OWC intros 300GB Mercury Elite storage solutions; reduces prices on 400GB solutions

Other World Computing (OWC) today expanded its popular line of Mercury Elite external storage solutions with the introduction of 300 GB models priced beginning at $299.99 for a FireWire 400+USB 2.0 combo version, $319.99 for a FireWire 800/400-only version and $339.99 for a FireWire 800/400+USB 2.0 version.

Additionally, OWC has reduced prices on all of the company’s Mercury Elite 400GB external storage solutions, which now start at $429.99.

All 300GB 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 300GB Mercury Elite solutions provide data transfer rates from 60 Megabytes per second (MBps) for the FireWire 800 solutions to more than 40MBps for the FireWire/USB combo solutions.

“Our Mercury Elite drives are not just fantastic performers when it comes to providing extra storage space and world-class data backup capability, they are built to last,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC in the press release. “These solutions have been highly recommended by publications such as Photoshop User, MyMac.com and others. The 300GB Mercury Elite drives are an excellent addition to our product line, and it’s very satisfying to discount our massive 400GB solutions across the board.”

Each Mercury Elite drive measures 1.5 x 9.0 x 5.5 inches, weighs less than 3 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 800-275-4576.


  1. back when I got my first hard drive (for my IIgs), it was a 20MB, about the size of a shoebox, and I was convinced that I would never need to buy more storage ever again. At those prices, I doubt I could have…

    Flash-forward twenty-some years later, and here I am, considering adding an external 400GB hard drive to supplement my 460GB inside my PM G5. At these prices, I don’t see why not…

  2. Flash forward five years:

    “Darn…running out of HD space again. I guess I need another 10 TB from OWC. Hmm…price is down to $299, but gee whiz, what a porker; heck its almost as big as my hand.

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