Other World Computing (OWC) today expanded its popular line of Mercury Elite external storage solutions with the introduction of a 400GB model priced at $539.99 for a FireWire 400+USB 2.0 combo version, $559.99 for a FireWire 800/400-only version and $579.99 for a FireWire 800/400+USB 2.0 version.

Additionally, OWC has reduced prices on all of the company’s Mercury Elite 80- to 250GB external storage solutions by up to 20 percent. Prices now start at $139.99.

All 400GB Mercury Elite drives spin at 7200RPM and feature an 8 MB data buffer. Designed to combine high-speed Oxford bridge solutions and the fastest drive mechanisms available, the new 400GB Mercury Elite solutions provide data transfer rates from 60 MBps for the FireWire 800 solutions to more than 40MBps for the FireWire/USB combo solutions.

“Like every OWC product, these new Mercury Elite drives are not only designed to provide the utmost customer satisfaction, but they’re built to last,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC in the press release. “Using only the highest quality components for the Mercury Elite line ensures the very best in reliability and performance. What makes these Mercury Elite drives even more noteworthy, though, is that we’re able to offer them at fantastic prices too.”

Each Mercury Elite drive measures 1.5- x 9.0- x 5.5-inches, weighs less than three pounds, ships with Intech HD SpeedTools, Dantz Retrospect backup and restore software, all necessary cables and an external power adaptor, and comes with a two-year OWC warranty. The drives are compatible with Mac OS 8.6 through 9.22, all versions of Apple OS X, Linux, and Windows ME, 2000 and XP.

Complete pricing and ordering information is available online at http://www.macsales.com/firewire or by calling 1-800-275-4576.