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OWC Highlights Professional-Grade Desktop Storage Solutions Offering Up to 16TB Total Capacity at NAB Show

Full Range of Single, Dual, and 4-Bay 3.5" Hard Drive Storage Solutions Meet the Performance Demands and Budget Requirements of Macintosh and PC A/V Professionals

Apr 12, 2012 | Las Vegas, NV

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Widely recognized for combining innovative technologies with unprecedented support, Other World Computing (OWC®), http://www.macsales.com, announced today that it will highlight its professional-grade desktop storage solutions during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Other World Computing's booth #SL14110 in the Las Vegas Convention Center this week. While offering Plug and Play ease of use with Macs and PCs, OWC's full range of single-, dual-, and 4-bay solutions offer a wide range of storage and backup capacities - from 500GB to 16.0TB -to meet the performance demands and budget requirements of A/V professionals.

With industry popular solution sizing of 2.0TB of capacity on the desktop, creative professionals can store up to 152 hours of high-definition video; 1,000 hours of DVD quality video; 700,000 songs or 1,000,000 high-resolution photos. OWC's attractive, yet rugged aluminum desktop storage solution line-up offers a variety of single-, dual- and four-bay configurations:

Mercury Elite Pro
Specifically designed to meet the demands of professional A/V production workflows, OWC's Mercury Elite Pro™ combines a high-speed Oxford 944SE bridge chipset with the fastest SATA drive mechanisms available to deliver the fastest single-drive transfer rates possible-up to 300MB/s. Available with either a 'Combo Interface' (FireWire 400 / USB 2.0) or a 'Quad Interface' (FireWire® 800 / FireWire 400 / USB 2.0 / eSATA), Mercury Elite Pro single-bay desktop storage solutions deliver capacities of up to 4.0TB and can 'daisy chain' additional drives or other peripherals such as HD camcorders. The compact, shock-resistant drive measures 1.5" W x 9" D x 4.6" H and weighs approximately 2.7 pounds.

  • Mercury Elite Pro with 'Quad Interface' pricing starts at $169.99 for 500GB on up to $447.99 for 4.0TB of capacity. Popular capacity/budget configurations include the 1.0TB model for $194.99 and 2.0TB for $239.99.

Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 0
This high-performance RAID solution features a hardware RAID-0 (striped) array to spread data evenly over two ultra-fast SATA drives with up to 8.0TB of total capacity (2 x 4.0TB) for high-performance applications. A 'Quad Interface' with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA connnections enables the Mercury Elite Pro Dual to reach speeds up to 300MB/s. While offering big-time desktop performance, the dual RAID solution saves desktop space with a 2.9" W x 9" D x 5.3" H footprint and weighs approximately 5.8 pounds.

  • Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 0 'Quad Interface' pricing starts at $269.99 for 1.0TB on up to $829.99 for 8.0TB of capacity. Popular capacity/budget configurations include the 2.0TB model for $347.99 and 4.0TB for $395.99.

Newer Technology Guardian MAXimus Hardware RAID-1
Designed to provide 'live activity' backup of any data that users simply cannot risk losing, the Guardian MAXimus® hardware RAID-1 (mirrored) desktop solution features two paired, lightning-fast 3.5" SATA hard drives each with up to 4.0TB capacity and up to 32MB of cache. Offering Plug and Play data protection with Macs and PCs, the Guardian MAXimus continuously guards against data loss by writing the same information in real-time for a 'mirrored copy'.

  • Newer Technology Guardian MAXimus Hardware RAID-1 with 'Quad Interface' (FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 3.0/2.0, eSATA) pricing starts at $279.99 for 500GB+500GB on up to $849.99 for 4.0TB+4.0TB of capacity. Popular capacity/budget configurations include the 1.0TB+1.0TB model for $359.99 and 2.0TB+2.0TB for $414.99.

Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 4-Bay RAID Built for demanding, performance-intensive professional applications, the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 utilizes four 3.5" SATA hard drives in its four hot-swappable drive bays to deliver a professional-grade RAID solution capacity up to 16.0TB. In addition to offering massive storage/backup capacity in a desktop-sized footprint, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 features a 'Quad Interface' of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports with data transfer speeds of up to 300MB/s.

Pre-configured in a Hardware RAID 5 mode to provide data redundancy, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 has a front panel selector switch that enables easy configuration of the hardware RAID settings (NRAID, 0, 1, 5, 10), so users can select the best combination of speed, capacity, redundancy, or any combination of the three. The flexible RAID solution measures 9.65" D x 5.31" W x 6.96" H and weighs approximately 8.6 pounds.

All OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 solutions undergo a 'burn in' performance certification procedure of up to 30 hours prior to shipping to ensure the unit is operating properly and that the installed drives are ready for demanding use.

  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 4-Bay RAID pricing starts at $599.99 for 2.0TB on up to $1949.99 for 16.0TB of capacity. Popular capacity/budget configurations include the 8.0TB model for $929.99 and 12.0TB for $1199.99.

Value-Added Extras
All OWC Mercury and Guardian MAXimus storage solutions come complete with all supported interface connection cables and a utility software bundle retail valued at more than $100. The software bundle includes Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3, NovaStor NovaBACKUP®, Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™, and Carbon Copy Cloner. For more details on this value bundle, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/solutions/software_bundle/

Backed by the Best Support in the Industry
The best warranty is one a consumer should never have to use, but should the need occur, OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage. All OWC and Newer Technology desktop storage solutions come fully backed by free lifetime US-based 24/7 technical support and a three-year warranty which includes a 48-hour repair turnaround time with up to three years of complementary Level 1 data recovery.

For more information on all OWC desktop and portable storage solutions, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/

For more information on over 2,900 performance upgrades and accessories for Macs, PCs, and iDevices offered by OWC, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/

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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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