OWC announces Mercury Pro Pioneer DVR-109-based dual layer DVD-/+ R/RW external drive

Other World Computing today announced the latest addition to its impressive line of SuperDrives – the OWC Mercury Pro DVR-109 dual layer DVD-/+ R/RW external solution.

As the speediest of OWC’s Mercury Pro SuperDrives, it offers up to 16X DVD-/+ R/RW and up to 40X CD-R/RW burn speeds. OWC’s Mercury Pro DVR-109 external SuperDrive solution includes both FireWire and USB 2.0 ports, supports the burning of up to 8.5 Gigabytes of data or video per disc and comes with a one year OWC warranty.

The drive is immediately available for $159.99 at http://www.macsales.com/MercuryPro

“The OWC Mercury Pro is convenient, fast and an awesome deal,” said Larry O’Connor, president of OWC in the press release. “You get all the cables you need, NTI DragonBurn, EMC Dantz Retrospect backup and restore software, five DVD-Rs in jewel cases, 25 pieces of 80-minute CD-R media and all the necessary connecting cables. It’s among the fastest of burners available on the market today and economical too. But even more important is the confidence that comes with using what is to date the only DVR-109 Dual Layer based FireWire/USB Solution to have received EMC Dantz Retrospect Backup and Restore Certification.”

Other Mercury Pro external drive solutions have received high marks from a number of reviewers, including four-out-of-five mice from Macworld and an “Editor’s Choice” designation from MacAddict. The OWC Mercury Pro Dual Layer DVD-/+ R/RW Pioneer DVR-109 16X External will build on its predecessors’ successes.

“This latest edition serves to enhance a product already recognized for its quality, reliability, performance and competitive value,” O’Connor said in the press release. “It is also incredibly convenient for those who don’t want the hassle of installing an internal CD- and DVD-burning solution, or who would like to use their burner with multiple machines.”

All Mercury Pro models are plug and play for nearly any Mac or PC system with an available FireWire or USB 2.0 port.

For more information and to view the entire line of ‘SuperDrive’ solutions available from OWC visit http://www.macsales.com/Superdrive


  1. Can’t you just author the VIDEO_TS folder to the hard drive and then copy it to the DL DVD using Toast 6? I don’t see why DVD Studio Pro would need to be able to write directly to the disc, other than that it would save some time.

  2. slightly off topic, but has anyone out there used the new LaCie d2 DVD burner with LightScribe? I’m curious how compatible it is with iDVD5 (or DVD SP, for that matter)… This Mercury Pro drive is the first dual-layer external burner I’ve seen that actually claims compatability with either program!

  3. The geniuses at my Apple store say that all of these DVD external burners are NOT recognized by the Apple applications (unlike external hard drives). You must save your projects as some sort of disk file and then use the drive’s own software to burn the disks.

    I would double check with an Apple rep on your specific drive.

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