960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/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 Warranty.
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Customer Reviews for 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive.
Review 1 for 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive.
The "Apple" of SSDs
PostedNovember 9, 2013
I just installed two of these SSDs in my late 2011 17" MacBook Pro with the data doubler and configured them together in a RAID 0 configuration and all I have to say is she is a whole new machine! I have never used anything so fast in my life. Next purchase will have to be bumping this 8GB RAM up to 16GB!
As you are well aware there are many different SSDs on the market at various different price points. In my search for what SSD to put in my MacBook Pro I probably spent the better part of a month actively researching, reading through every forum comparing the drives. Many forums talk highly about the OWC products. Many say that they are overpriced and not economical at a $/GB rate however there were some very helpful comments I had read which talked about the durability and longevity of the OWC drives being top notch. That is all great however what really sealed the deal in my decision to purchase these drives from OWC were, one, my own past experiences with OWC which I have always been more than pleased with and two, the comments from other OWC customers who spoke so highly about the company and their customer service experiences. I don't believe there is any other SSD manufacture out there that sells the entire package quite like OWC. From the top notch products to in depth how to videos, to the outstanding customer service, it is truly a no brainer. I cannot tell you how many times I read through those forums where so and so got this ultra fast 6g SSD from company x for half the price of company z but when it stopped working they could barely get through to customer service. To me OWC is much like Apple in the sense that they are perhaps a bit more expensive than the competition however you can rest assured that you are purchasing a top notch quality product and you are buying into a customer service base which is beyond reproach. I am certainly not saying that other SSD manufactures do not make quality products however OWC has certainly gained a loyal customer out of me.
My MBP 2010 had a 1TB internal (also from OWC with no problems). As my data needs grow the drive was nearing capacity. The machine (8GB Ram MAx installed) has become exceedingly slow at basic launching, task switching etc. Even though its been defragged,etc, the fact that it is almost full anat 1TB makes it pretty crawly. So after salivating over SSD for a while, I I finally let go of the idea of having EVERYTHING on my laptop, broke down and archived off a lot of non-essential stuff. Installed this drive, migrated over (use tools like CCC or Time Machine restore to be safe, don't count on the OWC instructions for migration which are over simplified). The result is that my Mac now screams! Boot so Fast. Launches apps so fast! task switching etc FAST! The bottleneck is broken. No more waiting on the machine, it waits for me, and I am a power user , i.e. usually at least three to five large tasks OR MORE going on at any time. I can see living with this machine for at least another year or two, if not more, when I was SERIOUSLY considering trying to save up for a Retina or air. Very Pleased. Cannot speak to longterm reliability but do backups regularly and not worried.
After considering replacing my MacBookPro 2009 with a new one, and seeing how the macbook air zips thru life, I looked at many different SSD's as an inexpensive upgrade, ... and I chose this SSD. It was very easy to install, loaded my OS faster, and opens Photoshop CS5 faster than I could believe. I will test it over the next few weeks and look forward to enjoying my "Better than when it was NEW MacBookPro"
I have (I am told) an ancient 2006 Mac Pro running 10.6.8. I have added more memory but still find it slow by modern standards so started looking at the concept of updating the HDD to an SSD. After much surfing I came to the conclusion that if the product lived up to the blurb then OWCs SSD should do the job. Life has many hiccups and in my case I obviously had been supplied a faulty product, since my computer could not find it. I contacted the support and found them to be absolutely wonderful - bearing in mind that at this stage it was not clear whether the problem was with the new product or lay within the depths of my ancient computer. After several suggestions, tests with various applications it became clear that the problem was almost certainly with the new product. I sent it back and within a few days received a new unit which was fitted, loaded with the system and now my computer is like a space age rocket - I cannot believe the difference - certainly lives up to all the claims made in the blurb and then some - I suggest to anyone with an older machine that this is one way of adding a few more years to your trusty servant. On the subject of receiving a product that was not OK bear in mind that I live on the opposite side of the world from OWC and that any electronics in parcels can be given a hard time by virtue of various scanning processes during the course of travel through the postal/customs services etc - having been in the electronics manufacturing myself I am aware of these occasional problems so i hold no blame to OWC in this respect - their follow up and support being so good that there was no area left for me to take exception to!
This new SSD I install into my Late 2008 MBP was a smart move! Along with a battery swap, and upgrade to 8GB of RAM; It runs just as smooth as a 2012 Retina/Quad-Core MBP with the same specs. Only difference between the two was the boot time.
from Central Illinois
Experience Level: Hobbiest
Owned Product: less than a month
Verified Buyer: false
480GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD w/ NuPower Battery
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Review 8 for 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive.
PostedApril 25, 2013
Super fast and easy installation. Instruction on OWC site is awsome !!!
I'm glad I waited for prices to come down for starters. I did not have a choice as my HDD was on the way out. I am using a mid-2009 MacBook Pro and am limited to the 3Gb/s. Overall performance is outstanding, 17 seconds from power on to login screen. When booting in windows, 32-33 seconds when selecting the drive.
