OWC Provides Big Storage in Little Package New 800 FireWire Upgrade of Pocket-Sized On-The-Go Drive Premier

OWC introduces new pro series 800 FireWire upgraded design of award-winning Mercury On-The-Go FireWire/USB2 pocket-sized portable drive solutions, achieving highest capacities and fastest speeds on the market.

Jan 9, 2006 | San Francisco, CA


Other World Computing (OWC) today announced the introduction of a new, significantly enhanced 800 FireWire-equipped version of the award-winning Mercury On-The-Go line of ultra-portable, high-capacity 2.5-inch drives for storage on the go. The new drive will be on display at the 2006 Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco beginning January 10, 2006.

Armed with 160 gigabyte (GB) of storage capacity and running at 5,400- or 7,200 revolutions per minute (RPM), the new On-The-Go pro series 800/400+USB2 makes OWC the first company shipping a portable FireWire/USB2 drive of this capacity.

The new 2006 On-The-Go pro series 800/USB2 doubles the potential performance power of the previous incarnation of the On-The-Go line, which was already recognized as the highest performing drive ever available in such a small, ultra-portable size by leading technology authorities including MacAddict, Macworld and Maximum PC.

“Adding FireWire 800 capability to the unparalleled performance, quality and value of the On-The-Go line of portable storage solutions is an absolutely amazing breakthrough,” said CEO Larry O’Connor. “Other World Computing is dedicated to making the newest technology available to the world. There is no other product available that performs at this level.”

The new 800 FireWire version of the Mercury On-the-Go includes two FireWire 800- and one USB 2.0/1.1 ports, All Mercury On-The-Go drives measure 3.5-inches x 5.5-inches x 1-inch, weigh less than 12 ounces and ship with carrying case, FireWire cable, USB Cable, EMC/Dantz Retrospect and Intech Speed Tools. They also are covered by a one-year warranty and officially supported by Dantz Retrospect with the EMC/Dantz Retrospect Backup Certification

Mercury On-The-Go portable storage solutions are priced as low as $129.99, and offered with capacities from 40- to 160GB and speeds up to 7,200 RPM on the 100GB models and 5,400 for 160GB models to handle even the most intense audio and video projects ‘On-The-Go’.

On-The-Go plug-and-play drives are compatible with all Apple OS Versions 8.5 through 9.2.x; Apple OS X 10.0.3 and higher (including OS X 'Tiger' 10.4.x); Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP; any OS or electronic device with FireWire and/or USB data ports, including digital video and still cameras. The full Mercury On-The-Go line can be viewed at All of OWC’s award-winning optical and fixed storage solutions can be found 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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