OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual 16TB 2-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (2 x 8TB)

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OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual 16TB 2-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (2 x 8TB)
Key Features
  • 2 x 8TB 7200 rpm 3.5" Hard Drives
  • 2 x SATA III 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 1 x USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Port
  • 2 x FireWire 800 Ports
Add 16TB of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 storage to your compatible Windows, Mac, or Linux system with the Mercury Elite Pro Dual 16TB 2-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (2 x 8TB) from OWC / Other World Computing. These drives are pre-configured for RAID 0 via hardware and the array itself is designed for creative workflows, HD video, project archives, and system backups in environments ranging from production studios to home offices. 16TB also provides you with plenty of space to store files such as music, photos, movies, and documents. When configured as RAID 0, this array provides data transfer speeds up to 388 MB/s.

OWC Dual External HDD Overview

Add 16TB of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 storage to your compatible Windows, Mac, or Linux system with the Mercury Elite Pro Dual 16TB 2-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array (2 x 8TB) from OWC / Other World Computing. These drives are pre-configured for RAID 0 via hardware and the array itself is designed for creative workflows, HD video, project archives, and system backups in environments ranging from production studios to home offices. 16TB also provides you with plenty of space to store files such as music, photos, movies, and documents. When configured as RAID 0, this array provides data transfer speeds up to 388 MB/s.

Within the array are two SATA III 3.5" drive bays that each house a single 8TB 7200 rpm SATA III 3.5" hard drive. Since the array ships with two drives, they can be hardware configured as RAID 0, 1, SPAN, or Independent modes, each of which offers performance, data redundancy, or a combination of both. However, please be aware this array is preconfigured as a RAID 0 volume, which provides increased read and write speeds, but no data redundancy.

When using the single USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 port, this volume will be recognized on systems running OS X 10.6.8 and later, Windows XP or later, and Linux Kernel v. 2.6.31 or later. When connected via one of the dual FireWire 800 ports, the Windows and Linux requirements remain the same, although OS X 10.2 and later is supported. When connected to a compatible Mac via USB 3.0/2.0 or FireWire 800, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual may also be used as a boot drive, except when using Boot Camp. To help ensure a smooth operating environment, the array uses a cooling fan, and its included 100~240 VAC power supply runs at 50/60 Hz to help ensure worldwide compatibility.

Also included with the with the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual is a 2.0' USB 3.0 Type-B to Type-A cable, a 1.0' FireWire 800 cable, and a power cable. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty that includes complimentary Level 1 data recovery for one year.

Hardware RAID

The two 3.5" hard drives in the Mercury Elite Pro Dual come configured in a high-speed RAID 0 mode for maximum sustained performance. With speeds up to 388 MB/s, the drives are fast enough for HD video workflows. You may be reconfigure the Mercury Elite Pro Dual with a flick of a switch in RAID 1 mode for extra security of mirrored data, as a single span of the two drives, or two independent disks.

Connectivity

The Mercury Elite Pro Dual comes built with a high-speed USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 port as well as two FireWire 800 ports to offer connectivity and versatility. A heat-dissipating, brushed-aluminum chassis and a variable-speed fan deliver cool and quiet operations. In addition, drive activity LEDs give you an instant snapshot of the status of your RAID, and intelligent power management conserves energy and reduces wear by automatically spinning down the drives when inactive.
UPC: 812437023503

OWC Dual External HDD Specs

General
Number of Bays2 x 3.5"
Connections1 x USB Type-B (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s))
2 x 9-Pin FireWire (FireWire 800)
Form FactorDesktop
RAID ModesRAID 0, 1, JBOD, SPAN
Operating System SupportLinux, Windows, macOS/OS X
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.6.8 or Later
Windows XP or Later
Linux 2.6.31 or Later
Drives
Total Raw Capacity16 TB (2 x 8 TB)
Rotational Speed7200 rpm
InterfaceSATA III
Initial RAID ConfigurationRAID 0
Pre-FormatNone
Electrical
Power SourceAC Adapter
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power VDC at 5 A
Environmental
Operating Temperature41 to 107°F / 5 to 42°C
Storage Temperature104 to 149°F / 40 to 65°C
Physical
Cooling1 x Fan
Bridge ChipsetJMicron JMS562
JMicron JMB355
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.3 x 2.8 x 8.9" / 13.5 x 7.1 x 22.6 cm
Weight2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.5 x 11 x 4.3"

OWC Dual External HDD Reviews

One of the best option

By Byron A
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-09

One of the best options price/quality.