One key item, change the hard drive cable while you are changing the disk out. Best to do it now than later. Also do a proper back up of windows if needed. Mine did not work and I have to go through the whole process of updating windows 7.
Let me preface this by saying that I've owned this drive for less than 24 hours, so I cannot comment on the long-term durability. I purchased the 60 GB Mercury Electra 3G as a litmus test for further SSD purchases, and I am blown away by the speed. I put the drive in a MacBook2,1 (2.0 GHz C2D) with 2.5 GB RAM installed. The OS X Lion installer ran in 13 minutes, and she cold boots in 17 seconds.
Basis for comparison: the same installation on the same hardware using a 7200 RPM hard drive took 24 minutes to install Lion and 35 seconds for a cold boot.
Between the obvious speed increase, the "Made in the USA" sticker, and the warranty/return terms...I would have zero trepidation about purchasing another Mercury Electra SSD or recommending this line of drives to a friend or colleague. My next purchase will likely be a Mercury Electra 6G for my Linux system.
I purchased a pair of these drives on the advice of a good friend. I was unsure how they would perform or hold up to daily use.
After 7 months of usage and untold software and IOS patches, upgrades, reboots, and online gaming; these drives are still just as fast and have not exhibited a single issue.
Configuration: 2x 60GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD 2.5" SATA 3Gb/s drives mounted into OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini bus-powered "Quad Interface" RAID Storage Enclosure utilizing the USB 2.0 interface to connect to an early 2009 Mac Mini.
I installed the 3G HD 480gb on my mid-2011MacBookPro. I also replaced the optical drive with a 1tb HD, since I rarely use the optical dive. I added 16mb of Raam as well. Follow the video instructions, take your time and the install should take about 30 minutes. Also, get a can of air and blow out the insides of the laptop. Dust gathers. That stated, the 3G 480 gb HD is fast. Startup times are fast(as if I just turned it on for the first time). It also works well as I open up programs and go between programs frequently without lockups or long pauses.
I bought this, plus the OWC "mid 2011 mac mini 2nd drive installation kit" to upgrade my mini to a fusion drive. I won't talk about the installation process here except to say that it went well, and the drive, so far as I can tell, seems to be working perfectly in its role as part of a fusion drive, combined with the existing hard drive. It's a bit early to tell how much performance has been gained by the exercise, but I will say that Safari seems snappier. :)
Seriously, if you're reasonably handy with tools and the terminal window, and you've got some time on your hands (creating a fusion drive requires a full backup and restore), this is a no-brainer.
Probably one of the best hardware upgrades I have ever done to my tower. Nearly unbelievable performance improvement. Boot up is staggeringly faster and even big applications like MS Word launch like lightning.
Highly recommend. I have done lots of other hardware upgrades, including memory, but none improved my machine as much as this upgrade. I should have done this long ago. It is fantastic.
I installed this SSD in my MacPro3,1 which is 4 years old. (Early 2008) Initially, I had problems because I didn't do the migration properly, but I erased it and started over. My advice is to migrate everything that will fit on the drive. I had 3GB left of free space and see no problems so far. I couldn't migrate all my music, but when I clicked on iTunes, it mapped all my music and it was available to play. All my applications worked like a champ! This SSD being almost full, apparently, doesn't affect performance. I installed it using the AdaptaDrive SATA adapter bracket (sold here) and it was super easy to install! After migration, boot time from a cold boot was 26 seconds. Rebooting to a spinning drive was 2 minutes plus having a spinning ball when I tried to access Mail after the reboot. After booting to this SSD I could use any application instantly. My wife was ecstatic that she won't have to buy a new Mac for me this Christmas. This SSD is like having a new, faster Mac!
Pros: Durability, Quality, fast in all respects, easy to do back up to external hard drive
I installed this on my older MacBook Pro (2008) replacing my 7200 RPM drive, and doing a comparison it now takes about 1/2 the time to boot, apps are quicker to load and just overall it's been a good decision to do this upgrade. A lot easier on the wallet then buying a new MacBook Pro. Instructions here on the OWC website make it a breeze for the DIY'er. I purchased the kit including the USB 2.0 enclosure to make use of my old 200 GB HDD, and this was a win win upgrade. I now have a faster MacBook Pro and no unused older parts, I gained a handy external HDD.
I would recommend this to a friend!
from Ontario Canada
Experience Level: Power User
Owned Product: less than a month
Verified Buyer: false
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Review 20 for 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive.
I actually bought two and installed them in 2007 and a 2008 15" MacBook Pros. Both computers had become painfully slow and were eliciting lots of complaints from the peanut gallery ...... I mean family. Install was pretty easy and fast and they are very impressive performance wise. 1 laptop I had already installed a 7200 RPM drive in and yet the SSD blew its doors off. My personal computer is a core i5 MacBook Air with 4 GB of RAM and yet I can now use the family's computers without needing alcohol to dull my pain. Both computers have Mountain Lion installed and work just great as modern laptops. I'm guessing that this will extend their lifespan by a minimum of two years.