Other World Computing’s Mercury On-The-Go Portable Storage Solutions Now Available With USB 2.0 Support Too

High-performance drives feature high-capacity storage and high-speed transfer technologies

Oct 16, 2002 | Woodstock, IL


Other World Computing (OWC), a leading provider of products and services for the Macintosh marketplace, today introduced a new line of OWC Mercury On-The-Go portable storage solutions that feature both USB 2.0 and FireWire technologies.

This is the first time Mercury On-The-Go portable hard drives have been available with USB support, making these products excellent data storage solutions for virtually any operating system. Weighing less than 12 ounces and measuring only 3.0-inches x 5.5-inches x 1.0-inches, Mercury On-The-Go drives provide convenient and portable solutions for transferring files from one computer to another, or transporting large files in a secure hard drive for quick access wherever one travels.

“OWC’s Mercury storage solutions are ideal for today’s mobile, high-speed, audio/video and backup needs,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC. “Our reliable, high-performance On-The-Go drives are small enough to fit in a shirt pocket while offering up to an incredible 60 Gigabytes (GBs) of storage capacity. With data transfer rates of more than 30 Megabytes per second, these drives are fast enough for even the most demanding A/V applications. The multi-interface support makes these portable hard drives a great solution for accessing or transferring data between various machines that may not have FireWire support. And since most computers have at least a USB port, we’ve got you covered.”

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
– ‘on-the-go’ users needing more storage,
– graphic designers and art directors needing portability for portfolio materials or current projects,
– videographers, film makers or photographers needing an easy way to store and transport digital images when on the road, or
– system administrators looking for an easy way to backup, exchange, or restore data between a variety of different systems.

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 large 2MB or 8MB data buffer, two FireWire ports, one USB port and can operate without an external power source. All cables and Macintosh formatting software is included making for a complete solution.

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The Mercury On-The-Go USB/FireWire combo drives are prided at only $20 more per drive than OWC’s Mercury On-The-Go FireWire-only drives. Pricing for the USB/FireWire combo drives are as follows:

– 20GB 4200RPM – $189.97
– 30GB 4200RPM – $229.97
– 40GB 4200RPM – $259.97
– 60GB 4200RPM – $359.97
– 20GB 5400RPM – $219.97
– 40GB 5400RPM – $299.97
– 60GB 5400RPM – $399.97

OWC also offers On-The-Go FireWire-only versions in 20GBs to 60GBs and at prices ranging from $175.97 for the 20GB 4200RPM model to $379.97 for the 60GB 5400RPM model.

The OWC Mercury On-The-Go storage solutions are available online exclusively 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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