Nice fast drive but beware for Windows 7

By Jonathan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-11-14

I have always liked the OWC products and have used them a lot in a mostly Mac environment. You pay a premium for the Thunderbolt version of this drive, but it's worth it if you need the speed for video editing. With our HP Z820 workstation with Thunderbolt card, I could not get the machine to recognize or mount this drive and I was puzzled until I realized you MUST install a special driver for it. The driver is not easy to find but it's available on the OWC website. Once installed, it works fine in Windows 7. Without the driver, Windows will mount the drive via USB.

Pretty good, but with a few quirks

By Keith S.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-09-12

Like others who reviewed this product, I had had very good luck with OWC previously, installed their memory upgrades into several macs over the years, also had some of their portable FW drives. They are serious and show integrity. Unlike say G-Tech, which has its customers do the quality checking, which is very low. We have 3 or these at our house and use them for video editing. 2 of 3 did fine, but the Thunderbolt interface on one died. It was scary because when the thunderbolt interface died, the unit started acting like there was a hardware failure, complete with irregular sounds and random dismounts. Even Disk Warrior said it was a disk hardware failure. Fortunately, the USB 3.0 interface survived and I was able to use it to salvage the data. I actually think it was just the Mine's now out for repair. I went directly to OWC and that took several days, possibly because of the Labor Day weekend. One more thing: If you are using Premiere CS6 (Is anybody still?) you'll have to reformat the drive using the Mac Disk Utility as the special formatting tool provided makes the drives invisible to Premiere. I don't know if this problem was solved in PremiereCC, but the work around I used was to use the RAID 0 software in Mac Disk Utility. Rating is 4 for ease of use and speed. Lost one star for formatting quirk and thunderbolt interface dying. Hoping for the best with a replacement controller or drive.

TOP QUALITY HARD DRIVE

By Douglas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-03

This is my second OWC drive and like my original, this is a high quality drive that is built like a tank and works flawlessly. I am not a high tech guy but I don't think they make them any better than this. This is a plug-N-play with simple directions that allow you to have it up and running in minutes. You can use it as a mirrored drive or load up the two drives independent of one another. it is virtually silent and turns itself on and off. Great product!

Great drives for professionals

By Jack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-13

These drives are a great combination of performance and value - super fast and reliable, one of our production must haves - we cannot afford to have slow, unreliable media on set - These OWC's have never failed us!

Excellent & Affordable RAID Storage

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-31

OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro Dual 6TB 2-Bay USB 3.1 Gen 1 RAID Array (2 x 3TB) Purchased this to use on my Windows 10 computer at home.  Works like a charm.  Using it in RAID 0 mode for video editing.  Spins up very quickly.  Very quiet too, not hearing any high-pitched noise from the fan that some people are reporting.  Using the eSATA connection via a SATA-eSATA bracket which allows me to connect directly to the motherboards SATA port.  Read/write speeds are very good, much better than USB 3. Only complaint I have, which others have as well, is that the lights are WAY too bright.  I plan on opening the case up and taping some ND gel to the inside in front of the lights to darken them a bit. Highly recommend this external drive enclosure for those looking for more drive space with quick read/write speeds.

Solid unit. Bit noisy

By J
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-09

Seems to be a good reliable drive. Certainly seems fast.The fan is a bit noisy but considering the speed of the thing - probably necessary.

I would buy again

By Papparodzzi
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-13

Well Built. Nice compact unit. 2 issues. 1. No off on switch, you have to unplug. 2. To change drives you have to remove 4 screws and case. Formatting Raid 1 was a little confusing from directions, but OWC support was excellent.

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