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Tuesday, May 06, 2014
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Drive Comes With Thunderbolt And A 10TB Capacity

Other World Computing (OWC) adds a larger capacity choice to its Mercury Elite Pro Dual line, which features high speed Thunderbolt technology, Hardware RAID options, USB 3.0 speed and massive capacity to handle demanding 4K video content.

The new 10TB capacity for the OWC Mercury Elite Pro line of dual-bay external storage solutions comes with a Thunderbolt port, offering access to data at sustained data rates of up to 442MB/s read, 424MB/s write.

The Mercury Elite Pro Dual supports independent drive access for two installed drives, providing hardware RAID, and can be used in RAID 0, 1, Span, and Independent (JBOD) Modes. It comes factory set for Plug and Play use in RAID 0 mode, for "striping" data across both drives for the highest speed backup. Users can select any of three other modes via a selector switch. Modes include: RAID 1 for writing the same information in real-time for "live activity" data redundancy; Span, which combines both drives into a single volume; and Independent Mode for the most capacity.

With USB 3.0 and two Thunderbolt ports and cables included, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual doesn't require complicated set-up and is ready for Plug and Play use with legacy Macs, the latest 2013 Mac models, and PCs. I

Six Prosumer Models Available:

  • 2.0TB 7200RPM (1.0TB + 1.0TB) - $ 429.99
  • 4.0TB 7200RPM (2.0TB + 2.0TB) - $ 494.99
  • 4.0TB HDD/SSD Hybrid (2.0TB + 2.0TB) - $ 579.99
  • 6.0TB 7200RPM (3.0TB + 3.0TB) - $ 574.99
  • 8.0TB 7200RPM (4.0TB + 4.0TB) - $ 759.99
  • 10.0TB 7200RPM (5.0TB + 5.0TB) - $ 949.99
  • Add Your Own Drives enclosure kit - $ 299.99

All Mercury Elite Pro Dual solutions come with interface connecting cables, a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle, and a three-year limited warranty.

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Thunderbolt devices are available today from OWC and select retailers.


Chipset: Intel DSL3510 "Cactus Ridge" + ASMedia ASM1092R

Interfaces Supported

  • Thunderbolt
  • USB 3.0 (2.0 Backwards compatible)
Recommended configurations supported
  • RAID 0 ? Performance Striping (default setting) for maximum performance(requires two identical hard drives).
  • RAID 1 ? One drive mirrors the other for an instant backup(requires two identical hard drives).
  • Span ? Combines both drives into a single, large volume.
  • Independent ? Use both drives separately.

Standard Mechanism: 2 x 5.0TB Toshiba MD04ACA500 Hard Disk Drives

Drive Rotation Speed: 7200 RPM

Drive Cache Size: 256 Megabyte (2 Drives with 128 Megabyte (131,072k) cache each)

Port Configuration

  • Thunderbolt ? 2 ports
  • USB 3.0/2.0 ? 1 USB 3.0 Standard B port
Max Data Transfer Rate
  • Thunderbolt ? Up to 1250MB/sec
  • USB 3.0 ? Up to 500MB/sec
  • USB 2.0 ? Up to 60MB/sec
Port/Interface Bootability
  • USB 3.0: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements.
  • USB 2.0: Supported on Macs and PC's meeting minimum requirements.
  • Thunderbolt: Supported on Macs meeting minimum requirements.

Format: Included Drive Guide Software will format drive for either OS X, or Windows

Macintosh System Requirements

  • USB 3.0: Macintosh with USB 3.0 interface, either built in or via USB 3.0 expander card and OS 10.6.8 or later.
  • USB 2.0: Macintosh with USB 2.0 interface, either built in or via USB 2.0 expander card and OS 10.2.8 or later.
  • Available Thunderbolt port and OS 10.6.8 or later.
  • Time Machine Compatible: Mac OS X 10.5 (version introduced) and later.
Windows System Requirements
  • Thunderbolt: Available Thunderbolt port and Windows 7 SP 1 or later.
  • 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.

Linux Requirements: Linux compatible via supported USB 3.0/USB 2.0 interfaces.

Pre-installed Backup and Utility software

  • Intech Hard Disk 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
  • Over 1.5GB of Freeware/Shareware/Public domain software pre-installed

Power Supply: UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240v, 50/60Hz input, 12 Volt 6 Amp output

External Case Dimensions: 2.8 in (W) x 9 in (D) x 5.25 in (H) (71.2mm x 228.6mm x 133.4mm)

Drive Weight (no accessories): Approximately 5.5 pounds (2.5kg)


  • (operating) 5C ? 42C (41F ? 107F)
  • (non-operating) -40C ? 65C (-40F ? 149F)
Relative Humidity
  • (operating) 8% ? 90% RH (Non-condensing)
  • (non-operating) 5% ? 95% RH (Non-condensing)
  • Shock: 65G 2mS; (non-operating) 175G 2mSVibration
  • (operating) 1.0G (5 ? 300Hz)
  • (non-operating) 5.0G (5 ? 500Hz)
MTBF (hours): More than 300,000 power-on hoursWarranty: 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty

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