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 Limited Warranty.
Average Customer Rating:
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Rating Breakdown151 reviews
143 out of 144(99%)reviewers would recommend this product.
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!!!
AWESOME SSD!!! EXTREAM Performance!!!! Because your are the best in the market!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! R&D Department is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never an issue in ANY Client!!! With you almost 7 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What can I say... When I order from OWC I expect everything to be perfect. And it was! Arrived on time and worked as promised. However, let us not forget that OWC provides a wealth of information prior to purchasing. You guys simply rock!
I have told everyone at work about OWC. Thank you!!! (ok, I might have copied my previous review.. A bit :)
Pros: Quality, Durability, pre-sales help and info a+++
Replaced original drive in a 2007 iMac with this SSD. Required an inexpensive adapter (3.5" to 2.5"), and some adjustment to match the short hookup cables in the iMac. Cloned the old drive onto the new, and the increased speed was eyewatering! Highly recommend to get a few more years out of the oldies but goodies. Fine product at a great price. One month in, happy so far.
My old mac mini struggled to open Yosemite so I had OWC install the OS on a 120GB SSD. Wow, what a positive performance difference. I would recommend that you contact OWC before placing an order to receive their advice on the size SSD you should order based on your requirements.
The SSD boost my mac performance, it makes everything smooth.
PostedMarch 20, 2015
Even though a lot of troubles happened during the installation of OSX Yosemite, finally after successfully installed on the SSD, I am very satisfied with the performance. It drastically increase the boot time, and make launching and using apps faster.
However, there are a few things frustrate me during the installation. 1. A screw driver is required to replace current HDD to SSD. And that is a special screw(I think call hex key or what...), the usual screw driver can't fit. Since I have no idea(experience) about this, I have to order the screw driver from local store when I receive the SSD. 2. The office installation DVD purchased from Apple store can't detect the SSD(at least in my case). This made me think the SSD is broken at first and almost start proceeding the replacement process. Luckily I try to create a USB installer in the last minutes and using it, SSD can be detected during installation. 3. The OSX Yosemite usb installer caused problem during installation. After "About a second remaining", it waits for some minutes and showing "About 0 seconds remaining" and subsequently shows error message. I searched internet and try all the methods found, but no one succeed. 4. After several hours keep repeating and installation, I eventually give up and use my windows pc to make a OSX 10.6.8 USB installer. And this installer works great, all the installation finished quickly. After that, upgrading to OSX 10.10 is also just easy and smooth.
The company that installed this SSD into my iMac 2006 model and was quoted by a computer installer as saying it turned on to main screen "insanely fast". Still upgrading so as to keep this computer humming along but I know that sooner or later I will have to upgrade. Very very happy with the SSD. Totally recommend installing this in any computer.
My MacBook had gotten to the point where it was taking almost two minutes to boot up. Programs like Skype, for example, were taking 90 seconds to load. After upgrading the RAM along with installing the Mercury SSD, it now boots in 12 seconds and Skype loads in 4 seconds. Processes in general are much much faster. I am not an experienced computer technician--replacing the RAM and hard drive was straightforward and easy following OWC's directions. My 8 year old MacBook is now a very fast machine, and going this route easily saved me $1000 or more by extending the service life of my laptop.
All I can say is WOW! This drive is super fast. Boot times are just a few seconds and programs load up so fast! I was using a Crucial SSD and boot up time was much longer for same reason. Ever since Apple announced no third party TRIM support in Yosemite I went ahead and made the switch to this drive for future proof operation. Get this drive, you will will be very pleased with its performance, especially considering it is the older SATA 2 spec.
I put this in my MacBook Pro and I can't believe the difference. I also upgraded the RAM to 6GB from 2GB. I think I'm going to put SSD's in every computer in my household! The only issue I had was the screw to remove my old hard drive was stripped, so I had to cut it out with a dremel.
I use this drive in an OWC Express enclosure as a "repair drive" and it is a bit disconcerting when a Mac boots and runs faster from the external repair drive than from the internal HD. Even better, my "repair drive" fits handily into a shirt pocket.
What a different. My 2009 MacBook Pro has gone from painfully slow to lightening quick. I also have a new Air- which seemed quicker before the upgrade notwithstanding the much better specs on the Pro. All has changed now. Well worth it. Great service as well. Received in Australia within days.
I ordered a larger one of these for my Mac Pro 1,1 and left a review for it, said I'd probably buy one for everything in my house that had a hard drive. Well... I ordered this drive for my Macbook Pro 7,1 and here's my review...
Why Apple ever shipped this laptop with a 5300rpm drive is beyond me. This SSD has to be at least 5 times faster than the original drive, boot time is almost nonexistent running Yosemite. Installing it is a breeze, make a Time Machine backup prior and there will be no headache. If you like your Macbook with the factory drive, you'll love it with one of these, I am amazed at the speed of SSD drives. I use external storage for keeping my files, so I only needed a small drive for my actual OS install, makes TM backups quick and easy.
Shipping - well... fairly quick and they package your stuff with care. I'd like to see faster ship times cause I have zero patience and want it NOW but once it leaves OWC, well... they can't control the shipping service/weather.
In short, regardless of which size SSD you need/want, OWC is the place to buy it. I mean, they're made for Mac's by people who eat, sleep and breathe Mac's. I'm partial to Samsung EVO drives but never bought one, won't ever buy one either because I'll be buying Mercury Electra drives instead. Like the roofing commercials say, get off your asphalt, buy one of these drives. If your Mac can support faster transfer speeds, get one of the faster versions, I can only imagine the speed increase...
Pros: Quality, Durability, freaking sweet blue color, low power consumption, literally no heat, quiet
Cons: not free, wasn't buy one - get one, doesn't cook, seriously did you expect an actual con?