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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178 out of 179(99%)reviewers would recommend this product.
OWC has done an amazing job creating a product that can literally drive their business. These SSD's are of excellent quality, but more than that, OWC has literally thought of everything. Need a spacer to adapt a 2.5" drive to a Mac Pro drive bay? No problem! Want to install the drive in a Mac Mini, but only if it's in the non-existent second drive slot? We'll get right on machining and mass-producing that for you!
OWC is my primary partner in resolving so many different issues with my own Apple products and the ones I service for friends, family, and perfect strangers with extra cash on hand.
This drive is perfectly adjusted to work with SATA II connections on every Mac product I have had the privilege of working on, and I've never had a single issue with them. The warranties are also the best in the business.
Come for the speed and durability, stay for the excellent pricing and warranty. I highly recommend these for folks looking to speed up an older system or get a newer one configured just the way you like it at half the cost.
What a difference an SSD drive makes! I used the data doubler kit and replaced my CD/DVD drive in my 11,2 iMac with this SSD. I then cloned my internal disk onto the new SSD, switched it to the boot device and rebooted. My applications now start instantly. No spinning rainbow at all. This includes Word, Excel, iTunes and all three browsers. OK, Photos takes about two seconds, but that's down from about 10. This will get me through at least two more versions of MacOS ;^)
Because of the age of my iMac, I needed to use the 3 Gb/s version. I use the remaining hard drive as an internal backup drive.
The installation was of moderate effort, but the video is clear about what you have to do.
Great way to take an older mac laptop with slow hard disk and boot its performance via an SSD. I not only doubled the link speed between this disk and the system, but with no mechanical parts, all my apps start in mere seconds rather that close to a minute or more.
Put a 240 GB SSD and 8gb of RAM in both my old iMac (9,1) and my MacBook Pro (10,2) and both run like new machines. The Macbook installation was easy and the video made it even easier - it starts up in less than 30 seconds and runs much faster. The iMac was a little more involved but wasn't difficult - it just help to have an extra set of hands when you have to lift out the LCD and unplug some cables. The iMac is like a new machine and starts up in about 40 seconds and is now completely functional - it was getting so slow that I hated to use it. Customer support was great. Lots of money saved and no need for new machines for a while!
Pros: Quality, Durability, good installation information
I was able to install and Restore to this SSD from my existing drive in about an hour and a half. Once installed, it seems the speed is more than double. The performance is more than I had anticipated. My next steps are to add a little motte RAM. This old Dual G-5 has a new life. Thanks for the great products and options for new and older devices.
Performs as advertised, time will speak to it's quality/durability. My only drawback was the packaged software and setup instructions, both are flawed, however, a call to the techs was the solution, by the way, they direct you to apple software for formatting and setup which works seamlessly...the techs are very helpful. I think the price/product ratio is very good also, as I've purchased a number of upgrade items and I always go to OWC.
I would recommend this to a friend!
My product recommendations
(*) OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 2.5" bus-powered portable FW800/400 + USB3.0 drive enclosure kit
I recently built a hefty (25TB) FreeNAS for home use. We have lots of digital pictures, videos, digital clutter, etc. I didn't want to use a full size hot swap-able bay and wanted the NAS to boot quickly, so I checked out a few options on OWC and found a perfect match for one of the 2.5" fixed bays. It was a few bucks more than a sale SSD drives, but I have never had a bad experience with OWC, so that made it a simple decision. The drive has been flawless, it was discovered without having to load new drivers and I was up and running in minutes.
