Other World Computing Launches Its First 80GB Mercury On-The-Go Portable Storage Solutions

High-performance drives feature high-capacity storage and FireWire and USB technologies

Apr 3, 2003 | Woodstock, IL


Other World Computing (OWC), a leading provider of products and services for the Macintosh marketplace, today introduced two 80 Gigabyte (GB) Mercury On-The-Go portable storage solutions priced at $399.97 and $419.99, respectively.

The 80GB Mercury On-The-Go portable storage solutions from OWC feature 8MB of cache and are available with either a FireWire only interface or with both FireWire and Universal Serial Bus (USB) interfaces. The IEEE1394/iLink-compliant FireWire interface on the 80GB On-The-Go solutions supports both a powered (6-pin) and an unpowered (4-pin) port. Conversely, the USB interface on the combination FireWire/USB 80GB On-The-Go external hard drive supports both USB v2.0 and v1.1.

Weighing 11 ounces and measuring only 3.5-inches x 5.5-inches x 1.0-inches, the new Mercury On-The-Go drives provide convenient and portable solutions for transferring files from one computer to another, or transporting large files in secure hard drives for quick access wherever one travels.

“In today’s mobile environment, OWC’s Mercury storage solutions are perfect for high-speed audio/video and backup needs,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “Our newest On-The-Go drives come equipped with an incredible 80GBs reliable, high-performance of storage capacity, yet are small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. The ability to include both FireWire and USB support on these portable drives makes them a great solution for accessing or transferring data between various machines. And with data transfer rates of more than 40 Megabytes per second, these drives are also fast enough for even the most demanding A/V applications.”

OWC’s Mercury On-The-Go drives are highly reliable, high-performance data storage solutions designed to fit the needs of a variety of users, including
– system administrators looking for an easy way to backup, exchange, or restore data between a variety of different systems,
– videographers, film makers or photographers needing an easy way to store and transport digital images when on the road,
– graphic designers and art directors needing portability for portfolio materials or current projects, or
– ‘on-the-go’ users needing more storage.

The On-The-Go plug-and-play drives are compatible with any operating system with USB (2.0/1.x) or FireWire support, including Apple OS 8.6-9.2.2, OS X, and Windows 98SE/2000/XP. The drives have been built for portability with a shock absorption casing, and feature a cool blue activity indicator light; near silent drive operation; a 2MB, 8MB or 16MB data buffer; two FireWire ports; one USB port; and can operate without an external power source. All cables and Macintosh formatting software is also included.

Pricing for OWC’s On-The-Go FireWire/USB combo drives start as low as $179.99, while prices for the On-The-Go FireWire drives start as low as $165.97. Complete Mercury On-The-Go pricing and ordering information can be found online at

Pricing, ordering and availability information for other OWC products is 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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