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RAID Storage Goes Portable With OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 | Author:

dual_miniOther World Computing has expanded its Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini portable hardware-RAID storage product line with two new 3.0TB models, available as 3.0TB RAID-1 (for robust data protection) or 3.0TB RAID-0 (for maximum performance).

What it does: This bus-powered (no AC adapter is required) unit stores a tremendous amount of data safely using RAID technology, or even more data with super-fast access. Featuring hardware RAID-1 (mirrored) redundancy for data protection or RAID-0 (striped) for maximum throughput, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini contains two 2.5″ hard drives or OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSDs for up to 3.0TB of capacity. A “quad interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA connections delivers data transfer speeds of up to 300MB/s with Mac and PC computers.

Why it’s cool: It’s the ultimate portable storage solution for professional users. Lightweight, bus-powered, and impact-resistant, in a 5.6 in (D) x 6.1 in (W) x 1.1 in (H) brushed aluminum enclosure with near silent, fanless operation, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini fits easily into laptop, photography, and other gear bags because of its side-by-side drive orientation. Fast, hardware-RAID technology is ideal for demanding data storage and backup needs, and can be configured with either high-performance hard disks or SSDs.

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Let’s Talk About RAID

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 | Author:

No, not the bug spray. The RAID I’m talking about is a hard drive RAID or a Redundant Array of Independent Disks. As crazy as the name sounds, this is essentially a type of storage solution that combines multiple hard drives into a cohesive system that appears to the computer as a single hard drive.  Depending on the setup, this can afford increased speed, storage capacity, backup solutions, or a combination of each of these.

There are four RAID configurations seen most often in the wild:

  1. RAID 0
  2. RAID 1
  3. RAID 0+1 or 10
  4. RAID 5

Each of these are similar in that they work across multiple drives, but each have their own merits that benefit specific applications in the real world. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

The Other World – Episode 44

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 | Author:

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OWC Mercury Elite Pro Data Storage/Backup Solution Line Now Offers Up to 8.0TB Capacity

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 | Author:

Other World Computing announced today it has expanded the storage capacity of its high-performance OWC Mercury Elite Pro single bay  and dual bay  desktop storage solution line to 8.0TB. By utilizing the industry’s only 3.5″ 4.0TB SATA 6Gb/s hard drive, OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro storage solutions deliver 33 percent more storage/back-up capacity per drive over current 3.0TB hard drives With up to a “Quad Interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA connections, the Mercury Elite Pro line offers Plug and Play data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s with Mac and PC computers.

Performance-Certified Models for All Backup and Storage Needs
The OWC Mercury Elite Pro line of 4.0TB hard drive-based storage solutions are available in three configurations to meet any common to professional A/V production backup and storage need:

  • 4.0TB Mercury Elite Pro with “Combo Interface” (FireWire 400 and USB 2.0) $429.99
  • 4.0TB Mercury Elite Pro with “Quad Interface” (FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, eSATA) $469.99
  • 8.0TB Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 0 (4.0TB x 2) with “Quad Interface” (FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, eSATA) $869.99
  • The Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID is also available in RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and RAID-ready dual eSATA models up to 6.0TB. All Mercury Elite Pro models include a disk utility software bundle retail valued at more than $100 and all interface connection cables.

    Highest Capacity, Lowest Environmental Impact
    The new 4.0TB hard drive built into OWC Mercury Elite storage solutions employs a halogen-free design and power-efficient operation — up to a 28 percent idle power savings — to complement OWC’s well-regarded environmental practices. The drive also uses Advanced Format, which increases the sector size from 512 bytes to 4096 (4K) bytes, thereby increasing capacities and improving error correction capabilities.

    Backed by the Best Support in the Industry
    The best warranty is one a consumer should never have to use, but should the need occur, OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage. All OWC Mercury Elite Pro storage solutions come fully backed by free lifetime US-based 24/7 technical support and a three-year warranty which includes a 48-hour repair turnaround time with up to one year of complimentary Level 1 data recovery.

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    OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Hardware RAID Data Storage/Backup Solution Now Offers Up to 16.0TB Capacity

    Thursday, February 16th, 2012 | Author:

     

    Other World Computing announced today it has expanded the storage capacity of its high-performance OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 desktop hardware RAID storage line to 16.0TB by utilizing four of the industry’s only 3.5″ 4.0TB SATA 6Gb/s hard drive in the Qx2’s four hot swappable drive bays.

    In addition to offering massive storage/backup capacity in a desktop sized footprint, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 features a “Quad Interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports and four selectable Hardware RAID settings – 0, 1, 5, 10 – for high speed, highly reliable Plug and Play use with Macs and PCs.

    Five Prosumer Models Available

    The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is available in four Enterprise Class options up to 12.0TB and a 0GB kit (no drives included) option. All Qx2 models include a disk utility software bundle retail valued at more than $100, all interface connection cables, and a three-year warranty. Article Continues…

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