OWC Announces New " Mercury " Internal Superdrives For Macbook 13 " & Macbook Pro 15 " Pre-Unibody Notebooks

Faster Read/Write to 8X for DVDs, 24X for CDs -- Priced from $159.99 Add Latest Optical Drive Performance to Existing MacBook/MacBook Pros

Nov 25, 2008 |


Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading Mac and PC technology company, announced today two new OWC “Mercury” SuperDrive Internal Upgrade Kits for MacBook 13" and MacBook Pro 15" pre-Unibody notebook computers. The new OWC Mercury SuperDrive Internal Upgrades offer faster read/write for DVD+/-R/RW, Dual-Layer DVD, DVD-RAM, and CD-R/RW; with burn speeds of up to 8X for DVDs and 24X for CDs. OWC Mercury SuperDrive Upgrade Kits provide low-cost options for adding the latest optical drive performance and features to existing MacBook and MacBook Pro computers.

Available immediately, new OWC Mercury SuperDrive Internal Upgrade Kits for MacBook and MacBook Pro pre-Unibody computers include two models:

  • OWC Mercury MacBook 13"/Macbook Pro 15" SuperDrive Dual-Layer Internal Drive Kit. Features up to 8X DVD-R burn, 2X DVD-DL burn, 3X DVD-RAM, 24X CD burn, and 1 year OWC warranty.

Priced at $159.99.

  • OWC Mercury MacBook 13"/Macbook Pro 15" SuperDrive Dual-Layer Internal Drive Kit (with software and media). Features up to 8X DVD-R burn, 2X DVD-DL burn, 3X DVD-RAM, 24X CD burn. Includes 10 pieces of 8X DVD-R media in jewel case, EMC Retrospect backup software, NTI DragonBurn CD/DVD authoring software, and 1 year OWC warranty.

Priced at $174.99.

“These new drives continue one of our founding missions - to provide high quality, affordable products that make existing Macs operate like new,” said Larry O’Connor, President, Other World Computing. “Especially with today’s financial concerns, it can be more cost effective to upgrade your existing Mac with the fastest and latest read/write technologies available today.”

Optical Drive Upgrades for Almost Every Mac Introduced Over the Last Decade –
Priced Starting at $29.99

OWC has internal and external SuperDrive upgrades for nearly every desktop/tower and notebook Mac computer introduced over the last decade, including Mac Pro, PowerMac G3/G4/G5, G4 Cube, iMac G4/G5, Mac mini, eMac, PowerBook G4 Titanium 15", PowerBook G4 12/15/17" Aluminum, and iBook G4. If you’d like to upgrade from a factory-installed DVD read-only drive; replace a slower or inoperative SuperDrive; or expand drive capabilities, OWC has the best solutions, with prices starting at $29.99 for Internal SuperDrives and from $71.99 for External FireWire+USB 2.0 SuperDrives. OWC SuperDrive upgrades feature faster read/write DVD, Dual-Layer DVD, and CD burn speeds up to 20X for DVDs and 48X for CDs. In addition to standard support for DVD+/-R/RW, CD-R/RW, DVD-DL formats, OWC SuperDrives are also available with features, including Blu-ray, LightScribe laser labeling, and DVD-RAM support.

The new OWC Mercury SuperDrive Dual-Layer Internal Drive Kits have been fully tested for compatibility with Apple and Windows built-in and third party DVD/CD tools and players, including Apple iTunes, Apple Disc Burner, Apple iDVD, Apple DVD Studio Pro, EMC Retrospect Express, NTI DragonBurn, Roxio Toast, Roxio Easy Media Creator, and Nero Burning. Printed instructions and online installation videos show how easy it is to install and use these internal optical drives.

For more information on the full line of OWC SuperDrive Upgrades for Mac computers, see:

Rebates up to $25 for Old Optical Drives

OWC offers rebates of up to $25 to users who send in any older working optical drive to upgrade to a new, faster SuperDrive purchased from OWC. Complete rebate details are available at:


About OWC

Founded in 1988, Other World Computing (OWC), is a trusted provider of premium technology solutions tailored to enable creators and tech enthusiasts to bring their unique visions to life. The company develops high-performance end-to-end tools catering to a global community of creators at all levels of their craft, from Capture to Creation to Collaboration. The mission of extending the useful life of existing technology is a demonstration of the company's commitment to a more sustainable world. The core value of Other World Computing is to design and manufacture industry-leading products that deliver excellence and are built to last for minimal environmental impact.

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