bays 4
    Drives 2 TB 3.5" hard drives
    7200 rpm
    64 MB per drive
    RAID Levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 Hardware RAID Mode, and NRAID Span Options
    Format Pre-formatted for Mac OSX
    Shock Operating: 65 G 2 mS
    Non-operating: 175 G 2 mS
    Vibration Operating: 1.0 G (5 - 300 Hz)
    Non-operating: 5.0 G (5 - 500 Hz)
    Temperature Operating: 41 to 108°F / 5 to 42°C
    Non-operating: -40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
    Humidity Operating: 8 - 90% RH (Non-condensing)
    Non-operating: 5 - 95% RH (Non-condensing)
    Power Supply Power Supply: Internal UL Listed 100 - 240 VAC 50 / 60 Hz Auto Switching
    Protection: OCP, OVP, Short
    Mac System Requirements Minimum Apple G4 processor, 128 MB RAM
    Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, 10.0.x or later and an available FireWire 400 port
    Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later including 'Lion' 10.7.x and an available USB 3.0/2.0, FireWire 800/400 port, or eSATA port
    For Time Machine: Mac OS X 10.5 and later.
    Windows System Requirements Minimum Intel Pentium III CPU 500 MHz, 128 MB RAM
    Windows XP (64-bit) or later and an available USB 3.0/2.0, FireWire 800/400, or eSATA port.
    Linux System Requirements Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces
    Dimension (D x W x H) 9.65 x 5.31 x 6.96" (24.51 x 13.49 x 17.68 cm)
    Weight Enclosure: 8.6 lb (3.9 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 19.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.3 x 12.0 x 10.9"

    OWC / Other World Computing OWCM3QX2T08.0S reviews

    Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 8TB 4-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (4 x 2TB) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from OWC - Always Good I really like this product. OWC has never let me down yet. I wish I could get more bandwidth out of this enclosure, but that's more a problem with my aging hardware's connectivity than it is the enclosure itself. I had originally (and optimistically) intended to use this with my 2008 Mac Pro (3,1) and work with video files ranging from uncompressed HD DPX's to ProRes files. While working with ProRes would be no problem at all, reading/writing uncompressed HD DPX's over even the ESATA connection of this enclosure was out of the question. I ran speed tests in multiple configurations (RAID 5, RAID 10, and RAID 0), but none would provide the bandwidth that I needed. My 2 disk RAID 0 from OWC actually eked out slight higher read/write speeds when tested against this product. My end solution was to use this enclosure in a RAID 10 configuration and store all of my system files on it (Read: NOT my booting OS drive). It now stores my iPhoto Library, iTunes Library, and all other files. The connections are plenty fast for these light weight consumer applications, even the FireWire 800. Additionally, being used in a RAID 10 configuration, as I have it now, I have an automatic backup of ALL of my files without ever having to touch Time Machine (which is great and you're a big stupid of you don't use it). It also turns the drives, LEDs, and fans of when you put your computer to sleep. I highly recommend this product and anything else OWC offers. Great products with customer service to match. P.S. I got the bandwidth I was looking for by putting matching 7200rmp drives in my Mac Pro's 4 internal bays and striping them together in a RAID 0 configuration using a software RAID set up with Disk Utility.
    Date published: 2014-08-07
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