960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G 2.5-inch 9.5mm SATA 3.0Gb/s Solid State Drive. Tier 1 NAND Flash storage with 7% Over Provisioned Redundancy. Mac and PC compatible. Built in the USA. 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty.
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Rating Breakdown166 reviews
158 out of 159(99%)reviewers would recommend this product.
I install these hard drives in all my computers and the speed increase is pretty amazing. Everytime someone advise me to upgrade the ram, or optimize the hard drive I never quite notice that my computer was running faster until I installed solid state hard drives. My computer start up so fast, Photoshop Office and Iphoto that usually took for ever to load, no anymore. You can really experience real speed.
Pros: easy t install, affordable speed improvement
Pros - Super Fast Boot Times - Super Fast App Launching - Excellent read/write speeds - Silent
Cons - Expensive per GB compared to HDD - Limited Max Size - Was forced to migrate media files to an external HDD
My original hard drive for my early-2009 iMac was getting full and bogged down. I looked at two upgrade options; 1. Upgrade to a 4TB Seagate fusion drive (similar to what is sold in iMacs now) 2. Upgrade to a 256GB SSD with a 3TB external HDD
I decided to go with option two. Even though it was the more expensive option (about $150 more total than the fusion drive) I figured if I was going to go through the hassle of taking apart my iMac, I might as well go for the fastest speeds. Installation did not go smoothly (I accidentally formatted the partition instead of the HDD) and very time consuming. Migrating my iTunes library was a cinch, but the iPhotos library migration took almost a full day of transferring files and then resenting with iCloud. Ultimately, I got it working and WOW! When people say it's like a new computer, they mean and entirely new computer. My computer never booted up and launched apps so quickly, and I don't even notice a lag accessing files on my external HDD. Note that app performance once it was open did not improve, upgrading my RAM helped with that. Either way, a very worthwhile upgrade that probably added another 2-3 years on my old 2009 iMac.
Pros: Quality, silent operation, fast boot times, fast app launches, excellent read/write speeds
Cons: expensive compared to hdd, limited max size, forced to migrate media files to an external hdd
I have bought four or five of these SSD's over the last many months. They work very well and really speed the computers up. They install easily enough, even the iMac one I bought thanks to the OWC installation videos.
I have tried other brands. OWC SSD works super well and reliably with Mac. I have installed some OWC SSDs in my PCs and they works great too. The assistance from OWC was very helpful. They have shipped me brand new SSD to replace my malfunctioned SSD without hesitation a few years ago. I really trust OWC. I will continue to support them and use their high quality products, especially OWC SSDs. CHEERS!
Utilized this to update an older 13" MacBook Pro, easy install (with video provided from OWC). Now working much faster with the installation of additional Ram (also purchased from OWC). So for about $200 the life of this computer has been extended for at least another 2-3 years. Well worth the investment.
My 2008 iMac got really bogged down after I downloaded Yosemite. But I didn't want to replace it, it was a great machine! So I ordered the SSD, received it quickly, and had fun installing it with the guidance of the video OWC provides a link to. If you don't have the tools already (torx drivers, etc.) order them with the SSD. Don't worry about pulling off the glass, a couple of pieces of packing tape stuck to the upper corners as handles will do the job.
I bought this because TRIM is necessary and OWC sales told me this SSD takes care of TRIM itself. I got rid of a Samsung SSD because they do not have internal TRIM and the Yosemite OS disables TRIM for non-Apple SSDs.
It did not automatically go into set up mode as I had expected it to after reading that OWC drives are set up to do. I did get it going with disc utility just fine and then it went online to download Yosemite.
I'm glad the staff was available to talk to when I bought it so it matched my older Mac Pro.
Back in April 2012, I purchased my first SSD- also 120GB electra 3G to replace internal HD. After cloning and running it as an external for a month or two, Installed it into my Mini. Major reduction in boot times, and to date flawless running 10.8.5. This second one is running via firewire as outboard and after cloning the 10.8.5, I upgraded it to Yosemite 10.10. No problem. Ive partitioned both into 4 discs plus a boot disc of 30 GB. That way when I back up the 4 data disks weekly via Airport- USB to WD 1 terabyte discs, it goes without a hitch and takes a few minutes at most. Eventually after a few months more of 10.10 outboard I will then run my mini on 10.10. Price is right, installation is easy with videos. Equivalent on a ' best buy' IMHO.
Purchased this 480 GB SSD HD for use on my 2011 2.3, 13" MacBookPro. I backed up my data using Carbon Copy, copied it over and started it up on the new SSD following Apple/Mac instructions for startup disk. Big improvement in terms of startup in comparison to 500GB 5400 HD. Works well with Adobe Phtotoshop as little to no buffering/ lag time. I would recommend this to anyone. Been using this SSD HD for three years now, no problem.When I purchased this SSD HD the price was higher but for those interested now price has dropped so much better purchase for typical user. You will notice a difference.
Old Macbook is working better than new with Mint 17 and the SSD. I followed a bunch of optimization instructions, but I'm unaware as to whether I got any big performance gains. . there's a long boot time, but suspend is working very well so I dont shut down very often anyhow. I'm ready to replace my desktop system drives with SSDs now. OWC was prompt, helpful and honest all the way from shopping to shipping and I will def use them again!
Its been more than a month since I started using this ssd on my 2008 model macbook and really its very good experience so far. Shipping to India was very quick after purchase, glad to get it with in 10 days from US. Installation also was very simple. And ever since this ssd is inside, macbook (2008) is running like a new one, boots with in 10 seconds, loads apps very quickly. Currently running Mavericks, in which I haven't experienced any crash/freeze so far. I hope it works the same way for long time. Thanks OWC for this great product.
The decision to upgrade from an old mechanical drive to this new SSD is proving to be a good one. The installation was easy and the data transfer went smoother than anticipated which was probably due to the info posted on the OWC web site. This is my first SSD with no regrets. Boot up time as well as power down time is greatly reduced. So far everything appears more stable than with the old mechanical drive. Im sure it will last a long time. Thanks OWC.
I am a novice when it comes to installing and updating hardware. I purchased this Solid State Drive, watched the video for installation and had a little problem. I called tech support and my computer was up and running in minutes. Great company!! Thank you!!!