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OWC Announces Five New Models In Mercury Elite Pro Dual Mini "Quad Interface" Portable RAID Storage Solution Line

640GB-2.0TB hard drive based models start at $159.99; 240GB-960GB OWC SSD models start at $519.99, RAID pre-configured (July 27, 2011)
DMN Newswire--2011-7-27--
Other World Computing (OWC(r)) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac(r) and PC technology company, announced today it has expanded the new Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini bus powered (no AC adapter needed) portable hardware RAID storage solution with two new hard drive and three new OWC SSD based models. Now offering 10 pre-configured choices with hardware RAID-1 "mirrored" redundancy for "live activity" data protection; or RAID-0 "stripe" for maximum performance capacity, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini contains two 2.5" hard drives or OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSDs (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Mercury_Electra_6G/) for up to 2.0TB of capacity and a "Quad Interface" of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, & eSATA connections for Plug and Play data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s with Mac and PC computers.

Five New Models Starting At $159.99
Five new Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini models join an existing model line-up that offers up to 2.0TB of storage capacity, hard disk speeds up to 7200RPM, and SSDs with eSATA bus saturating speeds:

* 640GB (320GB+320GB) 5400RPM 16MB Buffer $159.99
* 1.0TB (500GB+500GB) 5400RPM 16MB Buffer $189.99
* 240GB (120GB+120GB) OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD $519.99
* 480GB (240GB+240GB) OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD $1049.99
* 960GB (480GB+480GB) OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD $1919.99

All 10 Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini models are available immediately from OWC at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/RAID/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB
and are compatible with Apple OS 8.6 and later including all versions of Apple OS X including the latest Lion version; and Windows 98SE or later operating systems. Solutions come ready for Plug and Play ease of use with interface connecting cables, include a $100 retail value disk utility software bundle (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/solutions/software_bundle/), and come backed by a three year complete solution warranty with Level 1 Data Recovery service.

For more information on the complete OWC Storage Solution line, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/

Big Capacity In Easy To Transport Design
Measuring the approximate size of a portable CD player - 5.6" (D) x 6.1" (W) x 1.1" (H) - the bus powered (no AC adapter needed) Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini's unique flat side by side two drive design enables it to fit into laptop, photography, and other gear carrying bags easily and without adding any bulk. With 10 models offering two 2.5" SATA hard drives with up to 2.0TB of capacity or two award-winning OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSDs with up to 960GB of capacity, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini delivers big storage performance in an under two pound, fanless solution.

Convenient Yet Flexible Hardware RAID Settings
The Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini comes conveniently factory set for Plug and Play use in one of two RAID levels: RAID-1 for writing the same information in real-time to two matched 2.5" SATA drives up to 1.0TB for "live activity" data redundancy; or RAID-0 for "striping" data up to 2.0TB across both drives for the highest performance capacity backup. Users that desire a change to either RAID level setting, including the SPAN option, can do so easily via switch selectors. 

Compatible With New And Legacy Macs And PCs
With a "Quad Interface" of two FireWire 800, one FireWire 400, one USB 2.0, and one eSATA ports and high quality connecting cables included, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini doesn't require any complicated set-up and is ready for Plug and Play use with legacy Macs, the latest 2011 Mac models, and PCs. It provides data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s and can be moved between different systems utilizing its supported interfaces with complete interoperability for maximum data backup performance and flexibility.

"This unique, side by side dual drive design has been very popular with in-the-field creative professionals that require a minimum of bulk both in shape and weight," said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "Now by adding additional models that offer lower cost hard drive options as well as higher capacity SSD options, users seeking a portable RAID solution will find everything they're looking for in the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini."

About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod(r), iPhone(r), and iPad(r) enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As a member of the Apple(r) Developer Program, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net

OWC's industry awards and recognition include: Crain's Chicago Business 2009 and 2011 "Fast 50" List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 "Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America" list honoree 2007-2010; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009-2011; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010-2011; Reflex Packaging Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 Business Champion Award. 

In March 2010, OWC's corporate campus was designated as LEED(r) Platinum by the Green Building Certification Institute (http://eshop.macsales.com/green/index.html). Platinum is the highest achievable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program level, which began in 1998. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program's inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. In September 2010, OWC's headquarters earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR(r) rating for building operations that perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

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