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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192 out of 193(99%)reviewers would recommend this product.
This is my second unit. Speeds up any mac. Incredilble, feels like having a brand new computer. OWC's install videos are also great. First one had a problem, under warranty. No questions asked, replaced very quickly. Great service.
This drive went into the white MacBook unibody with the rounded edges. The existing drive was having multiple issues and the user just did not have the patience. Once this went it the machine was running smooth and fast boot and shutdown. I have had positive experiences with the this and other hardware by OWC and for some strange reason there is more comfort in this SSD than the Samsung Pro SSD. There is no comparison from using the SSD and this one is the fastest I could get on the MacBook model. The laptop has regained a longer life span!
Ordered 2 OWC 120GB SSD for an a medical instrument and one for a 2006 Macbook.
All I can say is WOW! Instead of the 4-5 minutes to book on the instrument, I was ready to operate the instrument in less than 1 minute. As for the Macbook, installation was very easy and it brought new life into a 9 year old laptop.
I'm very happy with the price and performance of the OWC SSD's.
Pros: Quality, Durability, trim enabled, easy drop in install
Removed my original 500GB drive from a 2007 iMac and installed the 480GB SSD. It is a brand new machine. Not an easy install but not hard either. just follow the instructions and video from OWC. El Capitan runs great after the install.
I bought this Item for use in my old Apple G4 Digital Audio as a OS X startup system disk. My Grandchilds are beginners in Computers and the old Power Mac changes to rather fast working Computer as fahr as it goes. Fine soulution for young children to begin with, and not easy to damage those fine old Apple Towers accidently. Thank you.
Our household has an old 24 inch 2008 iMac. After reading the many glowing reviews about the 480 GB Mercury 3G SSD, I decided to give it a try. I am quite amazed how much of a difference changing to a solid state drive made. The computer performs like a new machine. For disk intensive tasks like booting, loading software, etc. this old machine out performs my 27 inch 2012 iMac.
A few things you should be aware of. Doing this installation in an iMac, does take some patience and some degree of technical skill. I suggest you view the online videos here at OWC first to make sure you feel comfortable taking about your machine. I found it very helpful to buy the recommend tool kit and suction cups from OWC to disassemble the iMac and put it back together.
The other thing you need to be aware of is since this is a 2.5 inch drive, if you are putting the drive in an older iMac, like me, will need the 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch drive adapter (Newer Technology AdaptaDrive 2.5" to 3.5" Drive Converter Bracket). Check with the helpful folks here at OWC.
I hope you find this review helpful. I highly recommend this drive!
My aim was to extend the working life of an older Mac that was getting sluggish. Even though my home folder is too big, and had to reside on a conventional HDD, (the iMac's original HDD), putting the OS and applications onto SSD has had a marked and persistent positive effect on boot times and application launch times. No messing about with getting it bootable - it just worked first time.
My 2009 Macbook Pro was in it's terminal stages of being obsolete. Rather than spend the money for a new Macbook Pro, the tech at the Apple store Genius Bar told me about the OWC website to get parts for upgrades. I took his advise, ordered the parts and, with the help of a basic set of tools also from OWC and the installation videos, I installed the parts myself! After the techs at the Apple Genius Bar and Apple Tech Support helped to solve some software problems during this transition, I finally have my 2009 Macbook Pro with a new memory and Solid State hard drive! Much cheaper than buying a new Macbook Pro! It may no longer be under warranty, but I'm hopeful that my laptop will last a few more years, and I can still get help from Apple Genius Bar if I have any more software issues. Anything other than that, I can take my problems to computer repair businesses that service Apple/Mac products. To me, buying and installing the new products was worth it!
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.