OWC Announces Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini As Industry's First 2.5" 1.5TB "Quad Interface" FireWire/USB Bus Powered Portable Storage Solution

12 models starting at $99.97 offer FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, eSATA interface for up to 300MB/s high performance Plug & Play fanless storage with no AC adapter needed

Jan 4, 2011 | Woodstock, IL


Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today that its OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini™ 1.5TB model is the highest capacity 2.5" “Quad Interface” bus powered portable storage solution on the market and available for immediate ordering with 12 models priced from $99.97. Featuring a “Quad Interface” of FireWire® 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA interface connectivity for data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s, the fanless Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini delivers the highest storage/backup performance available to Mac or PC users in a portable, brushed aluminum, no AC adapter required Plug and Play footprint.

In addition to the new 1.5TB model which offers 500GB more capacity than other competing brand portable drives, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini is available in eleven other “Quad Interface” models offering a variety of speed, capacity, and drive type options:

250GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $99.97
320GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $109.99
500GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $119.99
640GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $144.00
1.0TB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $179.99
NEW 1.5TB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $279.99

320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $109.99
500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $134.99
750GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $179.99

Solid State Drive featuring the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD
60GB SSD FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $219.99
120GB SSD FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $329.99
240GB SSD FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $599.99

All OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini models, including the new 1.5TB model, are available for immediate ordering from Other World Computing at and are compatible with Apple OS 8.6 and later, including all versions of Apple OS X, and Windows 98SE or later operating systems. Solutions come ready for Plug and Play ease of use with all interface connecting cables, an over $100 retail value disk utility software bundle (, and a three year complete solution warranty.

For more information on the complete OWC Storage Solution line, visit:

Portable & Bus Powered For Mobile Lifestyles
Measuring a compact 3.8" W x 5.5" L x 1.1" H, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini offers storage capacity up to 1.5TB – enough space for up to 1.5 million JPEG photos, 750 DVD movies, 115 hours of digital video, or 526,000 MP3 songs – in its fanless, aircraft grade brushed aluminum enclosure. Because it’s bus-powered, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini doesn’t require an AC adapter, which makes it ideal for in-the-field business professionals, creative/entertainment professionals, students, and anyone else needing to back up data, transport large files between computers, gain additional storage capacity, and even perform video editing and live music recording.

Built For Performance & Flexibility
Designed to emulate the award winning history of the larger desktop sized Mercury Elite-AL Pro, the Elite-AL Pro mini portable storage solution line features the fastest 2.5" SATA hard drive mechanisms up to 7200RPM as well as OWC’s Mercury Extreme Pro SSD for demanding A/V, digital photography, professional music, graphics, general data, and Time Machine ready storage needs. With two FireWire 800 ports, users can “daisy chain” multiple devices, connect legacy FireWire 400 devices via an 800 to 400 connecting cable, and can even utilize the fastest data transfer interface, eSATA, while bus powering via FireWire. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini can also be used with storage capable digital cameras and camcorders with FireWire and/or USB data ports for fast, on-location backups of images and video.

“With 500GB more capacity than other similar portable brand storage solutions, the 1.5TB Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini should be at the top of anyone’s list seeking the highest capacity and performance in a highly mobile design,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing.“Besides the industry’s largest capacity, the 12 different Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini models also offer choices of speed and drive type to meet any particular need and/or budget.”


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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