Pros: Quality, Durability, reliability, cost per gb, performance, flexibility
Installed the Electra 3G in my late 2009 Mac Mini on Saturday. Bought it to replace my 5-year-old 750GB WD Scorpio Black. The WD is a wonderful drive that has proven to be fast and reliable. I did, however, want to replace it before any problems cropped up. Decided to make the move to the OWC SSD. I have been buying from OWC for more than 20 years and have always been pleased with their products and customer service. Drive swap was easy and uneventful. Popped the SSD into my Mercury Elite-AL Pro enclosure, formatted it and then cloned my Scorpio Black to it. Pulled it out, popped open my mini and replaced the Scorpio with the new Electra. Since I had the Mini opened, I also replaced the PRAM battery and Optical Drive ... which had ceased to operate reliably a year ago. (I bought the Optiarc DVD RW AD-7800H at the same time I bought the Electra.) Put the Mini back together, transferred the old Scorpio to the Elite-AL Pro enclosure (to use in my back-up routine) and fired the Mini up. What I noticed immediately is how QUIET the Mini's fan actually is!!!! Could never hear the fan (unless it ramped up) over the sound of the Scorpio! As far as speed ... am very pleased. The Scorpio was no slouch ... but the SSD is obviously faster. Only problem I had during the installation process was that I had to remove and rebuild the trash after I booted with the SSD. I am sure this had nothing to do with the SSD itself, but some glitch that happened during cloning. Everything has been running wonderfully since installation and I anticipate years of reliable service before replacing this drive. (I love this late 2009 2.53Ghz Mini configuration and plan to keep it until it eventually dies .... though I do have a spare in the event this happens!!) Thank-you OWC!
I ordered this SSD together with the 16GB RAM memory upgrade kit for my Mid 2010 Macbook Pro, as it was totally not performing anymore with the 4GB base RAM and a standard 7200RPM HD.
After having received and placed the OWC SSD and memory, the Macbook is performing like a new one again, with much shorter application load times, quicker browsing and general application usage. I was most happy to see that Apps like Apple Photos, containing a huge library of images is now running smooth and fast in both browsing and editing.
Although not totally convinced upfront about the possible hassle of ordering in the US, paying taxes and going through customs, the process went very smooth and the package was delivered in the Netherlands on Friday morning after having ordered Wednesday!
I considered replacing my late 2008 MacBook Pro with one of the new MacBooks but thought I'd try saving a lot of money by getting the 480GB Mercury Electra SSD. It's worked out great. Speed is considerably faster, boot time is a fraction of what I had with the original drive. Everything about this machine is improved to the point it feels like a new computer. I first cloned the HD with Carbon Copy Cloner then fitted the new SSD. Installation was a breeze. I highly recommend this product. Never been disappointed with OWC.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 14 for 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G 2.5-inch 9.5mm SATA 3.0Gb/s Solid-State Drive
this drive has transformed my 2007 iMac, saving it from the e-waste pile and adding years to its useful life. So good I've ordered a bigger version for my Mac Pro. Hopefully the performance gains will be the same.
I have a mid 2008 24" iMac that was in serious need of being replaced. I decided to give OWC a try after having successfully upgraded a 2012 MacBook Pro with an OWC SSD. I was incredibly happy with the MacBook so why not.
I couldn't be happier with the iMac upgrade. The video on disassembly of the iMac went as shown. The kit to remove the front glass worked beautifully. All in all, a most worthwhile upgrade. By replacing the internal drive with a 480 GB SSD and upgrading the RAM, the iMAC is like buying a brand new computer. Well worth the effort and time.
I replaced the hard drive in my 2010 Macbook with this SSD and what a difference. Boot times are phenomenal and the speed increase is almost as good as a processor upgrade. I received it fast and at a reasonable price.
My older 2009 iMAC is fast now. I run Photoshop and Light room on this old bird and she loves it. The how to videos were perfect and this device installed easily. I loaded the OS on it and off it went. Running like a champ. Boot up speed went from over 3 minutes to under 20 seconds. compared to my HDD. I did this as a practice / experiment before I do my main iMAC. So pleased, when I have time I'll be doing my day to day iMAC.
Fast delivery and great installation instructions. Would definitely recommend to older MacBook users who consider upgrading their hardware thus extending the lifetime of their machines for the foreseeable future.