OWC Announces Two Enclosure Solutions For Continued Use Of Apple MacBook Air Solid State Drive As An External Drive

Solutions Priced From $35.00 Provide 2010-2011 Owners Convenient Data Transfer From Factory SSD When Upgrading To Higher Capacity, Higher Performance OWC Mercury Aura 6G SSD

Oct 27, 2011 | Woodstock, IL


Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today two new enclosure solutions for utilizing the factory Flash SSD from any 2010 or 2011 Apple® MacBook® Air model as an external drive. Both the OWC Mercury On-The-Go and OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini enclosure solutions provide MacBook Air owners continued external use of the factory drive plus a convenient method of data migration when upgrading to the higher capacity and higher performance of an OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD. Choice Of Two Bus Powered Enclosures

  • OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB 3.0/2.0 External Enclosure for 2010 & 2011 Apple MacBook Air Flash Drive (SSD)
    Super quiet, fanless, and pocket-sized, the On-The-Go’s clear acrylic case offers a USB 3.0/2.0 interface for fully utilizing the MacBook Air SSD's 200MB/s speed capability.
    The enclosure is priced at $35 when purchased with a Mercury Aura® Pro Express SSD and $69.99 for the enclosure solution only. For more information, visit:
  • OWC Mercury Elite™ Pro mini FireWire 800/400+USB2+eSATA External Enclosure solution for 2010 & 2011 Apple MacBook Air Flash Drive (SSD)
    Super quiet, fanless, and lightweight, the Elite Pro mini’s brushed aluminum case looks great on the desktop while offering a variety of high speed interfaces for Mac and PC connection flexibility. The enclosure is priced at $70 when purchased with a Mercury Aura® Pro Express SSD and $109.99 for the enclosure solution only. For more information, visit:

Two Step, Less Than Two Minute Installation

  • Plug the factory SSD module into the special SATA adapter already installed in the OWC Enclosure Solution.
  • Attach the other end of the factory SSD module to the mounting stanchion secured to the OWC enclosure's drive bay.

“We’re thrilled to offer 2010 and 2011 MacBook Air owners the only complete drive upgrade solution available,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “Our Mercury Aura Pro Express SSDs offer higher performance and storage capacity over the factory drive. Then, by adding one of these new enclosure solutions, MacBook Air owners can turn the factory SSD into a new high performance external drive for a two-in-one upgrade.” OWC – The Industry’s Only MacBook Air Performance Drive Upgrade Source

Since its introduction of the Mercury Aura Pro Express 3G SSD at the 2010 CES show, OWC remains the only alternative to factory SSD options for the 2010-2011 MacBook Air. OWC’s 3G models are available in capacities up to 480GB (8x more capacity than factory options) and deliver up to 68 percent faster performance in real world use. Owners of 2011 MacBook Air models can use OWC’s 6G Aura Pro Express model, available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, to take advantage of the built-in 6Gb/s SATA data bus for peak, sustained data rates over 500MB/s, versus the factory installed SSDs, which are limited by SATA Revision 2.0 (3Gb/s) capability. Compliments Industry’s Most Comprehensive SSD Line For Macs and PCs

These new enclosure solutions for the MacBook Air Flash drive enhance OWC’s existing line of performance-leading, world record-breaking ‘3G’ (3Gb/s) and ‘6G’ (6Gb/s) Mercury SSDs available for nearly every Mac and PC produced over the past decade in capacities from 30GB to 480GB starting from $67.99. For more information on the complete OWC Mercury SSD line, including expert benchmark reviews, visit: For more information on the OWC catalog of over 2,900 performance upgrades and accessories, or for reseller inquires, visit:


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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