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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:40 pm    Post subject: OWC Intros 500GB Mercury On-The-Go Drive Reply with quote

OWC Intros 500GB Mercury On-The-Go Drive
Thursday, April 17, 2008
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Other World Computing today announced the release of the 500GB Mercury On-The-Go, a new high-capacity version of their portable hard drive. The bus-powered drive offers FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections. It also features a hard disk drive mechanism operating at 5400 RPM and custom bridge solution featuring the Oxford924 chipset. The drive ships with a carrying case, USB and FireWire cables, Prosoft DataRescue III for OS X, and NovaStor NovaBackup for Windows. The Other World Computing 500GB Mercury On-The-Go has a suggested retail price of $359.99.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think I'll grab one of these, use the 500GB drive from in my mini and put my existing mini drive in this cool FW800 case.
Sounds like a plan to me...

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 500 GiB 2.5" drive. Wow, impressive. Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jb wrote:
Think I'll grab one of these, use the 500GB drive from in my mini and put my existing mini drive in this cool FW800 case.
Sounds like a plan to me...

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It looks like they are using the Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 in this enclosure. That drive stands 12.5mm (instead of 9.5mm), so it's possible there could be some issues getting it to fit properly into your Mac mini. I haven't read anything either way, but I would look into it before buying.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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jb wrote:
Think I'll grab one of these, use the 500GB drive from in my mini and put my existing mini drive in this cool FW800 case.
Sounds like a plan to me...

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It looks like they are using the Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 in this enclosure. That drive stands 12.5mm (instead of 9.5mm), so it's possible there could be some issues getting it to fit properly into your Mac mini. I haven't read anything either way, but I would look into it before buying.

I know the height is a problem in MBP's, not sure about the mini.
When I last upgraded the drive in my mini there appeared to be ample space, in fact they even have a foam rubber spacer inside to keep the drive immobile.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just bought one of those enclosures for my Macbook HD when I stuffed a 250GB in it. Sure wish I knew this was coming, then again, I only paid $29 for the enclosure!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to have a 500GB drive in my mini. They're still up there a bit in price though. It looks like 250GB is the sweet spot for 2.5" drives at the moment. I mean based on price.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jb wrote:
When I last upgraded the drive in my mini there appeared to be ample space, in fact they even have a foam rubber spacer inside to keep the drive immobile.

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My foam air deflectors were really compressed down against the motherboard, but I think there will be enough room. I would just be a little careful when you put the two halves back together. If you hear any crunching sounds, bail! Wink

By they way, OWC seems to have a good price on the Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 drive. They are selling for $287. Most places are selling them for at least three bills. That kind of surprises me, because places like Newegg and ZipZoomFly usually beat them handedly.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hackersmovie wrote:
I just bought one of those enclosures for my Macbook HD when I stuffed a 250GB in it. Sure wish I knew this was coming, then again, I only paid $29 for the enclosure!


They are decent enclosures for the money. I'm using one with the drive out of my PS3.
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