OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini
1TB External Hard Drive, 5400 RPM, 8MB


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High performance and Plug and Play data storage/backup reliability with a fanless, bus powered design.

With a 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, the latest chipset, and a "Quad Interface" of FireWire 800/400/USB 2.0/eSATA connectivity, the Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable Storage Solution delivers up to 300MB/s data transfer speeds for demanding data storage and backup needs.  All that performance resides in an impact resistant, heat dissipating 5.5" L x 3.8" W x 1.1" H brushed aluminum enclosure with super quiet operation.

With the highest quality drive mechanism built into a shock-resistant portable aluminum enclosure, the Mercury Elite Pro mini is ready to go wherever you need an A/V, Digital Photography, Professional Music, Graphics, General Data, and Time Machine ready storage solution.


  • "Quad Interface": FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA for flexible connectivity
  • Supports bus powering via any interface*
    *When using eSATA connection, the use of a powered FireWire port or optional AC Adapter (not included) is required.  When using FireWire or USB connection, the Elite Pro mini autoswitches to bus power via FireWire or USB connection.
  • Data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s
  • Daisy chain multiple FireWire 800 devices
  • Drive speeds of up to 7200RPM or Solid State
  • Perfect for A/V, Digital Photography, Professional Music, Graphics, General Data, and Time Machine ready.
  • Portable size at 5.5" L x 3.8" W x 1.1" H
  • Brushed aluminum, impact resistant, heat dissipating, super quiet fanless enclosure
  • Oxford 944SE High-Performance Chipset
  • Three Year Solution Warranty


  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini "Quad Interface" Hard Drive
  • 18" High Quality eSATA connecting cable (eSATA - eSATA)
  • 15" High Quality FireWire 800 connecting cable (9-9 Pin cable)
  • 15" High Quality USB 2.0/1.1 connecting cable
  • Backup and Utility software CD
    - Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM (For Mac OS 8.6 - X only)
    - Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
    - NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows 2000 or later
    - Carbon Copy Cloner© for Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Over 1.5GB of Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software installed
  • Mercury Elite Pro mini Manual
  • OWC 3 Year Solution Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time
  • Complimentary Level 1 Data Recovery


  • Chipset: Oxford 944SE High-Performance Chipset
  • Standard Mechanism: 1.0 TB* HGST Travelstar™ 5K1000 Hard Disk Drive**
    *1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences.
    **OWC reserves the right to replace or upgrade to equivalent or better components.
  • Drive Interface: SATA (Serial ATA)
  • Drive Cache Size: 8 Megabyte (8,192k)
  • Drive Rotation Speed: 5400RPM
  • Port Configuration: eSATA - 1 port, FireWire 800 - (2) 9 pin ports, USB 2.0/1.1 - (1) 5 pin mini 'b' port
  • Max Data Transfer Rate:
    - eSATA - 3.0 Gbit/s (or 300 MB/sec)
    - FireWire 800 - 800Mbps (or 100MB/sec)
    - FireWire 400 - 400Mbps (or 50MB/sec)
    - USB 2.0 - 480Mbps (or 60MB/sec)
    - USB 1.1 - 12Mbps (or 1.5MB/sec)
  • Port/Interface Bootability: Can I use this solution as external startup drive?
    - eSATA: Supported on Macs and PCs meeting minimum requirements.
    - FireWire 800: Supported on Macs and PCs meeting minimum requirements.
    - FireWire 400: Supported on Macs and PCs meeting minimum requirements.
    - USB 2.0: Supported on Macs and PCs meeting minimum requirements.
  • Format: Pre-formatted for Mac OSX
  • Macintosh System Requirements:
    - Mac OS 8.6 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. Including ‘Lion’ 10.7.x and an available USB2.0/1.1, FireWire 800/400 port, or eSATA port.
    - Time Machine® Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later.
  • Windows System Requirements:
    - Windows 98SE or later and an available FireWire 400 or USB 2.0/1.1 port.
    - Windows 2000 or later and an available USB 2.0/1.1, FireWire 800/400, or eSATA port.
  • Linux Requirements: Linux compatible via supported USB and FireWire interfaces.
  • 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* (available as a separate purchase)
    *AC adapter not required for most applications provided computer bus supplies appropriate power needs.
  • Recommended eSATA Cards:
    - Cards that OWC has tested and qualified for the OWC Mercury Elite Pro
    - PCIe (PCI Express) for Desktops
  • External Case Dimensions: 3.8" W x 5.5" D x 1.1" H (96.52 x 139.7 x 27.94 mm)
  • Total Shipping Weight: Approximately 0.73 lb (0.33 kg)
  • Software Included:
    - Intech® Hard Disk SpeedTools Utilities™ OEM (For Mac OS 8.6 – X only)
    Intech SpeedTools consists of a suite of utilities managed by an application which controls the launching, documentation and version control of each individual component utility, such as Disk Defrag and QuickBack. An easy-to-use installation and removal application is provided to make installation a snap, yet powerful enough to allow you to customize which utility component set you would like to create.
    - ProSoft Engineering® Data Backup for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later
    Backup Made Easy. Data Backup makes it easy to backup to FireWire and USB drives, network drives, CDs and even DVDs. Make schedules so you don't need to 'think' about backing up... It does it for you.
    - NovaStor NovaBACKUP® for Windows 2000 or later
    NovaBACKUP has been helping millions of users recover from data loss and disasters for over 18 years. Feature rich, NovaBACKUP provides a powerful backup solution. Built-in support for hundreds of the most popular storage devices and a step-by-step backup and restore wizard makes NovaBACKUP extremely easy to use. Requires Windows 2000 or later.
    - Carbon Copy Cloner® for Mac OS X 10.4 or later
    CCC 3 features an interface designed to make the cloning and backup procedure very intuitive. In addition to general backup, CCC can also clone one hard drive to another, copying every single block or file to create an exact replica of your source hard drive. CCC's block-level copy offers the absolute best fidelity in the industry!
    - Over 1.5GB of Freeware, Shareware, Public domain software installed
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C – 70°C (32°F – 158°F), (Non-operating) –40°C – 85°C (–40°F – 185°F)
  • Relative Humidity: (Operating) 5% - 90% RH (Non-condensing), (Non-operating) 5% - 95% RH (Non-condensing)
  • Shock: (non-operating) up to1500G
  • Vibration: (Operating) 1.0G (5 - 300Hz), (Non-operating) 5.0G (5 - 500Hz)
  • Load/Unload Cycles: 600,000
  • Warranty: OWC 3 Year Solution Warranty
    OWC and NewerTech storage solutions come fully backed by an Industry-leading 48-hour turnaround time which includes complimentary Level 1 data recovery for the first year, plus additional data recovery options available throughout the warranty period, for complete peace of mind ownership confidence.
    NOTE: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your OWC solution prior to the conclusion of OWC's 3 year Warranty period.  Doing so will void the remainder of the OWC warranty.
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