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OWC launches new 1.0TB FireWire+USB drives

updated 11:10 am EDT, Fri March 14, 2008

OWC FireWire+USB drives

Other World Computing (OWC) on Friday announced new OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro FireWire+USB 2.0 Combo storage drives featuring SATA technology. Starting at just over $100, the new drives feature capacities up to 1.0TB and offer the latest Oxford 934 performance chipset, two FireWire 400 1394A six-pin ports, and a single USB 2.0 port. The company says that the drives may be stacked or can stand vertically (using an included stand); they measure only 9.3" (length) x 1.4" (height) x 5.6" (width).

The drive's two FireWire ports allow it to be daisy-chained to any additional FireWire devices. Pricing starts at $108 for the 80GB version, $118 for the 160GB model, and $138 for the 250GB model, while the capacity drives are $148 (320GB), $160 (400GB), $176 (500GB), $240 (750GB), and $340 (1.0TB, price after rebate).

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro storage solutions include FireWire and USB 2.0 cables; Intech HD Speedtools utility suite; and Prosoft Data Backup for Mac OS X. They also feature a full 2-year warranty.

by MacNN Staff



  1. greenG4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Come one MacNN

    OWC has them up to 2TB, not 1. Basic reading skills people.

  1. wymer100

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This model..

    This model goes up to 1TB. There are other interfaces that OWC sells that go to 2TB.

  1. galley

    Joined: Dec 1969


    1TB after rebate

    How many TB does it have before the rebate? :-)

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    All of their cases SHOULD have eSATA connections. There's no need for any electronics as there is for USB or FW, only the cost of a connector.

    I;d KILL for a case holding 2 drives, eSATA with a RAID chip that can do striping or mirroring.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They probably don't waste the money with esata since no macs support it, and only the macpros can even accomplish it.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Funny my MacBook Pro doesn't seem to be having a problem with the eSata drive plugged into the eSata ExpressCard controller. Since the performance is better than USB or firewire, I wouldn't purchase a drive without an eSATA connector.

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