Other World Computing Introduces 5400RPM 80GB Mercury On-The-Go Portable FireWire and FireWire+USB 2.0 Storage Solutions

Jan 5, 2004 | Woodstock, IL and San Francisco, CA


Other World Computing (OWC), a leading provider of products and services for the Macintosh marketplace, today introduced 5400RPM 80GB Mercury On-The-Go FireWire and FireWire+USB 2.0 storage solutions.

Today’s announcement was made by OWC at the Macworld Conference & Expo, being held January 5-9, 2004 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where the company is exhibiting in booth #2233.

Immediately available online through OWC, the 80GB 5400RPM Mercury On-The-Go drives feature an 8 Megabyte (MB) data buffer and are available with either a FireWire only interface for $349.97 or with both FireWire and Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 interfaces for $359.97. The IEEE1394/iLink-compliant FireWire interface features two ports (one powered 6-pin and one unpowered 4-pin), while the USB interface on the combination drive supports both USB v2.0 and v1.1.

“While it would have been difficult to imagine such a speedy, high-capacity drive in a pocket-sized package just a short time ago, the newest of OWC’s Mercury On-The-Go portable storage solutions makes that a reality today,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “With data transfer rates in excess of 40MBs per second, our 5400RPM solutions are fast enough for even the most demanding A/V applications and are indispensable tools for ‘on-the-go’ professionals in need of practical, high-performance storage solutions at the right cost.”

Weighing 11 ounces and measuring only 3.5-inches x 5.5-inches x 1.0-inches, Mercury On-The-Go drives provide convenient and portable solutions for additional storage capacity, transporting large files between multiple computers and real-time audio/video editing. They are 100-percent plug-and-play-compatible for quick access wherever one travels. Additionally, the On-The-Go drives can be used with any electronic device that has FireWire and/or USB data ports, including digital video and still cameras.

In addition, OWC has reduced prices on select Mercury On-The-Go storage solutions. Updated pricing is as follows:

  • 40GB 5400RPM w/16MB buffer: $249.97 (FireWire only) and $259.99 (FireWire+USB),
  • 60GB 4200RPM: $249.97 (FireWire only) and $259.99 (FireWire+USB),
  • 60GB 7200RPM: $339.97 (FireWire only) and $349.99 (FireWire+USB), and
  • 80GB 4200RPM w/8MB buffer: $299.97 (FireWire only) and $309.97 (FireWire+USB).

Mercury On-The-Go drives are compatible with any operating system with FireWire or USB (combo model) support, including Apple OS 8.6-9.2.2, OS X and Windows 98SE/2000/XP. Features include shock-protective design, a cool blue activity LED, near-silent operation and multiple connecting ports. Drives may be powered (via FireWire or USB) or with the included AC adapter, and all cables, formatting software and a one-year warranty are also included.

Pricing, ordering and availability information for other OWC products are available online exclusively at OWC’s online newsroom is found at


About OWC

Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is dedicated to helping Mac and PC enthusiasts do more and reach higher. We believe in sustainability – OWC solutions are genuinely built to last, go the distance, and enable users to maximize the technology investment they have already made. OWC's operation provides leadership in business sustainability, with its headquarters among the first in the world awarded LEED Platinum certification. OWC features an award-winning technical support team and an unparalleled library of step-by-step DIY and informational videos. From the home desktop to the enterprise rack, the corporate backup to secure medical data, the recording studio to the motion picture set, and beyond, there should be no compromise. That is why OWC is here.

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