OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual 2TB 2-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array (2 x 1TB)

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OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual 2TB 2-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array (2 x 1TB)
Key Features
  • 2 x 1TB 3.5" Hard Drives
  • 2 x SATA III 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 and 1 x USB 3.0 Ports
  • RAID 0, 1, SPAN, and Independent Modes
The Mercury Elite Pro Dual Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array from OWC / Other World Computing features two bays that each sport a 1TB hard drive to deliver a total raw capacity of 2TB for your Thunderbolt-equipped system. The two 3.5" hard drives are preconfigured in a hardware RAID 0 array that strips the data across both drives to provide speeds of up to 474 MB/s. You can reconfigure the drives in a RAID 1, SPAN, or individual mode utilizing the hardware RAID controller. Other notable features include an aluminum enclosure and a quiet fan to cool the drives and internal components.
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OWC Dual External HDD Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Dual Drive Hardware RAID
  • 3Performance
  • 4Ready for You Right Out of the Box
  • 5Thunderbolt 2
  • 6Cooling
  • 7Software Included

The Mercury Elite Pro Dual Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array from OWC / Other World Computing features two bays that each sport a 1TB hard drive to deliver a total raw capacity of 2TB for your Thunderbolt-equipped system. The two 3.5" hard drives are preconfigured in a hardware RAID 0 array that strips the data across both drives to provide speeds of up to 474 MB/s. You can reconfigure the drives in a RAID 1, SPAN, or individual mode utilizing the hardware RAID controller. Other notable features include an aluminum enclosure and a quiet fan to cool the drives and internal components.

To keep up with the fast transfer speeds from the drives, the dual Thunderbolt 2 ports have a 20 Gbps bi-directional channel for each port. The Mercury Elite Pro also has a USB 3.0 connection for greater compatibility with a wider range of systems. Moreover, Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables are included so you can start storing and editing right out of the box.

Dual Drive Hardware RAID

The Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt 2 technology is a suitable RAID solution for creative workflows, project archives, and system backups. Inside are two drives, easily configured in RAID 0, 1, span, or independent mode.

Performance

Thunderbolt 2 technology supports the full potential of two 3.5" hard drives in RAID 0, which offers a maximum sustained throughput speed of up to 474 MB/s. You can also reconfigure the Mercury Elite Pro Dual in a RAID 1 mode to enjoy instant mirroring of your data.

Ready for You Right Out of the Box

The Mercury Elite Pro Dual comes with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, one USB 3.0 port, and all of the cables you need for use with almost any system. Ready to perform in RAID 0, it's also easily configured in RAID 1, span, and independent modes to match your workflow needs.

Thunderbolt 2

With dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual supports Thunderbolt daisy-chains that enable you to expand your workstation's capabilities with up to five additional Thunderbolt devices, including high-speed storage, expansion chassis for specialist workflows, and even a high-definition display.

Cooling

The Mercury Elite Pro Dual features a heat-dissipating, brushed-aluminum design with a whisper-quiet, variable-speed fan. In addition, smart power conserves energy and extends the life of the drives inside. The Elite Pro Dual automatically spins down during periods of inactivity, and powers on and off with your workstation.

Software Included

  • Intech Hard Disk SpeedTools Utilities OEM for Mac OS X 10.4
  • ProSoft Engineering Data Backup 3 for Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • NovaStor NovaBACKUP for Windows 7
UPC: 812437023978

OWC Dual External HDD Specs

General
Number of Bays2 x 2.5"/3.5"
Connections2 x Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt 2 (20 Gb/s))
1 x USB Type-B (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s))
Compatible Drive InterfaceSATA (Unspecified Version)
Form FactorDesktop
Maximum RAID Transfer Rate474 MB/s
RAID ModesRAID 0, 1, JBOD, SPAN
UASP SupportYes
Operating System SupportWindows, macOS/OS X
OS CompatibilityWindows XP or Later
macOS 10.6.8 or Later
Drives
Total Raw Capacity2 TB (2 x 1 TB)
TypeHard Disk Drive
Initial RAID ConfigurationRAID 0
Pre-FormatNone
Electrical
Power SourceAC Adapter
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power12 VDC at 6 A
Security
Security FeaturesKensington Security Slot
Environmental
Operating Temperature41 to 107°F / 5 to 42°C
Operating Humidity8 to 90%
Storage Temperature-40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
Storage Humidity5 to 95%
Operating Shock65 G / 2.0 ms
Storage Shock175 G / 2.0 ms
Physical
Material of ConstructionAluminum
Cooling1 x Fan
Status MonitoringLED Indicator
Dimensions (W x H x D)2.8 x 5.3 x 8.9" / 72 x 135 x 226 mm
Weight2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.335 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.75 x 8.9 x 5.2"

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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